Baby Shower Explosion Card

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A box? A card? Learn to make an explosion card – a fun way to surprise the guest of honor celebrating a special event!

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Explosion Box Punch Board comes with detailed instructions, heart-shaped templates, and a scoring tool. It has markings to score seven sizes of boxes and lids – five sizes are used for this project. I followed the directions in the helpful Explosion Card Punch Board Tutorial by We R Memory Keepers.

The Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer 12 in. worked well for cutting cardstock for the boxes and lid. By extending the arm to the left, even a 12″ square was easy to measure and cut.

When selecting cardstock, keep in mind that both sides will be visible as the card folds and unfolds and that directional designs and pages with element boxes (decorative squares meant to be cut out) may look odd. I initially chose Photo Play Collection Hush Little Baby Girl Collection Pack to make the boxes but ended up using a more non-directional, generic Doodlebug Collection Cute & Crafty Paper Pack Petite.

Following the instructions in Explosion Card Punch Board Tutorial by We R Memory Keepers, I cut squares for the boxes (12″, 11″, 10″, and 9″) and one 6-1/2″ square for the lid.

The tutorial explains how to use the scoring tool to score the paper and use the largest heart template to draw and cut hearts in each corner.

Being a quilter, I am more comfortable using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler to trim than a craft knife – but I had good control using the We R Memory Comfort Craft Craft Knife and a Stainless steel ruler

The 11″ and 10″ squares were scored …

and cut the same way to form two small pockets on opposite sides.

An adhesive runner was used to attach the back of the center square to the center of the box below.

Note that the small pockets are positioned opposite of the layer below.

I did not photograph the scoring and cutting of the 9″ square but directions are in the tutorial. The We R Memory Keepers Explosion Box Punch Board was used to score the 6-1/2″ for the lid.

The scoring tool works well unless you press too hard – then the scored area will tear instead of fold as it should.

The adhesive runner was also used to secure the folds in the corners of the lid. Using a scrap of paper kept the adhesive from going where I did not want it to be. This step could also be done with a hot glue gun.

After decorating the lid with ephemera (die cut cardstock pieces ) …

it was time to add more decorations and photos to the layered boxes.

I added photos of my daughter during her pregnancy, including an ultrasound, birth and gender announcements, and the baby quilt I made for her. The photos alternated with more ephemera and stickers until all the surfaces were filled.

The finished project was a surprise for her at her family baby shower! When she took the lid off, all the layers “exploded” revealing a mini photo album with memories from her pregnancy. A tiny board book from her childhood with a gift certificate was inserted in the box. She seemed surprised and delighted!

This would be a creative way to celebrate many life events. The cards do not need to be elaborate – even a box or two would be fun.

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Ann works in Customer Service here at CreateForLess, and has a passion for quilting. Ann has been an avid quilter for over 20 years and a quilt instructor, quilt designer and pattern writer for over 7 years. Ann's crafting interests include quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, crazy quilting, general sewing. Basically if it involves quilting...she loves it! Ann is blessed with a supportive husband and two great children (a college-age son and grown daughter) who tolerate appearing in public with her despite the inevitable thread on her clothes.

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