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Saturday, 1 November 2014

How to make a Musical Box Card

 
Musical  Exploding Box
           Hi friends , I am sure you have all been fascinated by musical boxes at one time or the other!I once got a dancing ballerina Musical Box as a Christmas gift many many moons ago and though its literally an antique piece now, I still love to wind it up and hear the sweet melody it metes out!
           Exploding boxes seem to be very popular amongst crafters who sell handmade cards and gifts - I guess its because they are so easy to make and always have that  "WOW" factor!
Mini wooden Piano
        I made my first exploding box using this beautiful Pinewood Piano which is part of the new collection of super cute mini furniture at Crafters Corner
Piano
This piano is just the right size to add to an exploding box ,a mini doll house room ,or a handmade desk caddy set.The cute piano looks gorgeous as it is but my crafting consultant [ my 8 year old kiddo] said a black one would be more stylish!
Wooden Mini Piano
To customize the piano : Place the piano on the paper you want to use for lining and draw around it with a pencil and cut out the outline.You can use pattern paper, card stock, tissue paper or whatever you fancy.
Wooden Piano
I had recently shared  12 MDF altering ideas and just sharing a small tip on lining objects with paper - ink the edges of your paper / card stock outline to mask that white glare from the cut paper edge-- its a little point but makes your final project look so much neater!
Inking Card-stock
You can heat emboss a pretty stamp on your cut out outline paper or glitter it up before sticking to the piano. I actually discarded the cardstock and went with adhesive backed glitter foam for my piano. Paint the rest of the piano in matching colors using acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush.
Mini Piano
All the red roses in this project were made from foam using the Spellbinders Baubble blossom 1 die[ will share a tutorial if you want].

I am personally not a big fan of videos but there is no other way I can show you how the little piano rotates while playing music! Its a super short video so do click the play button!!

How to make a Musical Box Card

You need to source a wind up musical box to make your own musical box card. I could get one from my neighborhood fancy store. It was a sorry looking dusty and rather garish doll which was gathering dust in the gifts section !I think over time we crafters get tuned to see the " crafty potential" behind many items ,so yeah I went ahead and rescued the poor unwanted doll from the shop !
Musical box
           I could easily remove the doll from the plastic casing of the musical box base . Dressed up the box with corrugated paper and beaded lace. I guess most of us crafters  use the glue gun left and right. I too love it as its quick, economic, and dries super fast but yes I hated the burns which it inevitably used to give till I got the "Finger Caps"
Musical Box Alteration
            These Finger caps manufactured by the Mod Podge guys actually allows you to touch the melted hot glue without getting scalded! And I find them most useful to glue on a trail of beads as I can touch and glue them perfectly on the hot glue line!
             There are dozens of tutorials on how to make exploding boxes of all dimensions in the net - just sharing the dimensions of this particular one so that its easy for you to use musical boxes available in our local market [my kiddo has 3 musical boxes and we found all nearly the same size]. 
I used a  12 and 3/4 inch square Ivory sheet to make the base of my exploding box. Used the Scorpal to score it every 4 1/4 inches both ways as shown [ red dotted lines indicate score lines].
Exploding Box tutorial 
Chopped off the corner squares to make a "cross" as shown below.
Exploding Box
If you have a corner rounder punch or crop a dile corner chomper you can round off the edges of the square for a more stylish finish!
Exploding Box
Cut pattern paper into 4 x 4 inch squares and stick on your base. I stamped the pattern paper with musical notes ,corner designs, a clock,a bird silhouette and added a "Love" stamp to make my musical box a bit romantic !
Sue Wilson Bow
           The leaves of my handmade foam rose are punchcraft leaves [see Leaf tutorial ].The bronze " I love you " charm actually opens like a book to reveal script inside! All the silvery tiny pearl dots were made using liquid pearls!The silver bow is my current favorite Sue Wilson Bow die!
Handmade foam rose
          Fussy cut the bird cage from a Mariposa paper stack and added it to give the birds company. The silver fence is another favorite Memory box die [ also seen in Fairyland Diorama].I love the cute variety of charms floating around in the craft world these days and I could use matching yet different charms for each panel of my exploding card!
Singing Bird Charm
Added a singing bird charm to stamped musical notes and a silver foam key [cut with Spellbinders Lacey heart]
Foam roses
I feel almost tempted to ask you guys " how many birds are there in this project? " LOL !! Well music and birds seem to match so perfectly!!
Exploding Box
Though I love making fancy fold and pop up cards this is my first exploding box- I hope you liked the musical box idea too.

Another note : Recently a crafter Ayoti Mittra shared the  photo of a  beautiful Diwali Lantern she had made using the the 3 D lantern tutorial I had shared here. [to see Ayoti's lantern just scroll down the comments on this Altered Bottle photo] Thank you so much Ayoti...It feels so good when my tips and tutorials are put to such good use!

Supplies
Liquid Pearls
Papers : DCWV [ sorry girls I cant for the life of me remember which stack it is from- do help if you know!]
Dies : Sue Wilson Filigree BowSpellbinders Lace hearts [ the key],Spellbinders Baubble Blossoms 1, Memory Box Rounded fence
Embellishments : Charms 

Dr Sonia S V

32 comments:

  1. wow!! wow!! wow!! I'm at loss of words... this is amazing!! love the piano... and nice idea with the music box... you are amazingly creative Sonia!! and the flowers are gorgeous!! each and every embellishment adds more beauty!! nice papers... totally amazing!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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    1. Thank you so much Berina...so apprehensive when I post a project and your comment eased my mind so much!! Big HUG !!

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  2. this is stunning. I am always in awe of the beautiful items you create. Simply beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much Kimberly...I will always appreciate the help you gave me for the Las Vegas Craft shopping!!

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    1. Ha Ha those words are enough Anita...Thank you !!!

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  4. Mind blowing, amazing! I'm not someone who would sit for hours and make some 3D project but Sonia, you always get me inspired to make one! Unfortunately I'm too lazy to finish even a single 3D project! :( This box is SO much fun and so elegant! I LOVE those gorgeous deep red roses! Hats off to you!

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    1. Sindhu this one was easy to put together...working out how to showcase the piano in a unique project took up all the time and can you spy all the stamping-- that was the pressure point in this project!!

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  5. Wow to the power infinity !!!!it do pretty and soothing !!! Don't have words to tell you how much I loved it....

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    1. Thank you so much Arjita ..Ha Ha loved your "wow to the power infinity" expression..that's a first!!

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  6. Sonia - you create projects in a jiffy. stunning one

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  7. Wow!!! Such a stunner!!! loved it...loved that romantic impact!!

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    1. Hehe Thank you Shivani.. I usually make kiddy projects this one is a new concept!

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  8. Beautiful Sonia...just got reminded of the classic old movies where you see the piano and music and a song playing for the Hero or Heroines birthday! Great job here as always!

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    1. Ha Ha such romantic memories I have triggered for you Rupa!!

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  9. Wow !! this is just Amazing work Dr Sonia ..The whole concept of a musical exploding box is genius in itself and then you have upped the Ante by creating such beautiful details with the Piano and the flowers..Totally smitten by your project !

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    1. Thank you so much Hussena...you have made me smile big time!!

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  10. Its So romantic,I loved the idea of using piano and not alone but with music :)You really have something out of the box to share always.liked all the panels and stamping too .
    Delighted to see a video !! The music reminded me of the musical doll I received in childhood and still one of my favorite n most protected ;)

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    1. Oh yes Pooja...my daughter has one of those too and she used to love to play with it when she was small!!

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  11. Loved the box card Dr Sonia.. piano is so cute and the panel are lovely i love the metal charms and the die cut Key is lovely .. and forgot to mention my Favorite foam roses they look stunning.. you decorated the music box so well and piano on it.. loved watching the musical box card.. :)

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    1. Ha Ha Thank you so much Radhika...these foam roses were made in an entirely new way Radhika. I ran out of red foam otherwise I would have take photos for a tutorial !

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    2. Oh so i need a tutorial Dr Sonia please post the tutorial of the new foam roses.. waiting for it :D

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    3. Will do Radhika...I am fast running out of foam. Red one is over...hunting for it!!

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  12. This is not a very easy thought of starting with this piano and reaching to this final stage.....
    awesome job doc....no one can beat u in your imagination dear .....

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    1. Ha Ha was relieved after speaking to you today. Even though the response on the blog and FB have been so encouraging I needed to hear "you" liked it!!

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  13. Totally awesome! loved it ! You are just awesome doc!! very creative

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    1. Thank you so much Sharada and you are super sweet!!

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  14. Stunning as always Sonia! I'm really in awe of your diy projects, your interest and creativity! :) And crafters corner bringing in so many variety of crafting items is just wonderful!

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