Have you ever seen Blue Morpho butterflies?  They’re gorgeous!  Somehow they got stuck in my head today.  I wanted to recreate the stunning, shimmery blue that is on their wings.  Watercolor Wings popped into my head as the obvious choice after having had so much fun playing with this set over the weekend.  The various butterfly layers make it easy to create amazing combinations.

Let’s take a look at what I did.

Watercolor Wings Berry Basket Box from theartfulinker.com

This box is created using the Berry Basket die.  It’s very simple in Basic Black as I wanted the butterfly “knob” on the top of the lid to be the center of attention.

Here’s how I created the lid.

Since I was planning to add the butterfly “knob” to the lid, I decided that I wanted a hinge.

Watercolor Wings Berry Basket Box open - from theartfulinker.com

That way when the box is opened, the pieces stay together.

As an added plus, this keeps your lid on in the direction that it fits best.

The hinge is really simple:

Hinge for Berry Basket Box lid - from theartfulinker.com

Take a 3″ x 1 1/2″ strip of cardstock and add two stripes of Tear and Tape at the bottom of the strip horizontal to each other.  Do the same at the top of the strip.

After burnishing well, attach the strip centered inside the basket about 1/4″ above the slits.  With the edge of the lid even with the side trim on the basket, attach the other end of the hinge strip to the lid.

Then, create the scorelines as seen in the photo above.  Use a bone folder or finger to help with the crease.  Waiting to score is a little harder but, it makes sure that your creases are where you need them once the hinge strip is adhered.

Now, back to the Watercolor Wings butterflies.

Watercolor Wings "knob" for the Berry Basket lid - from theartfulinker.com

I stamped three butterflies with the larger images in Watercolor Wings.  They’re in Pacific Point and Memento, Tuxedo Black ink.

Before stamping for my butterflies, I gently stamped off a bit of the ink so that the blue is still vibrant but less intense; so they look more like the Blue Morphos.

After gently bending the butterflies in half, the wings were adhered near the tips to the adjoining butterflies with Tear and Tape.  Be sure to burnish.

Using a hot glue gun, the butterflies were adhered to the lid to create the knob with which to pull the lid open.

Finally,

Dazzling Details on Watercolor Wings knob for Berry Basket lid - from the artfulinker.com

to add some shimmer to the wings, I used some Dazzling Details.  I drew a random pattern with the Dazzling Details and then spread it lightly with my finger.  I didn’t want it to take long to dry as the liquid in the Dazzling Details reactivates the ink and will intensify the color in spots or even cause it to bleed if you’re not careful.  I used a heat tool to dry the Dazzling Details quickly.  This isn’t necessary.  I was just being impatient.

Those are my Watercolor Wings Blue Morpho butterflies for the top of my Berry Basket box.

Check back tomorrow to see the cards that I will include in this box.

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