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Thursday with Sandiebella: Create a Drop Down Exploding Gift Box

Sandie has a gorgeous festive step by step for us today, featuring one of my personal favourite Uptown Girls!

Drop Down Exploding Gift Box


White card
Patterned paper
Scoring board and bone folder
Hill border die
Scalloped rectangle die

How to:

Cut three pieces of white card measuring 6.5″ x 8″, one piece of  6.25″ x 8.25″, and one piece of 9-3/8″ x 11.5″
Score the  6.25″ x 8.25″ piece at 1″ on all four sides.

Score the 9-3/8″ x 11.5″ on the 11″ side at 2-5/8″ x 8-7/8″, and on the 9-3/8″ side at 2-5/8″ and 6.75″

Score all three 6.5″ x 8″ pieces at 2″ on all four sides.

For all three piece of 6.5″x 8″ pieces –

Cut on the 8″ side on each of the score lines up to the intersecting line. Taper the edges of all 4 corner sections. Fold and burnish all the score lines.

Apply adhesive to the outside of each of the four corners and adhere to the inside of the longer side panels to create a box.

For each box cut two pieces of paper measuring 1-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ and two pieces measuring 1-7/8″ x 2-3/8″. Adhere to the sides of the boxes.

To make the box lid: take the 6.25″ x 8.25″ piece of card and cut on the long side up to the intersecting score line. Taper the edges of the four outer sections to make tabs.

For the decorative panels cut:
7/8″ x 6-1/8″ (2)
7/8″ x 4-1/8″ (2)
6-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ (1)
0.75″ x 6″ (2)
0.75″ x 4″ (2)
6″ x 4″

Adhere the paper layers to the card layers and then adhere them to the top and sides of the lid.

Apply adhesive to the outside of the corner tabs and adhere them to the inside of the longer side panels.

To create box base:

Take the 9-3/8″ x 11.5″ piece of card and cut on the score lines to remove the four corners. Fold and burnish the score lines.

For the outside panels:
6-1/8″ x 2.5″ (2)
4-1/8″ x 2.5″ (2)
6″ x 2-3/8″ (2)
4″ x 2-3/8″ (2)
Inside panels:
6″ x 4″ (centre panel)
5-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ (centre panel)
6-1/8″ x 2.5″ (2)
4-1/8″ x 2.5″ (2)

Once all the layers are stuck down, adhere the boxes as shown. Ensure each box is right up to the score line.

Fold up all 3 boxes and pop the lid on to ensure it fits.

Set the box aside to work on the image.

Stamp Quinn onto white card and colour using your preferred medium.

Fussy cut the outline using a precision scissors.

Assemble a panel for the front of the box and adhere down using 3D foam tape/dots.

Stamp the sentiment and cut out using a scalloped die.

Adhere the sentiment and Quinn to the front panel using more 3D foam tape/dots.

Embellish as desired.

To make the acetate lids for the boxes inside:

Cut three pieces of acetate measuring 6″ x 4.5″ and score on all four sides at 1″

Cut on the score lines to remove the four corners. Cut a slight wedge from each side of the four outer tabs. Fold the score lines gently.

Push the acetate lid into the box – it will be a snug fit so that it stays in place.

Decorate the outer edges of the boxes.

Over To You!

Share your personal favourite Stamping Bella creations with us. We LOVE to see what you’ve been creating with Stamping Bella stamps. Share a link to your latest Stamping Bella card in the comments below, or an old favourite you made a while ago. Tell us what your favourite stamps are. Are there any additions you would like to see to the range? Let us know!

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Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!




  1. Sue Hastead says:

    Thank you Sandie, this is a stunning project, really clever and beautifully done. I LOVE! – and Quinn was one of the first Bella’s I ever bought!
    Love from Sue…xxx

  2. Patti Lee says:

    OMG – this project is wonderful. Will need to try this! Missing you lots these days and all your creativity. A big Hello from San Francisco!!!! (Irina’s retreat is coming up soon and as usual, I will be thinking about you and missing your infectious laugh!)

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