Exploding Box – BEWARE!

Leading on from my facebook post earlier, I have spent a rather larger part of today than intended making an exploding box. I have not done one before although it has been on my ‘to try’ list for some time however there is a tutorial in the new Crafters Companion Mag which has a rather exciting cake inside so I thought, why not?

The Magazine rates this as a 3 in difficulty with a completion time of 90 mins. I completely failed in terms of the completion time, however there were various bits and pieces that I did a little bit differently some of which definitely added time; I’m pretty sure I entered a time warp somewhere along the line as well because I appear to have lost an hour altogether somewhere…

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The initial cutting and scoring of the base, lid and matts only took about half an hour, but then time was added by my inability to create anything without distress ink so I also stopped and inked all the edges 🙂

For people who do not know, the base of an exploding box is a square divided into 9 equal squares, the four corner squares are then removed to create a cross shape. As a top tip, I would strongly recommend that when you remove these corner squares you either use a steel edged ruler and knife; a pair of scissors long enough that you can line up and make the cut in one snip or a trimmer. For most people, if you try to cut with a smaller pair of scissors you will end up with a wavy line.

The cake was easier than I thought it was going to be, but still a bit fiddly. Another tip would be to curl the card around a pen or pokey tool (similar to flower shaping) to give it a natural curve before joining the two ends together. I also found it easier to roll the sides of the cake tighter than actually needed and then let the card relax into a wider circle than to try and tighten to the right size.

I did go a little bit crazy with the liquid pearls, but overall I think I like it and may well do another (quicker) one soon 😉

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The Blank square here is for a personal message!

Another Wedding Card

Good Morning everyone, some of you may remember the wedding card I did several weeks ago using the Tattered Lace accordion dies. This one is also using the accordion dies and for a wedding, but in a completely different style.

The brief was ‘old style film cameras’ and not ‘lovey dovey’ so this was what I came up with.

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Side one has papers from my ‘all occasions’ USB, I have then imported camera images onto the top of the backing papers prior to printing. I have also used the colour mixer on ‘My Craft Studio’ to warm up the paper and then distressed it after printing with Rusty Hinge. The main image here is a Lily of the Valley Digistamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pens/pencils and with wink of stella over the top of the flowers and veil. On this particular digistamp there is no drawn bottom to the dress so what I have done to finish it off is run the bottom of the stamp through my die-cutting machine using one of the tattered lace torn edges dies (which means its also eligible for the challenge!). All of the ‘film’ is printed onto vellum and then strategically glued. I would strongly recommend to anyone doing this type of glueing that you invest in some small pegs as they are perfect for holding things like this in position whilst you carry on.

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The papers for the reverse is a repeat of the front panels and the mid-section is left unembellished for the personal message. I have then tried to make the left-hand side mimic a dressing room.

The whole of this card is very solid, the base was Sheena Stamping card (300gsm) to start with and then the whole of the frame has a double layer of both black card and vellum. I like the frames being re-enforced as the structure of the card does mean that the frame edges can be a bit flimsy, especially if the centre panels are then heavily embellished.

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This Stamp is a Sheena Douglass stamp from the ‘Remember When’ collection. I had originally hoped to use this on the card itself but the image was too large for the style of card I went with. Since my client also very much liked this stamp, it made it’s way onto the box instead ;).

I really enjoyed this card and am proud of the result.

Thanks for reading!

 

Sylvia Zet

Whilst browsing pintrest the other day I found several lovely digi-stamps which I tracked down to the artist Sylvia Zet. I have therefore purchased a couple and this is the first one I have had a play with 🙂

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What I also found whilst rummaging was a lovely border die by tattered lace which has been in my stash for a while, but hadn’t actually made it onto a project yet.

In this project I have used it on the main image so that the topper has the negative side and then cut a mat using the dies’ positive side then layered them up together to create this really nice edge.

Having found this die, it is also the inspiration for June’s challenge (I know we are not quite there yet) which is to use something new. It does not need to be freshly bought, just something that has not yet seen the light of day 😉

 

 

Not the Challenge…

This little item is not an entry for our challenge however it was my birthday a few days ago and I was lucky enough to receive quite a lot of crafty goodies 🙂

 

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I was shocked whilst colouring this to find that my spectrum sparkle pen had run out of juice (aaargh!) but all is well because it was a pack of three 😉

Santoro Gorjuss

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I haven’t finished playing with this one however I wanted to add it to my colour library before I lost the piece of paper telling me what I had used…

I have tried to match the colours to those featured on the stamp itself, so I am adding in a photo of the stamp for comparison!

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Dress, face, shoes and skin(Spectrum Noir Pencils):

  • 34
  • 42
  • 78
  • 27
  • 001
  • 114
  • 120

Socks:

  • 120
  • 109

Challenge Day Two

Another day at home so created some more.

Card 1

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Hunky-dory Little book image, a total of four layers. I have used the diamond shaped torn edge and created an inverted decoupage. Acetate with a sentiment embossed wrap and mounted on an easel card.The base backing paper is a paper from Kanban, flowers created from the waste and one of my favourite swirl dies. on the stopper.

Card 2

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Standard decoupage created with the cut-outs from card 1, so in total I have used 5 of the matching little book pages.. Simply mounted on gold layers cut using rectangular torn edge dies.

Card 3

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Torn edge Hexagon card (sorry not photographed well due to the amount of shiney ) Hexagon layers with heart torn edge topper made from yet another little book page. Flowers swirls and banner made from various off cut bits on my desk from last two days of crafting.

Will go back and tidy tomorrow as I am hungry and in need of coffee.

 

Handmade Cards for every occasion

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