Friday, June 12, 2009

Technique Tuesday - Enlarging your Matchbox Die

I just love the matchbox die, you can use it for a ton of different things. One complaint I've heard about it is that it's a little too small. I have never thought this BUT when I heard that I started thinking. Now I'm sure I'm not the first to have thought of this but here is how I made a larger box using the Matchbox Die. (I want to apologize for the quality of color in my photos, my lighting has been terrible.)

First start by folding a piece of cardstock in half. This particular piece is 51/4 x 8 before I folded it, so folded it measures 51/4 x 4.

Place your cardstock over your matchbox die. Make sure your fold is on the inside. One end should cover the flap folds but the other side will NOT be covered. Create your sandwich and run it through the big shot as you normally would.

When you have it cut and open it up it will look like this. I did have to trim the other side a bit but if you add a shim it should cut through both layers a little better.

Put together your box as you normally would. Since it is a little larger I did tape down the flaps, which you don't normally need to do.

Now to make the cover. You will need to do this without the Big Shot but it is really easy. My enlarged matchbox base now measures 43/4. So I cut my cardstock/DSP to be 47/8x6. For the score lines I just measured around my base. Score at 3/4, 2 3/4, 3 1/2, and 5 1/2.

Fold your cover as you normally would taping down the flap. Decorate as you like and all done!!

Hope you found this tutorial useful and if you use this tutorial don't forget to come back and post a link so I can see all of your ideas!! Happy Stamping!!


Laura Brown said...

Wow! That's great! Thanks.

Jaspere said...

This is great. Thanks for sharing.

Jennie said...

Wow, had no idea this could be done. Thanks :o)

Anonymous said...

oh drats and tarnation...more matchbo die stuff..I so want that die!

pretty cool how you have elongated it too....clever girl.

Ruth Norton said...

Oh I just love this!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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