Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Exploding Box - Tropical

For Chris who shares my love of tropical gardens - Happy Birthday!


I used some new Woodware punches I'd bought recently. The tropical leaves are 2" and 1". When I saw them it was love at first sight!

The Lillies are made using a large five petal flower punch, made in the same way as the flowers in the 'Fairies' box.

Couldn't resist adding a few small wooden ladybird embellishments. I applied 'Glossy Acccents' to give them a high shine, I think it makes them more realistic.

The small flowers are made using a small five petal punch and I cut 'Vs' from the petal tips. After cutting to the centre, between two petals, I rolled and glued them. They're made from yellow card, chalked with orange highlights.

I wanted a stamped, leafy background so made a stamp from craft foam:

  • Take what's left from the punch out of the 1" tropical leaf.
  • Using a pen, trace the shape onto a piece of thin craft foam.
  • Cut the leaf out.
  • Attach to an acrylic block using a glue stick.
  • Ink up and stamp (I used VersaColor Fresh Green).
I mostly used punches on this box - here's a list of the ones I used:
  • 1.25" five petal flower punch
  • 5/8" five petal flower punch
  • Woodware 'grass one' 1.5" punch
  • Woodware (tropical leaf) 'Monstera' 1" punch (used to make the stamp)
  • Woodware (tropical leaf) 'Monstera' 2" punch
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