over sized match box
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Rock Candy Stickles
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Halloween #2 Textured Impressions
pin stripe embossing folder
This wasn't what I had in mind when I first sat down, I had originally intended to include a coloured image, but it took on a life of it's own!
I didn't take photos of every step I took, just of how I made the book jacket from the matchbox, as the remainder was simply just decorating which you could do any which way you choose.
First, split the box open along the seam.
Cut tabs from both flaps, this forms the front and back closure for the book.
From here the decorating commenced. The 'trick or treat' wording is one of the mini embossing folders from the halloween set #2 by Sizzix. I embossed this onto a strip of cream paper and then cut it to fit the book jacket. Once glued into position I distressed heavily over the embossing to highlight the words, and around the edges to age the book. I also distressed the inside of the book cover heavily
The 'pages' of the book are made from the matchbox drawer. Emboss plain white card with a pinstripe pattern, distress with ink to bring out the pattern and then cut into strips to cover the sides. You only need to cover 3 sides of the drawer, both short sides and one long side, as the final long side forms the spine. Glue the drawer into place.
The two panels inside of the book are made with the bat texture folder, distressed with vintage photo to bring out the details. The two little 'flaps' that form the book closure have had velcro attached so that it holds shut. I used a stiff brush to scumble rock candy Stickles all over the exterior of the box, which has given it the lovely texture you see below, and a gorgeous sparkle, not too much though that's what I love about Stickles, it's a subtle sparkle.
I chose to stop adding anything at this point, as I wanted it to be a candy holder/treat box, but you could continue to embellish and add all manner of little halloween do-dads inside to make a spooky interior.