I'd never heard of an 'artist trading block'
until I saw the one Deb had made on her blog
There is a Sizzix die available to create the block
(if you don't want to cut your own).
The completed block is 3" square.
I used the die with some corrugated cardboard
which I retrieved from my recycling bag.
It is really easy to put together, then I decorated
the block by sticking on some squares cut from scrap paper
I'd previously used to protect my craft table.
As the squares of paper didn't completely
cover the box, I edged it with gold pen.
I rubber stamped some swirls on areas of the
paper that looked a little plain.
I decorated the top with a 'Heart Wings'
die cut (from Tim Holtz/Alterations/Sizzix)
I used 3 layers of mountboard for the heart
so it's nice and sturdy.
The swirl on top of the heart is a scrap of
glossy paper coloured with alcohol inks - from
my scrap box. I like all the bright clashes of colour.
(sorry about out of focus pic!)
I know it's supposed to be a block, but
I couldn't resist keeping it as a box -
I just didn't stick down one of the sides.
The corrugated cardboard was a bit flimsy on two
of the sides,so I re-inforced inside
with more of the cardboard.
I really enjoyed making this 'artist trading block'
- although I prefer to think of it as just a box.
It'd be lovely to put a gift inside and the box
itself could be a keepsake too -
not this one though, as it's staying with me!
There is a blog dedicated to Artist Trading Blocks
well worth a look if you're interested.
Thanks for looking at mine :)