July 23, 2011

Quirky Alligator Pop-Up Matchbox

I can’t believe my time as a Doodle Pantry Designer is almost over! 1 more month, August to go (and a bit of July still of course)! I’ve had so much fun and had the privilege to use so many wonderful images. One category of images I don’t use as often are the cutesy images Laurie draws so well. As I tend towards vintage and shabby, these are harder to use. However, I just had to print out and use Quirky Alligator from the July release.

quirky alligator matchbox lid

This is a pop-up matchbox. I designed a swap on Swap-Bot for this type of matchbox and had fun making it. Most matchboxes have a sleeve that slides off of the drawer rather than this type of lid. I used JustRite stamps for the outside but the cute part is inside…

quirky alligator matchbox

When you open the lid, there is the cutest little alligator ever! I love the patches on his eye, leg and arm (front leg??) I coloured him with Copic markers and I wasn’t thrilled with how the lighter yellow green turned out as I was surprised to see it was quite dull compared to the similarly numbered greens. The 00 series of all the colours should be quite bright with no grey or brownish undertones (with the obvious exceptions of the greys and browns). So I figured G00-09 and YG00-09 should be similar in tone. But to me, the YG’s were a bit dull but maybe it’s just my eyes… Shows more IRL than in the photo. I left those areas pretty much unshaded as the coordinating darker shade seemed even more brown/greyish and didn’t want to blend very smoothly. I guess I should check colour combos ahead of time even if I am pretty sure they will/should work.

The lid is two layers of embossed CS using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. It looked unfinished with the reverse/debossed side of the embossing showing on the inside and it made the lid stronger as we all know that embossing reduces the strength of CS by at least half and this box went through the mail in an unpadded envelope. (I have a cool way of protecting it from squashing though, ask if you are interested…)

Enjoy, Rebecca

Images: Doodle Pantry
Ink: Memento black
Paper: yellow CS-SU!, white CS-Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, ticket corner punch-SU!. Copic markers, foam dots-Jody Morrow

(Contests mostly by Basic Grey. Typically matchboxes are filled with small goodies that complement the box…)


Lorie said...

Oh, my goodness...this is ADORABLE! Seriously love this idea!

Kristine said...

OH VERY CUTE!! This definately has that "wow" factor Rebecca--LOVE IT and so will your swap mate! Cutest li'l dragon and love your embossed lid. *Ü*

auntbeespickles said...

This is just adorable! I always love to see your creativity!!
hugs, Sarah

Pat (mspfd) said...

Fabulous and creative. Love this idea!

Patti J said...

Total cuteness, Rebecca!!! What a fun project, and Laurie's little alligator is so sweet! Great job! Glad that you strayed from vintage for a little bit of quirkiness!!!

Glenda Atkins said...

So creative and just too darn cute! Love the matchstick box and the way you placed the alligator on the underside of the box and he kinda pops out at you. Super idea!

Kathy W. said...

So cute Rebecca! Love this idea =) Thanks for sharing.

Karen Howard said...

This is really cute and the alligator fits perfectly!

Sharon Basel said...

This is so darn cute! Love the embossing on the box outer and what a fun surprise inside. So clever Rebecca!

Dawn Frost said...

Love the box, its perfect for the quirky aligator!

Dawn Frost said...

Love the box, its perfect for the quirky aligator!