by Joy Blevins, Design Team Member at the Scrapbook Outlet
- 1 tissue box cover
- Acrylic paint (Americana "Golden Straw")
- 1/2" Flat Brush
- Paper: Med. Olive green cardstock (2 3/4" x 8" is enough)
- Swirl stamp for leaf
- Brown and olive green liquid chalks or inks
- 1 yd. Stretch trim
- 10 red seed beads
- 8 golden seed beads
- 4" silk flower
- 2-1/2" shimmery flower
- 1/2" glue dots, tacky glue and glue runner
- 10 small brads (you can color them with Copics)
- "Walk in my Garden" Cricut cartridge
- "Plantin' School Book" Cricut cartridge
- Paint entire outside of tissue box and let dry completely. (Americana "Golden straw") (Paintbrush)
- Top - cut 9-3/4" x 4-/8" rectangle (A) (this allows 1/8" of the box to show)
- Holding this rectangle on the top of the box, flip the whole thing over.
- Using a pencil, trace the center hole and cut out 1/8" LARGER than the hole you traced.
- Long sides (B) cut two 9-5/8" x 2-1/2"
- Short sides (C) cut two 5" x 2-1/2"
- Chalk or ink all edges in brown, including the inside hole.
- Using glue runner (cover fairly completely, especially the edges) or tacky glue. Use a thin layer of this, being sure to glue clear to the edges. Use your bone folder to smooth the paper as you put it on the box, working out the center to avoid bubbles. Glue top (A) and sides (B and C) to the box, leaving about 1/8" of the box showing around all edges.
- Using a stiletto or large needle, punch holes in both top comers of all four sides.
- Apply a strip of glue on the upper edge of the paper.
- Begin placing the stretch lace 3/4" from the left side and wrap around the box, stretching slightly and pressing it into the glue as you go. When you get to the end, cut lace 3/4" longer than needed, fold it under and glue it.
- Place a brad through the lace into each hole. Open them on the inside and press them flat with your bone folder.
- Using "Walk in my Garden" Cricut cartridge, page 90, create the flower
blackout making one flower each in sizes: 3-1/2", 3", 2-1/2", 2", 1-1/2" and 1". Chalk or ink the edges of each flower.
- Using something round (I used the ball end of my small hammer, the end of my Cricut spatula and the end of an ink pin), and a 3" or larger square of stiff foam, place each flower upside down on the foam and press the round object on each petal, using a rotating motion.
- After you've done each petal, turn it over and do the middle in the same way.
- On the top right of the box, using 1/2" glue dots or tacky glue, layer 4" silk flower and the flowers you just made beginning with the largest one, shifting each layer so that you can see the petals on the layer below. Place the 2-1/2" shimmery flower between the layers of flowers.
- When you have all the flowers glued down, put some tacky glue in the center of the flower and drop ten red seed beads in a circle.
- Using "Plantin School Book" Cricut cartridge, page 76, use the flower
to make two flowers each in sizes: 1-1/2" and 1-1/4" and one flower in size 1". Chalk or ink the edges of each flower.
- As in step 14, round the flower petals all on the right side and the center of the flower so that they form a cup.
- Use tacky glue in the center of the flowers, beginning with the largest one, shifting each layer so that you can see the petals on the layer below. They will form a cupped flower.
- When you have all the flowers glued down, put some tacky glue in the center of the flower and drop eight gold seed beads in a circle.
- Using "Plantin School Book" Cricut cartridge, page 76, use the shift
to make three leaves in size 2-1/2" and two leaves in size 1-1/2".
- Using your swirl stamp and the olive green ink, stamp each leaf and then chalk or ink the edges.
- As in step 14, round the front side of the leaves and pull the tool toward the point to elongate the circle so it looks like a leaf.
- Nestle them into the edge of the large flower and glue them down with tacky glue.
- Glue the leaves on using tacky glue or glue runner.
- To make the butterfly, use two 1-7/8" x 1" scraps of paper. Use a punch, decorative scissors, or freehand the decorative edge of the wings.
- Cut at an angle leaving 7/8" in the middle. Fold up 1/8" of the middle.
- Glue these two 1/8" pieces together, one on top of the other. Cut a 1-1/8" x 1/4" tube for the body and a 1/4" circle for the head.
- Chalk wings, body and head. Using tacky glue, glue the wings to the box at the middle section only.
- Glue the body onto the middle section. Draw two antenna on the box and then glue the head on.