The Rest In Peace stamp set from Tim Holtz snd Stampers Anonymous got me to thinking about old trade signs. Back when many people weren’t literate, a lettered sign advertising a business wasn’t really helpful. So signs, like those in the picture below, were in a shape representing businesses were very helpful. So I took that inspiration and decided to make an undertaker’s trade sign.
For example, a boot for a boot repair, a mortar and pestle for an apothecary, a glove, a hat, a tooth...a coffin.
To make the coffin shape, I began by making the card base. Begin by cutting a piece of 8.5x11 black cardstock in half. This makes two 8.5x5.5 pieces. Both need to be coffin shapes. Mark a 2.5" section in the top middle of the piece and mark 2" down on each side, as seen in the photo above.
Now draw a diagonal line between the two marks.
This forms the top of the coffin shape.
Mark a 3" section in the bottom center of the 5.5x8.5 papers.
The shape should look like this when you are finished. You need two separate coffin shapes.
Then take another 8.5 x11 black cardstock and make a fold on the 11 side at 8.5. this will make an 8.5x8.5 square. Fold it over and cut a third coffin shape from it including the 2.5" flap.
It should look like this on the inside.
This will make the back a bit thicker with two pieces of cardstock, but you will be adding some heavystock to the front so it will be fine.
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