I am very happy for card makers to use my designs and Tutorials for there own personal use, I give permission to other teachers who have attended my classes to use my Tutorials. but would appreciate a credit to the design and instructions.

please get in touch if you would like more information.

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Happy Crafting Yvonne xx

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Exploding Box Tutorial

Exploding Box Tutorial

For Craft for the Craic
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Using a crafters companion Top Score Board.
This box is made from 2 sheets of A4 card.

I have used gold and cream card to decorate, and embossed the outside panels
Box Lid

Box opened
This one is ready to add messages or images.
and has a handmade white satin and organza ribbon rose in the center,

Picture 3

Picture 4

Exploding box Tutorial Instructions 
by Yvonne Tune Card Art Kilcoole

1.   Cut an A4 sheet of card 10 cm by 30 cm  x 2 panels.

2.   Score each panel on the Tri-fold line, turn card and score again on the Tri-fold line, do this for both panels.

3.   Stick the 2 panels to create a cross shape, (see picture 3) and then fold the score lines, creasing each fold inward, to make the box shape.(see image 3)

4.   Decorate each panel, with the matting layers,
You need 5 embossed cream panels 8cm Sq (for outside of box) 6 plain cream panels 8cm Sq (5 for inside and 1 for outside base) and 11 gold panels 9 cm Sq

5.   Mat and layer all cream and gold panels, and stick 5 of the plain panels inside the box, and 4 of the embossed panels to the outside walls,

6.   Stick the long piece of ribbon to the outside base of your card, and secure the ribbon with the last plain panel.

7.   To create the lid, cut a panel 16 1/2 cm Sq, and score it on the 2nd line of the LID side of box side of a crafters companion board, or at 3cm. 

8.   Fold all the scored lines, and trim a snip away from each corner, (see image 4) and fold in the corners and stick with hot glue or Hi-tac tape, Decorate the lid with the last embossed panel.

9.   Decorate the inside of box with the large fabric rose

10.  Stick the butterflies to the acetate and cut out, folding the wings either side of the body, to allow the butterfly wings to stand up. and stick inside the box.

11.  You can add sentiments or images to each of the inside panels.

To make a Triple exploding box
you need 3 different size boxes

Small box.  Cut 2 panels 24cm long by 8cm wide and score at 8cm, and 16cm 

Medium Box. Cut 2 x panels 27cm long by 9cm wide and score at 9cm and 18cm

Largest box .  Cut 2 x panels 30cm long by 10cm wide and score at 10cm and 20cm


Each matting layer should be 1 cm smaller than the panels.

Small box.  Gold layer 7cm Sq, Cream layer 6cm Sq

Medium box Gold layer 8cm Sq, Cream layer 7cm Sq

Largest Box Gold layer 9cm Sq, Cream layer 8cm Sq

Stick the 3 decorated boxes together.

Taller Box
Roberta asked me to give measurements to make the box taller
this one measures 12cm high and 10cm Sq wide

Cut 4 panels 22cm by 10cm and score all 4 on the A4 tri-fold line,
over lay each 10cm panel to make the base.

you need 8 gold panels 11cm by 9cm 
and 8 cream panel 10cm by 8 cm
these are for the walls 
and 3 gold panels 9cm Sq and 3 cream panels 8cm Sq, these are for the Lid, Base, and inside floor of the box.

The lid for the 10cm Sq box fits this box.

Below is a Flower fairy box 
I made about 2 years ago. 
this would be lovely with Foamiran flowers, 
see Last months Foamiran flower tutorial below.

Exploding box
With a fairy theme.
The little fairy was printed twice once as a mirror image, I have slipped acetate between the layers and and uses the ends of the acetate to form a stand. so the fairy sticks upright. the flowers hid the acetate.

The outside had  a selection of beautiful 
fairy poems

The lid was finished with lace, a fairy tag, 
bow and rose.

                          Over view of the box.


  1. Love it Yvonne, now all i have to do is try make it. Thank you so much. xx

  2. Beautiful and as Edel said all we have to do now is try make it xxx


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