I am an Exploding Box newbie!
I have wanted to make one of these for years, but was never motivated to create an
There is a challenge on the Exploring Cricut Blog
that inspired me to create an Exploding Box! After checking through my Cricut Cartridges, I found there are no Exploding Boxes on any of the cartridges that I have.
So, I had to rethink the challenge!
I made the Cricut box part of the surprise inside the Exploding Box!
More about that later!
The Exploding Box is labor intensive, but with clear instructions, the box
isn't really complicated to make.
I used Cricut Cartridge "Flower Shoppe" for the flowers and the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Kassie's Brocade" for the decorative layers on the outside. The lace and trim were some that I had in my stash.
I think it is time to open the Exploding Box!
Isn't this fun!
I had the best time decorating these little pages!
Notice the box in the middle! It holds lots of hope and encouragement!
The little popcorn box is created using the Cricut Cartridge "Tag, Bags, Boxes, and More". I decorated it with layers made using the Cuttlebug folder "Kassie's Brocade" inked with Versa Mark Turquoise pigment ink. The little box is permanently glued to the Exploding Box.
A close up of the little box. I have messages of hope and inspiration inside the little box.
The pages have scripture and inspirational messages.
Butterflies and gemstones decorate these pages.
Handmade paper, paper punches, and stamps decorate these pages.
More messages of hope and encouragement.
An Explosion of Hope!
There are more messages of hope and encouragement inside the box!
These little messages are included!
I used this paper pack from Big Lots for the Exploding Box.
I used a variety of equipment to create the Exploding Box.
I used these stamp sets for the pages.
This ends my Exploding Box post!
If you would like have the instructions for making the Exploding Box keep reading!
I have created a picture tutorial!
You will need 3 sheets of 12 inch x 12 inch cardstock. A heavier weight paper is desirable for this project. I am using 3 different colors for the tutorial.
Cut 1 at 9 inches x 9 inches (lavender)
Cut 1 at 8 5/8 inches x 8 5/8 inches (green)
Cut 1 at 8 1/4 inches x 8 1/4 inches (yellow)
Score the 9x9 sheet on all sides at 3 inches (shown here)
I went over the score marks with ink so you can see how it is scored.
All three sheets should be scored as shown.
Score the 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 sheet on all sides at 2 7/8 inches
Score the 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 sheet on all sides at 2 3/4 inches
Following the score lines, cut off the four corners on all three sheets.
As shown in this picture.
Now is the time to ink the edges (if desired). Be sure to ink both sides of the paper.
If you wish to round the corners, do that now. I will not round the edges on this box. I did round the edges on the earlier Exploding Box.
It is time to adhere the papers together. Turn the smallest section (yellow) over and put double sided tape in the middle section. The tape is difficult to see in this photo, but it is there!
Turn the paper over, center it over the middle paper (green) and adhere together.
Put double sided tape on the back of the middle paper (as shown). Turn over, center on the largest paper (lavender) and adhere.
The three papers should line up like this.
Fold up the sections to form the Exploding Box!
You are now ready to decorate to your heart's desire!
As many pages as you wish, however you wish!
To create contrasting layers, I used the following measurements:
Large layer--2 3/4 inches x 2 3/4 inches
Medium layer--2 5/8 inches x 2 5/8 inches
Small layer--2 3/8 inches x 2 3/8 inches
Center of box--2 5/8 inches x 2 5/8 inches
Cut as many layers as you wish!
To create the lid...
Cut 1 sheet at 6 1/4 inches x 6 1/4 inches
Score at 1 1/2 inches from all edges
Turn the scored paper over. Score from the tip of each corner diagonally to the corner lines.
(Shown above with ink)
Don't forget to ink the edges of the lid (if desired)!
Fold all scorelines, pinch corners, and fold inward.
Use glue to hold the lid together. Double sided tape may not hold over time.
I use Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to hold the corners together. I put paperclips on the lid to hold the corners in place until they dry. The lid will be removed many times and will have decorations added to the top. Glue works better than tape!
And there you have it! An Exploding Box!
Waiting to be decorated!
Thank you for visiting my blog today!
I hope you have found the information useful!
I plan to enter my Exploding Box in the "Exploring Cricut" challenge
Have a wonderful weekend!
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