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Exploding Valentine Card Tutorial

I love an interacting card, but sometimes you want an easy construction and put all your time into decorating. I have been wanting to play with all the little extra tags, borders etc that you can find in the Doodlebug Designs pattern paper packs. And then I saw an exploding card over at instagram and I knew that would be the perfect canvas.

The pattern paper is filled with little letters, so I felt I really needed a teeny tiny envelope to add as decoration. So I went into illustrator and designed one. It took a couple of tries but I really like how it came out. And you can pick up the template and cutting files HERE.

Exploading card closeup
showing the cut dimensions and scoring lines to make exploding card


Card: Cut three pieces of card measuring 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Score at 2 3/4″ at both sides. Score diagonally once. Burnish all score lines. Glue together the pieces, overlapping one of the unscored squares with another. See video for more details.

Bottom Layer: In your bottom layer color, cut five pieces that measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Then cut six pieces that measure 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ and then cut those pieces diagonally so you have 12 triangles.

Top Layer: In your pattern paper, cut five peices that measure 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″. Then cut six pieces that measure 2″ x 2″ and then cut those pieces diagonally so you have 12 triangles.

Layer all the pieces and decorate as see fit.

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MFT Bitty Bears: MFT SSS
MFT Ripe Raspberry Card Stock: MFT
MFT Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Dies: MFT SSS
DD Love notes: SBC
DD Lots of Love: SSS SBC
DD Floral-Graph Rainbow Petite Print: SSS SBC
Neenah Solar White 80lb: SSS AMZ SBC
Large Score Board: SSS AMZ SBC
Fiskars Trimmer : SSS AMZ
Sookwang Tape 1/4”: SSS AMZ
MFT On-Point Precision Glue Pen: MFT

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