Sunday 1 February 2009

Exploding Box - Violets (In Memory of)

Diana commissioned this box for her daughter. The theme was violets because they were "Gran's favourite flowers".
I love commissions because I learn something about that person and their family or friend. If I'm asked to make a box it is always for someone special and usually for a special reason. I feel privileged when they share a part of their family history with me and it's heartwarming to know how close some family relationships are.

Materials and Techniques:

Image Panels:

  • As with the origami box below, the panels are lime green card, tinted with VersaColor Evergreen and Marigold. The fern stamp is Stampendous 'Summer Leaves' stamped in Evergreen and then dotted with green ultra-fine glitter.
    These panels were mounted onto heavy weight black card - (cut 5mm larger and edged with holographic black glitter).

3D Leaves:

  • See-Dees self cling stamp 'Leaves #50052' stamped in VersaColor Evergreen, onto mid green lightweight card. I ran over the image lightly with VersaColor Evergreen and cut each leaf out when the ink was dry.
    The leaves were mounted onto fine strips of acetate and fixed to the box (side and centre panels).


  • Eight flowers were punched out, from lilac lightweight card, using a large five petal flower punch and painted with Twinkling H2Os Purple.
    To dimension the flower - I embossed a line down the centre of each petal then cut between two petals (to the centre of the flower) and glued these petals together.
    I finished with a small, square, amber gemstone in the centre of each flower.
    The violets were attached to thin strips of acetate.
    Four (of the eight) were fixed to the four box side panels (before gluing the panels to the box).
    Four were attached to the box centre panel. This is demonstrated in my tutorial 'Small Butterfly Box' on my gallery site.

Flower Buds (paper beads):

  • Were made from long, triangular pieces of lilac lightweight card. Painted with Twinkling H2Os Purple.
    When the paint was dry the card strips were rolled tightly round a cocktail stick and glued.
    A thin strip of acetate was fed through each bud and glued in position.
    Finally, they were attached to the four side panels as described above.

Thanks for visiting.

I have more boxes on my gallery site:

I will be adding more to my blog over the next few days. Hope you can bear with me.


  1. Wow, what a wonderful box! I´ve only done boxes with photos before, but I really must try to do one of these. You really do lovely things here :)
    Thanks for inspiration!!!
    Elisabeth from Sweden

  2. Just incredible, so beautiful! You've won me over on these boxes, I've got to try it! Am looking for your tutorial now.


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