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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  1. OMG your tropical garden box is fantastic!!
    Really outstanding work, Elaine!

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous love it.....

  3. this box is stunning... absolutely gorgeous... so i guess you are back then? i have really missed your cute boxes!!!

    take care

  4. What a gorgeous box Elaine! I can just feel the tropical breezes blowing and the spray of a waterfall on my face!! LOL!!! love all the glitter and the cute ladybugs! what a wonderful gift for your friend!!

  5. Elaine, my friend, this is just out of this world STUNNING!!!!! I have missed you !!!!! I know you are a busy woman. Hugs my friend, Sabrina

  6. Breathtaking! I am speechless! Wow!

  7. What an absolutely superb box. The tropical leaves and flowers are stunning, and the colours are so vibrant and fresh.

  8. Love it Elaine. I always love your boxes. This is one of my faves, I just love those tropical colours. And that punched monstera leaf is perfect.

    Hugs Debbie xx

  9. Yeah!!!!! You are back! I've missed you so much. Your latest box is so awesome. The colors are so eye popping and gorgeous! I'm so glad to "see" you! Hope you are well! Best, Curt

  10. i am drooling over this is extremely fantastic...yummy!

  11. Exceptional as always Elaine and definitely worth the Lllloonng wait......

  12. Oh my goodness these are amazing. You really have such a talent. What an incredible creations..TFS

  13. Well I think Sally said it best,
    Breathtaking! I am speechless! Wow!
    You inspire me!

  14. Hi Elaine.....I have made an exploding box with buttterflies to show on Bubbly Scrumptious next week but I can only think that the idea must have come from seeing your boxes on Inspirational a while ago.....I was wondering if I could credit them to you please and add your name in as a link on the instructions and ideas page?
    Regards Ruth xxx

  15. Wow, i really love it!!
    but i am crazy about lady-bugs.....
    regards Nicole

  16. You've inspired me to have a go! Nowhere near as good as yours, but if you want to take a look it is here!

  17. Your lovely colours "makes my day"! And your boxes are brilliant!

  18. Hi Elaine!
    What beautiful boxes! The colours are absolutely delicious and your attention to detail is stunning! The ladybirds are an inspiration - they are the finishing touch!
    I'm keeping an eye on you! LOL!

  19. I am completely in love with your work. It is great. And the boxes are just stunning. I like to follow your blog. See you back soon. Hugs Ineke

  20. Your boxes are truly stunning !!!
    Thanks for sharing

  21. Way too cute! Love, love, love the bright tropical colors!


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