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Card Class 2: Tutorial #5 - Card Making Idea

V-Fold Pop-Up Birthday Card

Example of v-fold pop-up card
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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 greeting card.

This greeting card tutorial builds on previous tutorials in the original Greeting Card Class set of tutorials. If you are new to cardmaking, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.

Related crafts: See more Pop-up Cards crafts.

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
  • Glue
  • Removable clear tape
  • Optional: Happy Birthday and bird rubber stamps and stamp pad

This is a Greeting Card Class 2 tutorial and is rated AVERAGE to do.

How to Make a V-Fold Pop-Up Birthday Card

Read through the tutorial before starting.
Paper selection 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 optional stamped bird on yellow cardstock. Use whatever colors you like. Aunt Annie offers polka-dot ePaper downloads in many colors.

Print 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 card elements.

Use pencil marks as guides to score two diagonal lines 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" inward while folding the card shut 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.

Glue pop-up mechanism inside card 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.

Inisde of card with V-fold pop-up mechanism 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.

Attach number to V-fold with removable tape before applying glue 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 place.

Tip: If you are adding a stamped birdie to the top of the number, be sure to test it with removable tape, too.

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.

Add a message inside the card 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).

Cut out candles and flames 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 front.

Project extra: Download Aunt Annie's printable candles pattern with  templates and cutouts and print on cardstock. You can either cut out the colored candles and flames in the number needed or, for other colors, cut out and trace the white candle and flame templates onto colored cardstock.

Outline candles and glue to card front 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.
Example of v-fold pop-up card

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  • Read through the tutorial.
  • Think about what you plan to make. Imagine how you can add your own creative touch.
  • Gather the materials you will need.
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Pop-up with a message and a butterfly

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Tip: Use your imagination to come up with other pop-up designs. You could make a pop-up with a stamped message embellished with a die-cut butterfly.

ePaper Extra

Ice Cream Syrup Dots ePaper

Tip: The Chocolate Dots, Caramel Dots and Butterscotch Dots ePapers can be used as the background paper for the birthday pop-up card. There are many more colors of polka-dot ePapers available to download. Check them out on the downloads page.

A number 3 pop-up with a birdie

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Tip: It's fun to add a little birdie or other stamped image to the top of the number pop-up. Just be sure everything hides inside the closed card.

Card with three candles

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Tip: Vary the number of candles on the card front to match the child's age.

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