Free Standing Pop-Up Card

by Mary Jo Albright

Create a free standing card that folds down flat.


  • Paper cutter with scoring & cutting blade
  • 4-1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock for base
  • 2-1/2" x 5" piece of cardstock for tag
  • 2-3/4" x 5-1/4" piece of cardstock for tag matting
  • Stamps
  • Inks
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Hobby Blade
  • Ruler
  • Mat Pack
  • 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches
  • Crop-a-Dile™ tool
  • 3/16" corner rounder punch
  • Accessories (ribbon, hemp twine, jumbo eyelet, brads, beads, boho blossoms punch, additional cardstock for embellishing)


  1. Step 1

    Score the 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock at at 1", 2-3/4", 3-3/4", 5-1/2", 7-1/4", 8-1/4", and 10".

  2. Step 2

    Stamp as desired. If using a background stamp, fold in half on the 5-1/2" line to achieve full-coverage without having to line up the image.

  3. Step 3

    Turn cardstock base over to the non-stamped side. On the middle 5-1/2" score line, make a mark 5/8" in from both sides.

  4. Step 4

    Cut between marked lines to make a slit for your tag.

  5. Step 5

    You can make this slit larger if your tag has dimension and bulky accessories. Use a hobby blade, ruler, and setting mat to create your desired opening.

  6. Step 6

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to the stamped side on the end 1" scored sections. You will want to place one strip next to the score line on one, and one strip at the edge on the other side (this becomes important when closing the piece together and for holding the tag in place).

  7. Step 7

    Create your tag with the 2-1/2" x 5" piece of cardstock and adhere to the mat measuring 2-3/4" x 5-1/4". Adhere punched circles to the top. Attach a Jumbo Eyelet. Add ribbon so tag can be pulled up.

  8. Step 8

    Slide tag into cut slit.

  9. Attach tag to one of your Sticky Strips™. Make sure it is centered in the slit and lines up with the bottom.

  10. Step 9

    Fold up the other side with the Sticky Strip™ and attach to the tag.

  11. Step 10

    Embellish the 1" cardstock base section to finish of your card.

  12. Your card will fold flat.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

Just a quick question. As a folded card sent to someone, they'd pull up the tag and it would pop up. Is that correct?

Thanks and awesome card! smile
bj  |  Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM
Love It!!!!!!! I love this so much I have decided to make business cards like this. Instead of just having 1 card in the box, I am going to tape the box without a card in the center and then put in a bunch of tags as my business card, and people can just pull them out of the box. Thank you for the great tutorial. It is my favorite!!!!
Marnie G.  |  Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 2:09 PM
Does it matter which side is scored? Tried one each way, liked one better, but can't figure out which side it was scored on! Also, I punched the corners of the tag, realizing later that the bottom 2 corners don't show.... duh..
thanks for the tutorial, will play with this more.
Gin  |  Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 7:51 PM
This is so cool!! I'm always looking for new ways to make cards and I can't wait to give this one a try!!
Katrina  |  Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 12:54 AM
*Great* tutorial! very easy to follow and it was easier to create this card than I thought! I ended up making 2 as birthday cards! wink

I posted pictures on my blog! here's the post if anyone would like to see these examples:
Kris  |  Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM
Hi there
Thanks for the tutorial, love the colours.
Christine x
Crafty Chris  |  Thu Jul 1, 2010 at 2:44 AM

CYNTHIA BEYNON  |  Sun Jul 4, 2010 at 8:22 PM
WOW! What a great card! Thanks for such a great idea! Your such a sweet insperation. Thank you!
gina  |  Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 10:20 PM
Love your card - thanks for the tutorial!
Rosy  |  Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 6:20 PM
merci beaucoup pour ce tuto, cette carte est magnifique
bise de france
cathy  |  Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM
I love your tutorial and card. I can't wait to give it a try. I have no doubt your directions will be fantastic. Thank you.
Kendra-Sue  |  Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM
Love you card, is something different.
Your tutorial is great easy to follow.
Thank you
Roos-Mary  |  Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 2:50 PM
What an amazing card, I love what you can do with card stock. I can't wait to make this one. The ideas that people come up with is unbelievable & we can all do the same card in different ways. Will place this one in my favourites.
Shirley Church  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Great tutorial Beate...
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Love this design, TFS, I just have to try this, thank you for the tutorial and video.
Elizabeth Ortiz  |  Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM
Need to try this! Thanks for sharing!
Ruth Gauss  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 7:48 PM
Thank you for sharing, I love this idea!! I hope to use it for Mother's Day xoxo
MELANIE FISHER  |  Wed May 10, 2017 at 8:27 AM

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