Explosion Card – Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge

Happy hump day crafty people!  I hope you are having a great week.  Today there is a new challenge launched at the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge and it’s a fun one!  This time we are challenged to get some fancy folding done to make an explosion card.  I had never made one of these but after a browse of pinterest I realised that these are not difficult at all and I just had to decide on the theme of my card.  I thought I would break down the process here so if you fancied joining in you could follow these steps.

The first thing you need is a 8.5 x 8.5 inch piece of paper with a pattern on just one side.


Then you want to decorate the reverse side of this paper, I used some tropical leaves stamps (from the Flamingo Party stamp set from For the love of stamps by Hunky Dory).  I wanted to leave a blank spot in the middle to write a personal message so I masked it off with a circle sticky note.


Once I had stamped all the leaves I removed the mask and stamped a sentiment.  The dino-mite seemed appropriate for an exploding card but is also fitting for the characters in the front!


Then I started with the folding!  The first step is fold the bottom right corner to the top left and then use a bone folder to smooth the fold.  Open this fold up and repeat with the remaining corners so you have a cross folded.  Open up the paper again and turn over before folding the bottom edge up to the top edge.

The next stage is to create a triangle by folding the sides in side so it looks like this…


Mark the centre point of the bottom of this triangle with pencil (both sides).  Fold each side point into the centre and then turn the triangle over and repeat on the other side.


The next stage is to open up the sides and fold the point inside the triangle to form a concertina inside.  Once you’ve done all four yours should look like this….

You then need to create a card blank from a sheet of card measuring 4.5 x 9 inches, folded in half.

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Add some double sided tape around the edges of your patterned papers and stick the bottom inside your card base …

before closing the card to stick the top half to your base.


The next step is to decorate the front. I cut a white square measuring 3.75 inches and decorated with the same leaves as inside before adding a sentiment and some cute characters (Clearly Besotted stamp set – You’re dino-mite)


The final step is to test out the explosion effect….


I hope that my explanation makes sense!  In case it doesn’t I actually made a youtube video tutuorial and you can find it here Jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts Channel .  Please be kind as this is my first youtube video and I should have turned my phone to landscape!  Ah well I will know better the next time, I decided to upload it anyway as done is better than perfect!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I would love if you could pop over to the Back to Basics and Beyond Blog and enter our challenge.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

10 thoughts on “Explosion Card – Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge

  1. Great tutorial Jenny and those lil’ prehistoric critters are so cute! I really like how you used pattern paper on the reverse – smart thinkin’!

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