- Arts and Design
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.
Here Is What The Finished Product Will Look Like:
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
Step Three: Draw A Box In The Center 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
Step Five: Create The 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 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!