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How to Make A Happy New Year Pop-Up Card

Updated on April 4, 2017

It is almost the New Year, and I hope this one is better than the last one! I have decided to start off the New Year by finally finishing a pop-up card I was going to make for Christmas, but which I did not complete on time. When it comes to crafting there are certain projects that I put off doing, but I usually get back to these later. Since I have so many interests, such as reading, writing, current events, I notice my crafting takes a back seat. I also notice just reading hubs and commenting hubs takes up lots of time, so it is hard to get back into the crafting. Honestly, I want to craft and draw more, but I have just so many interests pulling me in different directions, so often it is hard to focus on just one thing. I decided to make a card because the store bought ones are just not my cup of tea. Personally, I prefer to draw out pictures as opposed to printing out a picture, but this time around I decided to use a photography of recent snowfall in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Step One: Create The Pop-Up

Create a pop-up in the middle of the cardstock.
Create a pop-up in the middle of the cardstock.

The first thing you need to do is use a ruler to create the pop-up in the center of the card. If you want to see more in depth instruction on how to create the pop-up, then take a look at this other pop-up card I created for my friend's birthday. 

Step Two: Select The Picture

Here is the snowy picture I selected for my pop-up card.  The snowy sequoia tree made for the perfect image.
Here is the snowy picture I selected for my pop-up card. The snowy sequoia tree made for the perfect image.

The fun begins with selecting a picture for the pop-up card, so I decided to choose this scene of the lovely snow capped trees in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Step Four: Print Out The Picture

Print out the picture for the card.
Print out the picture for the card.

The picture printed out a little funny as I was running low on ink at the time.  Nonetheless, I actually like the fuchsia tinting on the trees, and it gives this picture an ethereal effect.

Step Five: Cut Out The Pop-Up

Plan out what the card will look like before gluing anything to the card stock.
Plan out what the card will look like before gluing anything to the card stock.

Plan out which object you would like to pop-out on the card.  For this picture I decided to make the large sequoia tree the focal point, so I cut it out and laid it on the card stock to see if this would work.

Step Six: Make Sure Everything Looks Good Before Appling Mod Podge

Lay the picture on top of the card stock and make sure the pop-up, and the back ground will look good before gluing anything down.
Lay the picture on top of the card stock and make sure the pop-up, and the back ground will look good before gluing anything down.

Before applying glue I like to make sure the pop-up and the background will align on the card.  The next step will be to secure everything in place.

Step Seven: Apply Mod Podge To The Back of The Picture

Here I used a craft sponge to apply mod podge to the back of the picture.
Here I used a craft sponge to apply mod podge to the back of the picture.

After swiping mod podge on the back of the picture I decided to secure it to the card stock. 

Step Eight: Paint Mod Podge Over The Picture

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Here I used a paint mod podge over the picture.Here is what the card looks like once the mod podge has dried on the picture.
Here I used a paint mod podge over the picture.
Here I used a paint mod podge over the picture.
Here is what the card looks like once the mod podge has dried on the picture.
Here is what the card looks like once the mod podge has dried on the picture.

In this step I painted the mod podge on the card stock to give the card and lustrous painted effect.  I have not really heard of tons of people doing this, but I love the painted and shiny look that mod podge lends to any drawing.  The wonderful thing about mod podge is that it also makes a photograph look more like a painting, which is especially the case with this surreal qualities of this print out.

Step Nine: Glue On The Pop-Up Image

Add the sequoia image to the pop-up portion of the card.
Add the sequoia image to the pop-up portion of the card.

The sequoia tree was added to the pop-up portion of the card, which gives it its three dimensional like effect. I still prefer the way a drawing looks on a card, but gluing down a picture is a good alternative for those who do not like to sketch.  Next, I sketched out and cut out the year 2010, which I glued underneath the tree.  This is a Happy New Years 2010 greeting card after all!

Step Ten: Add The "Happy" To the Front of The Card

Here I sketched out the word happy on pink paper and cut it out.  Next, I glued it to the front of the card.
Here I sketched out the word happy on pink paper and cut it out. Next, I glued it to the front of the card.

Now I am adding the word happy to the card, which will go on the front before opening it.  I did not cover up the hole where the pop-up is, but I just wanted to keep this card simple.

The Finished New Years 2010 Pop-Up Card

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Why thank you Paradise!

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      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Too cool for words! Thanks, Sweetie!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Uninvited Writer,

      Using a printed image on a pop-up card is not my favorite method, but so many people on the examiner and here complained they cannot draw, so I tried out this technique. Next time I think I will just print the picture directly onto the card stock, and devise a way for part of it to "pop-up". I really like to play around with the mod podge though, so any excuse to use one of my favorite crafting supplies is fine by me. I am sure you make lovely cards, and your family and friends would probably be happy to receive these again :).

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      Susan Keeping 

      8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Thanks for showing up how to do this. I have enjoyed making my own greeting cards in the past, I should get back into it.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Nancy,

      Thanks for saying so!

      Bobbytnr,

      Glad the technique was helpful for giving you ideas on how to make your own pop-up card.

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      bobbytnr 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      lovely :). i'll try this technique. thanks for the hub

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      Nancy's Niche 

      8 years ago

      Great instructions as always from the Crafting Queen!!!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hello, hello,

      This is not one of my favorite pop-up cards, but I decided to create this tutorial because people complain they cannot draw, and left comments on my hubs about how they needed a better idea. By printing out the picture it is easy for anyone to make a card. Appreciate your comments.

      Pete,

      Yes you are right about how pop-up cards are great for kids. I first learned how to make one in the second grade, and I loved this craft idea!

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      Pete Maida 

      8 years ago

      That is really cool. It is a great idea for all kinds of cards especially for kids.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      A lovely idea and well explained. Thank you

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