A Card To Get You All A Flutter

This exploding box card is just brimming with fluttery goodness and an absolute feast for the eyes.

IlinaCrouse_January3_1_1By Ilina Crouse

Chameleon Color Tones Pens Deluxe Set: Crimson Red RD4, Sky Blue BL3, Seville Orange OR4, Spring Meadow YG3, Purple Grape PR4, Warm Sunset YO3, Aqua Marine BG4, Bark BR5. Hero Arts Antique Engravings stamp set, Stampin’ Up! Best Day Ever Stamp set, VersaFine Onix Black ink pad, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, Crafters Companion Ultra Smooth white card stock, Stampin’ Up 1 ¾” Circle Punch, Stampin’ Up! Painted Blooms designer series paper, Stampin’ Up! Project Life corner rounder punch, window sheets.

You can download the box card template by clicking this link

card in a box template- Chameleon Pens January 3rd


1. For the box cut white card stock to 9” x 4 ¾”. See the template provided for the scoring and cutting details. Use sticky tape to connect the box together.
2. Cut four 2” x 2 5/8” pieces of designer series paper and four 2” x 1 7/8” pieces of designer series paper.
3. Round the corners of the flaps of the box and on one side of the 2” 1 7/8” pieces of designer series paper. Adhere the designer series paper layers onto the box.
4. Stamp butterflies and lady bug on white card stock using Memento ink.
Coloring the butterflies, for the large butterflies color each wing in two sections (first the top, then the bottom), infuse the color pen of choice for 15 seconds and then color using a stripe motion starting from the outside of the wing towards the inside using the brush nib.
5. For the butterflies with folded wings, infuse the pens with toning medium for 10 seconds, and for the wings on the back side for 4 seconds and use the brush tip
6. For the small butterflies and the lady bugs infuse the pens with toning medium for 3-5 seconds and use the bullet tip.
7. Using paper snips or other small scissors cut the butterflies and lady bugs carefully.
8. Cut six ¼” strips of window sheets that you will use to adhere the butterflies on the card stock strips that your adhered in the box. Cut them to the desired length and use sticky strip to adhere them inside the box, and then adhere the butterflies using glue dots. 9.To finish the card stamp the sentiment on white card stock using Onyx Black Versafine ink pad and punch it out using 1 ¾” circle punch. Adhere the sentiment using foam mounting tape. And you are done.



We love how these butterflies seem to be flying off in all directions out of the box, if you wanted to alter this design you could change the butterflies for flowers.


What other things would you have exploding out of the box, let us know in your comments?

11 Comments on “A Card To Get You All A Flutter”

  1. Ang Westermann

    I got myself a coloring book of flowers, took it to a printer and had them print on marker paper and just practiced over and over. I also did some simply hearts and flowers and again took to the printers and had them print it for me. That way there was NO pressure to create something gorgeous I was just playing. it worked!

  2. Edie

    Oh, such a beautiful box. Butterflies represent life and what better project to try for Easter. Thanks for sharing this stunning project.

  3. nancy H


  4. c

    I’m back with another question: how much ‘colouring’ time are you getting with your fuses? I understand the length of the fusions, but I can’t figure out how much ‘area space’ or ‘time frame’ a fuse covers. My ‘blending’ is so inconsistent, and I wind up recycling more than I’m creating. Should I be colouring faster…slower…? Quandry! Thanks so much for your recommendations and advice!

    1. Cathy Andronicou Post author

      This is quite hard to put into words but I find for an area of about an inch I fuse for 10 seconds roughly and colour slowly, if the colour begins to get dark to quickly I stop mid colour and re infuse and then step back a bit from where I finished colouring and go back over to get a longer lighter area. It really is something that comes with practice.when I first got my pens I practiced a lot on flowers, colouring individual petals to get an idea of how long a fuse lasts. I hope this helps.

      1. c

        Thank you for your response – and yes, it most definitely helps! I agree: the ‘real’ key is practice and trying out on flowers: YES! I’ll certainly be giving a few of my florals some special Chameleon treatment!
        Your willingness to take time to response: soooo appreciated!

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