Friday 12 March 2021

Kaleidoscopic Explosion

     Another sample made for John Next Door using the Deco Butterfly Collection, these dies really are pretty useful on their own.
     This card is based on the traditional exploding box, it's just a butterfly shaped box.
     From cream card I cut two of the large solid butterflies and made an explosion box without any flaps. It's just the framework with a few tweeks so it sits behind the butterflies without being seen.
     As the back butterfly can be seen I decided to cut two filigree shapes in dark brown card to cover the solid cream shape, they are only attached down the body leaving the wings to stand out.
     It's just like a normal explosion box in that it will fold flat for posting, it will just need a large envelope to hold all the insects.
     All of the smaller butterflies were cut in coloured card, each one was then made with opposing colours of solid and filigree, no two are the same.
     To get the butterflies flying I have used some strong acetate, the thin one couldn't hold the weight of the card very well. They are all attached with redline tape at various angles so they all 'explode' out of the large shape.
     I did find that the back shape had to be trimmed down at the bottom by an eighth of an inch to stand correctly, the weight of the flying shapes was trying to pull the whole thing forward and they didn't stand tall.
     This is another of those cards that looks complicated but really isn't and with dies like this you can put your own twist on it by changing the look of the box.

Materials used 
JND212 - Butterfly collection Dec Large Butterfly
JND211 - Butterfly collection Deco Butterflies dies
S57320 - Thick Acetate
S57262 - 3D PVA glue
S57085 - Ultra Clear Tape 6mm  (Redline)
   Other items from stash

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
CCEE Stampers - #2110 Butterflies
Craft Rocket - #79 Use Dies and/or Spring
Mod Squad - Beautiful Butterflies
Through The Craft Room Door - Mar 9 Anything Goes 
Lemon Shortbread - #141 Anything Goes
Day Of The Month Card Club - #25 Learn About Butterflies


  1. Hi Rocky this is stunning. Those butterflies are so lovely to use. Have a good weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Oh my!!! I asked for butterflies and you really delivered here. This is simply FABULOUS!!! All those die cuts are stunning. Great take on the challenge, thank you so much for participating with us over at the Mod Squad!!
    Judy~ Mod Squad Challenge Designer
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  3. Wonderful card Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge atThrough The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Good luck Ginny
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  4. WOW stunning box, those butterflies are wonderful.

  5. Wonderful, I love how all the butterflies are different colours xx

  6. Great creation, looks so lovely! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket Challenges.

    groetjes, Ellen

  7. What a gorgeous flock of butterflies and another fantastic project you made, Rocky! Thank you so much for joining in on DotMCC. Rosi x

  8. Wow! What a wonderful creation!
    LG Doris


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