Pop-Up Stage

by Kim Score

Create a pop-up card with a stage inside.


  • Paper cutter
  • Scoring board
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting blade
  • Strong adhesive
  • Dimensionals
  • Scissors
  • Stamps & ink
  • Cardstock , patterned paper and embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Cut 5 1/2" x 5" cardstock for stage. On 5" side, score at 1/2", 4” and 4-1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Cut 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" cardstock and fold in half for base.

    Cut two 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" cardstock or print paper for inside decoration (optional) and attach to inside of card base.

    Stamp, color and cut out pop up pieces.

  3. Step 3

    Flip stage piece to wrong side up. Align edge of stage to card center (end with single 1/2" score). Fold other end at 4" score towards center and hold in place. Lay out pieces where you want them. Flip front pieces forward to make sure they don’t go beyond edge of card. Mark stage at base of each piece with pen.

  4. Step 4

    On each of the marks, use paper cutter or craft knife and ruler to cut slots slightly longer than 1/2".

  5. Step 5

    Apply adhesive along 1/2" and 4 1/2" score lines.

  6. Step 6

    Remove backing from tape. Fold card stock under at 4" score line. Align other end of stage at center of card and press to adhere to card base. Close card and press down at center to adhere tape.

  7. Step 7

    Cut four 1/2" x 2" pieces card stock for pop up tabs. Score each one at 1/2". Add adhesive to tabs.

  8. Step 8

    Sharpen crease and remove backing from adhesive. Carefully slip tab through slot with adhesive facing down and tab pointing towards center of card. Holding card open at 90 degree angle, adhere tab straight up and down to base of card.

  9. Step 9

    Cut strip of patterned paper 2 1/2" x 12" for belly band. Wrap around card and adhere ends in back. Wrap ribbon around and tie bow.

  10. Attach stamped pieces to tabs with dimensionals. Decorate front of stage.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pop-Up Stage. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Wonderful tutorial, I loved your card and I cannot wait to do one myself.
Christi  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 3:55 AM
Thank you so much. This was so helpful. Your card came out beautifully and I can't wait to do one!
Michelle  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 5:45 AM
Hi Kim. What an adorable card! I do want to give this a try. I do have a question~~what is the tape you used to attach the stage? It looks like Scor-Tape, but the backing is shiny and there is no name on the inside of the tape tube (you know what I mean?). You mentioned strong tape..that always interests me:) Through the years of scrapbooking and cardmaking, I shudder to think how many I have done that the tape I used dried up and when I lifted the scrapbook page, my stuff (papers and photos) slid right off the page. So disappointing. Anyway, thank for the tutorial--great instructions-easy to follow, and would like to hear the kind of tape you used. Thanks so much!
Renie  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 5:57 AM
With your great step-by-step instructions, this looks very doable. Thanks for sharing your talent.
Jean Massey  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 6:11 AM
Great card! Can't wait to try this.
The tutorial is great and very helpful to be able to see it done.
Diane McGahey  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 6:24 AM
I love this tutitorial and can't wait to try it. Always wanted to do a pop-up card and what a great one! Thanks.
Linda  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 6:26 AM
Thank you for the tutorial on this wonderful pop-up card. You made it so simple to do. I have always loved pop-up cards but stayed away from them because they seem so complicated. I can't wait to try this card and ssend them to my family and friends!
Brenda  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 6:52 AM
What a great tutorial. I loved it. Can't wait to get started on my Christmas cards in July.
Thank you once again!
Jeannette  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 7:26 AM
I've always wanted to make a pop up card but thought it was too challenging (other tuitorials I saw didn't explain as well as you have done)...thank you so much for sharing. Your tuitorial was great and easy to understand...I can't wait to try this out!
Tina Milbourn  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 7:48 AM
Love interactive cards--can't wait to try it. Thanks for the tutorial.
Paulette  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 8:23 AM
Thank you so much for your tutorial. It was very well done, quite easy to follow, and you hooked me! Can't wait to give this a try! Thanks again smile
Patti J.  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 9:05 AM
Rene, I used a tape called Killer White Tacky Tape. It's basically a cheaper version of scor tape. Do a google search and you'll find the store that sells it. They also sell a tape called Killer Red that is the same as Sticky Strip.
Kim Score  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM
So how do I get hold of Killer White Tacky Tape in the UK? Please
Brenda  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM
Brenda, unfortunately, since I live in the states, I have no information about international sellers of the tape. You will need to contact all online sellers of the product to find out their shipping policy. Other tapes such as Scor Tape and Sticky Strip work just as well.
Kim Score  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM
****Thanks Kim....I will google it and find out!! ****
Renie  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM
I love this card I just hope that I can make as pretty as you, thank you for doing these it helps so much.
joann echols  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Fantastic work Kim, I will be trying this for sure, you make it look so easy smile
Michelle Martin  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM
How awesome - and you make it look so easy. Definitely want to try this - TFS!
Laurie Walsh  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Awesome! Love it!
stampit74  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Thanks for this it was so helpful I am a beginner and it gives me inspiration,you made it so easy to follow and a very attractive card regards Hilda
Hilda  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM

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