So, you want to make a pop-up card? Good choice! They’re lovely, fun cards that people enjoy receiving and they’re also lots of fun to make. A win-win scenario! But if you’re not sure of how to make one then you might be hesitant about trying. Not keen on wasting your precious supplies? Or maybe just not wanting to make a mess if it! Well this simple tutorial will give you the basics of how to make a pop up card that you can the build on to make your own fantastic cards.
Right, let’s get to it.
How to Make a Pop Up Card
Firstly, you will need:
- 2 blank cards that match your cardstock
- Craft knife
- A pen, Gel pen or stamp
- Double sided tape
This is going to be a super simple tutorial so the popup will be very basic. All you need is something to write on it or maybe draw a picture. Even stamp something small onto it. Whatever you decide on draw, write it stamp that onto your bit of cardstock.
Once you’ve done that cut it out from the cardstock. Ensure its not overly large that it won’t fit into the card or peeks out the bottom or top. You can do a quick test by placing in inside your card to make sure it’s the right size.
Take your card and make 2 cuts to it. You want these to be about an inch long and cut from the folded edge of the card. If you’re pop up image/drawing is larger then then make the cuts into the card deeper and wider. The gif below from Wikihow demonstrates how to do it perfectly:
It’s optional but you can use some double sided tape to attach your pop up image on the raised tab. This is mainly for getting the placement right.
And finally, which is another optional step, you want to put your card inside the second piece of card you have and attach it. This is to ensure the cut out folds from your card doesn’t show. Not necessary but it keeps it looking cleaner and more professional.
And that’s it! See how easy it is? You can take the basics you’ve learnt here and begin to make beautiful pop up cards. Over time you will expand your skills and be able to implement other techniques you’ve learnt to create really stunning looking cards. Have fun!