Card Class 2:
Tutorial #5 - Card Making Idea
V-Fold Pop-Up Birthday Card
What we will be making:
In this tutorial, make a birthday card featuring a child's (or
adult's) age as a pop-up.
There's something almost magical about pop-ups that
delights both children and adults. The pop-up mechanism in this card is
the V-fold—one of the most versatile types of pop-up. After you
make this card, you will be able to add a similar V-fold pop-up to any
This greeting card tutorial builds on previous tutorials in the
Greeting Card Class set of tutorials. If you are new to
cardmaking, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.
Related crafts: See more
Refer to Card Class
Tutorial #1: Four Patch Cards for how to make
card blanks and envelopes.
Here's what you need:
- Pencil and ruler
- Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
- Removable clear tape
- Optional: Happy
Birthday and bird rubber stamps and stamp pad
How to Make a V-Fold Pop-Up Birthday Card
Read through the tutorial before starting.
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
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. At the top center of the
cardstock, use a ruler to measure 1¼" from the center fold and make
a faint dot with a pencil. Do this on both sides of the center fold. Measure 1¼"
down from the top along the center fold and make
another mark. Join the dots with diagonal score lines that
form a "V".
Push the "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 your 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 number's placement, making sure it 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,
Project extra: Download Aunt Annie's printable
pop-up numbers pattern with 3" number templates
that you can use to make the age pop-up for your birthday card.
Just cut out and trace the template onto colored cardstock.
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 make 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.
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