# How To Make A Pop-Up Card Step By Step

In September my friend is having another birthday, so I decided to make her a pop-up card. If you have been following my hubs you will see that in the past I have made stationery and other cards, so this time I decided to try something different. In elementary school we had learned how to make a pop-up book to illustrate the life cycle of a ladybug, so I thought this same process could be applied to making pop-up cards. As I have said in the past, handmade cards are much more enjoyable than store bought ones, but it is also fun to replicate some of the types of cards sold in stores. Pop-up cards continue to be popular, but handmade ones are much more creative and fun to make. The inspiration for this card is a picture of two African lions a lady had taken on a safari. This lady gave away some amazing safari pictures, so I decided to use one image as the inspiration for a drawing, which became a pop-up card. A lion pop-up card would be a hit for people who enjoy big cats.

## Step 1: Find A Blank Piece Of Cardstock

Use a ruler to find the center of the page. Next, use the ruler to draw a straight line across the center of the cardstock, which will allow you to divide it in half.

## Step Two: Find The Center Of The Page

Use a ruler to measure to the center of the page.
Use the ruler to draw a line across the page.

## Step Three: Draw A Box In The Center Of The Page

Use the ruler to draw a square centered on the top half of the page.
Use the ruler to also draw a square on the bottom half of the page.

Use a ruler to draw a square on the top half of the page. Next, use the ruler to draw a square on the bottom half of the page. The ruler is our friend, so make sure to use it to ensure that the squares are both centered and even.

Once finished, pop-out the squares by folding along the lines. This part is quite simple. The next step is the color the cardstock because this will be the background for the pop-up card. Since my pop-up card has a safari theme, I used a green colored pencil to draw the grassy Savannah the lions are sitting on.

## Step Four: Color/Draw/Design The Background

I used colored pencils to make this grassy background. Also, I sketched out Happy Birthday in pencil and colored it in with blue.

## Step Five: Create The Pop-Up Image

I used a picture of two lions as the inspiration for my pop-up image.

A couple of months ago my co-worker was given a large bag of pictures a friend had taken on an African safari. There were so many beautiful pictures of African animals in this bag, but my co-worker had no use for it and was going to store it in the basement at work. I asked if I could have the bag of pictures, which I now can use as images for my Hubs, webpages, and art work. If you are creative and take the time to look around you can always find new and original pictures to use in your hubs, or for your art work. I love this image of two lion mates sitting together in the grass, so I decided to make my card around this theme. When creating your pop-up image it can be as simple or as complicated as you would like. Even consider using pictures if you do not want to draw or use a computer to design your pop-up image.

## Step Seven: Glue The Pop-Up Image To The Background

I cut out the image of the lions after I was finished drawing/coloring. The lions look as if they are on a mound, which will make this image stand out even more on the pop-up card.
Here I am using mod-podge to attach the pop-up image to the card. Using a glue stick or double sided tape is another alternative.
The is what the front of the card looks like. I enlarged the spots of the giraffe and added text using photoshop. I printed out this image and sewed it to the front of the card to cover up the hole made by the pop-up.

I used thread to sew the the cheetah print with the greeting to the front side of the card. Glue can be used to attached the front cover to the pop-up card, but I prefer to sew it on. Sew on cards adds a homemade touch and I love the look of it. I hope you get inspiration to make your next pop-up card, which will be much better than any card you could buy at the store. Happy crafting!

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starrkissed 8 years ago from Arizona

Too cute!!

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

This is quite crafty and looks like fun!

btw - I think B.T. Evilpants on Hub Pages should contract with you to do pop-up invitations to vote for him in 2008.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the comments Patty. Tell B.T. Evilpants to get in touch and I will be happy to make the pop-up invitations for his presidency :).

Eddie Perkins 8 years ago

This is Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be able to use this with my granddaughters and they will think that I am soooo smart. Thumbs up and Stumble. ~ eddie

B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Excellent idea, but I would need them with my picture inside. I would need to see a sample (and I would never just copy the sample a million times to avoid paying).

weblog 8 years ago from 1India

Pop-up cards - I love them, full of fun and artistic. I had had some such greeting cards and story books of this pop-up kind, it was long back. I think I will try making one after reading this hub.

It's very nice that you put your skills together(art + digital work in photoshop). Your hubs and your narration style are always inspiring me. Thanks for it. Thumbs up! :)

ASHWINSPGA 8 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

What a romantic way to touch my girl's heart with a self-made pop up card on Valentine's day.. the pop ups being her and me. Thanks for sharing this gift with us Sweeti Pie... The video was good and you are a beautfiful girl with the loveliest of voices. Thank you for everything My Sweet Angel

agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Very nice presentation Sweetiepie. Love your YouTube movies. Can you tell me what camera you use.

I don't know if it is my computer or not but the pictures were very dark and I could not make out some of the line work.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Eddie Perkins,

B.T. Evilpants,

A sample could be arranged. I wish you luck with your campaign.

Weblog,

Thanks for so many of your kind words. I know you are a good artist, so I hope one day you write a hub about some of your art work. Please think about it :).

Aswhinspga,

Thanks for the kind words and it will be so easy to make a Valentine's Day pop-up card for your fiancé. You could buy some pink, red, and romantic colors of cardstock, cut out a picture of a rose, and there you go. Thanks for your sweet comments.

Agvulpes,

I noticed some of the pictures are darker, do not know why they came out so dark. Oh well, next time I will try to lighten the photos. Thanks for the nice comments.

SirDent 8 years ago

Great details. I believe anyone could make a pop up card following your directions.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yes it is so easy to do, I think you should try it.  Make some baseball pop-up cards for your son's little league games, such as invitations to a baseball themed party.  It is something you could do with him and it is so much fun!

the3rdalien 8 years ago

Sweetie Pie, you are a sweetie pie, Wow- Nice work.

Om Paramapoonya 8 years ago

Cute hub. It seems pretty easy to make. I think I'll make one for my bf but his birthday is not until March. :-)

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for comment Om Paramapoonya. So are you and funnebone still getting married then :). I have not heard much from funnebones these days, but I miss his commentary :).

Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

That was a really neat demo, SweetiePie. You make it sound so easy. Maybe old magazines with plenty of pictures, like National Geographic or Antiques, could be good sources of inspiration, too. Thumbs up!

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  I agree about using an old magazine such as National Geographic, but I only could cut one up if it were already been cut up.  I guess I am just way too much of a preservationist, but I would not mind finding one at a used book store and cutting it up.  My mom has a collection of National Geographics in pristine condition from the years 1975-2000, so I always enjoyed reading those as I was growing up.  I learned a great many things during those years, but of course I would not mind cutting up ones that had already been damaged.  Thanks for the tip.

Mezo 8 years ago from Egypt

one of the most tutorials i ever read, and i can really add my touch to the card

thnx a lot :)

keep hubbing great hubs

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for commenting Mezo. I am sure you will enjoy making a pop-up card of your own.

Jolyn 8 years ago

Hey! I thought there is another step between Step 5 and Step 6?

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

No, the steps are all there. Read again, this is just a brief outline, but you can make your pop-up card however you wish.

compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Now these are the kind of popups i like SweetiePie!!, You made it look very simple..:)

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I always work very hard on making crafts and putting quality time into my hubs. Glad you stopped by and commented :).

ThisGirlsOpinion 8 years ago

You are such a girly girl! I am too and love to make girly arts and crafts like this!

countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

WOW!! Great Idea and I will have to try this. I usually do my artwork on the computer then take a printout. Btw is their any way we can include the sound in the card when the card is opened. (I mean are those available outside which we can buy with a popular song like jingle bells..)

Btw did you unpublish any of your hubs recently? Hope that comment wasn't so bad that it affected you to unpublish it. You always write straight from the heart and I love all your hubs.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

countrywomen,

Your comment was very respectful and I did not unpublish the hub because of yours. I received several novel length comments tonight and I just feel really too tired to respond to all of them, so I just took the hub down. I am going to put it up somewhere else where it will be less spammed, but I was beginning to get lots of weird comments and emails about it. It had nothing to do with you, I just felt like I was being targeted by a minister and he is trying to "save me" according to him.

As for the pop up card you can make these on the computer too. You would just have to print out the image you want to pop up, and cut a slit on the background for the pop up part. There are little sounds boxes you can buy for cards and other things in crafting stores such as Michael's. Jo'Ann's Fabrics and places such as this. I am not sure if you have those crafting stores in your area, but any local crafting store should carry these things. Hope you have fun making your card.

countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

SweetiePie- Well you mentioned in my hub that a long comment was left and then I checked your profile history an unapproved comment was included but the hub wasn't available then I asked that question. Yes I agree sometimes it is best if we keep certain things under wraps. For a woman it is better to err on the side of caution(and also you mentioned about yourself which is a big NO NO in a man's world). For men it maybe boastful(popular among other men) but for women it seems we would be considered with having lesser "morals". We can't do anything about the double standards. It is better to be safe then sorry. I hope you didn't get affected adversely by that one comment and the subsequent email you received.

Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Wow! I loved your Hub and soon would try my hand in making one.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

countrywomen,

Much of what you are saying is true. I suppose maybe I am just too faint hearted, but I cannot keep up with those long debates. I will still post certain topics, but that one was making me feel uncomfortable, so it is best I unpublish it. I am okay though, I just feel better with it unpublished here on HubPages.

Anamika,

I hope you have fun making a crafty hub.

countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

SweetiePie- I too feel some times when I get unregistered comments (which are not even proper sentences and some straight away say "you are sinner and will go to hell") and mails(lengthy emails about I need to checkout this website to be saved) about that "It's Ok not to be a christian" and feel I should unpublish it. Some times if I think too much I will never be able to say about anything then. I don't do much besides working 60 hours(work has increased with out increase in recruitments or pay raise but still in this economy glad to still have a job) a week and feel so tired to write about anything. I work day and night run some work related tests in the background while simultaneously get on HP. Sometimes I feel life would be much simpler just get married and be a good wife staying at home to raise the kids.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Countrywomen,

I also post sometimes at work, so you are not the only one :). I hope you can get married soon because he sounds like a nice boy. Will you be moving back to India after the marriage? At least you will have more time for crafting and things such as this if you do get married :).

countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

Actually the boy is also from US (that's why I agreed to meet him at my parents place). I haven't spoken to him yet and will do so only after formal introductions. Still a long way to go and nothing is certain as of now. I had my share of career and now just want to relax for a while. Lets see I don't know what life has in store for me. I have reached the borderline and by next year will be the oldest girl(in our extended family) to be married (not a record that I want to be proud of). To a certain extent I achieved whatever goals I had and now looking forward to the next phase in life.

I hope you also find some one who appreciates, understands and respects you. I am sure you will be a wonderful life partner to some lucky man.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

countrywomen,

I hope you can meet the boy soon to know what will happen. I think some people are happier married and with kids. My friend, Cherish77, is also here on HubPages and she is married with two kids. You should check out her hubs sometime because she writes a lot about being married and having kids, you might enjoy her stories. She also likes to do some crafts like me, and he scrap books are awesome.

Maybe I will meet someone someday, but yesterday after work I came home and looked at the Internet and did art work. Probably not really going to meet someone this way LOL, but you never know what will happen. I went on a blind date a few months ago because the lady told me this guy was so great, and he showed up with the girl that was his best friend. She stayed with us on the date and I could tell he had a crush on her, it was so odd. I made an excuse to leave because I was so uncomfortable, and later on when he asked me why he made no apologies for bringing his friend along with him everywhere. He said he was more comfortable with her there by his side. Even her husband said she was jealous of their friendship.

I also meet a guy one day when I was walking and he asked for my phone number. This was over a year ago. We met once and went out for coffee, but he is a real flake and only texts and calls when he is bored. I do not think he has good intention, so I never take him very seriously. Anyway, the pattern is so funny right now it will have to be a miracle to meet someone for me :).

countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

SweetiePie- Sometimes a guy who is a little shy may take someone along for moral support(I don't know if guys do that). My cousin when she was asked out by her husband before marriage then she took me along. I was doing more talking then her (and now he jokes saying that he was more impressed by me than her)...LOL

Do you have a close knit family/friends circle who try to pair up with some one? That blind date thing could be scary (I heard of some stories like date rape and all). I will checkout cherish77 hubs. I guess you are lucky to live in a society where marriage isn't a compulsory evolutionary process. In our societies by 25 girl has to be married then within 2 years of marriage a kid and so on. But since I am benefiting by the system (I never had to worry even a single day checking out someone for myself and always knew that it is my parents job hence I just focussed on my studies and career). I know it is tough to think from my point of view but that is the way most of us in our family think.

I do hope you meet someone to share your joy and spend the rest of the life. Now since you have your sister with you to a certain extent it is soothing. I don't know since I was a kid I always thought my dad would find someone like him whom I can love, respect and admire for the rest of my life. In another 10 days I am leaving for India and have some last minute shopping to do and some work related stuff to complete. On top of that I am getting nervous for the first time in my life about meeting the guy for the first time. Btw I am sorry for the delay in response and I just happened to remember this conversation and checked back now.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Countrywomen,

The gentleman I went on the blind date with was the friend of a friend, so we knew he was a safe person.  He may have been shy, but here many people do not really like these arranged dates because it is just not the norm.  I know in some cultures arranged dating is the norm, but I am not used to it, and I think he wanted her to come because he cannot do anything without her.  Anyway, I think he decided then he really did not like me because I was almost 30 then, and he was only 26.

Actually I feel no loss without marriage because I actually like a lot of control over things.  Even if I was married now the man would have to compromise on a lot, and the last guy I dated could not handle all my independence. He had a problem with a woman who spoke her mind, so that may be my problem LOL.

I know arranged marriages are good and you feel comfort from this, I am happy it is working out for you and wish you happiness.  My great-grandparents were Syrian and they had an arranged marriage that went very well, so I know in the not to distant pass this was the norm in most cultures.

One of my Indian friends from college is my age and single, but I think part of that is because her father passed away when she was 21.  Her family will only allow her to marry a gentleman they approve of, but since her father passed away it was probably harder for them to arrange that.  Here life without marriage is becoming more and more the trend.  Actually 48% of the US population is not married, so more and more now being single is the norm.

I guess I have seen both sides of marriage so I know there are many unhappy ones.  Not to sound jaded about it, but I just learned my ultimate happiness comes from me and not anyone else.  My younger sister who does not live with me is married and she has two kids who are nine and six, so many people here still get married.  She has been married since she was 20 and loves it, it is just not for me I suppose.  Thanks for your warm wishes.

countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

SP- That is something I never understood why the age gap can't be reversed. Is it due to the fertility factor for women is limited or men feel less mature compared to women of the same age.Yes, fathers are very important and if father is the sole bread earner it complicates the problem. More ever there is a psychological reassurance in a father figure for a girl.

I know marriage requires compromise and adjustments but if some of the things that are of topmost priority are intact then other areas one can give in a little. Yes true happiness is a state of mind and hope nothing anybody says ever affects you. Even though you are single but I do hope you are ready to mingle. It is more important to marry the right person than at the right time. Thanks for your warm wishes and wish the same for you.

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

countrywomen,

I still hope to meet someone nice, I just do not place too much hope on it if you know what I mean.  My sister always insist I should act more compromising to attract a guy, but I tell her the right guy will be able to handle me.

In the past fathers were the primary bread winners here in the US, and that was true with my family until my dad demanded my mom get a full time job when I was a 11.  She was a stay at home mom when I was younger, but unfortunately by the time my younger sisters first started school she was working.  After that my mom made more money than my dad, and sometimes I think he could have worked harder in my opinion.  No to downgrade my dad, but he used my mom's getting a job to take large amounts of time off of work, and many times she had to pay for everything but the house payment.

When it came to college I had to do all of that myself and he did not help me out at all.  He could have if had had worked more, but that was his choice.  I just have seen the reversal of men being the primary bread winners in this generation, so I never felt that need I suppose.

I was never very close to my father either, my mom tends to be the stronger and more nurturing one in our family.  I think this is more of a modern phenomenon, but even in pioneer times there were women that actually were the bread winners and men who did not do as much.

Even today my sister makes more than her husband, so it is interesting how there is a reversal of roles in many ways.  However, I think this is primarily in Western countries and in traditional societies men are still very much the providers.  It is a very good structure, I just never had much exposure to this set up. I was 11 years old when things were still that way in my family.

michelle willow 8 years ago from Croatia / Europe

Nice and easy to follow craft presentation! Teachers, where are you? This one is just for you!

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Michelle,

You are very correct, this is a great craft idea for teachers. Actually I learned how to make pop-up books in second grade, so I adapted this idea for making pop-up cards.

Lgali 8 years ago

U are really very creative

SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

I will try this for St. Valentines day. Bookmark it and take your idea here to my new art studio, looks like fun too!

SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

C.S. Alexis,

A V Day pop up card sounds really fun. Let me know how it goes.

AndyBaker 7 years ago from UK

Great hub.

I made a popup card when I was about 5 (with help) of a birds beak that opened when the card opened. I'm still impressed with it today!

bailey 7 years ago

they are sooo CUTE

bailey 7 years ago

they are sooo CUTE

SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad to hear you enjoyed this hub Andrew and Bailey.

jenny cai 7 years ago

this is great!!!! i enjoyed the outcome!!!! thanks!!!!

SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I hope you have a chance to make a pop-up card Jenny!

zanib7150 7 years ago

This looks like a great craft.I love making crafts and i started it when i was 3 years old and i'm still making them, when i'm 10 years old!This looks like a great craft for everyone!I got to go now. See ya!

SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

zanib,

I am glad you enjoyed this craft idea!

Silverlining 7 years ago from Port Elizabeth

I love the way you did this hub with all the step by step pictures! Cant wait to do this with my toddler! THanks

SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed the hub Silverlining. Welcome to Hubpages!

halleyhoops 7 years ago from west palm beach

so cute

gina 7 years ago

yo that is cool

anesa 7 years ago

cool and thank you for helping

SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

country gurl 6 years ago

Hey thanx so much you helped me make the perfect pop up!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)!!!!!!!!!! I was working on a project for class and it was terrifying knowing that I could not do it but you helped me!!!!! LOL!!!

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Asal 6 years ago

Hi love everything u do i mean u r so creative

Card Lover 6 years ago

Beautiful card!

Aishani Ganguly 6 years ago

it is awesome because i was not understanding what to do and the next day was Teacher s Day and i wanted to gift them a card

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad everyone enjoyed the instructions on how to make a pop-up card.

Phil 6 years ago

Might make one for my girlfriend. Thanks

joe 6 years ago

cool nice

crab 6 years ago

Thanks for showing us.

Destinee(:! 6 years ago

this is rlly good it helpd me get an A on my project!(:

azza4224 6 years ago

good good

stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Nice! I found this through Facebook, so keep putting your hubs up there. I think my kids would love this project to make pop-up cards. Wonderful, step-by-step instructions and helpful videos. Rated up!

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Steph! Glad your kids can find this hub useful for making their own cards.

mimi101112131415 6 years ago

well mine went well until it came to draw the lions so i gave it a go but it went terribley wrong

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Mimi,

You can draw whatever you want on your pop-up card, so maybe try something different than lions if you wish.

Olivia 5 years ago

OMG thank you so much this really helped now i can make my boyfriend a card fr valentine's day

SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Charlene C 5 years ago

it is so helpful and its great!

GBU.......

SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am happy you found the pop-up card tutorial helpful Charlene!

Breanna 5 years ago

WOW, I tried this pop up and it is great I'm only 11 and I LOVE it hehe

Thanks for the instruction by instruction it really helped , you rock! Oh and I have a suggestion....... Can you please show me how to make a pop up froggy!!!! I LOVE FROGS their so awesome , well thanks for this I owe you A lot.

Breanna 5 years ago

Hey, do you have anymore pop up cards on this page it is really helpful seeing how to make this it is also good for teachers .... You know what , I'm gonna tell my teacher about this website do everyone can do the pop up card it's really creative and fun at the same time!

Thanks,

Breanna

SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Breanna,

I will make more pop-up card tutorials when I have a chance. Thanks for commenting!

Abby 4 years ago

This was awesome! I am making a thank you card to the school, and this was the best card how-to that I saw!

SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Sweety 4 years ago

Awesome

Princessa 3 years ago from France

Very good idea to keep my little ones busy during rainy days when they cannot get out to play.

SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I think a pop-up card of a French castle would be a great activity. Thanks for commenting, Wendy!

melissa 3 years ago

I think that a pop-up card is good for birthday's

barbie 21 months ago

Fantabulas fatastic➕fabulus-fantabulas