How to Make an Explosion Box Card

In my last post I showed you a very fancy explosion box card I had made for a friend’s husband.

I received a request for instructions to make the card. Click here for a link to a Pinterest pin of a template created by Angela Lorenz who was a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Sydney and I would call the Queen of Explosion Boxes.

Angela has provided dimensions for the box, the lid and the layers, and you will find many examples of her beautiful explosion boxes on her page.

The main tip I would give is not to stamp anything too high on the outer image panels, because it may be covered by the lid. Ask me how I know this? 🙂

Hope you find this helpful.

Netty xx

80th Birthday Card

Hi Stampers

Welcome back to my blog. I have something a little special to share with you today. A friend’s husband turns 80 next weekend and I wanted to make an explosion box card for him.

When the Classic Garage Suite appeared in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue, I knew that I would be using the stamps and dies for his card as he is an avid car buff.

This is how the card/box looks unopened. As well as the Geared Up Garage stamp set, I have used greetings from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set and the retired Perfect Pairings set.


I used four colours for the car after researching the original colours of the car. Above is the Mango Melody and below is the Granny Green Apple. The car on the lid is Poppy Parade. I used other elements in the Stamp Set and coordinating Die Set on alternate panels.


This is how the card looks when it is opened. Another Poppy Parade Car and a Pineapple Punch one. I also added an 80 cut from Gold Glimmer Paper using the (sadly) retired Large Numbers Framelits Die Set.


Here is another Shot with the lid in the centre of the open card.

Geared Up Garage Cling Bundle [150610] $84.50 Happy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp Set [143662] $37.00 Basic Black A4 Card Stock [121688] $14.75 Poppy Parade A4 Cardstock [121694] $14.75 Very Vanilla A4 Card Stock [106550] $17.00

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I hope you like my card/box. I hope the birthday boy likes it too!

Thanks for sharing some of your Sunday afternoon with me. Come back soon.

Netty xx

Lacy Bouquet For You Card

Hi Stampers

Thanks again for dropping by.

This card is so pretty. The Lacy Dynamic Embossing Folder creates texture that is beautiful just on its own.

Colours are Sahara Sand, Petal Pink and Garden Green. Again, this was a joint card between Vicki and myself. I love the ribbon from the Occasions Catalogue. It is soft like seam binding. Vicki pounced on the flowers with some Powder Pink ink on a sponge and I tied the bow from Linen Thread. Vicki then added the pearls.

Hoe you’re having a great day!

Netty xx


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Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set [143666] $47.00 Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies [143659] $50.00 Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder [148530] $17.00 Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8″(1.6 Cm) Variegated Ribbon [148776] $14.00 Linen Thread [104199] $8.75

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Lovely Lovely Lattice

Hi Stampers

Thanks for dropping by!

This card came together by itself really. I wanted to colour the image from the Lovely Lattice Stamp Set after it had been white embossed on Crumb Cake Cardstock. I was thinking of a technique where you colour white then add colour.

Then I saw a beautiful card by Emma Goddard, a British member of the 2018 Artisan Design Team. She white-embossed images from the All That You Are Stamp Set on Sahara Sand Card and coloured them with watercolour pencils. The result was vivid and beautiful. I have shared it on my business Facebook page with a link to her blog. There is a link to my page at the bottom of the sidebar at the right.

The colours I used are Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape and Rich Razzleberry. Flowers were stamped and coloured on a scrap, then fussy cut and 3D’d on another panel of Crumb Cake which had been stamped and white embossed with the same image. I added a White Glossy card mat to tie in with the Embossing and a few pearls and decided not to add a greeting.

I was really happy with how the card turned out. I’d love to know what you think.


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Lovely Lattice Cling Stamp Set [149730] $0.00 Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies [148551] $61.00 Watercolor Pencils [141709] $27.75 Pearl Basic Jewels [144219] $8.75 White Stampin’ Emboss Powder [109132] $8.75

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I hope you are enjoying your day.

Netty xx

Foil Framed Thinking of You Card

Hi Stampers

Thanks for popping by. Actually I’m on holiday at the moment but I scheduled this post to appear in my absence!

This card is one that was TOTALLY my own idea, which is unusual really. Usually I build on the ideas of others or just copy them. Why reinvent the wheel? So, I think I’ve done good, don’t you? I’m pleased with myself, anyway.

I used the luscious Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheets (FREE During SALEABRATION) and cut a frame using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits. The I added texture using the Lace Dynamic TIEF. The stamped images are from a hostess set in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue called Just Because, which I stamped on Sahara Sand card. I stamped the plant pot onto the Foil using Stazon ink and fussy cut it and the flowers. The images were coloured using the watercolor pencils. The flowers and the Foil Frame were 3D’d using dimensionals.

I love the way the foil changes colour with the light, especially the plant pot.


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Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets [149712] $0.00 Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies [148551] $61.00 Just Because Cling Stamp Set [148786] $22.50 Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 [149014] $21.75 Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad [101406] $15.75

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I hope you liked my card. I would love to hear what you think. If you live in Australia and don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.

Bye for now.

Netty xx