Cupcake Exploding Box Card - THE TUTORIAL

Recently I posted about a Cupcake Exploding Box Card I'd made and was overwhelmed by the positive response I received!  So, after many requests and promises from me, here is the tutorial for you all :)

You will need....

Pistachio Pudding Card
Pink Pirouette Card
Whisper White Card
Strawberry Slush Card
Coordinating scrapbook papers in 3 or 4 different designs
25" x 7" White organza fabric
Bead head pins
14" x 6" Bubble Wrap
Used ribbon spool (or equivalent - see below)
Gems, embellishments and ribbon
Double sided tape
Glue Gun (or strong quick setting glue)
Large Stampin' Up!Oval punch
Stampin' Up 1 3/4" Scallop punch

Making Time

Cut 2 pieces Pistachio Pudding card to measure 4" x 11 1/2" and score on the longest side at 3 3/4" and 7 3/4"
Cut 2 pieces of Pink Pirouette card to measure 3 1/2" x 11" and score on the longest side at 3 1/2" and 7 1/2"
Stick the card together in the middle square only to form a cross then lay the Pink Pirouette card on to the Pistachio Pudding card and stick again only in the middle square.
Cut another piece of Pistachio Pudding to measure 5" x 4 1/4" - this will form your mini greeting card pocket.  Score this piece on the long side at 1/2" and 4 1/2" and then on the short side at 1/2" only.  Cut off the bottom corners as shown and stick to one of the Pistachio Pudding inner card flaps.  Tip - stick the bottom of the pocket first and place a strip of tape across the inner join.  This will help your mini greeting card to slip in easier without getting caught on the inside of the pocket.

Cut a further piece of Pistachio Pudding to measure 7 1/8" x 7 1/8".  Score one side at 1 1/2", turn 90 degrees and score again at 1 1/2", turn 90 degrees again and score at 1 1/2", turn 90 degrees once more and score at 1 1/2".  Please don't be tempted to simple score at 1 1/2" and then score a second time without turning the card.  Doing it the way I've suggested will ensure your lid fits snugly enough not to fall off without being too tight that you can't get it on!

Using the table below, cut your layers to fit your card flaps, lid and mini greeting card and secure them to their relevant card parts.  Warning.... this may take some time as there's quite a few layers! Decorate your layers as you like - as you can see, I stamped my inner layer with one of the stamp sets from this year's Sale-a-Bration called Big Day but you could use whatever you like!

Exploding Box Card Layering Measurements
Layer 1
(Whisper White)
Layer 2
(Strawberry Slush)
Layer 3
(Scrapbook paper)
Pistachio Pudding Card Flap (inner)
3 ¾" x 3 ½"
3 ½" x 3 ¼"
3" x 2 ¾"
Pistachio Pudding Card Flap (outer)
3 ¾" x 3 ½"
3 ½" x 3 ¼"
3 ¼" x 3"
Pink Pirouette Card Flap
3 ¼" x 3 ¼"
3" x 3"
2 ¾" x 2 ¾"
Pistachio Pudding Box Lid
3 ¾" x 3 ¾"
3 ½" x 3 ½"
3 ¼" x 3 ¼"
Mini Greeting Card
3 " x 3 ½"

Cut a piece of Whisper White card to measure 3 3/4" x 7 1/4", score on the long side at 3 5/8" and fold to make your mini greeting card which will go into the inside pocket of your exploding box card.
Add the scrapbook paper layer and then grab your punches to make the cupcake to go on the front of your mini greeting card.

Now to make the centrepiece - your cupcake!

You'll need something round to form the base of your cupcake about 2" in diameter; I used an old ribbon spool with the guide edges cut off but you could just as easily use some very stiff card.
Begin by cutting a strip of scrapbook paper that measures 1 1/2" x 16" (I used 8" scrapbook paper to get the measurement I needed).  Score on the long edge every 1/4" and then concertina fold the paper glueing the edges together.

Sorry about the cup of coffee, I got a bit sidetracked and I've just realised that I didn't change the numbers on the photos - sorry about that, at least they are in the right sequence!!  Anyway, where was I - oh yes stick a strip of double sided tape round the edge of whatever it is you are using as your cupcake base, put the concertina folded paper around the base and secure it by gluing the inside of the what now should be looking a bit like a cup (with any luck!).  Screw the bubble wrap into a ball and glue this inside your cup to form the 'cake' part of your cup cake.  Cover the top of the bubble wrap with double sided tape, this will help to hold the organza 'icing/frosting' on the top of your cake.

Now were going to add the organza - twist the end of the organza and tuck it down the outside edge of your bubble wrap to hold it in place.  Twist the length of organza loosely and as you do so, starting from the outside edge, stick the organza to the double sided tape in a swirl like icing/frosting would be done.  When you get to the middle, fold the edge over and secure it with a blob of glue.  At this stage, your icing/frosting will probably look a bit of a disaster but don't panic, this is where the fab bead top pins come into action.  Use them to help pull the organza into shape and add a bit of decoration to your cupcake at the same time.

Add a 'cherry' on the top - I used a paper flower and if you like, a few blobs of glitter glue always looks pretty too.  I also added a strip of ribbon to the base of my cupcake just as a bit of extra help to hold the cupcake together.  And there you have it, cupcake done!  All you need to do now is to glue it to the centre square of your card and you've finished! Phheeewwww, time for another coffee I think, preferably the red grape flavoured type ;)

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  Lea xx


  1. thanks for this great tutorial!

  2. That is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hope you have fun with it :) xx

    2. I've blogged my take on it.. and linked back to you too... here

    3. Love it Elaine and thank you, I'm delighted you like it so much xxx

  3. Que precioso tutorial...Tienes unas manos maravillosas...

  4. Que precioso tutorial...Tienes unas manos maravillosas...


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