Monday, August 3, 2009

Matchbook Card Tutorial -- 21st Birthday!

Here's a Matchbook Card Tutorial based on a card that I demoed for FiberMark at CHA 2007. I figure if I can't case myself, who can I case? I'll try to make this brief!




Man's Ruin set by Bombshell Stamps

Party Candles from the Carnival Ride Collection by G•C•D Studios
Raven Black Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Solar White Cardstock by Neenah
strip of very old red patterned paper from Making Memories

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko

Copic Markers
Spica Glitter Pens

Stickles Glitter Glue
Brick Red Distressed Embossing Powder by Ranger Industries
Computer Generated "Match Sticks"
Perfect Medium Pen

Circle Punch by Creative Memories
Belt Buckle Die by QuicKutz

1. Cut black cardstock to 4.25" w x 12" long. Score at 5.75" down from top and .5" up from bottom. Fold.

2. Cut patterned paper to 4" x 5 5/8". Mount on card's front so that there is 1/8" border at the top and each side. The patterned paper should be flush with the edge of the bottom of the flap of the card.

3. Stamp your image and color as desired. Trim to 3 1/8" w x 4.25" long. Mount on card front.

4. Punch a circle from black cardstock, add stickers for 21, mount so that the Pin-Up's finger is pointing to the circle, and trim to make a semi circle.

5. Computer generate your sentiments. Mine are: "Happy 21st Birthday!", "You're legal!", "Celebrate", "You're an *Adult* now!", and "Drink Up". Cut the sentiments into matchsticks that are 3/8" wide x 4.5". Use a chalk pencil and mark 1/2" down from the top of each matchstick. Color the 1/2" area with a Perfect Medium or VersaMark pen, add Brick Red Distress Embossing Powder, shake off excess, heat til the powder melts, let it cool, and rub. Cool!

6. Position and adhere the matchsticks to the bottom of the fold taking care to only use adhesive on the base of the card. Fold up the flap and staple to form the bottom flap of the matchbook. Cover the staples with ribbon or a strip of paper if you choose.

7. Tuck the matchbook card's front bottom edge into the flap. *Note: You will probably need to trim a little off the bottom edge to make it fit flush. Go for it.

Voila! A fun matchbook card and my shortest tutorial to date. :D