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Make an impression with Exploding Box Dies!

Crafter's Companion – 12/11/20

As you know we can’t get enough of our cardmaking creations, but sometimes it’s fun to think outside the box and try something a little different. And this Exploding Box certainly has the wow factor!

When opened this interactive congratulations card cascades out to reveal tumbling sides, packed with detailed and beautiful decoration – the perfect way to surprise and delight friends and family!

You will need:

Step One

Cut out the Main Box Side die from four time using white cardstock. Next, cut out the Main Box Lid die once, also using white card stock. Fold and score all the lines on your Box Sides and Box Lid pieces.

Step Two

Use Red Liner tape to assemble the box lid before decorating with the Contemporary Watercolour Paper Pad and any other embellishments you would like.

Step Three

Next cut the bases for each layer of the Exploding Box. Using white cardstock, cut the following:

  • Outer Layer Base – 3.8″ x 3.8″ (9.6cm x 9.6cm)
  • First Layer Base – 3.5″ x 3.5″ (8.9cm x 8.9cm)
  • Second Layer Base – 3.2″ x 3.2″ (8.1cm x 8.1cm)
  • Third Layer Base – 3″ x 3″ (7.6cm x 7.6cm)

Step Four

Next, cut out the side panels for each layer of the Exploding Box. Using white cardstock, cut out four pieces of each of the following sizes:

  • First Layer Side: 3.5″ x 4″ (8.8cm x 10.1cm)
  • Second Layer Side: 3.2″ x 4″ (8.1cm x 10.1cm)
  • Third Layer Side: 3″ x 4″ (7.6cm x 10.1cm)

Line up the corresponding die from the Exploding Box set on each of the side pieces and run each side piece through a die-cutting machine. Fold and score each piece.

Step Five

Adhere Main Box Side pieces to the Outer Layer Base piece using Red Liner Tape. For best results apply tape to both the fold on the square and the fold on the heart shape. The fold on the square adheres to the base and the fold on the heart will adhere to the side of the next square. Continue this sequence until all four box squares are joined together. When you are finished, all four hearts will form the corners of your box.

Step Six

Cut out patterned paper and stick to the Outer Layer for both the outside and and inside of the box.

Step Seven

Stick the First Layer Side to the First Layer Base by applying Red Liner Tap to the flaps. Apply patterned paper to this layer. Add Red Liner Tape to the bottom of the base and adhere to the centre of the Outer Layer Base before scoring.

Step Eight

Stick the Second Layer Side to the Second Layer Base by applying Red Liner Tape to the flaps. Apply patterned paper before adding Red Liner Tape to the bottom of the base and sticking to the centre of the First Layer Base and scoring. Repeat this process with the Third Layer Side and Third Layer Base.

Step Nine

To fill this box even more decoration and embellishment you add features such as the Exploding Box Twist and Pop Mechanism, Exploding Box Waterfall Mechanism, Exploding Box Slider Mechanism and Fancy Border Dies.

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