Thursday 29 January 2009

Dragonfly Joy - Origami Box

This origami box folding is taking me over I think!
Using UK A4 squared makes a perfect gift box size (37cm or 3.5" approx).
I really wanted to incorporate some of the elements of my exploding boxes with this one, it's for a friend.

  • Inner Lid:
    I wanted a nice message inside the lid and found Hero Arts 'Happiness Messages' fitted the bill! I stamped in VersMark clear embossing ink and embossed with gold.
  • 'Black on Black embossing':
    Here I used Perfectly Clear 'Leafy Silhouettes' stamped with a VersMark clear ink pad and embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • Decorative Panels & Box Lining:
    I used a base of lime green card and tinted it with VersaColor Evergreen and Lagoon Blue inks. I then stamped Stampendous 'Summer Leaves' (the fern) using VersaColor Evergreen.
    I finished with green ultra-fine glitter highlights.
  • Dragonfly:
    The dragonfly is punched - Paper Shapers Whale of a Punch 'Dragonfly' then highlighted with ultra-fine glitter.

Click here -Tutorial now posted

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Monday 26 January 2009

Origami Box

This was a 'New Technique Challenge' on Splitcoast stampers. The box is constructed using an origami fold - no glue - so clever!!!
The wrap round lid is glued.

I followed Lynn's instructions and it was surprisingly straight forward.

I had just received some 12 x 12 papers - Papermania 'Scrumptious' and had to have a go.

The flower in the centre is made from three die cuts - Sizzix 'Flower #1' die. I tinted the petals with VersaColor inks, Petal Pink and Opera Pink then rolled the cut-outs together gluing as I went along.

Click here -Tutorial now posted

Monday 5 January 2009

Wedding Day

This exploding box was commissioned by Lindsay, for her daughter's wedding. Joanna and David were married on 4th July 2008.
This box was a tricky one. The explosion needed to be a representation of the wedding bouquet which was made from two-tone Vandella roses (ivory and peach). I made these paper roses using a five petal flower punch using two ivory and one peach punch out for each rose. I layered them by wrapping the punch-outs tightly round a cocktail stick, gluing as I went along.

Vandella rose detail and exploding Box lid

Saturday 3 January 2009

Happy New Year!

It's January 2009 - I can't believe how fast time flies. I made my mind up that I would have a go at a Blog in the new year and so here I am. I think it's going to take me a while to fully understand what I'm doing but I'll (hopefully) get the hang of it fairly soon!

Butterflies for Svitlana

I have a tutorial, on my gallery site, for this size box:

I made this exploding box for a friend's birthday. It's quite small - fits easily into the palm of your hand.