It's no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Graphic 45 products. I have just about every line of paper they have made, as well as their staples products. Most of the paper I won't cut because it's just too beautiful lol. But, what good is the gorgeous paper if you don't use it?
For the project, I used the Graphis 45 By the Sea collection and their Small Matchbox. I inked the edges of the box with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey. I then chose the paper I wanted to use for the top and sides. I cut the paper about 1/8" smaller than the actual size of placement area. For the top, I mitered the edges so that it would have a nice clean look. I ran the strips through my Xyron X and applied to box top and sides.
To finish off the top, I used the seahorse from Tim Holtz's Sand and Sea die. I used several colors of distress ink on the seahorse. I then covered the whole seahorse with Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. When dried, this left small crackles throughout the seahorse. I then cut some coral and seaweed with my Cricut Explore. I sanded the edges of the coral and seaweed to give it a distressed look. The finishing piece to the top was a piece of old fishing net applied to the underside of the square hole in the top of the box.
For the inside, I cut paper the size of the bottom and glued it in. I then used the lighthouse card contained in the paper pack and placed it in the bottom center.
Have a crafty day ~ Deb