Saturday, October 17, 2009

Butterfly Explosion Box

Oooh...Ahhhh...Isn't this beautiful? I won't have to tell you twice how impressed I was when I was able to create something that might come close to some of the amazing creations on the Magic Boxes website! I did this project way back in April for the Dirty Dozen Gallery - Going Green. The box was created for our inspiration piece because of the bright green grass and blue skies :) I found the tutorial for this box with different measurements here.

When I made the box from the tutorial it was a little small for what I needed it to be, so I ended up altering the measurements. This particular box stands finished at 3 3/4" x2 1/2".

Here are the measurements that I used to make this fun box:
Start with a 10" square for the base and score at 3 3/4" all the way around the out side. For the lid, I adjusted the measurements to a 4 5/8" Square scored at 1" all the way around.

The largest decorated panels are 3 1/2"x 1 1/4"
The base decorated square on the inside of the box is 2 1/4" square
The decorated panel on the top of the box is 2 3/8" square.
The rectangular panels of the edge of the lid are 3/4"x 2 1/8"

To decorate the panels I used a combination of stamps, sponges and inks. I love the bold statement that the Sponged Background adds to the box :) It truly adds a serene feel with colours that pop and draw attention to the 3D butterfly perched on top kind of like a bow *grin*
This kind of card is really a present in it's own but you could add a little treasure inside the box as well.

Speaking of treasures...guess who I finally got to meet the other day? If you read my blog last week, you would know that I was patiently waiting to me this sweet little girl :)

This beautiful baby made me an aunt for the second time on October 10th after being 11 days over due. She wasn't even an hour old when this picture was taken and I was the one snuggling her at the time :) Miss Makena Alexis was named for the beach that her parents got married at just a little under a year ago on Maui and for her own mama's middle name :) I'm so excited to be an auntie again so I wanted to share with you all too *wink*

**Just a little reminder to any of you who are interested in learning how to make sponged ink backgrounds, the online class that I am teaching over at My Creative Classroom starts on Wednesday, October 21st**

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps - Designer Garden, Antique Scrolls, Beautiful Butterflies
Paper: Black, Kiwi, Watercolour
Ink: Black, Versa Mark, Kiwi, Artichoke, Light Blue, Navy, Dark Navy
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Sponges, Pop Dots, Tombow Markers, Waterbrush, Clear Embossing Powder

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Dawn B. said...

I am not sure which is more beautiful.. Your niece or your box.. I have seen those boxes before.. I am signing up for your class too.. Congrats on the new niece..

The Stamper's Touch said...

What a beautiful box Kim!! But may I say, that niece of yours is absolutely stunning!!! Look at all that hair!!!!!!! Congrats Auntie Kim!!


scrappingnana said...

Congratulations on being an aunt again. She sure is beautiful.
Your butterfly box is very nice.

vdutchr said...

Kim - BEAUTIFUL box! Those colors are the best together! I can see why you were very happy with the results! Simply gorgeous! Your new little niece is pretty darn cute too!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful box, I have made the smaller ones but this looks so neat!
Congrats on your new niece, so sweet!

Gloria said...

Congrat's Aunty! Your niece is beautiful. So is your butterfly! Just stunning.

Katie Renz said...

Hi Kim,

Congrats on the new addition to the family! I can't even imagine being late especially since I never experienced my 9th months.

But to the box... what can I say except gorgeous!

Wendy said...

I WANT ONE OF THE BOXES!! Will have to try this. It is beautiful Kim!!

Candy F. said...

I love making these boxes -- they really are addictive! Your box is absolutely gorgeous and so is your niece!