Friday, March 30, 2012

Purple Butterfly Box - Tutorial

Hello and happy Friday! Today I am sharing a project I made for the Spellbinders™ design team retreat. We all made small gifts to exchange with one another and this is what I came up with. I filled each box with some candies. 

 To begin, I cut a piece of Pure Luxury Lovely Lavender card stock to 7 ¼
 by 7 ½ inches. On the 7 ¼ side, I scored at 1 ¼, 3, 4 ¼ and 6 inches. 

Next, I rotated the card stock and scored at ½, 1 ¾, 5 ¾
and 7 inches on the 7 ½ side. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my Scor-Pal? They were one of the fabulous companies to send product to the Spellbinders retreat and they were so generous to us!

After scoring, I trimmed away the parts shown in the photo and cut slots for the side flaps.

I used a corner rounder to round the little side tabs.

Then for the front flap, I fed it into my Spellbinders Grand Labels 23 Nestablities die template (2nd smallest die template). Then I used blue painter tape to hold the paper in position in the die, then made my sandwich. I fed the sandwich into my Grand Calibur® Die Cutting Machine, just far enough to cut the front edge, then backed it back out. 

I sponged Memento Grape Jelly ink around the edges of the top/front flap.

Then folded the sides in, adhering with Scor-Tape, to form my box.

I held the front flap closed and pierced a hole for the brad.

After inserting the brad, the flap tucks right behind the brad and holds the box closed. I found that small brads don't work very well for this, so I picked up some large brads from Michaels.

 To decorate the box, I cut some Pure Luxury White card stock with the largest in a regular Labels 23 set. Then sponged Memento Grape Jelly ink while still in the die template.

To get the scoring just right, I held the cut piece in place, then used a pencil to make a light mark where I wanted the score line. I did this for each fold. There is a small amount that extends past the back of the box, which I just trimmed off.

Here you can see it after I scored and trimmed. I had forgotten to add some background stamping, so I added that. I used the small branch from Hope Grows and stamped with Memento Grape Jelly, ghost stamping before re-inking for added depth.

Here is the box after adhering the background.

Next I stamped the butterfly, from Warm With Love, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used Copics to color, starting with B26.

Added B23.

Added V06.

Added V04.

Added V01.

Then filled in with V000. After coloring, I cut out the butterfly.

The sentiment is from Whimsical Spring and stamped on a piece of white card stock, cut using Spellbinders Labels 4. I adhered with Pop Dots.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!


Tina McDonald said...

This was an amazing project! Even my hubby was MAJORLY impressed!!! I adore your coloring techniques!!
So fabulous to have gotten to meet you! ((HUGS))

Patti J said...

Beautiful project, Theresa! Those colors are so rich and elegant...looks like a box one would find at a very high end gift store! Thanks for sharing how you made it, I can't wait to give it a try! Have a great weekend :)

Betty Benton said...

What a beautiful purple box, Theresa! Thank you so much for the tutorial -- I may have to make some of these to sell at Monday Market.

Jennie said...

Ahh-mazing Theresa! Beautifully designed and stamped. What a fun little gift presentation idea. :)

Frk. Bogstad said...

Such a lovely box :) I adore you and your tutorials ♥

Leta said...

You are just amazing....your box and colors are sure to please anyone

Cheri said...'re amazing! This is awesome!!!

Pitchoune said...

so beautiful box!A+

A Cup of Sparkle said...


Judy Inukai said...

Great project. I love the shades of purple, especially on the butterfly.

Barb Ghig said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL project! Thank you so much for the tutorial...I can't wait to make one! (((HUGS))) to you!

Sharon Caudle said...

Hi Theresa!! I so wish I had more time, as I could spend hours and hours reading your blog! You always make such gorgeous designs and are such an inspiration! And your tutorials ROCK! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
hugs, Sharon