Exploding ‘Will you be?’ Keepsake Box card tutorial


Hi Everyone,

Sam here 🙂

Today I thought i would share with you my process when making my ‘Will you be’ exploding box cards.

Maybe you make box cards and fancy a different take on them? Maybe you would like to make your own for a special occasion?

Making the card:

The first thing I did was get all my pieces together (ingredients list at the bottom).

Using a heavy weight pure white card stock. I cut out all of my layers for the card / box section. I used my Silhouette cameo to do the cutting for this.

Using a versamark ink and script stamp, I added sticky embossing powder to the outside of the box section.


I then added silver gilding flakes to the sticky sections and using a sponge rubbed off the excess flakes, to leave an elegant looking silver script.


I did the same with the tags, before adding the top layer of the tag (with the writing on). I then added a small diamonte onto the tag.

For your tag you can either pop a hole in it, so you can add it to your ribbon, or you can pop a pearl or embellishment where the hole would be and adhere the top to the lid, I would recommend writing on the tag first or leaving it loose to write on, with a little bit of double sided tape on the back, ready for popping on after its written.

I like sticking mine to the top as its always there then and won’t get lost if it slides off the ribbon. 


Attach some appropriate coloured ribbon to the box outer, I used extra strong double sided (red) tape at the bottom and a bit on each side, this holds the ribbon flat and in place and when the flaps are lifted and the lid popped on, you can tie your ribbon to hold everything in place and to leave you with a beautiful looking box.

Inside you can add the layers to the box flap sections (except the very centre one). I don’t use glue on these, this is because I don’t want to risk them getting even slightly warped from wet glue, so I use double sided tape.

Plus I like them not to be completely stuck down flat, I like to see the layers as such. 

For the centre piece I used an MDF item made especially to fit into the box, allowing it to close perfectly when inside. It was cut from 6mm thick MDF and then painted silver with a white base. I adhered some paper roses to the base section, that fitted with the colour scheme. To the bottom of these I added two sections of magnetic tape. I also added two sections of magnetic tape to the card base, that aligned with the strips on the centre piece.


I then used a red foam tape that was the same height as the magnetic tape, all around the magnet strips on the card base. To this i stuck the centre paper layer that has the same message as the standing centre piece. Now the card looks complete when the stand is removed, but the stand stays firmly in place when put into the centre. Meaning it will be in position when the recipient opens it, yet they can easily remove it and keep it as a keepsake or pop it on display.


And that’s it all finished 🙂 You can make the card in any colours and you can add any elements/quotes etc that you would like.


Cardstock – Pure White –  300gsm+ for box. 

Patterned card stock to match the colour scheme

Card template, Silhouette cutting file – Available HERE I didn’t use the cake tier portions for this version

Versamark, Sticky embossing powder, script (or Other) stamp

Silver gilding flakes


MDF centre piece – Available HERE

Double sided normal tape, red tape & red foam tape

Magnetic Tape

Diamonte or small embellishment (optional)

Ribbon & paper flowers to match the colour scheme

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