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« on: February 02, 2019 01:51:31 PM »

This mailbox is part of a Valentine's Day kit from svgcuts.com. It's meant to be for receiving Valentine's and the example is definitely more that style: red, more hearts, etc. But I wanted mine to look like a real mailbox, so I mixed and matched the "plain" bonus svg files with the Valentine-themed ones. It's about 11.5" (29.2cm) tall



It has 3 types of silver paper/cardstock, but one looks more purple-ish in the photos than in real life.



I also used a silver/black ink pad to distress the edges to give an oxidized look.







While I am pleased with how it turned out and I still want to keep it looking like a real mailbox, I do think it came out a little plain and bit dark-in-mood. I haven't decided yet how to cheer it up a bit while keeping it looking like a real, old mailbox, but for now I have those silk butterflies resting on it. I do think hanging it on a colorful or otherwise visually interesting background will help, so I think I will add a hold for hanging on the back.



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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019 02:13:46 PM »

It looks really cool. I like the soft shades a lot. It would be paired well with flowers, baby's breath & those frondy ferny bouquet greens filling out some cabbage rose style blooms. Think vintage curtains, know what I mean?
Like these, bet there are cut files for something similarish.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019 02:42:33 PM »

Thanks!

I thought about flowers, too, but haven't figured out how to do it and still have it look like a real, functioning mailbox rather than a real mailbox that someone stuck fake flowers on. I think vines would've worked great if it had been a rural style mailbox that sits on a post by the road, rather than the kind that hangs by the front door, ya' know?
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2019 07:32:27 PM »

Yeah, I was thinking maybe hang it on a white fence picket. Then you could vine a morning glory or some such cheery botanical.
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2019 08:57:29 PM »

Yeah, I was thinking maybe hang it on a white fence picket. Then you could vine a morning glory or some such cheery botanical.

Hmmmmm, I'll have to consider my fencing options. Cheery botanicals aren't yet legal in Montana, tho!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2019 03:35:28 AM »

Holy crap on a cracker that is magnificent!
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2019 08:24:54 AM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2019 07:59:22 PM »

What a pretty pattern!  I agree some flowers might be nice.  Perhaps you can make the "mail" and the backplate a different color, maybe a rusty red/brown, to contrast to the steel colored mailbox?  How are you going to attach this to its final place?
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2019 08:31:41 PM »

Hmmmm. These are good ideas for the next one! It's too late to change the colors on this one which is meant to look like zinc or galvanized tin, so wouldn't necessarily rust. (Obviously, I'm taking the whole looks-like-an-authentic-old-mailbox thing very/too seriously!)
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2019 09:45:44 AM »

That is so sweet! What a cool idea.
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