Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make a Pop-up Card

Pop-up cards have become so popular that die cuts are now being designed to do the pop-up for you.  However, I want to show you how 
simple it is to make your own.

Let's begin with the supplies.  I've gathered an olive green card (5 1/2" x 8 1/2"), a cream colored inside card (5 1/4" x 8 1/4"), some stamped and 
colored images to cut out, and scissors.

The stamps I have used are some of the Red Rubber Designs
October new releases, Filled With Blessings.


On the fold of the inside card (cream colored one), cut slits for the pop-ups.  The deeper the cut, the more the image will pop forward.  The shorter the cut, the closer back the image will appear.  Depending on how many images you want to pop up, cut the appropriate number of folds.  
Probably 2 or 3 will fit nicely on one card.

Next fold the cut tabs to the inside and use a bone folder to 
crease the folded edges.

Open the inside card to reveal the pop-ups!  It is as easy as that.

Now we are ready to complete the card.  The inside card with the pop-ups will fit inside the base card.  But before you adhere it to the base, first finish any stamping or decorating of the inside card.

I used a cloud template and a Palette Seascape ink pad and a sponge to make clouds on the top part of the inside.  On the bottom I used a Spellbinders Flora M-Bossabilities folder to emboss leaves.  Also I cut out each of my stamped images to use as pop-ups.

I completed the inside by placing my images on the pop-ups as desired, gluing some leaves on the foreground and a saying from this same stamp 
set above the images.

To finish the card, I decorated the front by using some of the background stamps from Filled With Blessings, more leaves and another of the sayings.  The background pieces are stamped with a variety of Palette inks.  All images on the card are  colored with Copic markers.

You can download a free PDF of this tutorial at the RRD Store.


  1. Beautiful card PK ... always love your work!

  2. Great tutorial PK...both timely and practical.

  3. Adorable! Great tutorial! I'll be trying this soon!!

  4. So great to know. You showed how easy it is to make one. Sweet card, too!

  5. Thanks so much for this great tutorial!
    Alison x

  6. Wow, I love your card. Super Cute. This post makes me want to create a pop up card. Thanks for the inspiration. ;o)

  7. Oh golly... I want to make one of these now! Thanks for a great tutorial on how to do this Paula-Kay! ;D

  8. A really excellent tutorial and your card is gorgeous. Thank you to Kate for leaving a lovely comment on my blog too. A x


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