Pop-Up Gift Card Holder

by Kim Score

Create a card that has a gift card pop-up when you open the card.


  • One 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock or patterned paper for card base
  • Two 4" x 5 1/2" pieces of cardstock or patterned paper
  • One 1" x 11 1/4" piece of patterned paper for belly band
  • Scoring tool
  • Gift card with envelope
  • Strong adhesive
  • 3/4" Circle punch
  • 1 3/8" Circle punch
  • Bone folder
  • Stamps


  1. Step 1

    Score the 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock at 4 1/4" on the long side.

  2. Step 2

    Decorate inside of card with stamps or patterned paper.

  3. Step 3

    Score each of the 4" x 5 1/2" pieces of cardstock or patterned paper at 1", 2" and 3" on short side.

    Using patterned paper will make it less bulky.

  4. Step 4

    Apply strong adhesive on the 1" sections of the top and bottom of each piece.

  5. Step 5

    Attach one scored piece to inside of card, aligning at center score line.

  6. Step 6

    Align other end of scored piece at center of card base and adhere to other half of card.

  7. Step 7

    Cut flap off gift card envelope. Punch a 1 3/8" semi-circle at top.

  8. Step 8

    Attach envelope to front of pop-up piece.

  9. Step 9

    Attach other scored section to front of first attached section, aligning at base

  10. Step 10

    Align end of scored piece at base of attached section and adhere to card.

  11. Step 11

    Decorate inside of card.

  12. Step 12

    Punch two 3/4' Circle and attach to each end of your 1" x 11 1/4" piece of patterned paper with mini brad. Tie a 5" length of baker's twine onto one end.

  13. Step 13

    Wrap band around card and secure in back by wrapping twine around both posts.

  14. Step 14

    Attach decorated front to card.



    For portrait style A2 card, cut the two pop up pieces for inside at 4 1/4" by 4" and score at 1", 2" and 3" on short side.

    Use a belly band that wraps around and is glued end to end in back. Attach card decorations to belly band only and slide band off to open card.

    Decorate front of card and use ribbon wrapped around entire card to keep closed.

Your Turn

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

Questions and Comments

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This is an amazing idea, I can't wait to try it for my holiday gift (card) giving! Thanks for sharing this fantastic (not to mention clearly explained and illustrated) tutorial.
Kristin  |  Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM
Super cute and you make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing. Edna
Edna Burgess  |  Fri Mar 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM
In recent days, I am trying to understand it, and searched a lot from the internet.but I still can not find a reasonable one. This article gives a good description about it,and help me understand the issue which confused me a lot.Thanks for your sharing! WebsiteInfoCheck
WebsiteInfoCheck  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 9:41 AM
Great tutorial Kim. I had seen this "pop up" card on someones blog...and wanted to make one! I think I can now, after watching your video. Thanks so much!
Barb in Ontario  |  Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM
I have been looking for something like this. Fantastic and easy to follow tutorial, Kim. Thank you so
much for sharing
Ruby McIver  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM
Hello Kim, what a great idea for gift card giving, as it's always a problem to present them as a 'real' gift. Very easy and straightforward instructions. Thank you so much!
Elenore  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

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