- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the card you want to make and download
the pattern. Each card pattern has two pieces: the top piece is the outside of the
card, and the bottom piece is the inside of the card.
Print the pattern on white paper or cardstock. The card will be
sturdier if it is made using cardstock. Note: The butterfly pop-up
is more difficult to cut than the heart pop-up. If you like,
download and print the matching envelope for your pop-up card.
Follow the instructions on the pattern for making the envelope.
Related craft: See the
Envelopes to Make craft project for another style of
envelope that fits these cards.
Tip: You can also add a heart pop-up to any
handmade or commercial card using the Separate Pop-Ups pattern below. This
pattern includes heart pop-ups in four sizes; the largest size
fits the cards made in
Aunt Annie's greeting card tutorials, and the
smaller sizes fit the
To use these pop-ups, pick one that fits inside your card and follow
the directions below for making the pop-up and gluing it inside a
Heart Pop-Up Card
Butterfly Pop-Up Card
Plain Heart Pop-Ups
Separate Heart Pop-Ups
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on
standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color (optional)
If you printed a black & white pattern, color it with markers or
colored pencils. Pick any colors you like to color the card. Pick red for the
heart, maybe black and yellow for the butterfly, or do something wild! How about zigzag stripes? Use your imagination!
Tip: Stripes are an easy way to color a heart pop-up.
Tip: You may want to write a message on the
inside of the card now.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out each pattern piece on the solid black line. Try to make
your cuts very straight. The card will look better and fit together
more easily with straight edges.
Tip: It is easier to make straight cuts with a
craft knife and ruler. Protect the table with thick cardboard or a
cutting mat. Place the ruler along the line being cut, then
carefully draw the craft knife along the ruler's edge. Be sure to
keep your fingertips away from the knife. Kids, be sure to
get adult help when using a craft knife!
Step 4: Fold
Fold both pieces in half on the center line. Fold them so that
the marks are on the outside. If you are using cardstock, score the
fold lines first.
To score: Turn the card with the printed side up.
Score along the center fold line using the bone folder or empty
ballpoint pen to make an indent, not a cut.
Tip: Make a sharp crease by running your
thumbnail firmly along the fold.
- Step 5: Cut Pop-Up
The pop-up is on the inside card piece and is folded in half. Cut
around the heart or butterfly on the solid line, leaving the unmarked edge of the
pop-up uncut. Fold the pop-up back and forth along this uncut edge.
Tip: The unmarked edge on the butterfly pop-up
is on the outside of the upper part of the wing.
- Step 6: Refold Pop-Up
Unfold the card's inside piece, and refold it the opposite way.
Open the card and pull the pop-up toward you. Change the pop-up
from a valley fold to a mountain fold. Fold the card in half and
press to sharpen the creases.
- Step 7: Glue Card Pieces Together
Put glue on one half of the inside piece, and then slide the two card
parts together. That is, put the pop-up piece inside of the card's
outside piece. Press. Turn the card over, and put glue on the other
half of the inside piece. Press again. Be careful not to get any
glue on the pop-up.
Your card is now complete! Open it to see the pop-up.