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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Explosion Box Card for Baby & BLOG CANDY


So my sister-in-law, who just happens to be
the world's BEST mother-in-law,
asked me to create a baby card
for my niece to give to the doctors
to write on the card "it's a boy" OR "it's a girl."

They then planned to take the card
(not knowing what was written on the inside)
to the bakery and have them
make a cake according to what was written
but to decorate the cake in a
"non-gender" fashion.
Ya follow me?

I decided instead of making one card
for the doctor to write on it,
I would create TWO CARDS...
one for "baby boy" and
one for "baby girl."
This way, the doctor could simply
hand the appropriate envelope
to my niece and the other card could be
kept as a token of our appreciation.

Then at the "Reveal Party,"
once the cake was cut...
everyone would know whether
our world would soon be turning
BLUE... or PINK!

My sweet sister-in-law
wanted a very special card
so that each time her precious
daughter-in-law looked at the card,
she would remember the fun way
we revealed her little sweetheart.

I don't think I have ever been
SO HONORED
that my sis asked me to
be the one to create such a
special keepsake!
Seriously... I felt like I had
won the Artisan Award!



I created both card exactly the same
other than the colors...
easy peasy!

The best part about this particular
EXPLOSION BOX CARD
is it fits perfectly into
Stampin' Up!'s medium size envelope!

Continue reading and you will find a
step-by-step tutorial
AND
a chance for you to win a very special
EXPLOSION BOX CARD!




I just love how these special little cards
lay flat to fit into a envelope
which mails perfectly!
Of course, most
EXPLOSION BOX CARDS
are a bit on the bulky side
so extra postage may be in tow.

Who would like a bit of
BLOG CANDY?!


I haven't had many "new" followers lately
which means...
it must be time for a bit of
BLOG CANDY!

This Blog Candy is literally CANDY!  HA!
All wrapped up in this fun and super sweet (get it)
EXPLOSION BOX CARD
and coordinating 3D ENVELOPE!

Here is what you can do to win this
BLOG CANDY...

1. Become a follower of "Always Stampin'"
(Look for the "followers" option
in the right hand side column
OR follow on Facebook
OR follow on Instagram (@always_stampin)
If you are already a follower, see #2 & #3...)

2. Leave a comment ON THIS POST.
(It must be on this post as this is the best way
for me to keep track of names, etc.)

3. SHARE this post with others...
(Facebook, Pinterest, crafty sites... anywhere!
Then leave me a link to where you shared)

I will draw for a winner as soon as
TEN NEW FOLLOWERS
are accumulated!!!


Now let's find out exactly how this super fun
EXPLOSION BOX CARD
is created...


Begin with card stock measuring
4-1/4" x 11".
This is one half of an 8-1/2" x 11"
sheet of card stock.
Save the remaining half for later in the tutorial.


With the LONGEST edge of the card stock
to the top of the trimmer, every 2-1/2".


Quarter turn the card stock so that
the SHORTEST edge of the card stock
is to the top of the trimmer.
score ONCE at 1-3/4".


Trim away the smallest tab area
at the 1" scored edge.


"Snip" into each of the SHORTER
scored areas along the same
edge as the piece previously trimmed away.


Trim two pieces of
Designer Series Paper
measuring 2-1/4" x 11".


Trim FOUR pieces from one DSP
to measure 2-1/4" x 2-1/4".
The remaining piece can be put away
for use with another project.
These four pieces will adorn the
BOTTOM panels of the box card (see below).



Trim the other piece of DSP into
THREE pieces measuring 1-1/2" x 2-1/4"
and ONE piece measuring 2-1/4" x 4".
The remaining piece can be put away for
use with another project.
Use these four trimmed pieces on the
three smaller panels
(which will be considered the box top)
and the larger panel near the "tab" of the box
(see below).



Add Sticky Strip to the "tab" of the box.


Adhere box by folding in half
and securing the Sticky Strip in place.


Bring back the remaining half sheet of card stock.
Trim TWO PIECES to measure 1" x 4-1/4".


Score both pieces 3/4" IN from each end
(see below).



Adhere each of the 1" strips into the box
at the scored areas on the strips
so that the scored areas of the back strip
slant toward the back of the box
and the scored areas of the front strip
slant toward the front
(see above and below).


Decorate and embellish as desired.

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for following!
Thanks for sharing!

I hope you with the "sweet"
BLOG CANDY!
wink

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