Friday, 21 June 2013

Tutorial: Mini Pop-Up Card

Hello, fellow crafters! It's my turn to host a Polka Doodles Tutorial and I'm going to show you how to make an easy peasy mini pop-up card.  So incredibly simple you'll be churning these out in no time at all. The finished project looks like this:

Cute little owl with a birthday greeting on the outside ...

... and another cute little owl pops up on the inside!

Here's how to make this adorable project:

1. Get an image. I'm using this cute little owl from Polka Doodles Sugar Birdies CD and it measures 1-3/4" wide and 1-7/8"up to his eyes (2-3/4" all the way to the top).  You need to measure your image because the pop-up mechanism has to be smaller than the image so that it's not visible.

2. Prepare the card base. I'm using heavy base weight card stock to make a 4"x4" card.

3.   Make the pop-up mechanism. Based on the size of my image I cut a piece of layering weight card stock measuring 1-1/4" x 5". On the long side, I scored and folded at the following marks on my ScorePal: 3/4"; 2-1/4"; 3" and  4-1/5". ( Each section measures 3/4", 1-1/2",  3/4", 1-1/2" and 1/2").  

4.   The 1/2"  section at the end is the glue tab. Apply some adhesive tape here.

5.   Fold over and glue the tab to the top edge of the strip of card stock. You should have a box without sides.

6.   Apply some glue to the wide surface of the pop-up mechanism and attach it to the pop-up image. You should not be able to see the pop-up mechanism from the front of the image.

7.   Now you're ready to attach the image to the card base. If you want to decorate the inside of your card make sure you do it before you attach the pop-up image. First, apply some glue to the base section of the pop-up image and adhere to the centre inside of the base card. Then push the image flat against the base card, apply glue to the section that will be against the base card (as shown below). Close the base card down on top of the pop-up image. Let the glue dry before opening.

8.   Once the glue has dried, open the card and voila! You have a 90º equal parallel pop-up card.

It really is that simple!  Just 2 little details to bear in mind:
a)  the pop-up mechanism (i.e. the "box" behind the image) must be a little smaller than the image itself; and
b) the base card must be big enough to fit the image when it's folded down flat.

Here's another pop-up card, also using an image from the Sugar Birdies CD.

This card measures 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" ...
... and there's that little pop-up owl. Fabulous birthday surprise!

The Sugar Birdies CD is full of cute elements that you can use to churn out quite a few of these dinky little pop-up cards. I hope you'll give it a go. It really is hoot to make! (Sorry ... I couldn't help myself! LOL).

Happy crafting!



  1. Such a sweet card! Thanks for the tutorial, great job! Regards, TokBobok :)

  2. Oh brilliant! I'm going to have a go! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks Asha, oh what a fab card[s], I am also going to give this easy to follow tutorial a go...xx

  4. Beautiful card and I love your stitching! Thank you for sharing with us at Cards in Envy, however, for our challenge we do require A2 Cards (4.25" x 5.5") that fit in a first class envelope and no square cards. I hope you will join us again though for our challenge as I love your card!
    ~Sandy, Host Cards in Envy

  5. How cute is that?! I love this Asha - thanks for sharing this!

  6. What a fabulous tutorial - will have to give this a go for sure! TFS

  7. What a cute pop-up card, Asha! Thanks for the great tutorial! Happy Birthday!

  8. This is gorgeous Asha! cute images too huggles Sue xx

  9. Thanks for sharing the tutorial Asha. This is great and I must try it sometime. Love from Christine xx

  10. hello asha,
    wow, very beautiful pop up card, thankyou for joining us at creative stamp friends, greetings from sonne

  11. I just LOVE owls, Asha - what a fabulous card!! I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week!

  12. This is so very, very cute! Lovely idea that I may well have to copy :)
    Hope you had a Happy Birthday!!

  13. Wonderful instructions, Asha, and I love this card! I've always avoided pop up cards because they seemed so complicated to make but now I think I'll try one. Thanks for the inspiration. :-D

  14. Great work with the tutorial, Asha! Thank you so much.

  15. Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at creative stamp friends.
    Hugs stine

  16. Just wonderful creation my dear friend^_^
    Beautiful image^_^
    Happy Sunday and big hug,

  17. Hi Asha! Your pop-ups are adorable! I love all your work tho too, lol. Such a talented one you are! I hope you are doing well. Manderlyxxxooo

  18. Wow love those cards. Thanks for joining in with the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge.

    Liz xx [DT]

  19. What a totally cute card!! Thanks for the tutorial, I'll have to give pop-ups a try. Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card Challenge :)

  20. What a lovely Card. Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog.

    Stella xx

    TCT DT

  21. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at BunnyZoe.
    Hugs Tracy x

  22. Isn't this a sweet little card. Thanks for the tutorial - very useful as I've never made a pop up card before. Will definetely have a go at it in the future!

  23. that owl is a hoot and he's just too cute! the card would have been a blast without the added excitement of the pop up. that's just fantastic and thanks for the tutorial. who knows maybe I'll get brave and give it a try.
    thanks for playing in our challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend. I hope to see you there again.


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