Welcome to my Creative Corner. I am currently a designer on three design teams for Elizabeth Craft Designs and also a designer for Quietfire Creations. I love to spend my spare time designing cards and especially enjoy creating beautiful flowers out of card stock. I love sharing my work and tutorials with you and really appreciate you taking time to visit my blog. Hope I can inspire you to create something beautiful.
Last week I was contacted about participating in the Tombow "100 Day" Celebration. Tombow will provide $10,000 in Tombow art products to the Council for Arts Education, which is a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting art education and quality art programs nationwide. There are 100 different bloggers participating in this celebration, and for each blog post, Tombow will be donating $100 worth of products to the Council for Arts Education in their honor. It is an honor and privilege to participate in this celebration. My blog post, along with others participating, is also featured on theTombow Blog.
This is a picture of the products Tombow sent me to work with on my project: The Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive, Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set, and Irojiten colored pencils. Thank you Tombow; I loved working with these products.
For my project, I decided to design an "Explosion Box". I love creating flowers from card stock, so my box contains many flowers.
This is a picture of the explosion box open and you can see the box lid in the top left corner. I have created both a large rose and many smaller roses using Susan's Garden dies from Sizzix. There are two Memory Box "Pippi Butterflies" attached to clear acrylic flying above the large rose. You can see them best in the first picture above.
This picture shows the box closed.
This is a picture of the top of the lid.
To go along with the box, I created a card which includes mini roses created with the Susan's Garden "Mini Petals". The stamped birdhouse image is from Heartfelt Creations.
The Heartfelt Creations image was colored using the Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils. I love these pencils. Usually when I color with colored pencils I use Gamsol to blend the colors. The Irojiten pencils blend so well I did not need to use Gamsol. The Irojiten pencils come in 90 different colors. I am going to start working to collect all 90 of them for my coloring needs.
Below I am going to give a few instructions on how I created the Explosion Box.
I started with a 12x12 piece of white card stock (80 Cover Weight), for the box. Since it is an explosion box, the sides need to fall open once the lid is taken off. The 12x12 piece was scored at 4" from the left side, on all four sides, then the corner pieces were cut out. The four center pieces were then creased well on the score lines with a bone folder.
The inside of the box was decorated with three layers of card stock, each cut 1/8" smaller, on each side. The bottom piece was attached to the side with the Tombow Stamp Runner and the other two layers were attached using dimensional tape. To add the Memory Box "Floral Circle" in the center of each side, I used Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. The large rose in the center of the box was created using the Susan's Garden "Rose Die". On the outside of the box I cut a piece of card stock slightly smaller and embossed it using the Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder.
This picture shows the die cut pieces used for the small roses using the Susan's Garden "Mini Petals" dies. On the left, shows the petals and the base used for creating the small roses. Each package of Susan's Garden Flower Sets includes all pieces needed to complete the flower including the leaves. The second picture shows the next step -- glue petals on every other point on the base and the picture on the right shows the completed layer which will be used for the bottom of the flower. I created two layers like this and glued them together to form a rose. Next I created a small rose bud to attach to the center. For the buds, some of the petals (6 or 7) were shaped around self closing tweezers. I have many tutorials on my blog on how to create these flowers.
For the Explosion Box lid I cut another piece of card stock 8" x 8" and scored each side at 1 7/16" on all four sides. The lid must be slightly larger than the box in order to fit properly. The sides were cut up to the score line as shown above. A small "V" shape was cut off on the outer piece (the piece that will be the flap that is attached inside to form the lid). I used the Tombow Stamp Runner to attach the flaps inside.
I want to show you how I created the design on the side of the lid.
I used Liquitex Modeling Paste and The Crafters Workshop "Mini Birds of a Feather" template on pieces cut to fit each side. As soon as the modeling paste was dry, these pieces were added to the side pieces of the lid with Tombox Stamp Runner. Right under these textured pieces I added a Spellbinders "Flourish Trim". The sides of this Flourish were a little too wide, but were trimmed off to fit.
I hope you enjoy this project I designed for the Tombow "100 Day Celebration".