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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Queen of Hearts Explosion box tutorial part 1

"Queen of Hearts" Just in time for Valentine's day. Explosion box. Free tutorial part 1





I made this one using 2 colours of card stock and 1 printed paper.  You can vary this in so many ways, but first I will show you how to make the basic explosion box.

Skill level: Intermediate

Time frame: No time frame, make at your own pace.


Supplies:
  • Glue (I used bostick glue stick)
  • Double sided tape
  • Cutting/Scoring tool 
  • 3 sheets of 12" x 12" (30cm x 30cm) card stock in main colour (I used red. A)
  • 3 sheets of 12" x 12" (30cm x 30cm) card stock in complimentary colour (white. B)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler with in + cm measurements


Outer Layer.

Step 1:  Using Card A (Red),  12" x 12" (30cm x 30cm) Measure 4" (10cm) from corner edge and mark a dot, and 8" (20cm) and mark.
Rotate card stock and repeat. Score at these measurements on all 4 sides.


Step 2:  Using your straight edge cutter (or a pair of scissors) cut inwards at the corners. See the diagram below for instructions. After cutting and detaching your corners, you should be left with the base of the explosion box. Save the corner pieces for matting.

Measurements shown in in" but instructions include cm.

Middle Layer.

Step 1:  Using card B, (white), cut card stock to measure 11 1/4 (28.5cm) square. 
Measure 3 3/4" ( 9.5cm x 9.5cm) intervals and mark. 
Rotate card and repeat on all 4 sides. Score at these measurements.
Step 2:  Repeat as step 2 for outer layer with these measurements.



Inner layer:

Step 1:  Using Card A (Red),  Cut card to 10 1/2" x 10 1/2: sq (25.5cm x 25.5cm) 
Measure 3 1/2" (9cm) from corner edge and mark a dot, and 7" (18cm) and mark.
Rotate card stock and repeat. Score at these measurements on all 4 sides.

Step 2:  Repeat as step 2 for outer layer with these measurements.



Now you have the base layers for the explosion box, ready to embellish


Outer layer
Middle layer
Inner layer
Layered together
Squares for matting 1 shown embossed
Lid:

Using card stock A (Red) Cut 6 1/8" sq. (15.5cm)
Score at 1 " all around
Cut one score line into score but do not remove corners.

Trim as shown if desired
You are now ready to embellish your base explosion box. 
Tutorial part 2 will show you how.

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York Rose Designs