Fall Glow Desk Set


  • Keepsake Collector Box, 8-1/2”x11” (Martha Stewart Crafts)
  • Paper mâché box with lid
  • Recycled food can
  • Pillar candles
  • Small white note cards with envelopes
  • Blank bookmark
  • Stationery folio or blank journal
  • Cardstock: olive green; black; heavyweight white
  • Beige/white vintage floral patterned paper, several 12”x12” sheets
  • Embossed copper/bronze metallic textured paper
  • White tissue paper
  • White printer paper
  • Decorative metal buttons, shanks removed
  • Large gold brads
  • Gold satin cording
  • Sheer white ribbon
  • Crystal rhinestones
  • Black craft wire, 16- to 18-gauge


  • Stamps (Safire Designs): Dragonfly; Butterfly Wings; Butterfly Wings 2; Mini Butterfly; Memory Butterfly
  • Ink pads: black dye; embossing
  • Embossing powders (Ranger): Black; Bronze Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Adirondack Silver Acrylic Paint Dabber (Ranger)
  • Bronze metallic spray paint
  • Memory Mists (Stewart Superior): Tea Green; Metallic Gold
  • Heidi Swapp Leaves Mask (Advantus)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Ranger), assorted coordinating colors
  • Watercolors: PearlEx (Jacquard Products); cakes (Loew-Cornell)
  • Decorating chalks and brush
  • Heat tool
  • Paper piercer
  • Bone folder
  • Foam sponge
  • Waxed paper
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Adhesives: hi-temp hot glue gun; Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (Duncan)
  • Optional: crayon


Surface Preparation

  • 1. Cut floral patterned paper pieces to fit around food can, sides of lid and box, note card fronts, and both sides of bookmark and folio or journal cover. Cut two patterned paper pieces and two white cardstock pieces to fit patchwork-style inside shadow box frame.
  • 2. Cut metallic textured paper to fit top of box lid and a wide strip to fit front of folio/journal cover. Cut slightly thinner black cardstock strip to layer beneath folio strip. Cut long strip of tissue paper to fit around bottom of each candle.
  • 3. Spray food can inside and out with two coats of paint, letting dry between coats. Use Silver dabber to pounce paint along edges of can and edges of box and lid that will be visible after paper panels are applied; let dry. Pouncing motion creates a textured look.

Memory Mists

  • 1. Following manufacturer’s directions, arrange leaves masks on one floral paper piece at a time and spritz with Tea Green Memory Mist. Spritz a few times until pleased with effect; color should be a bit darker around masks and lighter in open areas.
  • 2. Repeat on random areas of tissue paper strips cut for candles and on envelope corners; let dry. Place masks on shadow box corners and lightly spritz with Metallic Gold; let dry and spritz again. Remove masks.

Dragonflies & Butterflies, Part I

  • 1. Black emboss dragonflies on all floral paper pieces except note card panels and box lid strips. Using black dye ink, stamp dragonflies, butterflies and quote on candle tissue paper; cut out pieces leaving narrow tissue border. Stamp small butterflies on note card panels and envelope corners.
  • 2. Use embossing ink pad to generously ink edges of one stamped floral paper piece at a time and sprinkle with Bronze UTEE; heat set. Designer Tip: Heat emboss inside a shoe box lid to prevent bits of UTEE from blowing away.
  • 3. Use rust-colored chalk and brush to create shadows around dragonflies and to add bits of color to paper strips for lid edges.


  • 1. Pierce holes and insert four brads into corners of textured lid panel. Insert one into top of textured folio panel. Insert four in corners of each masked card stock shadow box panel.
  • 2. Use Silver dabber to very lightly add thin edge to all UTEE-embossed panel edges; let dry.
  • 3. Use Tacky Glue to adhere all panels to surfaces, except candles. Completely cover backside of each panel with glue, outlining and filling in with very thin, circular pattern. Press panel to surface, place clean printer paper over top and use bone folder like a squeegee to flatten and seal edges. Let dry completely.
  • 4. If creating stationery folio, use photos as guides and August issue instructions to assemble it. If using blank journal, layer and adhere black card stock and textured paper strip to front.

Dragonflies & Butterflies, Part II

  • 1. Outline all masked leaves with green glitter glue. Use a variety of glitter glue colors to add color to dragonfly wings and bodies. Let dry completely.
  • 2. 3-D Butterflies: For box lid, use black dye ink to stamp each of the following images three times on heavyweight white cardstock: Memory Butterfly; Butterfly Wings 1; Butterfly Wings 2. Stamp Mini Butterfly nine times. For shadow box, stamp Mini Butterfly on white cardstock six times.
  • 3. 2-D Butterflies: For folio front, folio inside and bookmark, use black dye ink to stamp Memory Butterfly, Butterfly Wings 1 and four Mini Butterfly images on white cardstock.
  • 4. Rough cut, as opposed to detail cut, around all pieces and adhere to another sheet of heavyweight white cardstock using glue/squeegee method; let dry.
  • 5. Using photos as guides, watercolor all butterflies (including those on tissue paper), using same scheme on each image in multiple groupings; let dry.
  • 6. Accent all butterflies, except those on tissue paper, with coordinating glitter glues; let dry. Detail cut cardstock butterfly sections, removing antennae. You will need two-and-a-half butterflies to make each 3-D butterfly; for top layer, cut out uppermost section of wings/body on each image.
  • 7. Cut 5” wire length for each large butterfly, 2-D or 3-D, and bend in half; curl ends into spirals with pliers. Glue antennae to back of head on each large 2-D butterfly; handle carefully to prevent tearing.
  • 8. Using Tacky Glue, adhere first set of whole butterflies to surfaces as shown. For box lid and shadow box, bend a second whole butterfly in half and glue to first along center only, sliding second butterfly up slightly so bottom wing edges of first are visible.
  • 9. To finish 3-D butterflies, fold partial butterflies in half. Hot glue large partial butterflies over wire “V” of antennae; hold in place until glue sets. Small butterflies don’t have antennae. Hot glue partial wings to layered butterflies along center only; let set. Highlight bodies with heavy layers of Black Diamond glitter glue; let dry.


  • 1. Cut several pieces of waxed paper to fit around each candle with a few inches of overlap. Wrap Memory Mist leaves strip around base of each candle as shown. Place a piece of waxed paper around candle, over image, and hold firmly by excess waxed paper at opposite side. Designer Tip: Practice tissue technique on inexpensive candle first to get feel for proper heating level before attempting actual project.
  • 2. Holding heat tool 4”-6” from candle, begin heating image using quick, circular motions. Keep heat on image for only a few seconds at a time, moving tool as soon as one area of waxed paper turns clear. Give wax a chance to cool, then return to heat another area.
  • 3. Continue adding stamped images to candle, changing waxed paper after each pair of images. When all images are applied to candle, highlight with assorted glitter glues.


  • 1. Hot glue cording around lid edges and can; tie around candles and folio/journal and loop through bookmark. Cut shanks from buttons and hot glue to surfaces; let set. Tie sheer ribbon around fold of each note card and folio/journal.
  • 2. Use toothpick to apply dots of Tacky Glue to butterfly heads; add rhinestones. Designer Tip: Use a crayon to pick up and place rhinestones in glue.
by Kathy Post for Safire Designs
Fall Glow Desk Set
Fall Glow Desk Set Butterfly Box
Butterfly Box Closeup View of Butterfly
Closeup View of Butterfly Shadowbox Frame
Shadowbox Frame Candles
Candles Other Side of Candles
Other Side of Candles Bookmark
Bookmark Stationery Folio
Stationery Folio Stationery Folio Back View, Open
Stationery Folio Back View, Open Stationery Folio Inside View
Stationery Folio Inside View Closeup of Pocket Inside Stationery
Closeup of Pocket Inside Stationery