MFT 2019 Card Design Superstar - Innovation Master Entry


Today I have a very special creation to share with you all, that I created for the MFT 2019 Card Design Superstar contest under the Innovation Master category. This is my first year participating in the challenge, and my only entry :)

It took over 2 days of planning and hours and hours of long hard-working days to create this - my most time-consuming project ever! I've poured my heart and soul into this and consider it my masterpiece! :)

So, ready to see it? It is a matchbox explosion box card filled with lots of surprises and interactive elements!

Here is the first look!

Open the lid and you see this!

All that this box holds!! Scroll down to see them in detail!

Watch the video to see everything in action! :)

Innovation factors:
  1. A design combination of multiple techniques, fancy folds, and interactive elements listed below.
  2. Stretching your supplies - Used only 1 stamp set with coordinating dies - "Beary Special Birthday".
  3. Curtain effect for the sides of the explosion box
  4. Custom image created for the 'Pull Tab Slider' combining the actual bear image with gift, masking, and the other bear with balloons.
  5. Custom patterned paper created using the tiny stamps
  6. Custom matchbox drawer handles using the hat stamp
Techniques used:
  1. Coloring
  2. Die-cutting
  3. Doodling
  4. Emboss resist
  5. Heat embossing
  6. Ink blending
  7. Ink splatter
  8. Masking
  9. Mirror stamping
  10. Stamping

Fancy fold/Interactive elements:
  1. Easel Card
  2. Explosion Box
  3. Magic Slider Card
  4. Matchbox Popup Drawers
  5. Pull Tab Slider Card
  6. Shaker
  7. Spinner Card
  8. Tunnel Card

  • Main Base: The main explosion box base, lid, and matchbox drawers are made using metallic blue cardstock and black cardstock. The matchbox drawers have a handle created using the hat stamp. It is stamped, heat embossed, colored and die-cut, and attached to the drawer using foam tape.
  • Patterned Paper: Since I didn't have any patterned paper from MFT, I ended up creating my own for all the mat layers. I've stamped the tiny images from the stamp set (hats, gifts, and balloons) using Versamark ink and heat embossing in white. I then made it colorful by blending inks in a rainbow-colored order. This emboss-resist is one of my fav techniques! Also, I've added interest to the pattern by doodling some patterns on the hats using white gel pen and splattering black ink randomly.

  • Lid: For the lid of the explosion box, I've created a spinner easel card. The bear image is mirror stamped, colored, die-cut and suspended using white thread in a blue frame. The frame is created by die-cutting using the Elegant Rectangle dies. The easel stopper is a gift image stamped, heat embossed, colored and die-cut. For coloring, I've used Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a water brush. I added some interest using a white gel pen.
Spinner Easel Card

Love this cute bear! :)

Main image stamped

Mirror image stamping

  • Sides: The sides of the box are my fav and I love them!! Thank you Raji for the curtain idea :) This process took a loooot of time! I had to stamp, color, die-cut, add glossy accents and attach each little hat to black thread. There are a total of 56 hats here! 4 sides x 7 colors x 2 black backing!!
  • Center: The center portion of the base of the explosion box has a shaker, filled with blue star sequins and glitter dust.

  • Matchbox 1: I've created an easel card along with a surprise pull-tab slider. The gift box is stamped, heat embossed, colored and die-cut. I trimmed out the bear from the image. On a separate cardstock, I masked a portion of the image, stamped a part of the bear and completed the other half of the bear image using another stamp (the bear with the balloon). The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed in black. I've blended yellow ink and black splatters for the backgrounds here.

  • Matchbox 2: The second one is a tunnel card. The frames are created using the Elegant Rectangle dies and I've used the balloons, hats and gifts images. They are stamped, heat embossed, colored and die-cut. 

  • Matchbox 3: Here is a magic slider card. I've used the bear with a cake image for this one. The magic reveals a colorful version along with a party hat :) The backgrounds are made using masking and ink blending in blue and green. I also misted with water for some more effect. 

  • Matchbox 4: A simple matchbox popup card. The bear with the cake is perfect for this technique as it needs some rest :) And the sentiment to go along with it!

All the inner drawers inside the matchboxes!

MFT Supplies:
  1. Beary Special Birthday stamp set and coordinating dies
  2. Elegant Rectangle STAX Die-namics

Other Main Supplies:
  1. Cardstock
    • Metallic blue
    • Black
    • Brustro watercolor paper
  2. Distress Inks
    • Wilted Violet
    • Salty Ocean
    • Mowed Lawn
    • Mustard Seed
    • Candied Apple
  3. Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  4. Gina K Amalgam Black Ink
  5. Versamark Ink
  6. Embossing Powders
    • Ranger - Clear
    • Ranger - White
    • Martha Stewart - Black
  7. Glossy Accents
  8. Uniball Signo White Pigment Ink Pen
  9. Sequins mix
  10. Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils
Linking to,
1. MFT 2019 Card Design Superstar - Innovation Master
2. Cut It Up #183
3. Craft Stamper Take It Make It September
4. Digi Doodle #20
5. Penny Black - Animals
6. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #30
7. 2 Sisters on the Blog - S for 'Surprise' elements, Stamping, Slider, Shaker, Spinner :)
8. 613 Avenue #225 - with the twist
9. Color Crazy Week #37
10. Crafty Calendar September
11. Dare2B Artzy - September - Blue is my fav color and 'Blue & Black' is my fav combination :)
12. HLS Sep Anything Goes with Dies

13. HLS Sep Watercolor Challenge

14. Let's Create #151 - with the twist
15. MIUCB #29
16. Papercraft Challenge #22
17. Sheepski Designs #30
18. YNS #123 - Lots of fun techniques and surprise elements :)
19. TCP #361

20. Cardz TV #98
21. LTSCB #125
22. A Bit More Time To Craft #100
23. A Place To Start - Sep
24. A2Z Scrapbooking - Sep
Anything Goes Challenge

25. Aud Sentiments #236
26. Brown Sugar #293
27. Crafting By Designs - Sep Anything Goes
28. Crafting With An Attitude #55
29. Cards Galore Encore #67
30. Creative Fingers #171
31. Creative Moments #177
32. Get Creative #84
33. LPOCF #114
34. LTCCB #38
35. Not Just Cards - Sep
36. Creative Crafters #20
37. Uniko #55 - without the twist

Thank you for stopping by, hope you like my creation! Do let me know your feedback! Have a nice day :)


  1. Came out super awesome. Super cute and super creative. I smell lot of hard work. Good luck dear!

    1. Thanks a lot for your support, motivation, ideas and all the help :)

  2. You have taken Innovation to an extreme level. I really want to know how long did it take for you to create this masterpiece?

    1. Thanks a lot dear :) 2 days to design and plan, and 3 full days of work :)

  3. This is simply fantastic...super cute, super clever and super creative. Totally love it and I am amazed you could do it in 2 would have taken anyone weeks and you have totally rocked it!!!

    1. Thank you so much dr! :) It took 2 days to design and plan, and 3 days to work :)

  4. Replies
    1. Such a darling project with beautiful colors! All those details and interactive elements are going to make someone very happy! Beautiful! So glad I got to see your critter project showcased at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge. Hope to see more of your creations in the future.
      Crafty Smiles,
      {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

    2. Thank you so much :) Btw, this is tooo dear to my heart that I'm not gonna gift anyone :D

  5. WOW! Super cool, you must have loads of patience to put that all together....and a Bear too! Thanks for playing along with Papercraft Business Challenges!
    We hope you come back and Join in on the fun again with our Papercraft Business Challenges!
    Jill – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog - Killeen House Studio

  6. A really pretty box which must have taken you so long to make, thanks so much for joining in with our 'Animals' theme at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  7. what a joy to see, stunning work you must have so much patience, this is a tresure, thank you for joining in at Crafty Calendar

  8. What a AWESOME project!!! I love all the sweet bear images ......I simply Love all the details!! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!
    Have a great day.

  9. Wow, this is amazing! I can't believe all the pieces here; I'm sure much time and planning goes into a project as intricate as this!! I'm so happy you shared with us at Cut It Up and good luck with your entry for the Superstar challenge, too! Katrina

  10. WOW!!! This is simply amazing. So many fabulous little details .... I love it!! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  11. Very nice.
    Thank you for sharing it at 2Sistersontheblog.
    Nicolette DT

  12. Oh my goodness this is a treasure. So much work and it shows. Wonderful elements and techniques. Thank you so much for sharing with us this month at Papercraft Business Challenges.


  13. This is amazing, Karthikha! You put a ton of work into this and it shows! Very impressive and such a clever design! Thanks so much for playing along with the MFT Superstar Challenge! Best of luck!

  14. Such a great explosion box! This is very clever and well thought out! I'm very impressed! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Colour Crazy Challenges. Julie, DT member

  15. Absolutely amazing!!! Wow! Thank you so much for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next Papercraft Business Challenge!.
    Anna – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog - Crafty Anna Studio. Thank you!

  16. This is stunning and it took my breath away!!! I was so happy to see that you won!!!!

  17. Me again! I just reread your post and watched the video again and am still in awe! Every year I create an interactive card for my lovely niece who is always so appreciative. Her birthday is in April so if you don't mind, I would like to attempt to create your amazing little work of art. I have my work cut out for me since I am not as creative as you but I figure I have six months to work on it. Any tips or suggestions before I begin? Thank you.

    1. Thanks a lot again :) Please feel free to try it out and share your work, I would love to see! No specific tips, but I would suggest to keep the measurements based on the stamp/die you are planning to use. I generally go with the flow in designing, but this one had to be measured properly before I started! And decide on the techniques and which stamps would suit that technique.

  18. Wowser! That card is just amazing - so clever, and I have made enough explosion boxes to know you really worked hard on this. Just stunning!

  19. Nice box!
    Thanks for joining our challenge this month.
    Caroline DT 2Sistersontheblog

  20. Oh my goodness! This is fantastic! So many features in one box! I absolutely love it!
    Thank you for joining us! Jeanie -Scrapbookingmamaw @ Proud PB DT Member
    Be sure to join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges next time!

  21. Congratulations on your deserving MFT Superstar win--what a masterpiece!

  22. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! what a masterpiece - it is nothing short of amazing - I love so much that i am not sure where to begin!!!! This is so creative - and I love the colours and how much work you put into this ! Show Stopper!!

    Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one.

    Lesli – Design Team member at Papercraft Business

    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

    Visit my blog - Vintage Scraps Canada.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words 😊😍

  23. Love the details and wonderful tutorials. Well done. Look forward seeing your next card/project with us soon at Let's Craft and Create. Nancy Hill, Design Team Member

  24. Wow! What an awesome project
    Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one.

    Denielle – Design Team member at Papercraft Business

    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

    Visit my blog - Angel Handmade Papercraft

  25. Wow that is amazing! Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start this month.
    Scarlett xoxo

  26. An amazing creation! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge.

  27. A fabulous creation. Lovely colours and interesting detail. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  28. Wow absolutely wonderful project and lovely color theme...Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one.

    Archana – Design Team member at Papercraft Business

    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

    Visit my blog - Archu's Art World

  29. Oh My! When I saw the complete box opened I was so amazed. What a fabulous project. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Colour Crazy Craft Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  30. Wonderful work. Thank you for joying us over on the Get Creative Challenger Blog. Good Luck!

  31. That is just amazing box card! Totally wow!
    Thanks for playing along with Happy Little Stampers Challenge!

  32. Wow! What an amazing project! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  33. What an awesome creation! I love the palette and the beautiful composition . Each element reflects an awesome attention to detail. You project was selected as one of our Top Rockers last week. I inadvertently left your name off the list and I apologize for that. Please stop by our blog at 613 Avenue Create and grab your badge! Thanks for playing
    Chana Malkah, Owner/Designer
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog
    A Place to Start Challenge Blog

  34. Such a cute design - love it!

    Thanks for joining us at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

  35. What an amazing project you have created. Thank you for joining us at SheepSki Designs and good luck. Gail DT

  36. Oh WOW, what a fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  37. Wow that is so nice! There are so many parts to it that I don't even know how to do let alone put them together so nicely! Great job! Thanks for joining in over at a2z Scrapbooking.

  38. Definitely a masterpiece! When I watched the little video, I was surprised to see that all the party hats moved! There were so many surprises inside, too. This is absolutely amazing and I'm sure you had so much fun planning and creating it!

    Thanks for playing with us at Cut it Up for our Into the Woods challenge!


  39. WOW, what beauties and I can see they took up lots of time and worth the effort. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  40. Karthikha: Congratulations for the announcement for being a new Resident Designer for the APTS blog! Welcome to the team!

  41. Wow... So much interest in your project! Fabulous job! Thanks for playing along at Uniko !

  42. Amazing box and love the tutorial. Well Done! Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Let's Craft and Create and look forward seeing your next card with us soon. Nancy Hill, Design Team for Let's Craft and Create.

  43. WOW! Karthikha this project is amazing! I adore all the work you put in creating this box!
    I've never done explosion boxes myself, but I can imagine how much work they are and your box is topping everything I've seen before!

    Thanks so much for sharing this beauty in our Anything Goes Uniko Challenge #55.

    Kind regards from Wiebke
    (Uniko Brand Ambassador / KomMa designed)

    Sorry for the late comment – the uncrafty part of life caught me for a while...)


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