We started with two pieces of 12x12" cardstock for the top and bottom. The top is made with origami folds and the bottom was folded and cut so that it would form a box. We cut out stamped images of the leaves and acorn and then did the tangles. I used Distress inks and a water pen to watercolor the leaves. The acorn was stamped on kraft cardstock so I just lightly colored some shading on it. Patti had used white gel pen highlights on her leaves and I was really impressed with the way it made the designs pop. I did the same and it's amazing the difference. I chose an orange CS square to create a background for the grouping of leaves and acorn and did some pen work around the edges. I glued the leaves down and use dimensional glue dots for the acorn.
But the magic happens when you open the lid! Here is what it looks like.
You may be able to see that there are two levels of panels inside the box. You can add more levels if you want. Once the lid is taken off the box falls open, or explodes, and you can attach anything you want inside. I love when there are dimensional things in the middle. I used acorns and some descriptive word stickers for Fall around them. Then I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die and his small pumpkin and acorn die to cut watercolor paper for the leaves and pumpkin and acorns I used on the panels. I did Zentangles on each one and used Distress inks to watercolor them. I also added some shimmer to these with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals. They are dry shimmery pigments that I use with a water brush and then highlighted with the white gel pen. Here are some of the panels close up. Unfortunately, the shimmer doesn't show up in the pictures.
Each panel has a leaf or the acorns or pumpkin. I just love handing it to people and seeing their reaction when they take the lid off!
I was so pleased to finally have a reason to make an exploding box. It seems that right now if I don't have a reason to sit down and work on a project I don't find (or make) the time. That has to change, for sure!
Thank you for visiting with me. I hope you're enjoying this glorious time of year! The leaves are starting to change into their lovely colors right now and it's delightful to see. Have a wonderful day!