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This spring, I'm thinking of babies. My niece is due any day now and her and her husband didn't want to know the sex of the baby and want it to be a surprise. Her shower was last week, so I opted for a gift card holder in the form of an exploding box! I knew the beautiful colors of Lullaby Designer Series Paper, Something for Baby Stamp Set + Baby's First Framelits Die bundle would be perfect for this project!
Remove the lid and box explodes open, revealing adorable baby images in neutral green & yellow. I will admit, this project did take a little time to create, but it was so worth it and so much fun.
The inspiration for this exploding box is from Agnieszka of scrappassion. Her exploding boxes are works of art and I'm astounded by her talent. Unfortunately, I believe it's in Polish, so I can't read her blog, but I still enjoy gazing at the photos of her creations.
I'll try to walk you through the process on how I created it:
- I started with a sheet 12" x 12" Whisper White Card Stock.
- Score at 4" on all 4 sides. Score on the fold lines and cut out the 4 squares on each corner.
- Cut 10 pcs. of pattern paper measuring 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" and adhere to 4 to the outside of the box and 5 on the inside, reserving 1 for the lid. I used Stampin' Up!s - Lullaby. All items I used to create this box can be viewed at the very end of this post, unless otherwise noted.
- I found this wonderful tutorial for baby shoes for either a boy or a girl from Tara's Craft Studio. They are so precious! I chose the Mary Jane pattern and printed it on the wrong side of my pattern paper. I cut the shoes using my Paper Snips, which by the way, are the bomb for fussy cutting.
- I glued a little lace around the bottom, because I'm secretly hoping for girl ;)
- I also found an awesome tutorial for making tiny roses using punches by Kathy Orta Files.
- Lift the flap where the baby shoes are attached to reveal a sentiment and spot for a gift card or cash.
- For each of the 4 flaps, I cut a 3-1/2" scallop circle using the embossed Irresistibly Yours Speciality DSP, currently free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. If you don't own a 3-1/2" scallop circle die, you could substitute a plain circle using the Circle Framelits.
- The inner circles measure 2-3/4" and I cut two in pattern paper for each flap, tearing one in half and adhered to the center.
- Most of the images, I stamped twice and cut using the matching framelit. To give it dimension I popped up the 2nd image using Stampin' Dimensionals.
- I stamped the images in Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding and So Saffron onto Whisper White CS. The color yellow in the Lullaby DSP is actually Hello Honey, which I thought was too dark and So Saffron was a nice substitute.
- A few little pearls are the finishing touch.
- To make the lid, I cut a piece of Whisper White CS that measured 6-1/8" x 6-1/8". Score 1" on all 4 sides. Cut on the 1" score lines up to the intersecting score line on one side and then repeat on the opposite side.
- Attach 3-7/8" x 3-7/8"pcs. of pattern paper to the center. Cut and attach 4 pcs. 7/8" x 3-7/8" for each side.
- Add adhesive to flaps and assemble lid.
- Add doily to the center with a mini glue dot.
- Tie bow using the 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon and attach to the center.
- The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Pistachio Pudding ink onto Whisper White CS and punched out using the Oval Punch. Layered it to Pistachio Pudding CS I punched out using the Modern Label Punch and layered again onto So Saffron Oval.
- I added a pearl and punched a small hole on the opposite end using a paper piercer and tied to the bow with Whisper White Bakers Twine.
I will definitely make more of these exploding boxes and I hope that I may have inspired you to make one too!
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