A few months ago I made an exploding gift card box for my boss, who had accepted a promotion, to hold two gift cards – one of which came in an irregular shape in a velveteen bag (so it needed more space than just an envelope). I have since been having a blast designing in 3D including “Chip the Horse” and a variety of ‘exploding’ gift boxes in all shapes and sizes. And, boy, I was excited to put this practice to good use. Friends of ours have a daughter who is about to leave for college, where she will be studying art. We are giving her a Dick Blick gift card and I wanted to make something very special to present it in. I hope you enjoy my latest project and the corresponding free file.
First, I selected from my favorite paper. Supplies needed: 12×12 and 6×6 matching paper, and a #2 pencil (or similar sized cylinder)
Next, I set my Maxx blade to the paper thickness. Since I have a hard time seeing the tiny blade tip I like to use scraps, folded in half, to test it (no, its not age, its just tired eyes). If my blade cuts through one layer but not into the second, I know the blade is set correctly. I loaded the 12×12 paper and used a brayer to ensure a good grip between this thick paper and my mat. Then I made sure I set the machine properly for the ‘score lines’ in pink and sent them to ‘cut’. And finally, I made the necessary adjustments to fully cut the blue lines. Next, I loaded the 6×6 paper and cut the square in a square – a simple piece that doesn’t require any score lines.
Once the pieces are cut out, simply fold at the score lines. And here is the finished product:
Now, let’s take a look at that “Explosion” I promised.
Please click on the finished product photo to download the free KNK file. Thanks for stopping in to Team KNK!