Step 1: Prep Paper and Cardstock
The birthday card features a purple card with a white cardstock
insert/pop-up mechanism. On the front of the card are pink candles
with yellow flames on a purple polka-dot background. The pop-up
inside the card is a large number "6" made of pink cardstock with an
stamped bird on yellow cardstock. Use whatever colors you like. Aunt
polka dot ePaper
downloads in many colors.
Aunt Annie's purple polka dot ePaper on white
paper and cut a 5" by 3¾" rectangle to use on the card front.
Cut a 5″ by 8″ piece of white cardstock for the card's inside.
Quarter sheets of yellow and pink cardstock will work for the other
Step 2: Make Pop-Up Mechanism
Use the bone folder or empty ballpoint pen to score the center of
the white cardstock. Fold in half.
Open the white cardstock flat. With a ruler make faint pencil
marks, near the top of the card, 1¼" from the center fold on both
sides. Measure 1¼" from the top along the fold and make
another mark. Join the dots with diagonal score lines that
form a "V".
Push "V" formed by the score lines inward while folding the
cardstock. Sharpen the "V" creases. This is your pop-up mechanism.
Tip: When designing your own pop-up cards, make
a larger or smaller "V" depending upon the size of pop-up.
Experiment with paper first.
Step 3: Glue Pop-Up Mechanism
Glue the white cardstock inside the purple card blank. Put
glue on back of the right side of the folded pop-up mechanism
and adhere it to the right side of the opened card. Put glue on
the other half of the white cardstock and fold the card closed.
Rub to ensure a firm hold.
Open the card to see the V-fold pop-up mechanism. The card's
pop-up will be glued to one side of the V-fold.
Step 4: Make Pop-Up
The pop-up for our birthday card is the child's age with an
optional birdie add-on. Use the pencil to lightly draw a large
number on the pink cardstock. Cut out the number and outline the
edges with a pink or purple marker.
Tape the number to the right side of the V-fold with
removable tape. Adjust the placement, making sure the number is
hidden inside the card when it is closed. Glue the number in
Tip: If you are adding a stamped birdie to
the top of the number, be sure to test it with removable tape,
Step 5: Add a Message
Finish up the card's inside by adding a message. It can be
something as simple as stamping Happy Birthday once for
each year and adding "x 6" (Happy Birthday times six).
Step 6: Cut Candles
For the card front cut candles and flames—one for each
year. You can make all the candles the same size or one large
one and several smaller ones. Adjust the sizes to fit the card
Step 7: Finish Card
Outline the candles with a pink or purple marker. Outline the
flames with an orange marker.
Glue the purple polka-dot mat to the card front, then glue
the candles and flames in a pleasing arrangement.
That's it! Use the same V-fold mechanism to make
pop-up cards of your own design.