Friday, November 24, 2006

Pop-up cards (horizontal fold)


  • 2 sheets of 8.5" x 11" cardstock or construction paper
  • X-Acto type knife
  • glue (stick-glue or white glue or rubber-cement)
  • template with measurements (PDF file*) or template without measurements (PDF file*) (use this legend to decipher the folding symbols)
  • things to decorate the card (such as markers, pencil crayons, stickers, stamps, cut-outs etc)


  1. review the template with measurements (PDF file*)

  2. print out the template without measurements (PDF file*) to transfer the pattern to your desired material or print it out directly on the card stock as a practise run (be sure to check the specifications of your printer before printing on unusual media -- using "out of spec" materials can cause permanent damage to your printing hardware)
    card_popup_horizontal_nolegend cph_photo01

  3. Cut along the indicated lines with an X-Acto knife.

  4. Make "mountain" and "valley" folds as indicated on the template.
    cph_photo03 (viewed from the left)

    cph_photo04 (viewed from the right)

  5. If you're using a sticker or a cut-out to decorate, get it ready.

  6. Affix the decoration to the 2"x3" rectangular "pop-up" portion of the card.

  7. Fold the card in half.

  8. Take the second sheet of cardstock and fold it in half lengthwise. This will form the outside of your card.

  9. Place the "inside" of the card (the pop-up part) over the outside of the card and glue them together.

  10. Voila! You now have a pop-up card!

With practise and experience you can scale the template to make different sized cards, cards with multiple pop-ups and different sized and shaped pop-ups!



(*) When printing out PDF documents, be sure to set "Page Scaling" to "none" (you'll want the document to print at 100%). You may need to adjust the template on your paper depending on your printer's "offset" settings.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

More ideas for pop up cards here:
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting