Are you ready to learn how to make a gate fold explosion card that will blow your mind? If you love fun fold cards this is a creative idea that you’ll want to make. Use this as a birthday card idea or a Happy New Year’s card!

Creativate card ideas begin with a great layout and fun fold cards provide a fantastic opportunity to try something new! Stampin’ Up!’s So Much Happy Bundle (stamp set + coordinating dies) make creating today’s birthday card fun and easy.

Let me teach you how to make a gate fold card that explodes! Download the FREE template below.

Gate Fold Explosion Card Video Tutorial

My handmade card designs are always easy to create using my step-by-step video tutorials. Grab a piece of designer paper and let me teach you how to make this gate fold explosion card.

Gate fold explosion card video tutorial


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Gate Fold Explosion Card Details

Named so appropriately, the So Much Happy Bundle (page 45 of the annual catalog) will bring smiles to any age. Timeless images and dies include balloons, stars and varied greetings to build custom sentiments.


The Gate Fold Explosion Card is Perfect Fun as a Handmade Birthday Card


The belly band is a combination of designer paper and cardstock strips to hold this explosion card closed. It’s a great way to use up scraps as well as providing a finished presentation for your card. I even “cheated” and used an 11″ strip of cardstock and designer paper for this card. Watch my video for tips!


Inside of the birthday gate fold explosion card.


Open the card and the designer paper insert explodes with color and a hidden greeting. Today’s video will teach you how to create the perfect-fitting greeting layer, too!


You can make a belly band for your gate fold explosion card.


The Artistry Blooms Designer Paper is bursting with bold colors, perfect for New Year’s cards and announcements, too. One side has bold colors and the other has softer gradients. You gotta’ love double-sided options!

Gate Fold Explosion Card – Idea #2


Looking for a softer card, perhaps for an anniversary, sympathy or get well? The Prized Peony Bundle is perfect for these themes as well as birthday.


A gate fold explosion card can be so beautiful with the Stampin' Up! Prized Peony stamp set.


Stamp your images or choose one of the beautifully printed designer paper flowers and add color using Stampin’ Blends alcohol-based markers. The entire Peony Garden Suite of products can be found on pages 82-84 of the annual catalog and include soft florals and versatile designs.

Top view of the gate fold explosion card.

Tones of Basic Gray, Petal Pink and Gray Granite make this paper easy to coordinate with other stamps and accessories.

Look at the inside of this gorgeous gate fold explosion card.

Gate Fold Explosion Card Cutting Dimensions

Base of Card

  • Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 2 3/4″ from each end
  • Designer Paper (layer): 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Cardstock (layer 1): 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • Cardstock (layer 2, optional): 4″ x 5 1/4″

Belly Band

  • Designer Paper: 1″ x 12″
  • Cardstock: 1″ x 12″
  • Scraps for die/punch greeting layer

Explosion Card

  • Designer Paper: 4″ x 10 3/4″, score at 2 5/8″ from each long end
  • With the sides folded in, mark at 2″ on both 4″ sides
  • Keeping the sides folded, score from the 2″ mark to the center of the designer paper. Repeat for all four corners.

Greeting Insert

  • Whisper White cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mark 2 5/8″ at the top and bottom
  • Mark 1 7/8″ on each side
  • Cut to connect the marks to form a diamond

Gate Fold Explosion Card Template

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Free Gate Fold Explosion Card Template

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