Easy pop-up card tutorial
This project uses a singlesheet
90° Unequal Pop-Up with a
3-inch rubber stamp. (Rubber stamps
are a great way to add personality
or a theme to the pop-ups!) Use this technique to create pop-ups of any size — stamped or otherwise.
-Rubber stamp or sticker that
measures about 3-inches square
-4"× 9" piece of pop-up paper (for this example)
-4" × 9" piece of backer card
(for this example)
Backer Card Size
To determine the size of the
1. Measure the rubber stamp or
sticker to be used for the pop-up
artwork; then decide how far out
the pop-up will extend from the
background. Add these measurements
together to determine how
far up the pop-up will go when the
card is closed. For the frog stamp shown, the backer card needs to be
at least 8˝ long, so when it is folded
in half it will cover the pop-up.
2. To calculate the width of the
backer card, add at least 1⁄2" to the
width of the image. (That is, add at
least 1⁄4" to each side of the image;
if the image is 3" wide, the width of
the backer card should be at least
3 1⁄2".) For this example, we added a
bit to each of the measurements, so
we are using a 4"× 9" backer card.
1. On the back of the 4˝ × 9˝ pop-up paper, measure halfway up from the short bottom edge and pencil a dot on each long edge. Lightly pencil a line from dot to dot across the width of the paper to create the centerline.
HOW TO PLACE
Decide whether you want the artwork
image centered or not and leave at least 1⁄4˝ of space between the
edge of the backer card and the pop-up
or between 2 pop-ups on the same card.
For this example, the image is centered
on the backer card 5⁄8˝ from each edge.
2. Measure 5⁄8˝ in from each long
edge on the drawn centerline and
pencil a dot.
Decide where you want the artwork
image placed on the centerline and
mark the width of the image with
2 dots. Measure down from each dot
the distance you decided on for the
distance between the pop-up and the
background and pencil another dot. In
this example, the distance is 1˝.
3. Measure 1˝ down from the left centerline dot and pencil another dot. Repeat with the right centerline dot. Lightly pencil a line between the dots to create the pop-up’s bottom line.
4. Draw a light line from the bottom line to the dots on the centerline.
The bottom horizontal line is the bottom lines for the artwork image, and the 2 vertical lines become the sidelines for the image. The image will be placed in this box.
5. Align the bottom edge of the rubber stamp or sticker on the bottom drawn line and align the sides of the stamp or sticker with the drawn sidelines. Stamp the image and color as desired, or apply the sticker.
If the image you are working with does not have a straight line at the top, lightly pencil a line at least 1⁄4˝ wide. This line becomes a fold line for the pop-up. Measure up from this line the same distance that you measured down from the centerline for the pop-up’s bottom line and pencil a dot on each side. In this example, the distance is 1˝. Draw another horizontal line to connect these dots to create the top line of the pop-up.
6. Draw a straight line across the
top of the stamped image or the
sticker for the pop-up fold line.
7. Measure 1˝ up from each end of
the drawn line and pencil a dot.
Draw another line to connect the
dots to create the pop-up’s top line.
For the pop-up sidelines, connect the
top line of the pop-up with the bottom
line of the pop-up. This line does not
have to be straight and can follow the
contour of the stamp or sticker.
8. Draw vertical lines between the pop-up top lines and bottom lines. With a craft knife, cut on the drawn pop-up sidelines to make the pop-up side slits. Now that you’ve drafted the pop-up card, simply follow the rest of the steps to finish the example. You can put as many pop-ups on the same card as the backer card width will allow!
9. Draw the backer card centerline
to meet up to the pop-up sidelines.
Score the drawn horizontal lines
with a creasing tool. Erase all the
10. Gently pull the center cut area
toward you. Crease a mountain fold
on the pop-up centerline and valley
folds on the background centerline
and the top and bottom horizontal
11. Fold the pop-up completely
closed and press it down on a flat
surface to ensure straight and tight
folds. Reopen the pop-up to see the
finished Rubber Stamp or Sticker
Pop-Up Note Card.