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Printable Pop Up Cards
Printable Pop Up Cards to Make
I have found a variety of printable pop up cards from around the internet for you to print and use to make a pop up card with that special surprise hiding inside. Some of these are free and for some, you will pay a small fee. The cards range in difficulty from very easy to quite intricate. Take a look to see which is your favorite.
You might also be interested in checking out some different printable interactive cards which spin, slide, and flip.
You will notice that several of the cards in the animal section are not actually printable. They give instructions for making easy pop up cards which make a good introduction, particularly if you have not made one of these cards before. These are excellent for the kids to make too.
Please note that the majority of the free pop up cards available here are for personal use only. But you will be able to sell cards made with printable templates bought from Craftsuprint (click on the pictures to get to the Craftsuprint website).
Buy the above printable pop up template.
Tips for Making a Pop Up Card which Truly Stands Out
- Use photo paper to print out your cards (unless it is a black and white picture). When I first started making printable greeting cards, I would print the pieces out on a matt card. This would ensure that any extra cut out bits would be sturdy and not flimsy (as it would be if I printed on paper). But then I discovered photo paper. This makes the colors really bright and vibrant, making any cards extra special. And if you choose a thick enough photo paper, you can still achieve the firmness of card, which is all important for those pop out elements.
- Use a sharp craft knife and metal (or metal-edged) ruler to cut any straight edges. You will be able to get much straighter cuts than if you used scissors.
- Use acid free tape or glue to attach your pieces. The recipients may like to keep these very special cards. I know I would!
- Be as accurate as possible with your folds to ensure your card does not get distorted.
- Feel free to add any special embellishments, such as ribbons, stickers, buttons, etc, to make your card truly one of a kind.
Supplies for making pop-ups
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Some of the cards featured on this page are origamic architecture style. I discovered these clever pop up cards when I was a teenager. I had a book and proceeded to make many of these cards in miniature. They look very effective just cut out of plain white card. The pop up element relies on careful cutting and intricate folding, rather than fancy pictures and colors. With this sort of card, you need to be very accurate with your cutting and folding, otherwise it can look a little scrappy. Use a craft knife to cut out the fiddly bits and make sure you use a ruler to cut any straight lines.
Pop Up Cards by Theme
Perfect for mother's day
On this page you'll find all kinds of gorgeous floral pop-ups - printable templates and also some video tutorials. There are also some really pretty ready-made cards which you can buy if you are not inclined to make your own.
Here you'll find all kinds of fun animal pop-ups. You'll find birds, butterflies, frogs, and more. There are printable patterns (some easy and some more difficult) and also some video tutorials. I'm also featuring some cards which are available to purchase.
Here you'll find all kinds of impressive building pop-ups. You'll find houses, castles, churches, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and more. There are printable templates and some video tutorials featuring origamic architecture. You'll also find some great ready-made cards which you can buy.
Chocolate, cupcakes, or a cup of tea anyone? Delicious cards for anyone who likes food.
Transport and Vehicles
On this page you'll find all different sorts of vehicle pop-ups (cars, boats, bikes, planes, and more) - There are printable templates available and also some video tutorials. There are also some vehicle popup cards you can buy if you don't want to make your own.
Pop Up Cards by Occasion
Valentine's Day (or Wedding)
St Patrick's Day
Valentine's Day, Wedding or Engagement
3 cute valentine's day cards . The pink buttons to the right of the pictures are the templates and the instructions.
Be my valentine
Heart - this printable will print in black and white. You could color the elements after printing or print on colored or patterned card.
Be my Valentine
Pop up heart card videos
St Patrick's Day
On this page you'll find all kinds of delightful Easter pop-ups featuring rabbits, chicks, eggs, flowers, and of course Jesus' cross. You'll find printable templates and some video tutorials, a couple of which are suitable for children to make. There are also some great ready-made cards for those not wanting to create their own.
A homemade card would delight many mums (that's Aussie for "moms"), so one of these pop up cards would be extra special.
Scroll down a little for a pop up floral Mother's day card in 2 sizes. The download button for the printable template is after the instructions
Cute Ni Hao, Kai-lan Mother's Day Pop-Up Printable
Disney stepmother - thank you for not being like her at all!
Don't let dad miss out on an out-of-the-ordinary card. My father-in-law keeps our homemade cards on display for years!
Father's tool bench - this one takes a while to load, be patient
Dora the Explorer
I love you this much
You're number 1
Links checked Nov 2011
Make your family and friends' Christmas memorable with these great festive styles.
As well as printable versions, you'll find cards you can make simply by cutting and pasting different colored papers. Give one of these a try this Christmas season.
More Christmas Card Ideas
On this page there are links to dozens of printable Christmas cards, ranging from religious scenes to Christmas trees, to Christmas animals, to snowmen and all kinds of other Christmas themes.
On this page you'll get lots of different ideas for making your own handmade Christmas cards this year - not just using your printer, but lots of other creative techniques too.
Here is a fun assortment of pop up birthday cards suitable for kids, ladies, and men. You can choose to make your own using printable templates / patterns or follow along with some youtube videos. You will also find several amazing ready-made versions available for purchase.
More Printable Birthday Cards
Dozens of printable birthday cards for you to get creative with. Most of the cards featured on this page are made with 3D decoupage (paper tole) techniques which simply require cutting out the pictures and then layering them on top of each other to give a three dimensional look.
Have you tried these different interactive cards?
These very special printable interactive cards have movable parts - parts that slide, spin, flip, pop up, and more. Have a go at making some of these today.