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Welcome to a new week here at the Graphic 45 blog, where we are kicking things off with a fresh new feature. Today, we are showcasing three unique and creative projects for our brand new 3x3 Challenge. Each month the Graphic 45 family will select three featured items and then three designers will be asked to use them in three different ways. This month's items are: Deep Square Matchbook Box, Patterns and Solids paper pad (any P&S from one collection, no design papers), and Tags and Pockets (from the same collection used for P&S). This weeks featured Brand Ambassadors are Katelyn Grosart, Marina Blaukitchen, and Sandy Trefger. First up, Katelyn has created a classic theater style Ticket Booth Box featuring Vintage Hollywood. Next up Marina shares her pretty Portrait of a Lady box. Finally, Sandy presents a magical Midnight Masquerade Spool Wheel Case. Each Ambassador has risen to this challenge with an exceptionally beautiful creation and we hope you enjoy seeing them below.
This week's prize package is valued over $95, and includes three Patterns & Solids paper pads and Die-Cut Tags & Pockets from Vintage Hollywood, Portrait of a Lady, and Midnight Masquerade, along with a Deep Square Matchbook Box. To enter to win this fabulous prize just leave a comment here and/or on Facebook. The winner will be announced on Friday, June 30th's blog post.
Ticket Booth Shadow Box
By Katelyn Grosart
“Using only the Patterns & Solids and Tags & Pockets from the Vintage Hollywood Collection, the Deep Square Matchbook Box, as well as a few other embellishments, I was able to create this fabulous ticket booth shadow box. Although this was more of a challenging project for me and definitely put me out of my comfort zone, it was loads of fun to put together. I hope that you'll enjoy some of the up close photos of the ticket booth as well as a few tips and tricks.” ~Katelyn Grosart
Tip: Using black gesso, paint 1/4” in from the box giving you a nice finished edge.
Tip:Cut a bit off the side and top of a tag to create the shelf at the front of the box.
Tip: Instead of using claw feet at the bottom of your ticket booth, use pearls to create the feet.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Petaloo: Mixed Texture Mini Blossoms – Ivory
20mm Black Roses
10mm Blue Roses
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Baubles
Ranger Ink: Glossy Accents & Acetate
Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Crayon: Black Soot, Distress Ink: Black Soot and Blending Tool with Foam
Black Gesso and Paint Brush
3/4” & 1” Circle Punch
Edge Distressor, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Sookwang Tape, Glue Dots, Liquid Glue
Portrait of a Lady Square Matchbook Box
by Marina Blaukitchen
“Can you imagine how many different things you can do with Graphic 45 products? They are so versatile and combinable that you can allow yourself to create to infinity.
Here's an example using only 3 of them: Deep Square Matchbook Box, Portrait of a Lady 12x12 Pattern & Solid Pad and Tags & Pockets.
I've covered the box with decorated paper, inside and out, and I've decorated the Tags & Pockets and some flowers to keep a small file cabinet. I have used Tags & Pockets to do the separations between the pockets as well. All of them are anchored in a spine base.” ~Marina Blaukitchen
Combining the decorated papers of the same tones gives uniformity in the set.
You can easily line the box by gluing the decorated paper over the surface, leaving a small margin. To do this, measure the surface of the box and cut the paper slightly smaller.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Spool Wheel Case - 3x3 Craft Challenge
By Sandy Trefger
“The Graphic 45 3x3 Craft Challenge is a unique way to limit your basic supplies and widen your creativity. This month I was asked to use the three featured Graphic 45 products selected for the Craft Basket Challenge--1)Deep Square Matchbook Box, 2)Patterns & Solids Paper Pad and 3)matching Tags & Pockets. I was excited to be chosen for this challenge and had a vision of using the matchbook box to create a case with the fabulous Midnight Masquerade Patterns & Solids. I had seen a box somewhere on Pinterest with wheels made from empty sewing spools and knew I wanted to add that into my design. I was lucky to have several of the spools in my stash. I am thrilled with the way my Spool Wheel Case turned out and hope that it inspires you to join in on the Craft Basket Challenge! Happy Crafting” ~Sandy Trefger
I love to fussy cut when designing a project, however, when you are limited to your paper collection (there are no images in the Patterns & Solids Paper Pads) you look to other means. Some of the images on the Tags & Pockets are perfect for fussy cutting and because of their extra thickness, they work very well for fussy cut images that need to stand up. My tip is for you to look to your embellishment packs for other images to fussy cut--it will give you extra uses for those packs.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Wood Sewing Spools
Purple Seam Binding Ribbon
Assorted Silk Flowers-Peach, Ivory, Purple, Blue
Inkessentials Foil Tape Sheet
Small Resin Frame
Assorted Beads, Metal Findings
1 ¼” Circle Punch
Thank you for joining us for this inaugural edition of the Graphic 45 3x3 Challenge. We are so excited to see what creativity these challenges will inspire. Sometimes imposing limitations can awaken new avenues of expression in all arts, and crafting is no exception. We are so grateful to Katelyn, Marina, and Sandy for jumping to this challenge head first and are so happy with the results. We hope you have enjoyed them as well. We would love to hear your thoughts on this challenge and the results in the comments below. Also, remember that each comment here or on Facebook is a chance to win this week's blog prize. Good luck! See you back here tomorrow with more beautiful inspiration.