Thursday 11 October 2018

Autumnal Match Box

Hello and welcome back ! It's Sue here and today I'm sharing an Autumnal match box. This was a sheer fluke in terms of where the idea came from, I had just finished a box of matches and was about to throw the box away when ......

 I had an idea and grabbed the Gesso ! The sun also came out at this point so apologies for the shadows !

 I also grabbed my Amsterdam acrylics, which seem to be my go to at the moment. The Gesso creates some wonderful texture and the paint, applied with a baby wipe, really highlights it.

 A real change about too are the stamps I've used, the above is a Tim Holtz stamp that I've only used once but I do love the script. I've used Amsterdam acrylic to stamp on to the box.

 Some bits of washi tape are added then some stencilling, using cut 'n' dry foam as the box isn't strong enough to stand me pounding on it with a stencil brush !

More stencilling and stamping, with Tim Holtz stamps and a Wendy Vecchi stamp, all done with Amsterdam acrylics. A little bit of smudging with Gesso then stamping the script stamp again and embossing with white EP. 

The handle is made from jute that I've plaited and the leaf is made from Grunge Paper ( I still love the smell !)

 I even dug out my Distress Inks to shade the leaf and rubbed some Archival Ink around the edges to colour the cut edge.

The text is stamped onto Smoothy card and the stamp is from a Lin Brown set. 

One final shot to show how everything goes all the way around the box.

I hope you've enjoyed today's Inspirational Post and remember you still have time to join us for the Spooky fun with an Autumnal Twist challenge.


  1. Beautifully decorated Sue, I love the gorgeous leaf! x

  2. Cute and fun project. Great recycling of the match box and the colours are fabulous x. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x.

  3. Match boxes are a rare commodity around here so when I see one that have been lovingly preserved as this has, it makes me smile. The colours are perfect for fall and the stenciling and stamping make a great backdrop for your gorgeous leaf. I for one am hording the last of my grunge paper but if I use it, I hope it turns into something as special as this leaf.

  4. What a lovely project Sue! A total transformation of your matchbox, wonderful upcycling ! Love it ! Xx

  5. Simply delightful - love the layers of paint, stamping and stencilling, and that beautiful leaf.
    Alison x

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