Friday 12 November 2010

Magic Box - Mica Butterflies


I'd been playing with mica and thought how well it would suit butterfly wings.
These are painted with mica pigment 'Festive Brights'.

The butterfly stamp is by Personal Impressions
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have a name, just a code: P547 E.
The rounded shape reminded me of the butterflies depicted in traditional Japanese art..

Using mustard coloured card as the base seemed to enhance the colours of the mica pigment..

I wanted to carry the 'shimmer' effect throughout the box
but decided not to use mica pigment on the panels
it would have overpowered the butterflies.
Using ivory pearlescent card as the base I inked with
the green and blue from Rangers Big & Juicy 'Mountain Meadow'.

To add a final touch of luxury I stamped Hero Arts 'Leaf  Flourish'
in VersaMark and embossed with gold.
Mounting the panels onto gold mirror board framed them nicely
and added weight to the sides which always helps with 'the drop'.

I must say, I thought glitter was difficult to capture in a photograph
but mica is a nightmare!

Thankyou for visiting.


  1. Oh wow, Elaine! This is a real stunner! I love the colour combo and the leaf swirl works perfectly with it- such a versatile stamp. Gorgeous butterflies too!

  2. Let me know when you come to LA area. Or just maybe I'll come your way. Beautiful work as always.

  3. Oh, my goodness, this is just superb, Elaine! The colours are wonderful, and the gold leafy swirl complements them so well. And of course, the butterflies are gorgeous. Stunning, as always.

  4. Stunning work. Love butterflies.
    Hugs, Nataliya.

  5. Its like summer spendor in a box. What a beautiful project.

    Gwen DTC@ACLP

  6. Wow - stunningly beautiful piece of work. x

  7. Oh wow, was this worth waiting for! It's stunning Elaine and I totally agree with Sally and Lynne about the colours and everything else. I wouldn't have thought of using Big & Juicy inkpads on the pearlescent card but the effect is gorgeous so thanks for sharing.

    Lesley Xx

  8. Hi Elaine,
    it's so nice, that you are back again. The 90th Birthday Box and this one is so brilliant! I love your magic boxes!

    Happy Weekend
    Hugs Dunja

  9. Completly and utterly breathtaking Elaine, just beautiful,
    Love Sarita xx

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous Elaine, I love using Mica powders, glitter and gold . . . pure heaven! The colors you chose are stunning, the butterflies just spring to life!

  11. What a beautifull box, i love the colors and you did a great job with the mica.

    Hugs Yvon.

  12. Hi Elaine
    So glad you like the stamps, cant wait to see what you do with them! Lovin your latest box, the detail is just stunning and love the colours. Thanks for your kind comments, It's wonderful to have such nice things said by someone who's work you admire - made my day!
    x Michelle

  13. I so love this box and the gold embossing is just stunning. I hope you are doing well, and I'm always so glad and honored when you stop by my blog. My best to you and your Mum! Best, Curt

  14. Jaw dropping gorgeous, what a work of art, hugs Monica xx

  15. Awesome, I love the colour combo of this box.

  16. So cute!

    Happy new year :)

    Happy blogoversary :)

  17. Mmm..... I love these boxes!
    Have totry doing some myself.
    Happy that I found your blog.

  18. What a beautiful box you have made. I love him very much. Fabulous work.
    Gr. Marja

  19. fantastyczy efekt..piękne motyle..

  20. It may have been a nightmare but you captured the shimmer beautifully. I just found your site via I love making exploding boxes but have never seen ones like yours - amazing!

  21. FABulous Elaine, just FABulous. *Ü* I have just stumbled across your blog for the 1st time after linking through another. I have made exploding boxes before but this is a definate to try. Thank you for the tutorial. ~Glen~

  22. Elaine I have nominated you for Irresistibly Sweet Award for your blog and all your crafty inspirations to myself and others. If you would like this award please check it out at
    Thanks- Suzanne

  23. Elaine - this has to be one of the most beautiful things I have seen for ages. It takes my breath away! I absolutely love making explosion boxes and like you, love adding elements on acetate strips. You can see my beehive box on my blog:
    Hope you'll pop over and have a look. There are a couple more explosion boxes on my blog if you browse around. I'm just off to sign up to follow your marvellous blog!

  24. I love it, so ethereal. Now I want to make exploding boxes and that thought has never occurred before. TFS.


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