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3 ways to make a pop up card

Filed under: Projects — October 27, 2020 @ 1:26 pm

Pop up cards are a great way to add some fun and whimsy.  I’ve tried 3 different ways to make a pop-up and all are easy to adapt to any stamps and supplies.

1.Window Sheet method.  For this Pop Up Card with Playful Pets Designer Paper by Stampin’ Up!, cut a scrap of window sheet about 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ and fold into a Z. Place a glue dot on the top and bottom of the Z and attach to the card and to the cat or dog. It will fold down flat in an envelope. Put a pop-up pet on the inside too!

Bonus – these pets wobble without buying expensive wobble mechanisms online!

Here are the finished cards – I just used some leftover bits & pieces from my October card class, where we also used Playful Pets.

2.   Cardstock Box

We first used this technique in my July class.  Make a cardstock box of any size from a strip of cardstock.  It will be open on top and bottom.  Adhere 2 sides to the inside of your card at the fold.  The distance of the popup will depend on the dimensions of your box.  Place several inside one card for even more fun.

Here is the Whale Done card from class:

And a closeup of the pop up box:

More Whale Done cards are  here and here.

And here is the front of our whale pop-up card.

This is the box pop-up I made with Playful Pets which is on the inside of the cat card above.

3.  Pop-Up liner

For this method, you cut an entire liner for the inside of the card.  Then make side-by side cuts that form the pop ups.  This is very similar to the box method above, but takes more cardstock and a little less cutting.  Here is one example from an earlier blog post.  You can see it in the video, along with some other examples of interactive cards.  It looks like for those cards my window sheet “Z” was 1/2 x 2-1/4″ folded into 3/4″ sections.  All 3 of these methods are very forgiving – try different combinations of measurements.

I hope you give one of these methods a try. They are so much fun!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


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