It’s not just an explosion card. This fun fold features a diagonal card flare that’s a work of art! Today’s card tutorial will teach you how to make this DIY pop up card easily using Stampin’ Up!’s new Annual Catalog Products. 

Don’t let a glance at this card intimidate you. With a few paper folds you can take a simple card into an amazing paper craft design! Be sure to download the free project sheet below so you have the template which includes cutting and scoring dimensions along with all the supplies I used for today’s three explosion pop up cards.

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Explosion Card Video

If you’re looking for fresh cardmaking ideas, these fun fold cards include all the fun of handmade greetings while providing an impressive pop up explosion layout.

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Explosion Card Details

There’s nothing more impressive than a card that simply “wow’s” them when they open it. Today’s fun fold does just that with both a diagonal opening, a pop up and explosion feature. 

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The beautiful Hues Abounds Bundle includes a 15-piece photopolymer stamp set and an 11-piece die set. These timeless images are easily accented the coordinating Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper. The dies fit some of the images in this beautiful double-sided package of paper for quick and easy cards.

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The belly band closure is the perfect way to keep the inside a surprise. Be sure not to wrap the belly band too tightly so that it can be slid up or down to be removed and can easily be replaced. 

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The realistic imagery in the designer paper allows you to skip the coloring. I die cut the roses and the leaves and clustered them where the belly band meets for a beautiful presentation.

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Once the belly band is removed the first interior layer will explode and pop up, revealing the diagonal pattern shown above. Cover the diagonals with designer paper or cardstock to create layers of texture and color. Once opened, the card provides a center panel perfect for your sentiment and handwritten message. 

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Explosion Card – He’s All That

Father’s Day is approaching and perhaps you’re looking for masculine card ideas. This fold is perfect for that, birthdays and retirements. Slip a gift card inside for an extra element of surprise!

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The He’s All That Bundle includes a 11-piece cling stamp set loaded with nostalgic images. It covers images for the likes of any man from outdoors to travel. And this Suite of products also includes an unique package of coordinating Designer Series Paper.

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The car image isn’t stamped, instead it’s one of the die-cut pieces included in this special package of designer paper. This Suite of products also offers the Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots you see on the wheels. 

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The He’s The Man Designer Series Paper includes 12-sheets; 2 each of 5 of double-sided patterns plus 2 die-cut sheets. The die-cuts are color coordinated to match the designer paper with a wide variety of images and accessories. 

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This added bonus to the designer paper provides the perfect pieces for scrapbooking, journaling, gift packages as well as cards. 

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Explosion Card – Sit, Stay, Relax

Black and White designer papers are my favorites since they can easily coordinate with any project and theme. Color the white areas with dye-base or alcohol-based markers, Blending Brushes or Sponge Daubers for immediate color coordination to any project. 

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The Sit, Stay, Relax stamp set is a host exclusive product available to select with any $150+ product order (before tax and shipping). Stampin’ Rewards can be applied to a reduced price of these products so you can enjoy these exclusive designs. 


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There are three Host exclusive stamp sets to choose from plus a package of designer paper. Read all about Stampin’ Rewards HERE. My Rewards program offers you even more exclusive and generous offers. CLICK HERE to read about them. 

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Mix and match these whimsical images with any designer papers or cardstocks. They’ll be especially loved by pet lovers and best of all, they are gender neutral and for all ages.

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The Perfectly Penciled Penciled Designer Series Paper can be found in the Annual Catalog on page 133. These double-sided papers provide greenery and floral designs on one side and more generic patterns on the other. If you love designer paper, like I do, this is one package you won’t want to miss owning.

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Click on the red tutorial box below to view and/or download the card measurements and the supplies. Click on any product in the download and it will redirected to my online store where you can view them larger and/or add them to your cart. I offer exclusive and generous online ordering REWARDS, too!








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Stampin’ Up! offers regular specials that include promotional and limited time products. From stamps, dies and accessories there are even more ways to be inspired! Click on the button below to check out the current specials. Remember, products are available for a limited time and while supplies last. 


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