Friday 27 March 2009

Mother's Day - Origami Box and Card

Thank you all so much for visiting and leaving such lovely comments, I'm really looking forward to visiting all of your blogs.

I'm sorry it's been a while since I posted but the last couple of weeks have been very busy. I have some news to share with you very soon.

Here's what I did for Mother's Day. The photographs are a little 'rainy day' but the colours are so bright that it's maybe a good thing! Mum loves bright colours and one of her favourite flowers is the Gerbera Daisy. I decided to make those two things the theme.

This card is large:- 28cm (about 11 inches) x 13.5cm (about 5.5 inches).


For the background I chalked the sky, and the grass area is green lightweight card embossed on the Eazi Score Board. The outside mount is silver holographic mirror board.

I used Word-Art (on my computer) to make the letters and printed them out - mirrored. I then cut and glued them onto heavy weight card, cut out, tinted with pigment inks, then embossed with holographic embossing powder. They're attached to the card using 3mm 3D foam pads.

The origami box is made from an A4 sheet of paper (squared) and a strip of card, for the wrap around, again inked and embossed with holographic embossing powder.

The message inside the box is an Elusive Images stamp - 'Words of Inspiration' - "Imagine the possibilities". Stamped using VersaFine - Onyx Black.

I made an insert by printing a message from my computer, "Happy Mother's Day" and finished by attaching a small bee, made by stamping the EJ Honey Bee onto acetate and card - as in the Buttercups and Daisies exploding box.

The Gerbera were made using a large and a small daisy punch. Three punch-outs of each size, layered together. I dry embossed a line along the centre of the petals before assembling the flowers. The centres were finished off with a small amount of black holographic glitter.

I'm drawing up a tutorial for the origami box using UK A4 squared and will post it very soon.

Click here -Tutorial now posted

Thank you for popping by.

Tuesday 10 March 2009

Exploding Box - Young Love & Flower Tutorial

This box demonstrates the three dimensional flowers in my tutorial below.

It was commissioned by Kieron who, because it was for his Valentine, played a very active role in the design and making of it.
'K' was 11 years old and over a period of weeks he would arrive at my house, after football, covered in mud.
He patiently learnt how to make 3D flowers, tint and glitter them, how to construct a box and how to stamp and emboss. He never tired or complained.
It was finally finished, just in time, on February 13th 2008 and 'K' carried it home in his 'Kit Bag'.
His Mum tells me that there were nervous mutterings as to how it would be presented the following day (without losing his 'Street Cred').

As requested, there was a hidden tag - with a secret message.
I don't know what that message was and I think there are only two people in the world who do.
Long Live Romance!

The tag was hidden in the box lid. Pull the correct ribbon and the tag pops out!

Here's how we made the flowers:

The colours are different but the construction is the same