Thinking Outside the Box Blog Hop – Explosion Box

Welcome to the next instalment of our International Blog Hop Thinking Outside the Box!

This month we are literally going “outside the box” with our creations! It is a card that “explodes” when you remove the lid!

Explosion Box

Here is what I am making you today!  Isn’t it great?

Stampin' Up! - Painted with Love Speciality Designer Series Paper - Explosion Box - Thinking Outside the Box Blog Hop

1.To start I cut a piece of Whisper White paper down to 10 ½ x 10 ½. Once cut down you will score at 3 ½ and 7 on both sides to create 9 boxes on your paper.

Step 1A

Once you are finished scoring, you will cut out the four corner pieces.

Step 1B.jpg

2. For the box lid cut down a sheet of Whisper White to 5 ⅝ x 5 ⅝

Once cut down you will score at ½ inch all the way around on all four sides. Miter the four corners to create the box lid tabs and glue together.

Step 2

Fold on the scored lines of the box and you have created your box, and then decorate as desired!

3. To decorate the box this is what I cut:

  • Painted with Love DSP – cut four pieces at 2 ¼ x 3 for outside of the box
  • Gold Foil – cut 12 pieces at 1 inch x 3 these pieces will be punched out with the Decorative Ribbon border punch
  • Gold Foil – cut 5 pieces at 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ for inside panel mats. You will use these pieces to cut out your die pieces.
  • Whisper White – cut four pieces at 3×3 for inside panels
  • Painted with Love DSP – cut one piece at 3×3 for inside panel
  • Gold Foil – 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ this piece is for the top of the box
  • Whisper White – 3 ⅛ x 3 ⅛ this piece is for the top of the box

A couple of really cool things that I did with my lid I want to show you.

I cut 12 squares at 2 ½ x 2 ½ and I glued them together in a stack.

Cut a piece of Gold Foil sheet at ⅛ of an inch and with Tombo glue, glue the edge of the stack and attach the gold foil strip.

Lid 3

Do this for all four sides to create a clean edge around the stack. This will give your box top added height!

I attached the stack to the top of the box and then put a final piece on top of that to give it some dimension. I love how it turned out.

I then cut out an extra large dragonfly with our Gold Glimmer paper, and then adhered it to the top with our dimensional strips.

Another trick that I did was with the Gold Foil that is attached to the inside panels of the box. Because the Gold Foil is the mat piece for the white, I cut out my die pieces from the foil as it will be covered.

Once the die pieces were cut out, I glued the Whisper White panels onto the Gold Foil. Then using our mini dimensional I popped the flower pieces onto the panels and then adhered pearls to the centre of the flowers.

For the outside panels I adhered the decorative border to the back of the DSP pieces and then glued the whole piece down. I then glued the other decorative borders onto the bottom edge of the box lid.

Here are a few more pictures of how I decorated the box:

I hope you liked the project! Here is the printable tutorial – Explosion Box Tutorial

Please let me know what you think!

I am loving the new papers from the new occasions catalogue! Let me know which is your favourite?

I am going to list all the items used in case you want to pick them up in my store! Remember with Sale-a-Bration going on right now with every $60.00 order, you can choose an exclusive item for free! If you want more information about how you can do this, feel free to contact me!

  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Gold Foil paper
  • Gold Shimmer paper
  • Painted with Love DSP
  • Petal Palette bundle
  • Pearls
  • Trimmer
  • Scor board
  • Tombo glue
  • Mini dimensionals
  • Big Shot

Check out the other amazing creations from the girls!


Thanks for visiting!

group pic

  1. Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
  2. Tanja Kolar – Germany
  3. Yoshiko Endo – Japan
  4. Annette Elias – Netherlands
  5. Dena Rekow – USA
  6. Beate Wacker – Austria
  7. Aude Barbara – France
  8. Barb Stewart – Canada – You are here!

8 thoughts on “Thinking Outside the Box Blog Hop – Explosion Box

  1. Barb – what an incredible eye for detail! This explosion box is glorious! I love the colour combinations and the construction. Your lid is simply gorgeous and such a great and novel approach. Love it all! Thanks so much for hopping!


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