Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Explosion Box Tutorial

Hi stampers!  Today I'm going to show you how I made my {Super Star Boy} Explosion Box that I posted yesterday.  This is a "spin off" of the tutorial posted on SCS.  I changed a few things like the size, cut my corner "wings" off, and added a rooftop!  I hope you will find this tutorial easy as I took lots of pictures along the way, and as always, you can left click on the pictures to enlarge for detail.   If you have any questions, please use my chat box in my sidebar or you may leave a comment here with your email. 

[1] sheet of 12x12 cardtock
[2] sheets of grey cardstock (6.5" square and a 7" square)
[4] sheets of 3 7/8" square designer paper (for inside)
[1] sheet of 3 7/8" square coordinating piece of cardstock
[1] sheet of acetate (or other cardstock for spiral and stand-up tabs)
additional cardstock or images to stand up inside box
Paper trimmer with scoring blade
Scallop border punch *Optional
Double-sided tape
Tacky Glue
pencil or pen

Okay, so I'm going to break this down into 4 basic parts:  box, lid, roof, and decorating inside and out. 

1)  Start out with a 12" Square sheet of Cardstock.  (you may make this much smaller depending on what size images you want to stand up on the inside.  Whatever size you start out with has to be divisible by 3You will then need to adjust your scoring marks and size of lid as all my instructions for for the 12" box.) 
2)  Score at 4" and 8" and then turn your cardstock 90 degrees and scrore it at 4" and 8" on that side.
3)  Cut the corner squares out, using the scored lines for your guide.  It will then look like this:

4)   Set aside... we'll decorate this later.

1)  Cut a coordinating piece of cardstock (or heavy designer paper) that's 6 1/2" square.
2)  Score it at 5 1/4" on all sides.

3)  Cut the vertical score lines on 2 opposing sides until they intersect with the horizontal ones.
These will be your inside tabs when we glue the lid together.  

4)  *This step is optional.  I used my scallop border punch along all 4 sides to give a cuter overhang.  Then you'll want to cut one side of just the tabs down a bit because the scallops won't line up when you fold the tabs in. 

5)  Use strong double-sided tape and adhere to the outside of all tabs and fold in, aligning the corners with the edges of the side strips and pinch together to secure.  

6)  Fold up the sides of box and place lid on.  Set aside.

1)  Cut a piece of cardstock (or DP) that's the same as your lid at 7" square.
2)  Score 1/2" on all sides.
3)  Using a pencil and ruler, draw lines 3" in and 4" in from the ends.  Turn 90 degrees and do the same.  *see picture below.
4)  Now score JUST the inner square that's formed by the drawn lines. 

5)  Now measure and cut out 1 1/2" squares in all 4 corners. 

6)  Now you need to make 3 score lines (on each of the 4 quadrants).  The first is from the corner of the middle 1-inch square to the corner of the square you just cut out.  The next 2 scores are from the corner of the middle 1-inch square to the points where you scored 1/2" on the sides as in this picture.  DO NOT score all the way through the middle square, just up to the outer corner.

7)  Now you can fold those scored marks.  The 2 outer scores are mountain folds and the middle is a valley fold.  Glue the facing scored sides together as shown.  I use Alene's Tacky Glue because it holds well and dries quickly.

 8)  Glue the 1/2" scored edges and fold under. 
 9)  Place roof onto top of lid, aligning the corners as much as possible. 

Decorating your Box
1)  Remove the lid.  If you want to stamp on the outside (or inside) of your box, you want to do that now.  I stamped the Super Hero Window (, colored with Copics, and taped to outside of box.  I also printed the phrase "It's a bird... it's a plane... it's..." and added to the roof.
2)  Now it's time to decorate the inside of your box.  First I cut 4 sheets of designer paper, 3 7/8" square for the sides, and one sheet of grey for the bottom (same size). 

3)  Now you'll want to gather your elements for the inside!  Here, I stamped and cut out the Super Star Boy and Tuffy, his dog as well as Tuffy's ball and bone, and some stars from the Super Hero Window set (all from  I also cut out some spirals and stand up tabs out of acetate window sheets to adhere the stars and the stand up pieces to.

4)  I attached one end of a circle spiral (acetate) with a glue dot to the middle of the left side panel.  Then glued the other other end of spiral to the back panel.  Then I did the same with the other spiral to the front panel and the right panel. 

5)  To cover up the ends of spirals that we just glued down, I used glue dots again to attach a circle star on top, and then glued stars randomly along each spiral like this:
  6)  I made some tabs out of acetate and glued my Star Boy Luka and dog and the ball to the tabs and glued those down on the grey piece.  You could also attached a sentiment if you wish.  Here's a better view of the spirals and then the inside as a whole. 

That's it!   Hope you'll give it a try.  Happy creating!  *Ü*


Debbie Pamment said...

FABULOUS tutorial for a totally AMAZING project - you star!

Jacki Randolph said...

Oh fab tutorial, thanks for sharing Kris.

Kathy Winter said...

This is so awsome. I'm gonna try this some day, when I have a lot of Great job Kris:)

Lori said...

Wow, not something I want to tackle any time soon!!! Maybe some day, when Kathy does. LOL

Sue from Oregon said...

Love this tutorial! Very clear and concise...great job on this darling project!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a great explosion box! I so have to try your awsome tutorial!

Lorie said...

Wow, this is a truly incredible tutorial Kris. Thanks so much for the step by step!

Sassylassy said...

Totally awesome tutorial! You Rocked it. Your directions are so easy to follow! Thank you
Hugs Bonnie

Jana Weaver said...

thanks for the awesome tut Kris - and I just LOVE this project!!! Great job!!

Cami said...

Thank you, Kris! This is an awesome tut! Great pics, detailed instructions, and your project is so darn cute! Love this shaped roof!
Hugs, Cami