Sunday, November 1, 2015

MATCHBOOK SWAPS

 

Today I finished up matchbooks and have them all ready to mail out for some swaps I am participating in. 

They started out as blank matchbooks that you can order from Amazon in a box of 50.

The first thing I do is my backgrounds, then I go back and add images

 After the images, I paint the front bottom tab black to use as a background for writing or adding printed words. Then I add washi tape to the tops and the back. There are many ways to alter matchbooks, you just have to add your own style.

 

Matchbooks are fun to make and don't require a lot of time, unless you are making 50 of them. They are fun to trade with other artists and I especially love leaving them places around town and restaurants for others to enjoy. On the inside flap, I write my Etsy shop.


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you didn't forget to set your clock back!
XO

 

10 comments:

  1. These matchboxes you created are so cool,cute an just totally amazing !! I love little boxes of any kind . Maybe I'll try my hand at making a few . Thanks for sharing Kim 😊

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    1. Connie, Thank you so much. You should try, they are really fun to make. They are actually matchbooks, but you can do the same with match boxes which I really prefer, but these were made for swaps that were actually using the matchbooks.
      XO

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  2. Wow 50 - dear me - my eyes would be horn-swoggled after 50 Kim!!!! These are totally gorgeous. What wondrous colors and images. And such a great marketing tool for your store. Wouldn't it be fun to pick up one of these somewhere or be handed one - I know I would go look to see what other beauties were in your store. Whew - still thinking of how you did 50.... amazing!!! j.

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    1. Joi, Thank you so much for commenting. I will give you a tip on how I do 50. I do all of them in stages. I do the same if I am making lots of tags or book marks. It give you patience and makes you want to get to the next stage. Kind of like putting up the tree and getting out the ornaments, the fun part is decorating!! I do all 50 backgrounds at once. Then I do all 50 images. Later, I will come back and add paint and wording to all of them. Lastly I will finish any details and add more paint or washi tape. It makes it really fun that way seeing all the different ones and when you have completed all the stages, you have 50 completed matchbooks!!
      I don't think I would ever complete 50 if I had to do one at a time and then do it all over 50 times!
      I am not very good at repetitive work. Each stage makes you excited to see the end. You should give it a try!!
      XO

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  3. Hi Kim! These matchbooks are amazing! Each one is an individual work of art in miniature! What a good idea they are to swap or to just to leave to brighten someone's day with art! I love how you described your process to Joi! I've been making little MDF brooches for my Etsy shop, which I just started and I've adopted the same approach, doing the brooches simultaneously in stages! I feel just the same way as you do about the completed stages and watching them grow. You have inspired me to try matchbook art now too! xx

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  4. Thank you Julie Ann! I will have take a look at your brooches! You are so creative, I know they will be amazing!!
    I will be checking your Etsy shop!💖💖

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  5. Kim these are super cute! I ordered some matchbooks and am going to give these a go!!💖

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    1. Thank you Beth!! You can do it!!! They are fun to have and I am always giving candles as gifts, so I add my matchbooks too! Happy Creating!!

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  6. Love these!!! Where do find all the awesome images?

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    1. Thank you! Years of paper and image collecting! :)

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