Three years ago I wrote my first Explosion Box Purse tutorial. Back then we didn’t have all the cool tools that we have now that make this purse EASIER to make, so it’s time for an update. This purse is quite large measuring 4″ x 4″ at its base (made out of a sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock). When my friend made these purses with silver glimmer paper recently, I just knew I had to make a “blinged” up version like hers. Thanks R.V. for inspiring me and making me get sparkly. Find out the supplies you’ll need to make this “glimmery” purse and where to get them HERE!
Explosion Box Purse Tutorial
1. Start with a piece of 12” x 12” piece of card stock. On one of the 12” sides, score at the 4” and 8” marks.
2. Turn the card stock ¼ turn, and score at the 4” and 8” marks again.
3. Use your scoring stylus or a pencil to make a mark at the 6” mark. Turn your card stock to the opposite side and make a stylus or pencil mark at the 6” mark on this side too. See yellow dots.
4. Get out your diagonal plate out and darken the center-most diagonal groove with a black Sharpie. We will use the darkened groove to line up and score some points in the next step.
5. Place your diagonal plate on a flat, solid surface (NOT the Simply Scored Scoring Board). LINE UP the pencil mark (see yellow dot) from step 3 and one of the corners on the opposite side (see red dot) on the Sharpie-darkened score groove. Score from the pencil mark (yellow dot) just until you reach the first score intersection.
6. Repeat step 5 with the remaining corners. You will be making a total or FOUR score marks in steps 5 and 6.
7. Place the diagonal plate on the Simply Scored scoring tool. Score each of the corner squares diagonally from the corner (zero) to the nearest intersection of the score lines.
8. This is what your card stock should look like when you’re done this step.
9. Cut all FOUR corners squares in half on the diagonal. Use the score lines as a guide as to where to line up your cutter.
10. This is what your piece will look like when all FOUR corners are cut off.
11. Fold your piece along all the score lines.
12. For the topper, cut a 5-½” x 4” piece of Silver Glimmer Paper. On the 5-½” side, score at the 2-¾” mark.
13. Use the largest framelit from the Labels Collection Framelits to cut your silver glimmer piece. Line up the score line with the points on the die. This is easier to do if you use your Magnetic Platform.
14. This is what your silver glimmer piece will look like once it’s cut.
15. Punch two holes a half inch in from each side next to the score line.
16. Add two pieces of sticky strip below the holes.
17. Remove the sticky strip liner and feed the ends of a 9” length of Chevron Ribbon through the holes and secure them on the sticky strip.
18. Add several strips of sticky strip to the back of the topper. Also, add a Velcro dot to the other side of the topper (leave the liner on one side of the Velcro dot).
19. Using a hot glue gun, adhere a large Vintage Faceted Button to the front of the purse. Note: Hardly anything sticks to glimmer paper other than hot glue.
20. Place a large Rhinestone Brad in the middle.
21. Remove the sticky strip liner on the purse topper. Adhere to one of the flat sides of the purse base.
22. Remove the liner from the Velcro dot and close the purse (tucking in all the folds). Then try opening the purse again and pry the Velcro apart carefully. Burnish the Velcro dots with your fingers, so they stick to the card stock better.
23. To finish the purse off, I cut a monogram from the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die and blinged it up with some Rhinestone Jewels.
Stampin’ Up! Supplies
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