Double Door Pop-Up Card

by Vy Tran

Make a card with doors that open when the top is lifted. This card is decorated to create a barn scene.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Basic White, Garden Green, Parakeet Party, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Tahitian Tide cardstock used here)
  • Stamps (SU This Birthday Piggy and Friends Are Like Seashells stamp sets used here)
  • Dies (SU Playful Piggy die set used here)
  • Wood grain stamp or embossing folder (SU Timber embossing folder used here)
  • Ink (Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate inks used here)
  • Adhesive (SU Stampin’ Seal, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool/bone folder
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU Blends Markers, sponge dauber used here)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare cardstock pieces:

    Cardstock for base:
    5 1/2” (W) x 5 3/4” (H), scored at 4 1/4” along the long side

    Cardstock for doors:
    FOUR 2” (W) x 3 1/2” (H). Dry emboss with embossing folder if desired

    Cardstock for door decoration:
    TEN 1/4” (W) x 4 1/4” (H)

    Cardstock for message panel:
    3 3/4” (W) x 8” (H), scored at 4” along the long side

    Cardstock for roof:
    5 1/2” (W) x 1 1/2” (H)

  2. Step 2

    Die cut pieces for decoration as desired.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp and color images and sentiments for the message panel.

  4. Step 4

    To create the roof:
    Sponge on inks and use a speckled stamp to create a distressed and rusty look.

  5. Score at every 1/2” along the long side to create a corrugated look.

  6. Step 5

    To create the pop-up mechanism:
    Cut TWO pieces of cardstock that are 1 1/2” (W) x 5” (H), scored at 3/4“ along the short side. Make marks along the long side that are 1 1/2” from the top edge and create diagonal score lines from the top corners to the opposite mark (dotted lines in photo). Fold score lines in both directions and reinforce with a bone folder.

  7. Cut along part of the diagonal score line and the center score line as shown.

  8. Step 6

    To adhere the mechanism to the card base:
    Put adhesive on the back of one of the mechanism pieces, only under the side that has the section cut out.

  9. Fold down the top triangles of the mechanism piece and align it so that the point at the top is up against the crease of the card, and the side edge is aligned with the edge of the card. In this picture, the glue is under the left side of the mechanism when viewed from the top. The right side is free to move.

  10. Step 7

    To adhere the mechanism to the top flap of the card:
    Keeping the top triangles of the mechanism folded down, place adhesive only on the smallest triangle on the side.

  11. Fold down the card base flap on top of the exposed adhesive. When you open the flap, the mechanism should move with it.

  12. Step 8

    Adhere the remaining mechanism piece on the other side, in the same way.

  13. Step 9

    Check to make sure both mechanism pieces move when the top flap is opened.

  14. Step 10

    Adhere the roof to the card base flap.

  15. Step 11

    To adhere doors to the free side of the mechanisms:
    The inside doors should be adhered to the underside of the mechanism.

  16. The outside doors should be adhered to the top of the mechanism. Make sure they do not cross over the side or diagonal creases, or else the cardstock will bunch up as the doors open.

  17. Step 12

    Trim off any overhang from the mechanism and door pieces. Then use the thin strips of cardstock to make an “X” pattern on the doors and around the edges of the doors, trimming as necessary. Each door will use 5 strips, with the last one cut in half for the top and bottom edges.

  18. Step 13 (Optional)

    Adhere grass die cut to the outside of the card, trimming as necessary.

  19. Step 14

    Decorate the inside/message panel with die cuts.

  20. Step 15

    Adhere the message panel to the cardbase, centering it in the space behind the doors.

  21. Step 16

    Complete the project. The card will fold flat to fit in an A2 envelope, but may require extra postage for thickness.


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Questions and Comments

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What a cool fun fold!!! I am thinking about if I can also make it for a city building or single house...
Your directions are very clear and well done.
Thank you!!
wavejumper  |  Wed Sep 21, 2022 at 4:36 AM
Very unique fold and fun for the recipient. I see a bistro table with awning above......
Thank you for such clear directions.
Motocross Mom  |  Wed Sep 21, 2022 at 6:40 AM
Beautiful and excellent instructions. Thank you for sharing.
vickimorey  |  Wed Sep 21, 2022 at 9:25 AM
This is so cute. Love it!
Mar-Sue  |  Wed Sep 21, 2022 at 10:25 AM
You did an amazing job! This is cute as the dickens! I love the great job you did with the video as well as your crafting talent! Thank you for all your hard work to share this with us!
mmhanson  |  Thu Sep 22, 2022 at 5:48 PM
Thanks Vy for this fun fold card.
Tootsy  |  Fri Sep 23, 2022 at 9:58 AM
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing and taking the time to make such a detailed video sharing where the construction pit falls might be. Well done!
AKSTAMPER  |  Fri Sep 23, 2022 at 3:13 PM
Love this..will give it a try. Thanks for all your work and for sharing your talent with us!
Beverly 1939  |  Fri Sep 23, 2022 at 8:29 PM

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