You are going to start with a square piece of paper. For my card which is 3"x3", I used a 5 1/2"x 5 1/2" piece of paper. You are going to want to stamp and distress your paper before you start folding it.
|Step 1 completed|
Step 2: Turn your paper over and fold the paper in half. The fold should be in the same orientation as the fold on your card. So if your card opens toward the left, your fold line should be to the vertical (up and down). Now here's the thing, though -- if you stamped something already on the paper, make sure the words are in the correct orientation as the card fold too. You are going to glue on either side of the fold you are creating here.
I've probably confused the whazoo out of you, but you'll understand once you finish the folding -- or after you fold your paper the wrong way once. :)
|Step 2 completed. I folded on the blue line|
|Pushing down on center to create the triangle|
|Step 3 from above|
Continue folding the paper until it looks like this:
|Step 3 completed|
|first corner folded into center|
|Step 4 completed|
Step 5: This next step is the "trickiest" I think. What you are going to do is reverse fold the fold you just created in step 4. I hold just below the crease with one hand and open up the fold with the other hand.
Once you open the fold up, you're going to push the center fold inward.
|Opened fold on it's way to be reversed|
|Reverse fold almost complete|
|First corner reverse fold complete|
That was so much fun, you are now going to repeat the reverse fold on the other three corners.
|Step 5 completed.|
Step 6:This last step is to apply glue to the surface and glue it into the card. I prefer the Bonding Memory Glue for this step. The glue allows for great adhesion without lumps/waves Liquid Glass would. And the Tombow just isn't strong enough to withstand the opening and closing of the card. So, apply Bonding Memory Glue here on one side:
|Glue goes all over this flat side.|
Put this into the card, point toward the seam of the card. Close the card to glue the explosion piece into the card. Open the card to the non-glued side and add glue to that side. Close the card once more to adhere the explosion piece to the card.
|My "Big thanks" card opens to the side|
Notice my center fold is in the same orientation as my card opens? If your center fold goes the other way, you have a top opening card.