Ink: So Saffron, (pad), Ballet Blue (marker)
Stamps: Sanded background stamp
Punches: Scallop Circle, Five Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms, 0.5" Circle and 1.25" Circle
Box Size: 11cm x 11cm x 3cm (approx. 4.25" x 4.25 x 1.25")
Cut a square of Always Artichoke card 17cm x 17cm, and another square 16.8cm x 16.8cm. Score both pieces of card 3cm in from the edge on all sides. Cut straight in along the score lines as shown, and then cut a thin wedge out from the flap side of the cut.
Decorate the box as desired. Here I have stamped the Whisper White card using the Sanded background stamp and So Saffron ink, punched the corners of the larger square with a 1/2" circle punch, and then matted all pieces onto Ballet Blue card before sticking to the box. Punch a 1.25" circle of Always Artichoke and stick in the centre of the top of the box. Apply glue or double sided tape to the flaps as shown.
Fold along the score lines and stick the flaps to the inside of the box.
Punch six scalloped circles from Bashful Blue card, and mark the centre of each with a dot. Draw a rough circle around the dot as in the picture. Then cut out a wedge as shown by the dotted line on every other scallop all the way round.
Will look like this. Do all six scallops the same.
With a Bashful Blue marker draw markings on the petals as shown.
Place the tip of the needle end of the DEET tool in the centre of the flower shape, with the rest of the needle laying flat along a petal. Hold the DEET like a knife, with your index finger on the needle to apply pressure. Draw the needle from the centre outwards to create a crease. See the Tool Substitute tab at the top of the blog if you do not have a DEET tool.
With an embossing tool, make small circular movements in the centre at the base of the petals to cup them upwards. The more pressure you apply, the more the flower will cup.
Place a small dot of glue in the centre of one of the flowers, and place another on top, alternating the petals
so it will look like this. When you are satisfied with the position of the petals, press down in the centre with your embossing tool to adhere firmly. Make the other two flowers in the same way.
Punch two shapes using the 5 Petal Flower punch. Cut out one of the petals as in the picture above. Do this for both shapes.
Now cut up the middle between the remaining two pairs of petals as shown. Then on one pair of petals only, cut them apart into two individual pieces. You will end up with three pairs and four individual pieces. One of these individual pieces can be discarded.
Using the DEET tool, and the same method as creasing the flower petals, make a crease down the centre of each leaf.
Turn the leaves over, and glue one of the single ones onto the back of one of the pairs as above. Left hand shows the back of the leaf group after sticking, the right hand show the front.
Punch three of the little rounded petal flowers from the Boho Blossoms Punch from So Saffron card. Use the embossing tool in circular motion to make the shapes cup upwards.
Turn the flower over, and hold it with some tweezers. Apply a tiny spot of glue to each or the petal tips only. Don't worry about the petal that is being held by the tweezers - there will be enough glue on the other tips to hold the flower in place. The easiest way to apply a tiny amount of glue is to squeeze a blob onto some scrap paper, and then use the tip of a cocktail stick to apply it where needed.
Still holding it with the tweezers, turn the yellow flower over and gently place it into the centre of the blue flower. Once it is in position, leave it to dry. Don't apply pressure in the centre to avoid squashing it. Just be patient until the glue dries!
Apply three larger blobs of glue evenly spaced around the green circle in the middle of the box.
Place the three flowers onto these glue blobs and settle them into postion. Hold them for a little while until the glue 'grabs' and they will remain in position when you let go of them. I did use both hands to arrange my flowers, but needed one hand to take the photo! Take care not to put too much pressure on the centres of the flowers so that you don't squash them. I like to do the three flowers simultaneously so that I can adjust the postion of all of them at once. But if you find this too tricky, then glue one at a time into position, and wait 'til the glue is holding it firmly before moving on to the next one.
Apply a little glue to the back of a leaf group and stick it so that it pokes out from between the flowers. This is easier if you wait for the glue on the flowers to be holding them firmly so that they don't shift position. Repeat with the other two leaf groups.
The finished box.