How to Make a Simple Pop-Up Card

How to Make a Simple Pop-Up Card

This past Christmas, I made a pop-up card as a part of my gift to my husband. I’ve loved making simple pop-up cards since high school and it dawned on that we don’t have a tutorial for this on our blog. Since then, I’ve been meaning to remedy that and I finally made the time to put together this little tutorial on how to make a simple pop-up card.

There are so many ways you could customize this for any holiday or as a fun birthday card. The pop-up card I made for Trey for Christmas had a simple pop-up version of the NYC skyline, as I got him a trip to NYC as his Christmas gift, which we had to postpone/cancel due to COVID-19. It’s the thought that counts? 🙁

Anyway, as you can see I did kind of a spring flowers theme for this one. I’m planning to mail it to my nieces, hopefully it makes them smile.

Supplies:
-paper
-scissors
-glue or glue stick
-collage papers or photos

Step One: Create a card that fits inside your outer card. The outer card can be something you already have that you bought or you can make both. But you want one card to fit snuggly inside the other.

Step Two: Cut tabs to hold your pop-up elements. You can have one main tab or multiples. I made three as the outer two are for one layer and the middle one is larger for a second layer.

Here you can see the tabs once they are folded in, this is where we will eventually add our collage or photo pieces.

Step Three: Create the inside elements for your card—the pieces that will pop up.

I have been loving this collage book, Cut Paper Pictures. I love making collages, and that’s the look I did for this simple pop-up card. But you don’t have to make collage pieces, you could cut out simple shapes from colored paper or use photos for the inside elements of your card.

One note: Make sure the inside elements you create won’t hang off the edge of your card once it’s closed. Just place them on the tabs to see before the next step.

Step Four: Assemble the card. I like using a glue stick or something light here as the dry time is much faster and the papers are less likely to wrinkle with the moisture from the glue. Once all the pieces are in place, glue the inside card to the outer card, careful not to glue down the tabs.

Once the card is dry, you’re ready to add a message to the inside and mail or deliver it. Simple, right? You can totally get elaborate with the inside design, but the mechanics of making the pop-up card are very simple.

Thanks for letting me share this super simple tutorial for making a pop-up card. Like I mentioned, I’ve loved making these since high school. It’s something lots of different ages can do and you need very few supplies—such a fun little craft. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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How to Make a Simple Pop-Up Card

Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue or glue stick
  • collage papers or printed photos
  • scissors

Instructions

  • Create a card that fits inside your outer card. The outer card can be something you already have that you bought or you can make both. But you want one card to fit snuggly inside the other.
  • Cut tabs to hold your pop-up elements. You can have one main tab or multiples. I made three as the outer two are for one layer and the middle one is larger for a second layer.
  • Create the inside elements for your card—the pieces that will pop up. Make sure the inside elements you create won’t hang off the edge of your card once it’s closed. Just place them on the tabs to see before the next step.
  • Assemble the card. I like using a glue stick or something light here as the dry time is much faster and the papers are less likely to wrinkle with the moisture from the glue. Once all the pieces are in place, glue the inside card to the outer card, careful not to glue down the tabs. After the card is dry, you’re ready to add a message to the inside and mail or deliver it.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop. Collage very much inspired by Clover Robin’s work, whose book is linked above. Check her out! Love her art.

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