February 16, 2014

Pop-Up Card Pattern and How-To!

I've had a few of you ask how I created the pop-up center for my card below that I posted a few days ago HERE.


First you will need a piece of cardstock measuring 10.5" x 3.75". Follow the pattern below to make your cuts and your folds:

Once everything is cut and folded, glue the cardstock piece to the inside of your card base and pop out the portion that you cut and folded. Make sure you don't add adhesive to the center pop-up portion of your cardstock piece.

Now you will glue the elements of  your card that you want to pop out, in my case it was the flurry of butterflies. I myself think that covering the whole popped out piece and even overlapping it with elements that hang over the edges looks better for the eye. I didn't want any white showing at all so when I glued my butterflies in place, I glued them so they over-hung on each side and top.

When gluing the butterflies at the very bottom, I had to turn some upside-down and side-ways to fill in the flat scored area. You wan't tell because I layered some right on top of the upside-down ones to cover them:

The only thing you need to worry about is keeping your layers flat on your popped-up piece and also at the bottom where the score line is situated. You want to make sure the card is going to fold flat for mailing. Hope this quick pattern and tips helps you create one of your own!

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  1. thank you so much for this. was most helpful

  2. Thank you for taking the time to post this technique for us. Your card is stunning.

  3. What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing the "how to's" without an expensive die cut involved. Wishing you joy!

  4. STUNNING!!!!! This card looks like a small piece of those forests in the state of Michoacán, Mexico where this amazing Monarch Butterflies migrate every year. Thank you for taking the challenge Debbie, only you could've taken this project to fruition and thank you also for the dimensions for the pop up piece.
    Enjoy your Sunday!

  5. Thanks Debbie. I was looking for an idea for my sister's birthday card; this might be it.

  6. This is an amazing card! Thank you so much for the instructions on how you did this...

  7. I can appreciate all of the time it took to make this fabulous card, Debbie! It's eye candy, for sure.

  8. I was so excited to forward this to a good friend and stampin friend that I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed your card and to thank you for the how-to directions and measurements! Love butterflies and how these look like they were en mass on a tree or bush and just started to fly away.....lovely!

  9. Simply beautiful and so inspiring Debbie
    Nicole, NM

  10. Thanks sooo much Debbie, this is terrific!!
    Rene from OZ xo

  11. Wow! Love this butterfly pop-up card!! Stunning!!! TFS!

  12. this card idea could be used for many arrangements. Try using snow flakes ... with glitter... Thanks

    1. Thanks Juanita, your idea is a good one!

  13. On my "To Do List", thank you for the tutorial!

  14. Muchas gracias por tan interesante tutorial. Me gustaría pusieran la opción de traducir a otros idiomas para entender mejor, en mi caso español.
    Dios la bendiga.


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