Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Snowman Explosion Box - Gift Card Holder

This months Circle Magazine Challenge is to use the Circle exclusive cart Sophie for at least three cuts to create a holiday project.  I decided to make a Christmas gift card holder explosion box:

The large snowflake, the frame around "Merry Christmas" and the border on the front of the gift card pocket are all cuts from Sophie.  For the border, I welded several of the same snowflake cuts using Cricut CraftRoom and cut it out of scrap piece of sparkly silver vinyl.

The snowman in the centre is made with three pompom glued together. 

I used black half-beads for the eyes and a piece of a red rubber band for the mouth.  To make the "carrot" nose, I used  a piece of orange tissue paper with white glue rolled and shaped by hand.  The arms are toothpicks (with the point cut off), ends split into three and coloured brown.The top hat is back duct tape over black card stock cut freehand (to give it a more organic look) and glued together .

The stamped snowman image is the same one I used in a card I had posted in November. This time I embossed a cut portion of aluminium food tray which is sturdier than the aluminium foil I used with the card.

I intentionally made the outside of the box simple to contrast with the overkill of elements on the inside.

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression & Cricut CraftRoom Application

Cricut Sophie Cartridge
Cricut Ashlyn's Alphabet Cartridge
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders from the Winter Wonderland embossing folders set
Inkadinkadoo Clear Stamp
Embossing Pad and Stampendous Embossing Powder
Ribbon from my stash
Studio G chalk ink and Copic Markers (to outline card stock)
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Self-adhesive rhinestones, confetti, plastic "mirror" snowflakes from the Dollar Store
Aluminium food tray
Solid and sparkle card stock are Recollections brand
Patterned card stock is Anna Griffin Georgette Christmas Collection
Martha Stewart Glitter
Orange Tissue Paper
White pompom - (three sizes), Cotton batting and Felt
Duct tape
Black half pearls
red rubber band
Ribbon Flower from my stash
White pearls, black pearl, black pin and a thin piece of black plastic punch with a circle to make the snowman stick pin.

Thanks so much for looking. 


scrapaholicjen said...

This is awesome! Love the snowman! Good luck on the challenge!

Sis Patterson said...

Wow - I didn't realize that you made the snowman too! So very very clever - thanks for sharing all of the details. Love the mouth and arms - this is terrific!

Carolyn/MamaC said...

Oh, my goodness! What a wonderful project! The little snowman is just perfect!

Jessica said...

Oh WOW, oh WOW! I love your explosion box and the snowman inside. I've always wanted to know what to do with an explosion box, so I love how you put a gift card inside. I just might have to try one now! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week.


Diane said...

So very pretty! You did an excellent job on this and I appreciate you sharing it with us.

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

OMG this is awesome! Too cute!

Diane said...

What a beautiful explosion box, love the colors and the snowman is adorable!

Scrappin Dhilly said...

Beautiful box, love the colors you used!

Maria said...

What a clever and creative to give a gift card ! Good luck on the challenge!

Nana Donna said...

This just wonderful, you have inspired me to make an explosion box, I have never made one, but this has to be the best I have seen

Anonymous said...

wooooooooooow! loving the little snowman in the center, I mean the whole box is fantastic, but that snowman has me blown away, I thought for sure you had purchased him but since you made, oh wow!

Vickie said...

This is just awesome. I love the snow man

Scrappy Mel said...
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Scrappy Mel said...

So FABULOUS - you are very talented! Thank you for playing along with us at Scrappy Moms Stamps!

- Mel

Maquel said...

Love the explosion box! Great work! What a labor of love! Thanks for joining us at Robin's Creative Cottage!


Sherrie K. said...

GORGEOUS explosion box! Love the colors and the details are fabulous!
Thanks for joining the challenge me Monday over at FCCB!!
Sherrie K

Karen said...

Beautiful explosion box! Love all the details you put into it! The snowman is adorable too! Thanks for playing along at Robin's Creative Cottage! :)


Patty said...

Great job on the snowman explosion box! Thanks for joining RCC's Ribbons & Bows challenge.

RCC DT Member

Jennie Garcia said...

That is absolutely adorable!! Great colors and that snowman is incredibly cute!! Thanks for Playing with us @ FCCB!!
TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @

Georgiana said...

Fabulous explosion box!

Happy Holidays,
Carson's Creations

Cindy said...

What a fabulous explosion box!! Congrats on winning the Magazine challenge on the Circle blog :-)

samanthadesigns said...

Found this via pintrest. Great job! I would never have thought of putting a snowman inside.