Navbar button Logo PaperCrafter Search Button

Are you already a member? Click here to login

Register at PaperCrafter for your free download!

Please click here to read the terms and condition

Having trouble? email

We have sent you a confirmation email, please confirm it.

Our Issue 130 Designer For The Day

Card making Card Making

Exploding box cards are a favourite amongst us crafters and reader Faryal Aslam’s design is a smashing example. Complete with uplifting hues and pop-up motifs, your recipient will be greeted with a cheerful surprise as they open the envelope. What’s more, there’s a whole host of techniques to try in one project. Master shaped greetings, craft with embossing folders and get creative with your stash of dies.

Our Issue 130 Designer For The Day

Craft essentials
Dies: Sizzix Thinlits Courtney Chilson Bonjour Chic, Great Outdoors; cloud
Embossing folder, Sizzix Thinlits Courtney Chilson Bonjour Chic
Punch, corner rounder

1 Score vertical lines at 2.5cm, 9.5cm, 16cm and 23cm on white cardstock, 15cm x 30cm. Cut down 7.5cm along the first score line and trim to create a 2.5cm tab at the bottom, then continue to trim 7.5cm down from the top of the remaining score lines.

2 Secure the tab with double-sided tape to create a box. Fold down three of the top flaps and crease with a bone folder, making sure not to fold the back flap. Round the top corners of the card.

3 Fix four pieces of turquoise card to each top flap, rounding the top corners, then emboss. Cut three pieces of green cloud paper and stick to each bottom panel of the box.

4 Take two strips of white cardstock, 6.5cm x 10cm, score vertically at 1.5cm and 8.6cm and crease to create inserts. Attach inside the box with double-sided tape. Die cut three telephones in different coloured card and clouds in white. Fix one telephone and a cloud to the back of the card with 3D foam pads. Attach the remaining die-cuts to the inserts with strips of acetate.

5 Die cut ‘Hello’ in pink glitter paper and attach onto orange patterned paper, back with blue glitter paper, then fix onto checked turquoise with 3D foam pads. Add a sentiment and adhere the panel onto the front flap of the card to complete.

More projects

new project
Our Issue 134 Designer For The Day

Craft essentials
Ink pads: Ranger Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Broken China, Walnut Stain
Stamps: PaperArtsy Jofy 51, 52, 64
Glitter, Wow! Fine glitter
Embossing powder, black


1 Press…

Card making How to Papercrafter

Embossed sympathy card

Craft Essentials
Patterned paper, Make & Create Inspiring Pastels
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Floral Spray, Occasion Calligraphy
Ink pad, embossing
Embossing powders: blue, white
Alcohol markers
Dura-Lar matt film
Anti-static bag

1 Create a white blank. 11.5cm x…