Pop Out Explosion Card

by Dee Slater

Create an interactive card within a card.


  • Cardstock cut to 4 1/4“ x 9” for card base (Stampin’ Up!® Thick Whisper White used here)
  • Lighter weight cardstock cut to 6” x 6” for pop out (SU Whisper White used here)
  • Coordinating designer paper – 3 pieces cut to 4 1/4 “x 4 1/2” (Petal Garden Designer Paper Stack used here); 2 pieces cut to 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”; 1” x 9 1/2“ for belly band (Rich Razzleberry Cardstock used here)
  • 10” of ribbon (optional, Pool Party 3/8” Shimmer Ribbon used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Envelope Punch Board
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Rhinestones, 1 3/4" and 2” circle punch, Starburst punch, Cake Soiree, Petal Palette, and All Things Thanks stamp sets)


  1. Step 1

    Fold cardstock to create a 4 1/4” x 4 1/2” card base. Adhere designer paper to the front and inside of card.

  2. Step 2

    To create the pop-out, fold the 6” square cardstock in half. Open it and fold in half in the other direction. Thirdly, fold on the diagonal.

  3. Step 3

    Cut the 2-3/4” paper squares on the diagonal to create triangles. Adhere these pieces to the pop-out on the diagonal scored areas. Stamp on the undecorated panels of the pop-out if desired.

  4. Step 4

    Make notches on all 4 sides of the pop-out using the Envelope Punch Board. Line up each side to the 3” mark on the envelope punch board and punch.

  5. Step 5

    Glue the bottom section of the pop-out to the inside of the card. The center point of the pop-out should go up to the center score lines of the card base.

    Add glue to the top of the pop-out and close the card front to attach.

  6. Step 6

    Wrap a belly band around the card. (For optional ribbon instructions see the video below.) Adhere the ends.


    Leave a little space in the band so it can slip on and off easily.

  7. Step 7

    Complete the project. The card will fit in a standard a2 envelope.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pop Out Explosion Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

muscrat  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 4:30 AM
Great card and super instructions; easy to follow. Thank you!
Jeanette Robertson  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 5:10 AM
I don't have an envelope punch board...how would I do the notches? Thanks in advance.
georgy66  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 6:01 AM
They're really optional - if you're concerned about them showing, you could make your card base a little wider.
dina  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 6:07 AM
I had so much fun making this card!
Jeanette Robertson  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 9:14 AM
Love this pop up! Much more user friendly than some pop ups I have seen. If you donít want to notch out the Center diamond, you could make the diamond a little smaller but you would have to adjust the layering pieces, too. If the finished dimension is 4 1/4 or less, this can be mailed in an A2 envelope. You would have to check the finished thickness to see if extra postage would be required. Great tutorial, Dee:)
Trish Bennett  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 10:22 AM
I would like to copy the instructions BUT for some reason, I can't. With my "new" address, I am having problems also with the "Weekly INKling" as they keep "scrolling" & won't stop !! Can someone help me ?? I would appreciate that. P. MacDonald
Peg MacDonald  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 10:51 AM
Fantastic card with fabulous instructions ! THANK YOU - THANK YOU !
Diana E. Bishop  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 12:26 PM
Thanks Dee, I was needing some inspiration for a simple and Wow card! This is perfect! You are amazing! wink
Terri Hawke  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 5:07 PM
Good instructions.
Vicki-Joy  |  Wed Mar 14, 2018 at 7:52 PM
Thanks Dee! This card and your tutorial are amazing. It is a keeper for sure! I tried to post them in your gallery for the pop out explosion card, but it did not show up. Actually it did, but I deleted it to crop the pictures and correct a couple of errors. It is now in My Gallery, but not the other. Any suggestions to get it corrected?
SusieScraplifter  |  Thu Mar 15, 2018 at 6:23 PM
What a fabulous tutorial...you have made something that I expected to be complicated SUPER EASY!

Big HUGS & THANKS smile
NickieD78  |  Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 8:40 PM
Lovely card with very easy to follow instructions. I am inspired! Thank you!!!
Helen  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 4:59 AM
I hVe been looking for these instructions FOREVER,! Can't believe I've finally "found" them.
What a great tutorial, so easy to follow.
Pam Pam  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 6:27 AM
this is awesome !!!
mogu mook  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 10:23 AM
@Peg, sorry you're having trouble, are you using Explorer/Edge as your browser by chance?
dina  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 7:04 PM
this is awesome
Ibrands  |  Tue Mar 27, 2018 at 10:58 AM
woow looks great
Ibrands  |  Tue Mar 27, 2018 at 10:59 AM
hi there..
Ibrands  |  Tue Mar 27, 2018 at 11:01 AM
looks awesome
Lydia Fiedler  |  Tue Mar 27, 2018 at 11:12 AM

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