DIY Exploding Cards

May 26, 2018

Hi friends! Today’s video shares two ways to create exploding cards that are sure to surprise your recipient. You can create these cards easily with symmetrical dies or just a piece of folded cardstock. This post is also part of the 2nd anniversary Studio Katia blog hop. Be sure to read to the end of the post for more information!

(Looking for anything that I used in the video? All of the supplies are linked with images to multiple stores at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Watch the full video HERE in HD!)

For the first card, I stenciled a background using the Brushstroke Waves stencil and Distress Oxide inks. Moving the stencil around to add more layers can be a fun way to create a unique look! I added a colored stingray on the front as the focal image from the Under The Sea stamp set.

Be sure to check out the video for an in-depth look at how I created the exploding insert for the card (there are lots of folds, but it is worth it)! The exploding panel makes it easy to add a sentiment and lots of images to detail the inside of the card.

For the second example, I created an inked background with the Bubbles stencil. By rotating this stencil, you are able to build up different colored layers and create a really stunning background! I finished the front of with some adorable turtles from the Shell- ebration stamp set.

To create the exploding panel, I used the Scallop Window die and accordion folded it to create the 3d effect (again, be sure to check the video for more details)! You can try this fun technique with lots of symmetrical dies to create a similar effect.

I did lots of fun coloring for all the adorable new critter images from Studio Katia and didn’t include it in the video for time purposes. However, I did a live stream sharing my coloring in real time with lots of tips and techniques to color with Copic Markers and Colored Pencils.


Below are all of the supplies used in today’s video linked to multiple stores for convenience. Compensated affiliate links used when possible… Thank you!


This post is part of a super fun blog hop to celebrate the second anniversary of Studio Katia! I had fun creating these fun cards using the beautiful new release. Be sure to check out the full release HERE at Studio Katia or HERE at Simon Says Stamp.

This is day two of the celebration hop. Carol Mayne is the next stop on the hop or you can start from the beginning at the Studio Katia blog!


To celebrate, Studio Katia is giving away TWO $100 CAD Gift Certificates every day of the Blog Hop! That’s FOUR chances to win. The winners will be chosen randomly from comments left on ALL blogs of our Blog Hop. All winners will be announced on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 on the Studio Katia Blog.


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  • Reply Marisela Delgado May 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    You card us awesome! I love to decorate the inside of cards also.

  • Reply Kelsey Thomas May 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    These are so cool! 🙂 Great job!

  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham May 29, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Very cool cards! I love these Under the Sea stamps and you really did some fun things with them! I like how you used the blending tools to add detail to the shell and the pop-ups are really awesome! You’re very creative!

  • Reply Patt H. May 29, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Truly awesome cards! Thanks for the great video!

  • Reply Cathy Lillie May 30, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Fun cards! I haven’t progressed to interactive cards yet, but these look really interesting. I love having something on the inside of a card. Thanks for the great tutorial and inspiration!

  • Reply Ericka Strange May 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Great cards and I love the insides! Such a wonderful idea and so fun to open! Great job!

  • Reply DUMONTIER Marjorie May 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    How fun and creative are these cards !! Congratulations !!

  • Reply Mary-Anne V May 30, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    These are very cool exploding cards…so fun for the recipient!

  • Reply Dana M May 30, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Fabulous cards! Wonderfully composed and colored. The exploding elements are so fun, what a treat for the recipient!

  • Reply Liz Ford May 31, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Under the sea exploding cards to celebrate the birthday 🎂 release for Studio Katia! Awesome! This is so unique and I can not think of anyone else who came up with this or uses different folds like this: thank you for showing us this most original idea!! Both cards are spectacular and thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Farhana Sarker May 31, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    cute cards!

  • Reply Jessica Francisco May 31, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    What a cool idea! Great job, Simon. 🙂

  • Reply renee milner May 31, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Fun explosion cards! I like the coloring you did on all the cute critters, and enjoyed your video. The new stamps sets are terrific!

  • Reply Autumn May 31, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    You are so talented. I love your videos. You are concise and explain things succinctly! I can’t wait to try out the explosion card!

  • Reply Lisa Petrella June 1, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Super fun and totally cute cards!!!

  • Reply Annette Reed June 1, 2018 at 3:42 am

    These cards look great! I’m always looking for fun interactive cards ideas and these look wonderful! Thanks for the video on how to make the explosions.

  • Reply Anushree Vaish June 1, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Ahhh….such nice cards…thanks for the awesome video!!

  • Reply Caroline June 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Wow your cards are amazing and I LOVE the fishy stamp set. I have to have it.
    It is sold out 🙁

  • Reply Tina June 2, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Wonderful cards, Simon. Love that inside exploding panel!

  • Reply Stacey Kowbel June 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Fabulous cards!

  • Reply F. Andre June 2, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    You’ve used these products so creatively on your cards. Thanks for the inspiration and technique video.

  • Reply Nicole June 5, 2018 at 4:40 am

    What a cute idea. Im trying to look for unique ideas for my wedding invitation cards and im loving this pop up idea. Thank you.

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