I've always admired the explosion boxes I've seen others make, but I thought they were too involved and too complicated for me. But with Christmas coming, I was inspired to make something special to hold gift cards for my son's preschool teachers. This box has a red, green, and Christmas tree theme and also features a panda since that's the mascot for my son's classroom. Here's the outside:
Open it up, and here's what's inside...
And a few closeups of the panels...
- Papers - patterned papers from Recollections - Believe paper pack; solid cardstock by Recollections; gold paper by Creative Memories
- Cricut Cuts - 3-D tree from Winter Woodland, page 73; panda from Create a Critter, page 58; scarf for panda from Winter Frolic, page 35; ornaments from Winter Frolic, pages 64 and 65; tag from Winter Frolic, page 65; "Christmas Wishes" sentiment from Winter Frolic, page 67; "A Gift for You" sentiment from Winter Frolic, page 43
- Embossing - tree, ornament pieces, and outside side panels with Cuttlebug's Victoria
- Other - ornaments inked with Colorbox red ink pad; gold curling ribbon from stash; sentiments on pop dots
I'm super pleased with the result and hope his teacher likes the way we presented her gift card. The only thing I'd change is backing the patterned papers with cardstock -- it made the flaps a little too heavy to stay "exploded" when the box is open. Next time, I'll either skip the backing and/or choose lighter-weight papers.
My favorite detail is how the scarf is curled to make it appear to be blowing in the wind. It had a more utilitarian beginning, though -- I had to curl so it would fit in the box when folded! I also like the holly paper I used on the inside panels. It kinda looks like bamboo, which is perfect for the panda!
I hope you enjoyed my first explosion box -- it took three naptimes to make! I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
BBTB2: Challenge - Winter Frolic Tag
Cooking with Cricut: Challenge #64 - Cards, Tags, & Gifts
Die Cuttin' Divas: Challenge #44 - Tags, Tags, & More Tags
Whimsical Designs: Challenge - Winter Fun