Step 1: Supplies and Prep
You'll need two card blanks of the same size for the card
face and the pop-up mechanism. The pop-up mechanism is made
separately and is glued inside the card face. It's best to use card
blanks of the same color to camouflage the pop-up mechanism
To make stamped pop-up elements you will need white cardstock and
colored cardstock for mats.
Gather a variety of paper and cardstock that coordinate with the
colors used in your card.
Step 2: Make Card Face
Use one of the card blanks to make the card face. The card face can be made using any technique you like; however,
it is important that the card have a horizontal aspect to make the
most effective use of the step pop-up. Set aside the completed card
face while you make the pop-up.
The sample birthday card
features serendipity squares that make good use of your paper scraps—see
Serendipity Square Cards
Step 3: Make Pop-Up Elements
Pop-up elements are glued to the pop-up steps/platforms. Anything
that is flat and will fit inside the folded card can be used. For
the sample card, a stamped, matted message card and a stamped cutout are used.
Your matted message card should be about 1¼" to 1½"
by 3¼" to 3½". The cutout can be up to about 2"
Tip: Use felt-tip markers to color the
stamped image and tiny rubber stamps to decorate the message
- Step 4: Make Step Pop-Up
the second folded card blank to make the pop-up mechanism. To
form the pop-up steps/platforms, you will cut parallel slits
from the folded edge of the card blank.
First, use the pencil and ruler to draw a line 1½"
from the folded edge and parallel to it. Next, draw two vertical
lines from the first line to the folded edge—they should be about 2½"
apart and parallel to each other. The left line should be about ¾"
from the left edge of the card blank.
About ¾" to the right of the first step, draw a second step. Draw a line 1¼" from the fold with
vertical parallel lines that are ¾" apart.
Tip: For a simpler pop-up, only make the
first step. It can be drawn anywhere along the fold, but no
closer than ¾" from either side.
Tip: Skip the measuring by using templates.
See the side bar to the right for details.
on the vertical lines from the folded edge to the drawn
Fold the cut steps on the horizontal line between the cut
the card blank and push the steps through to the other side.
With the pencil lines on the outside, fold the card blank at a
90° angle. You will be gluing the pop-up elements to these
- Step 5: Test Pop-up Mechanism
your pop-up mechanism by making sure it folds flat. Also, use
repositionable tape or glue to attach the pop-up elements to the
pop-up steps. Fold the pop-up flat and make sure the pop-up elements
do not extend beyond the edges of the folded card.
Make any adjustments needed before proceeding.
Step 6: Glue Together
Glue the pop-up mechanism inside the card face, being sure to
align the edges. Apply glue to one side of the pop-up, avoiding the
step, and slip it inside the card face. Apply glue to the other side
and fold the card face over onto it.
Open the card and allow the glue to dry.
- Step 7: Glue Pop-Up Elements and Finish Card
the pop-up elements to the steps. Decorate the card behind and
around the pop-up steps. You might stamp more images of the cutout,
add a greeting or write a message. Use your imagination!
That's it! Your pop-up card is done!