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Explosion Cards!

Explosion Cards

Hi All!

Today I have two examples of an “explosion card”. The fold used in this card is called a Turkish Map fold and it has been around for a long time. I thought this was the perfect time to break out my Owl Punch! The inside is made using printer paper so that it has almost no bulk. So, when you open it, it’s very unexpected. I made the card in a “celebrate” theme so that it could be used for birthday or congratulations. Here are some photos:

Explosion Cards

Explosion Cards

Explosion Cards

I used Copic markers to create a textured belly for each owl. Here is a close-up:

Explosion Cards

The other uses one of the recently released sets from Simon Says Stamp called Baby Party Animals, which I will be using again tomorrow. When I first started creating this card, I filled my background with lots of very colorful balloons. When I put the owls on top of this background, it was just too busy. So, I left the balloons as-is and made it into a completely different card with the cutest little bunny on the front:

Explosion Cards

Explosion Cards

Explosion Cards

The front of both of these cards is very simple because I wanted the inside to be a vibrant surprise!

Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: R85, YR12, Y15, YG17, BG11, BV02, 0

Stampin' Up! Owl Punch
Owl Punch
Big Birthday Wishes
SSS Big Birthday Wishes
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
My Favorite Things Woodgrain Background
MFT Woodgrain
Penny Black Sweet Home
Sweet Home
Avery Elle All Squared Up
Avery Elle All Squared Up
Litte B Heart Dies
Little B Heart Dies
Scallop Circle Punch
Scallop Circle Punch
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Rose Red
Rose Red Ink
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Ink
Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight Ink
Daffodil Delight Ink
Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Soft Sky
Soft Sky Ink
Wisteria Wonder
Wisteria Wonder Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate Ink
SSS Dark Chocolate
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Bone Folder
Bone Folder
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
ekTools Trimmer
ekTools Trimmer
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner

Additional Supplies used for Bunny Card:

Copic colors used: W1, W3, RV00 (bunny); B21, B26 (balloon); G7, G14, YG41 (grass); R85, YR12, Y15, YG17, BG11 (banner)

Baby Party Animals
Baby Party Animals
Lila's Heart
Lila’s Heart
Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink
Soft Granite Ink
MFT Say What Dies
MFT Say What Dies
Handwritten Notes
Handwritten Notes
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker


  1. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 11:41 am


    OOOOOOMMMMGGG!!! What a great surprise to see the wonderful Owl Builder Punch!!! I love these cards!! Thank you, for making my day.

    • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I’m sorry it’s been so long! I was relieved that it wasn’t on the SU retired list this year! 🙂

  2. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 1:34 pm


    My exact same thoughts, OMG! Wow, so cool. I just got the Owl Builder Punch so I am excited to try this card. You are just amazing! Excited for another post today.

  3. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 1:39 pm


    Love the card and the timing is just perfect since this weekend my daughters are going to birthday parties. thanks lot for the detail video

  4. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 1:49 pm


    Ditto here too….Oh.My.Gosh!!! This is FABULOUS!! I just LOVE it! I will be doing this very soon. And, did I say – I LOVE it! lol Thanks for another great tutorial, Darlene!

  5. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    Oh I hope I can relay this story to you…cause I think it’s super funny.

    OK, not too long after we had our first child, my body didn’t shrink back to it’s before weight (like everyone else in the world did/does)…

    Anywho, I attended a SU! party and we did this EXACT fold. Got it all folded up and the demonstrator said ‘now take it apart.’

    I said no way, I’ll never get it back. She replied “yes, you will, it will bounce right back.”

    I said “that’s a lie, that’s what everyone said after I had my baby and they lied too”

    HA HA HA HA Oh my gosh; this so makes me laugh; I love the look! And yes, my card went right back…my body is still lost. :-/

    • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      LOL! If only our bodies were like this card – that would be awesome! 🙂

  6. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Laura Norris

    Sooooo fun! Love that owl punch and everything you do with it! Great step by step instructions on how to make this explosion card!

  7. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Barb M.

    These cards are great! Definitely have to try one with my owl punch.

  8. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Caly Person

    I got one for my birthday this year! These are so much fun and I’m so glad you did a video on it! Thanks, Darlene!

  9. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 5:16 pm


    These are super, super cute! Are there printed directions anywhere? I do better if I can read and then re-read while doing the project. 🙂

    • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      No, sorry Lorie I don’t have them written. But, I did the folds VERY SLOWLY in the video. Slow enough that you could do your folds while watching the video I think.

      • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 5:24 pm


        I’ll probably need to write the fold directions down while watching the video so I can reference them. Either way…I’m looking forward to making one of these!

    • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 8:23 pm


      What I do, Lori, is type up my own printed instructions of the cards I want to make. I put YouTube on of the video and then bring up my Word document on my computer. I go through the whole video stopping and starting to type it all down on paper step by step. It makes more sense to me later that way rather than using someone else’s instructions. I print this off and paste it in my journal notebook. This might work for you too. It sure has worked for me!

  10. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Carol B

    Great Owl card and video with easy directions. Can’t believe in all the years I have made cards have never made an explosion card, must correct that, LOL.

  11. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 8:25 pm


    Great card Darlene. Another must-do!

  12. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 12:41 am


    Your card as usual is soooo cute. I love the owl punch. Thanks for the detail instructions on how to make this card. What a great surprise birthday card.

  13. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 5:37 am


    Oh my gosh, Darlene!!! this is truly a super fun card to make. I also have a bit of a story about this kind of fold…..a few years ago, we took 4 of our grandchildren, (the fifth was not born yet) to the Canyon Lands National Parks and, when we paid for our pass, they gave us a map of the area, it was a small map inside a card base with the picture of this wonderful places and, when I opened, IT OPENED LIKE YOUR CARD!! I was indeed delighted, I loved it, I immediately started studying the mechanics of it to see if I could replicate it and I was able to do it. I actually made the Baby Shower invitations for my daughter Adriana, who was having my 5th. grandbaby, with this design. I wish I would have had your video back then, my dear, it would have made the entire process so much easier.
    I’m so glad they didn’t give the Owl Builder Punch the boot!!!!! It’s one of the best punches SU has. Your card is delightful and, with this instructions on your fabulous video, I will definitely make some cards like this.
    Thank you so much for all you do, you are awesome.!!!

    • wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      How nice of you to make awesome explosion invitations for your daughter – she sure is lucky to have you. 🙂

  14. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 6:34 am


    What a fun card! Love those owls 🙂

  15. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 6:42 am


    How incredibly cute! My grandmother’s 91st birthday is next week and I was just trying to think of something out of the box to make for her and this is absolutely it!! Thank you so much for showing how simple it is to make! If I would have seen that on YouTube, I would have skipped it, thinking there’s no way I could make that. Now, with your instructions, I know I can!!

    • wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I know, it’s deceptively easy!

      • wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 8:13 am


        Darlene, you did make that SUPER easy to understand for anyone. Did being a teacher ever cross your mind?

        • wrote on May 4th, 2015 at 10:07 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Thank you Sandra! Actually, I did consider it for awhile and every once in awhile I revisit. Never say never. I do teach dance fitness classes and LOVE it!

          • wrote on May 5th, 2015 at 9:43 am


            OH that’s awesome! I took dance in high school and loved it…and will always be a (good) fun workout in my book!!

  16. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 1:06 pm


    Ya know, I forgot all about this fold of card! I have had a template for it for a long time (I have no idea where it is!! LOL)…I saw it on TV originally!! HAHA I like what you did with it more, though. :b I always love seeing the owl builder punch being used, I don’t think that punch will ever go out of style. I have a question for ya…since you got your big woodgrain stamp do you use your SU woodgrain stamp anymore? I have been thinking for a while about getting it as a replacement for the SU one. How would you compare them because the grains look to be about the same?

    Also, I have a woodgrain background stamp that has a woodgrain heart ‘built in’ but I really like what you did with the masking. I really love this card, Darlene!! Thank you for opening up an old door and making it new again! =)

    • wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sandra, SU retired their woodgrain background stamp last year and replaced it with something called “hardwood”, which is more of a fence-looking stamp. After they retired the woodgrain, I purchased this MFT background and I like it much more than the old SU one. The grain is much thicker and has more texture to it. The lines on the SU woodgrain were extremely thin and smooth, so it looked kind of delicate. This one looks more like a real tree.

      • wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 8:11 am


        Ah thank you! That is what I was wondering. =)

  17. wrote on May 12th, 2015 at 4:56 pm


    Oh, gosh, this is so, so cute! Thank you Darlene for another super card!
    I just love that sweet owl punch, and what a winner the explosion card is!!
    And thank you for your very clear instructions on making all those folds – a very definite ‘must make’ idea!

  18. wrote on August 25th, 2015 at 6:31 am


    Love this card, Darlene! I replicated it for a friend for her birthday– she’s an owl fanatic! I have a quick question, I recently purchased the SU owl punch and , I found that a lot of the pieces I punched out were ‘ragged’ on the edges. I used a variety of papers and had the same results with all of them. Any idea what would cause this? Was I not squeezing the punch hard enough? I ended up sanding the edges of a lot (most) of the pieces, which proved to be quite challenging for certain pieces like the owl’s body. Any suggestions?

    • wrote on September 1st, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Darlene DeVries

      The ragged edges tend to happen with my punches when they are getting old and aren’t sharp enough. I’ve had my owl punch since it first came out and don’t experience the ragged edges. I would contact SU and ask them to send you a new one. You shouldn’t have to sand your pieces.

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