Vintage Exploding Box Card

If you are an artist in any way then you will totally understand the desire and drive to get what is in your head out on paper, paint, clay, music, wood, glass or any other form of artistic expression. To me every piece of art no matter what it is, is an expression of that artist and who they are because every artist puts their heart and soul into every project that they create.

I made this card in June 2016 for a friends daughter as a birthday card/gift. I loved making this card because I love the vintage look, style and items. This is my very first attempt at making an exploding box card. Let me know what you think by posting a comment below.


  • One piece of 12″ X 12″ card stock
  • Designer/patterned paper
  • Assorted ribbon, lace, and bead or pearl strands
  • Assorted flowers
  • What ever embellishments that you may want to use. (I got the tea sets, girl, medallion and little picture frames at Michael’s in the jewelry section).
  • One battery operated votive candle
  • Glue (I used Tombow multipurpose glue )
  • Vintage Photo distress ink



Decorate as you wish.

To make the little birthday cake in the middle you use the battery operated votive candle. The easiest way is to use washi tape to wrap around the outside edge of the candle in a matching color scheme. You can use a 1 3/4″ scallop punch and punch out a piece of card stock for the top piece of the candle cake. Then right in the center of the scalloped circle  punch a hole. To decorate I used the multicolored little satin roses that you can pick up at  Michael’s in the ribbon section.

Pretty much that is it, but if you have any questions just contact me and I will assist you the best I can. Remember every card you make is unique because it came from your heart.

Love, Sheila