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Monday, May 14, 2012

Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox

I'm hosting a Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox Swap on Craftster with my good buddy cackle, and my partner is none other than the amazing microjivvy. I had to step up my game! I made her this little wicked forest shrine. She's a better photographer than I am, and was gracious enough to let me steal her photo. Here's an enlarged picture to show detail:
 I had a great time making this. I cut the front piece out of cardboard, and glued down the leaf motifs and the half-round metal pieces. Then, I glued wrinkled and then flattened tissue paper on, making sure that the paper clung to those pieces in hopes that it would look like they were carved out. I'm not sure that was 100% successful, but I like the effect. I then covered the drawer of the matchbox with the same paper and inked everything with both black and tan-colored ink to make the texture show.

Then it was time to make the tiny forest. I used some branches from a dogwood tree to make the tiny trees. There's a moon way back in the background, but it did get covered by all the woods! And then there's the little strange man in a suit. He came from Tiny Things Are Cute and is a little less than one inch tall. Here's a lighter pic of the interior so you can see him better. There he is, standing near the right of the box. I put a little moss on the ground, and hung some in the branches to mimic Spanish moss, which is Nature's spooky decor.

I put some Dresden trim around the edge of the arch for a little more texture, and then put glued everything up with a cardboard stand. 
When cackle first suggested "Wicked Forest" as our next theme, I was a bit apprehensive, but it's good to have a bit of a challenge every now and then, so I'm glad we went with it.


  1. This is seriously wickedly cool!! Laura

  2. I love it! It gives me inspiration to try to do something like it!


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