Monday, January 9, 2023

VIDEO: 3D Illusions + Giveaway

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I have an unhealthy obsession with matchboxes as craft supplies. Just search matchbox on my blog sidebar and you will see. 

So the theme of this month's Hero Arts kit is right up my alley. It's a valentine themed kit, but it has both a 2D matchbox that looks 3D in the kit AND a 3D matchbox die in the kit!

The dies are phenomenal - my fave is this little match - arsonists - look away! It's SO cute! I colored it with OLO Markers and combined it with the matchbox die and the stripey stencil for this adorable little gift box. THINK of all the things you can do with a match die. I of course have some very twisted ideas I'll do later, but today I behaved and made Valentines!

Also in the kit is the following - SO cute - especially the happy mail and gummy bear! LOVE the little postage die too - you will be seeing that  in my future.

Among the add-ons is a sweet varied heart background. I wanted to see if I could turn the solid hearts into outlines with a dendritic effect like I get on a gel plate. So I started with a brayer cleaning sheet, since it was coated with non-porous acrylic paint, which really helps with the dendritic effect. 

White pigment ink behaves like paint, so I heavily inked up the stamp in Unicorn ink and stamped it several times on the background. Because the paint is non-porous, when the inked stamp is lifted, it leaves little voids in the center of the solid hearts, creating little outlines!

Here's yesterday's sneak peek from yesterday with this pink glitter paper. Look how real it looks!

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Now do you want to see something fun to do with matchboxes? Check out this tutorial I did ELEVEN YEARS AGO OMG. I am old. Pardon the strange video size - this was prior to HD and it's formatted for television for when I had a TV show on a local channel :)

Here are all the add-ons this month, including the 3D matchbox.

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  1. I especially like YOU WON MY HEART. Really pretty colors

  2. So cute! I love the match and other dies in this kit!

  3. Oh, my goodness, that good old matchbox die! I pull it out frequently! Now I'll have to investigate the Hero Arts kit, thanks for the nudge.

  4. The matchbox is soooo cool! I LOVE your card too!

  5. Heart your wonderful creations.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  6. Beautiful colors in your projects.

  7. Beautiful cards and match box... so cool... I want all the things now!

  8. Beautiful cards... so cool... I want all the things now!

  9. Terrific set! I love the matchbox dies!! What do you mean you are old? I have a matchbox "dresser" from so long ago that it has a poodle on top!

  10. Adorable matchbox and your background on the first card is too cool!

  11. Loving this kit and how you created so many fun designs. Thanks

  12. Love this months kits and the cards you have created with it!
    Thanks for sharing,

  13. Great card! So fun and vibrant.

  14. Cute projects. I really like the matchbox.

  15. wow - you are so creative is how you have used these products - the dresser is amazing

  16. Such fun creations! I really love the matchbox die set! Great cards too!


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