Spellbinders Expandable Butterfly Box ~ Part 2


This workshop continues to show how to make this useful butterfly box using the expandable butterfly die in 3 different ways. The box takes just one 12″ sheet & a couple of scraps of paper along with an A4 piece of card for the lid & mask.


Here is a close up of the butterfly made using the die & the box lid has a micro bead background for a delicate different feel to the project.


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Butterfly Box Workshop part 2


    Click Below for part 1 of the workshop

as it features how to use the box base template for adding the card panels.



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Shopping List

Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine

 Heartfelt Creations  Antiquity Collection Paper Pad : HCDPI237

Spellbinder Shapeabilities Expandable Butterfly Magic Die  : WIZS5-153

Hitch Fastener : TH92731

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Texture Paste CSPASTCLEAR

Pink & Brown 2 Tone Ribbon : 148-153

Cosmic Shimmer Bronze Blush Shimmer Mist  : CSMBRON

 Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

 Micro Beads : MICROBEAD & Dry Distress Glitter : GLITROCK

or 210g Larger Pot :  GLITROCKLG

Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany  Distress Ink Pad : DPAGEDMAHOG

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Reinforcers : TH92905

Glossy Accent : ACCENTGLOS

 Taffeta Silver Ribbon : HM31

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT & Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Grime Boss : GB30

 Wonder Tape , Grey Thick Board & Craft Knife


Step by Step Instructions

1 Now the butterfly lid is made it will have a frosted look as the film is covered in the micro beads. This will also give a lovely weight to the lid.


2 The folded front edge of the lid will also have the micro beads on the panel. Now just encourage & crease the front fold back in place.


3 Now take the folded box base and get it ready for to ink.


4 Select the aged mahogany distress ink pad & add some ink to a piece of cut`n`dry foam. Now go in and distress all the top and bottom edges of the box base and the butterfly lid.


5 Use a pokey tool to mark where the middle section of the lid is on both layers. First lay the lid in its correct finished place (as it will be glued on late), and then poke the tool through the lid & box base. This will make sure the fastener is added in the correct place.


Add the hitch fastener through the box & screw the front onto the base of the fastener to make the complete stopper. Now punch a larger hole where the front pokey tool marking is & cover it with a reinforcer.


7 Now take the spare butterfly panel that was cut & place it on the side edge of the box. Add some clear Cosmic Shimmer texture paste to a non stick mat. Either add low tack tape to hold the mask in place or just hold it as it was here by hand.


8 Apply the texture paste over the mask & swipe the paste smoothly across the mask using a flat or trowel tool.


9 Remove the mask to reveal a raised pattern over the box side. You might notice the blob on the side of the box but that can be removed to neaten the edge.


10 Repeat the process on the other 2 full sides. Remember to remove any paste from the reverse of the mask each time it`s used.


11 Then add the mask to just below the hitch fastener on the front panel & add the paste to complete this technique.

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12 Pick up any texture paste left on the mat & add it back into the pot if it is still clear. If coloured from the ink then discard. Use a grime boss to wipe the mat clean.


13 Tip some Tim Holtz dry glitter rock candy over the texture paste to add a lovely shimmer & texture to the piece. Set aside to dry.


14 Now take a few scrapes of the paper from the same collection pad.


15 Secure the 1st piece down onto the butterfly using a piece of low tack tape.


16 Then place the 2nd piece of paper over the die shape & lift the low tack tape off.


17 & place it back down over the 2 pieces of paper. This will secure both pieces correctly in place & they won`t move when cut in the GC machine. Plus it will use up some small scrap pieces of paper often wasted.


18 Now cut the piece through the Grand Calibur machine. This weight of paper will easily be cut in one pass but check before removing the die.


19 Now add the tan mat over the die & paper (on the base plate). Then add the pink embossing plate before running back through the G/Calibur.


20 Once they have been cut trim one using the outline of the butterfly shape for the full shape & then cut the 2nd one smaller following the inner shape of the top wings.


21 Use the cut`n`dry foam to ink the white edges of the butterfly. This will just neaten the piece of nicely.


22 Make a bow using the 2 tone ribbon. Cut the ends off on a diagonal & the add a thin line of the glossy accents to seal the ends. This will prevent any fraying of the ribbon.


23 Set the bow aside on a piece of scrap paper and allow to dry. The glossy accents is added in this case as the lid is likely to be used often & this will make sure the ribbon is kept well.


24 Attach the large decoupage butterfly to the butterfly on the lid & add the 2nd butterfly on top. Add a line of glossy accents to the body & antenna of the butterfly.


25 Once the texture paste is dry take the box base and lightly spritz some Cosmic Shimmer bronze blush mister over the box as it will pop out the design.


26 Now add either some dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue on the reverse of the lid tab or use a strong red line tape. Add the tab to the top back edge of the box.


27 The lid will then hinge open & the self lined box will look nice once opened. Here the 4 squares of the design show up really well.


28 Add a couple of ribbon roses which can be found on Sue Wilson`s blog Click on her website ~ Particraft.blogspot.com for the tutorial along with a paper flower.Attach the ribbon just below the hitch fastener to draw the colour into the project.


29 Here is a close up of the finished lid. The detail of the butterfly is used as an embellishment. So what with the die shape being used as the lid and is a perfect size to fit the folded 12″ square sheet of paper and the die also being used as the stencil, the die becomes a very useful tool and has many different uses.


                         Don`t forget to check out part 1 of the workshop to get the template on how to make the box base so easily.

Happy Crafting. I would like to wish all the followers of the blog

a very Happy & Healthy New Year.



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One Response to Spellbinders Expandable Butterfly Box ~ Part 2

  1. Paper Junkie says:

    Many thanks Suzanne for part 2. There are some great techniques to try and I would never have thought of using glossy accents to seal ribbon – genius! X

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