Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cafe Parisian Explosion Box by Sandy Trefger

Hello and Happy July!! Sandy here with a lovely little explosion box for you.  Summer is in full swing and it gets a little hard to get much crafting done but we do need a bit of creative time, don't we?  This project just might be what you need to quickly have a finished project and it makes a lovely little gift too. 

Here's a list of the supplies I used to create mine and then I will give you a step by step tutorial.
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Explosion Box C26E - Contact Store
  • Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Stain
  • Graphic 45 6x6 Cafe Parisian Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
  • Kaiser Craft True Love Card Stock Die Cuts
  • May Arts Orange Jute Twine
  • Teal Sheer Ribbon
  • Teal Rhinestoens
  • Mini Silk Roses and Posies
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Copic C5 (Dark Gray) Marker
  • Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
  • Art Glitter Designer Glue
Let's get started...

Step 1:  Wipe the edges of your chipboard Explosion Box pieces with a slightly damp cloth to remove any black residue.  

Step 2:  Ink all the edges on both sides of the box base piece and the lid piece with Black Soot Distress Stain.

Step 3:  Measure and cut squares of paper to cover all sections on both sides of the box base and the center inside section and center outside section of the lid.  Use a dark gray Copic or other alcohol marker to color the white cut edges of your papers.  I used Graphic 45's Cafe Parisian 6x6 Patterns & Solids paper pad for my Explosion Box.  Adhere the papers to the box sections. If desired add a tie ribbon underneath the patterned paper of the outside center section of the box as shown in this photo. I decided to not have a ribbon tie in my finished Explosion Box.

Step 4: Assemble the lid with glue before adding patterned paper.  Use clothes pins or other clips to hold the corners together while it dries.

Step 5:  Measure and cut patterned papers for the outer sides and the inner sides of the lid. Color the white cut edges with a dark gray Copic or other alcohol marker.  Adhere all the patterned papers to the lid including the two squares cut earlier.

Step 6:  Create a floral piece for the inside of the Explosion Box.  I used a small vintage sewing spool, wrapped it with a piece of matching patterned paper, vintage lace and added a bow.  The miniature silk roses and posies are glued into the spool with Beacon 3-in-1 glue.  Securely glue the spool into the center section of the inside of the box

Step 7:  Add card stock die cut embellishments as desired and any other embellishments such as the strips of contrasting patterned paper and rhinestones.

Step 8:  Use a scallop punch and cut 4 strips from contrasting patterned paper to add to the outer sides of the box base.  Be sure to line them up on all four sides.  In this photo I still have the tie ribbon on my box but I do remove it later when I finished up.

Step 9:  On the lid, add another card stock die cut embellishment, an arrangement of the flowers and a jute twine bow. Also add a matching jute twine bow to the flower arrangement on the inside of the box. Place it on top of the sheer blue ribbon bow and add a rose to the center of the box as shown in the second photo below.

Your Explosion Box is done!

Thank you so much for following along and I do hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project using the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Explosion Box kit. Contact store if you are interested in ordering this Explosion Box kit. 

I'll be back on July 19th with another project share. Until then, please visit my blog/website at for more of my craft designs.

Happy Crafting!

1 comment:

  1. This is quite a creation! This is a wonderful gift idea. Love the papers you used. I love the name!