April 15, 2010

Explosion Box Tutorial

Do you remember the Spring into Crafting contest? Our winner, Mellissa, created an imaginative Easter box that won her $100 in QuicKutz products. Many of you asked for step-by-step instructions for this project, and Mellissa kindly obliged. Read below for all of the information you will need to complete your very own "explosion box."

Take it away, Mellissa!

Basic scrapbook supplies
Scor-pal or scoring tool
Ruler (optional)
Two 12" x 12" pieces of cardstock
Two or three 12" x 12" pieces of patterned paper

QuicKutz cutting dies (see below for a complete list of dies used)

For this box I used the new American Crafts LETTERBOX line patterned paper.

Step 1-Cut one of your 12"x12" cardstock pieces down to 6.75" x 6.75." Using your scor-pal or scoring tool, score at 1.25" on all four sides. Using your other 12" x 12" cardstock, score at 4" and 8." Turn paper and score again at 4" and 8." Using your ruler and scoring tool, score each outside corner in half diagonally. Fold each score line for a crisp crease.

Step 2-Cut a slit in each corner of the smaller piece of cardstock to make a 'tab'. Fold those tabs in and glue. Strong glue is recommended for this step. This is your box lid.

Step 3-Cut your patterned paper. You will need 17 pieces cut at 3.75" x 3.75", one piece cut at 4"x4" (for the lid), and four pieces cut at 1" x 3.75" (lid sides). Out of the 17 pieces, cut eight of them in half diagonally. These will be your corner pieces.

Step 4- Arrange your patterned paper pieces as desired on both sides of the 12" x 12" cardstock and glue them down. NOTE-I used my ‘busiest’ paper in the corners so I do not have to add embellishments there. Adding ‘popped’ up embellishments in the corners will interfere in closing the box.

Embellish as desired

NOTE: When adding embellishments to the outside of the box, keep in mind that the lid will come down approx 1 ¼” from the top.

Step 5-Making the fan flower-Using pages from an old book, cut three pieces to 4"x4". Use a border punch or your favorite edge scissors on two sides of each piece if desired. Fold each piece as you would a fan. Fold each fan in half and glue together. Glue each fan together to make a circle. Adhere to a paper doily.

QuicKutz dies that I used

Butterfly -KS-0919

Epic Promo die-EPIC-PROMO-1

Nesting Dies
Nesting flowers-CC-FLOWERS-01

Cookie Cutters

4x8 Font
Rollerskate SkinniMini Alphabet

Border Dies
Vine-CC-BDR-010 (cut into pieces)
Branch-CC-BDR-023 (I used the birds from this)

To complete the project, fold up the outside box piece, and hold together with the lid.