Hi all, it is my turn to make a spotlight DT project for Fred She Said and I chose to make another magic box. Tracey our very sweet and wonderful artist leader graciously created a special Emma digi image especially for my project!!! I love making these boxes full of surprises when they are opened and asked if Tracey could design an Emma that would hold sentiments and have a back image since the box is made to be seen 360 degrees around. This cute Emma is holding a sign that says "Your A Blessing" but has other sentiments that you can substitute to fit the occasion. Also in this set are the flowers, in three sizes, that are floating around her. Click on any picture to enlarge.
You can see in the picture below the back image that fits perfectly with the front image and her dress has a perfect spot for a bow!
You can see the box closed with the lid in the above picture. Tip, can you see the side of the box bowing out a bit? I used a lighter weight base card stock thinking that it would be ok because of the layered panels. Well it is just those layered panels that are weighing down that base card stock and causing that little bowing effect. So, use a heavier base card stock, in the previous two I used Bazzil and didn't have this problem.
I printed out the Emma with her sign and flowers (ready to print, all on one digi image sheet) onto an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of white card stock. I colored her with Prismacolors and OMS in blues and yellows. Then I cut her and the flowers out with a craft knife.
After cutting out the Emma images, front and back, take a small tipped black marker (I used a small flat tipped calligraphy pen) color the white edges as in the above picture. It gives the cut out images a finished look and can disguise any misalignment.
The flowers were also colored with Prismacolors and OMS, then the outlines gone over with a matching shade of blue metallic gel pen. I did not color the center as this is the largest and would be layered with the smallest. Turn over the flower and with a matching color marker or with Prismacolors, color the back of the flower if you wish. Cut them out and shape on a foam matt with a ball stylus or as I did with my sewing awl. With firm pressure, but not too heavy to tear the card stock, press down and pull a line with your shaping tool from the center to the end of the petal on each of the three design lines. This will shape and slightly cup up your petals. You can see this on the finished petals.
Next I take a pen that has a smooth rounded end and shape the center to cup the flower more. You can use anything that has a similar shape to do this. Press with firm pressure in a circular spiral motion.
I then used my glue pen to draw around the sign and edge it with yellow Martha Stewart fine glitter. The largest and smallest flowers were layered and I added the same yellow glitter for centers and a good size dot of aquamarine Big & Glitzy Glitter Glue on the bottom center of each petal. This gives the flowers some real sparkle and dimension. The middle size flowers were not layered.
Using my Scor-Pal, I scored a 12 X 12 sheet of card stock at 4 1/2 and at 7 1/2, turning the card stock 90 degrees and score at the marks again. This makes the box base.
Cut the corner squares out to form the sides and bottom of box as above. Then cut eight panels (4 for inside and 4 for outside of box) from either the same color card stock or one of your color choice that are 4 1/4" X 2 3/4". Then cut from designer paper of your choice, or stamp your own, eight more panels that are 4" X 2 1/2". Using a glue pen edge with glue and glitter all 16 panels if you wish. Layer the two glittered panels together forming eight double layer panels and glue these onto all four panels of the box base, front and back with double sided tape. I used K & Co. Handmade collection designer paper that has shiny metallic foiled designs, just perfect for this projects color scheme.
The top of the box is cut from a 6 1/8" X 6 1/8" piece of card stock and is scored at 1 1/2" and 4 1/8", turn 90 degrees and score again at the same measurements. Following the directions for the base of the box assemble the lid and side panels on the outside of the box lid only. The measurements for the layered side panels of the box lid are 2 7/8" X 1 1/4"; and 2 5/8" X 1" of designer paper.
Peel backing off one side of the tape on the acetate strip and lay it down on the front Emma image from her waist to her feet. The portion of the acetate strip with no tape will be sticking out at the bottom of her feet. Add more double sided tape to the back of the Emma image and adhere the front to the back aligning carefully as the tape is very sticky and repositioning is not easy. Cut the portion of the acetate strip at the bottom of the Emma image in half length wise (from her feet to end of strip) and bend one side to the front and one to the back right at her feet. Adhere a ribbon bow to the back of Emma's dress.