Sunday, January 21, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Explosion Boxes

Welcome back to another Thinking Outside the Box Design Team blog hop. Happy January! I hope that you have been finding time to craft. I am loving so many suites in the Occasions Mini that it's hard to do real things around the home. . . This month we are making Explosions Boxes!

It may be that you have joined us from one of the other design team members, perhaps even, Barb Stewart's amazing blog. I love the different takes and designs we have on the same project.

This is my creation this month:
I thought that most people would lean towards a cube project because I enjoy making them so I decided to change it up just a little bit. . .

These are the tools and materials I have used:

Perennial Birthday Stamp Set
Amazing You Stamp Set
Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper
Old Olive Card Stock
Marina Mist Card Stock
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Silver Glimmer Paper
Smokey Slate Ink Pad
Old Olive Ink Pad
Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
Aqua Painter
Layering Circles Framelits
Celebrate You Thinlit Dies
Rhinestone Jewels

I started with a circle cut out to build a hexagon shape that would form the centre of my explosion box. I found the centre of the circle then divided it into 6 even segments using a rule.protractor and pencil.
This is roughly how it looked before I trimmed it down. Each side on the hexagon is 111/16" or 4.3cm.
I used the hexagon as the centre of the design and measured the sides of the box from the base outward. I was mindful that I needed to keep the box at a size that could be cut from an A4 piece of card.
This is the template for the base of the explosion box. Every other part fits inside this shape. The sides coming off the central hexagon are 111/16" x 21/2" or 4.3cm x 6.4cm. It's best to design a box with even numbered sides so that you can draw through the angles of the hexagons to match up the sides.
Keep the hexagon template, I actually stamped on this and made it the feature on the top of the explosion box.
See how the hexagon forms the centre of the design?
This is the template for the middle layer of the of the explosion box. The hexagon is the same size. The sides are 111/16"x 23/16" or 4.3cm x 5.5cm. You can make these any size in reality provided they are slightly smaller than the base sides.
I used Marina Mist Card stock for the middle layer. The hexagon again gives you context.
This is the centre layer of the explosion box. Again the hexagon is the same size and the sides are slightly shorter. the side measurements are each 111/16" x 2" or 4.3cm x 5cm. I wanted to have a lotus effect in the centre of the explosion box.
The centre of the explosion box is cut from Daffodil Delight. I chose these three colours to match the paper that I selected from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper. I wanted the Old Olive with embossed silver lines as the feature paper and the other two colours appear on its reverse.
This is the lid and I made it using a slightly larger hexagon as my central feature. The sides in this instance are designed to be folded inwards the measurements are 13/4" x 2" or 4.5cm x 5.5cm. You will see that I have also incorporated tabs for adhering the lid together, the dimensions for these three sides are slightly wider to accommodate the tabs - 21/2" x 2" or 6.5cm x 5.5cm.
I suggest folding the side-tabs in before folding each of the sides of the lid towards the centre.
The lid virtually makes itself.
To ensure that you are on track compare how the box folds together the folds on the side tabs should all marry up and the lip of the lid is formed. I adhered my lid with Tear and Tape and Glue Dots.
Cutting out the base of the explosion box - this is what it looks like.
The middle layer of the explosion box.
The centre layer of the explosions box. 

I suggest layering the feature card, paper and stamps before constructing the box. Once it is adhered together it will be quite awkward to stamp or glue some areas. By adhering everything together, it creates a really sturdy and substantial item.
This is the three layers positioned inside each other to give you a visual on what to expect.
I have used the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Papers as the feature on two of the layers (the white background with the dots is the reverse of the Old Olive and Silver paper). I stamped the flower stamp from Perennial Birthday set in Daffodil Delight on the same coloured centre layer.
As mentioned above I used the hexagon template as my stamping base on the lid. I have again stamped the flower from Perennial Birthday in Smokey Slate and coloured just the leaves in Old Olive. The sentiment "celebrate" comes from the Sale-a-Bration set Amazing You and the Silver Glimmer Paper "you" comes from the Sale-a-Bration Celebrate You Thinlit Dies
I could imagine making little pockets and embellishments for the inside of an explosion box like this  but I wanted to keep it simple on this occasion and allow the design to speak for itself. The Silver Glimmer Paper marries in nicely with the embossed silver feature on the DSP.
Because the inside of the box is so "busy" I wanted the outside to be clean and clear.
I lined each of the "sides" of the centre layer of the explosion box with Whisper White and stamped them in a random fashion similar to how I stamped the lid liner. I added Daffodil Delight to the centre of the small flowers with an aqua painter. The hexagon centre is 1/16" or 2mm smaller around the perimeter than the template used for the front of the card. The Rhinestone Jewels add a touch of bling!
The Marina Mist middle layer is stamped randomly with the flower stamp from Perennial Birthday in Marina Mist ink. The reverse side of this layer has the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP layer.
One of the reasons I chose the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP is because it is so sturdy. The paper is thicker than most DSPs and reinforces the explosion box sides beautifully. I especially wanted the bottom of the box to be strong (given its the outside which will face the most wear and tear), so it ias the Old Olive with Silver emboss feature on both sides (inside and outside the box).
I think it looks a little like an exotic lotus flower! That was my goal. . . The senitment on the inside of the box are from the Sale-a-Bration set Amazing You - the "you" and "are simply" are stamped in Smokey Slate and the "amazing" is stamped in Old Olive. I love that with this set you can create any combination of sayings.
So the box from the exterior is pretty unassuming and that's part of the joy of making hand made cards and gifts - it's only once people have opened them that the really cute and fun part begins!
I hope you are feeling inspired to try this box. It is very simple and as you become more competent you can increase the complexity. Good luck!

Don't leave us yet though because you are going to die when you see how incredible Tanja Kolar's project this month!

Until next month, keep crafting!
Shanni xx

Blog Order Hop for January
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)
Tanja Kolar Germany
Yoshiko Endo Japan
Annette Elias Netherlands
Dena Rekow United States
Beate Wacker Austria
Aude Barbara France
Barb Stewart Canada

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fancy Folds - Shadow Box Card

Happy New Year and welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team Blog Hop. It's hard to get my stamping mojo on after a couple of weeks' break, I hope you have had time for crafting or some other relaxing pursuit.  This month we are doing Shadow Box Cards and you have possibly just stopped by from Satomi's incredible blog! Satomi is so incredibly talented.

This is my first project:
I followed the amazing Linda Bauwin's YouTube tutorial for this simple and dramatic card.

I suppose you have already worked out that the card is a 6" x 12" piece of Whisper White card that I cut in halves. I scored the whole sheet first before cutting because I am lazy like that lol. I lined the rear piece of card stock with a rectangle of the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (obviously I took into account the scored sides and the fact that this made the back narrower.
I cut out the Scalloped Edge Oval on the front of the card from the Layering Ovals framelits. I then cut a void from a rectangle of Calypso Coral card using a plain edged oval framelit from the same pack. BTW I kept the oval that I cut and plan to use it on a future project! I adhered the Calypso Coral card to the back of the front piece of card so that it framed the cut out area and married in with the DSP in the back of the card.
To accomplish the colouring of the flowers I approached them in a backwards order. I coloured some Whisper White card stock with the Light and Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends. Then I stamped the flower images from Perennial Birthday in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. The reason I did this is because the Stampin' Blends tend to compromise the heat embossed images if you colour them after you have stamped and embossed the image. I coloured the leaves (with Dark and Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends) after the heat embossing because the space was more accommodating. I fussy cut the flowers.
I stamped the other leaves and flowers from the Perennial Birthday set in Old Olive and Calypso Coral directly onto the card front. The words "amazing" and "you" have been cut from Calypso Coral and Silver Foil Sheets respectively using the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies from the Sale-a-bration catalogue! I can tell already that these are going to be some of my favourite thinlits.
This is a photograph from above so that you can see the DSP on the back of the card and the positioning of the "you" greeting inside the card. And you can also see quite clearly why it's called a shadow box fold.
Here's a photo from a different angle that gives another perspective on the shadow box aspect.

Because I was conscious that other card folds are called shadow box I also did a project following the incredibly talented Julie Edwards YouTube tutorial. I followed her instructions to the tee!
My base card in this instance was Calypso Coral and I used the same design of the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP and an additional piece which is on the Marina Mist background for the flowers at the front of the card (which I fussy cut).
I stamped the cake from the Cake Soiree stamp set in Smokey Slate on Whisper White, coloured the flowers in Stampin' Blends - Light Pink Pirouette, Light and Dark Calypso Coral, Light Pumpkin Pie and Light and Dark Old Olive.
I then shaded the edges of the cake using an aqua painter and Calypso Coral direct from the ink pad. The Happy Birthday greeting on the top is stamped in Smokey Slate.
Of course I fussy cut the cake out and then I dimensioalised the cake on the DSP background with double dimensionals. The fussy cut DSP is adhered with glue dots to the front of the frame.  Because I thought that the card would be awkward to write onI adhered a square card with the exact dimensions to the rear of the shadow box.
I mounted the card with a square of the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Marina Mist background. I then cut out the word "celebrate" with the Celebrate You Thinlits dies in Silver Foil card.
This gives you some perspective on the card from the front side.
Internal view. Stamped the rose and solid leaf from the Cake Soiree set. The rose is stamped in Smokey Slate, coloured with Light Pink Pirouette and Light Calypso Coral and the leaves are stamped in Old Olive ink.
I hope you have gotten a little inspired to check out the new Occasions Catalogue and perhaps consider investing the requisite spend to earn the fabulous and versatile Sale-a-Bration thinlits for free!

Don't leave us yet because you need to check out the awesomely talented Tanja Kolar who always blows me away with her projects.

Until next time! Stay glittery
Shanni xx

Order of January Blog Hop

1.Gina Connor(UK) 
2.Martha Inchley (Canada) 
3.Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
4.Shannean Moncrieff(Australia) 
5. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
6.Aude Barbara(France) 
7.Miranda Mols(Netherland) 
8. Astrid Hofman(Austria)