Saturday, 14 February 2009

Exploding Box - Firefly

I know they're dragonflies but I wanted the impression of fireflies in a ferny woodland.


This is a very small box. The closed measurements are: 1.75" square by just under 3" tall.

I actually managed to resist using glitter (it was very hard for me). I used amber gemstone accents and gold holographic mounts to give the 'fiery' illusion.

The stamping technique is one of my favourites:

  • I started with a light green background and stamped my first fern using VersaMark clear ink then embossed with clear powder.

  • I then inked over the whole thing with VersaColor Fresh Green and gently cleaned the ink off the clear embossing.

  • I stamped the fern again in VersaColor Green Tea (no embossing this time).

  • After the ink had dried I stamped the fern one more time, using VersaColor Evergreen (again no embossing).

  • When dry I finished by inking over the whole thing with VersaColor Bamboo and a small amount of Evergreen.
It's my favourite technique because the result is very three dimensional.

The stamps I used:
  • Stampabilities - Dragonfly & Stampendous - Summer Leaves (Fern).

I have a tutorial for this size box on my Gallery site. Here's the link:

The tutorial is in metric but for those of you who work in feet and inches there is a link, to a printable ruler with both centimetres and inches, at the top of the tutorial page.

Thank you for visiting.


  1. Your boxes are amazingly beautiful! I saw your tutorial and may have to give it a try, though will definitely not be the works of art you put out!

  2. Elaine, this is absolutely stunning. I used to collect dragonflies, and they are one of my most favorite creatures! This box is simply gorgeous! Still haven't started one yet. I want to make sure I have an uninterrupted space of time to work on one. Thanks for sharing this one. Best, Curt

  3. Elaine,
    Oh my word. Where have I been? How do you come up with these stunning ideas? Love those Dragonflies. You are just way too much :D:D.

  4. These are gorgeous. How very talented you are. Did you get past the snow a couple of weeks ago. My DD, also in London, said it was quite horrible.

  5. Those are just amazing and gorgeous boxes. I'm going to have to try the butterfly one for my mother-in-law's birthday.

  6. Oh wow I love your boxes, and the dragonfly one is super, I love all things with ferns and dragonflies so that is just a double wammy. Thanks for the tutorial, I'm going to have to give it a go at making one of these, thought don't think it will be anywhere near as fantastic as yours.

  7. Hello Elaine. I have never seen anything so beautiful. It is absolutely beautiful. Congrats!! I wish you all the best. XX

  8. Wowzers, this one looks right out of the Amazon jungle, very realistic . . . just love it Elaine!


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