Cup Card

by Vickie Maduzia

Add a three dimensional cup to your card front.


  • Small cup

  • Cardstock quarter sheet for template

  • Vellum cardstock, quarter sheet

  • Sponge

  • Water-based inkpads in fruity colors

  • Paper cutter with scoring blade

  • Sticky Strip™ or other double-sided, extra-tacky tape

  • Micro beads

  • Mini glue dots

  • Straw and umbrella, optional


  1. Step 1

    Make a re-usable template by tracing a small cup onto cardstock. Use a paper cutter for straight edges.

  2. Step 2

    Trace template onto vellum cardstock, and then cut shape.

  3. Step 3

    Sponge ink onto cup shape.

  4. Step 4

    Lay cup shape on paper cutter, and score 1/8" from the edge.

  5. Step 5

    Repeat on opposite side.

  6. Step 6

    Cut off the top pointy corners.

  7. Step 7

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to top edge of cup.

  8. Step 8

    Dredge in micro beads.

  9. Step 9

    Apply several mini glue dots along each folded edge of your cup, making sure they don't overlap the edge.

  10. Step 10

    Adhere left side of cup to the background you've created for your card. Bend the cup slightly before adhering the right side to the card.

  11. Step 11 (Optional)

    Try using glue dots to add a drink umbrella and straw to the cup. Cut the umbrella in half first.

  12. Step 12

    Finished card.


Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Just wondering what you used for the sand and for the water! Thnks!
Jennifer  |  Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 10:18 AM
Did you ever post answers about how to mail this and what you did for the sand on the bottom of the card?
Theresa Romani  |  Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 3:45 PM
I made three of these cards all with a different background for three of my friends. The expression on their faces were priceless. Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Sunshine  |  Tue Feb 3, 2009 at 3:30 PM
this card is great!!!!! can't wait to try one. great job
suzie Q12  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 5:50 AM
I absolutely love this card! Can it be mailed?
Amanda  |  Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 12:08 PM
This is awesome! How fun for a summer birthday or party invite!
Nancy  |  Thu Aug 6, 2009 at 7:41 AM
Super cute. Would not have thought of that but love the idea.
Audrey  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 4:33 PM
Great effect, yet so simple. Going to try and make it look like a pint of larger!!
Liz  |  Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 1:37 AM
Thank you so much for sharing....I love this card. I am a stay at home home and blessed in Texas also.
Diana  |  Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM
Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! I fell in love with this card when you uploaded it, now I can try it too! So clever. Thank you Thank you!

I have to ask the mail question too. I hope you haven't posted an answer that I missed, I hate to be a pill. I just wondered if it fits into a regular envelope.
Jennifer  |  Wed Mar 3, 2010 at 1:19 PM
Hi, very nice!!! This card is fairly easy and absolutely beautiful!!!

Have a great day and thank you!!


Lynn Keller  |  Sun Apr 11, 2010 at 1:49 PM
Now that was the cutest...I have to honestly say, "I will be doing this one~!"
Karen L Cross  |  Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 9:31 PM
Where can I buy mini micro beads (or micro mini beads)? I need them fast.
60krafters  |  Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM
Have made this card, it leands itself to many occassions. Mailed it in recycle embossing folder holders (pillow box style) just put in the little foam insert, keeps it from being crushed.
Mine cost 76 cents to mail, at PO. I keep all the containers my folders and dies come in, great to recycle for mailers or gift boxes. Thank you for sharing your great talents.
CC Watrous  |  Wed Feb 8, 2012 at 7:02 AM
So very cute, good instructions.
terri bailey  |  Wed Feb 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM
What a delightful card. You made it look to easy to make. Thanks for sharing.
Beverly Blust  |  Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM
wow! that is awesome. I like your work and a very useful article as described step wise.Thanks for sharing how to make cup card.If you have some more useful tips please share with us.
Direct Mail Advertising  |  Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 2:28 AM
Oh! Wow! What a fab card!! Thank you for the tutorial!!
Paru Mahtani  |  Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 4:43 AM
Hi I am the creator of this original tutorial. I just came into splitcoast to see if it is still here, and I noticed the questions! So sorry!

1) The sand I used, is just a 1:1 mixture of dazzling diamonds and play sand from my kids' sandbox. To adhere it to the bottom of the card, I put a thin smear of tombow multi glue that I smeared on with a scrap of cardstock. Then shake on the sandy/glitter mix

2) Microbeads are teeny tiny clear glass beads, the same kind you would use to put on a beaded pen you know? You could just as easily use dazz diamonds glitter for the Rim of the glass.

3) To mail thick cards such as these, I use a shallow lidded-box that I get from container store. They are square 6x6 and about 1/2" deep. They have a separate lid so you can put the card inside facing up, then put a pretty ribbon around it to hold the box and lid together before you put it into an envelope mailer.

Hope that helps, if any questions you can message me, user name vmaduzia. God bless you and I hope you had fun with the cup card
Vickie Maduzia  |  Tue Oct 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

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