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Friday, 22 June 2018

Insect in a Matchbox

As soon as I saw the Entomology stamp set by Tim Holtz I wanted to make a shiny embossed beetle to put into in a match box. I made the beetle a few weeks ago but I wanted to use the label and the matchbox die to make him a box. Finished it today and I love him! The beetle was stamped in black archival ink on heavy card stock and then coloured with distress ink. Once he was dried I did several coats of Seth Apter's Emerald Creek vintage beeswax embossing powder which produced a fabulous hard shiny beetle with texture and depth.
I used a piece of paper from Time Holtz Wallflower pad the plants were just black line drawings so I coloured them with some distress markers. I gave the finished box a coat of Seth's beeswax embossing powder.

It gave the box strength, shine, texture and a rich vintage colour, I love this stuff so much. The way heat embossing transforms is like magic. It is definitely my favourite material to use. It would have to go to my desert Island with me! I finished off the box with one of my labels and the bug was mounted onto another which I filled in with my own 'notes.' The pin is an entomology pin cut down to fit the box. these pins have great golden heads but black shafts they add an authentic touch.

The paper was perfect it had bugs on the design and I folded it so there was a bee on the outside.
I love this paper collection and it was great to find a project that used it so perfectly and its tiny so even in my stuffed studio I can find space to keep it.

Stamp sets used:
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous "Entomology"
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous  "Classic #12"
Entomology pins from   Blade Rubber
Good info and demonstration of beeswax powder Here

I am entering this into the As You Like it Challenge which is about your favourite embossing!
also Craft Stamper Magazines Take-it-make-it challenge for June which is anything goes.


  1. love your bug boxes, gorgeous vintage look :)

  2. I honestly thought this was real!! I think this is absolutely amazing, thank you so much for joining us at the Take it, Make it Craft Stamper challenge
    Donna xx

  3. Thank you Donna. I'm happy its convincing but I dont think I would be happy with it in my studio if it moved! x

  4. What a fabulous little project. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  5. Thank you for visiting and your comment Linda. x Amanda

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  7. Wonderful job! The bug is amazing! Thanks for joining us at As You Like It Challenge!

  8. Thanks so much Brenda x Amanda

  9. Gorgeous! Thanks for entering the TIMI challenge!

  10. Thanks so much Ellie. x Amanda