Pop-Up Book Card

by Norma Lee

Open this card to reveal a book-shaped pop up feature.


  • 6" x 12" plain cardstock
  • 5 7/8" x 12" patterned cardstock (patterned paper is too flimsy)
  • Scor-Pal or other scoring tool
  • Pencil, ruler and craft knife (or paper trimmer)
  • Adhesive (craft glue used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card


  1. Step 1

    Place the 6" x 12" plain cardstock on the scoreboard. Score midway at 6" and fold along the score line. Set cardstock aside.

  2. Step 2

    On the 5 7/8" x 12" patterned cardstock, measure down 1" from the top 12" edge of the paper and cut from 2" to 10" as shown. Do the same at the bottom of the paper.

  3. Step 3

    Place patterned cardstock upside-down on the scoreboard. On the top and bottom 1" strips, score at 4" and 8". On the middle section, score at 2", 6" and 10". These are for valley folds.

    When scoring and folding, the score line should be on the outside of the fold.

  4. Step 4

    Turn the patterned cardstock right side up. On the top and bottom 1" strips, score at 6". On the middle section, score at 2 3/4" and 9 1/4". These are for mountain folds.

  5. Step 5

    Cut off a 1/16" strip of paper from the left and right edges of the patterned cardstock.

  6. Step 6

    Valley-fold and mountain-fold along score lines as shown.

  7. Step 7

    Apply glue or other adhesive to the back of the outside left and outside right panels of the patterned cardstock as shown.

  8. Step 8

    Adhere patterned cardstock to the plain cardstock as shown, creating a 1/16" border all the way around.

  9. Open and close the card to make sure the folds are lined up correctly.

  10. Step 9

    Decorate the card as desired.

  11. This completed card is 6" square. See instructions below for A2 size.



  1. For an A2 card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"):

    Cut plain cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and score midway at 4 1/4".

    Cut patterned cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 3/8". Cut a line 1" from top and bottom, from 1" to 7 1/2".

    Score on top and bottom strips: for valley folds at 2 3/4" and 5 3/4"; for mountain folds at 4 1/4".

    Score on middle section: for valley folds at 1", 4 1/4" and 7 1/2"; for mountain folds at 1 3/4" and 6 3/4".

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pop-Up Book 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.

Norma, this card is just beautiful, your instructions are so clear and easy to follow. TFS
Margaret Jenks  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 4:35 AM
Love this Norma and you make it so easy to follow..... just would like to know who makes the pine border die>
Jeanette  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 5:23 AM
Can't wait to try this...you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing....
Susan McCormack  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 5:37 AM
LOVE this!! Got to try it out. x
Harvey's mum  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 5:50 AM
Hi Norma, thanks for the inspiration. I will try this card for the Grandchildren this year. I am always looking for something different to do for them and this looks perfect. Your tutorial and video look easy to follow. I have the pine boarder die and never thought of using it on the inside. Thanks a bunch.
Dianne Crowe  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 6:19 AM
It is beautiful and simple to do. Can't wait to make one.
Judy Hall  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 6:41 AM
Thank you for a great new idea. Although I have many dies to cut cards, they are lacking in areas large enough to really decorate or add sentiments. This was just what I needed.
Cathy DiBlasi  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 7:12 AM
Norma thank you for this very creative idea! I love this card. I'm making cards for a Christmas bazaar and I am just stuck'. Or, rather, I WAS stuck... thank you again.
Vicki Armiger  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 7:17 AM
Love this card. Thank you for the tutorial.
Dottie  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 7:24 AM
I believe the pine branch dies are from Impression Obsession but I could be wrong.
Sheila Murray  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 8:03 AM
Thank you for providing information on different sizes. Can't wait to try this.
Carol Kruise  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM
Beautiful card and excellent instructions! Can't wait to try this!
muscrat  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 8:24 AM
Beautiful project. Love it !!!
Clancy Smith-Holness  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM
This is awesome! Thank you for sharing, Norma! I can't wait to try it!
Lisa  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM
I love fancy fold cards and your tutorial is excellent. Thank you!
Melanie R  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM
What a beautiful card. Your tutorial and video are excellent. Thanks so much.
kab  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM
This is absolutley gorgeous!!! TFS!
Olga  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Really like the time-lapsed aspect for the basic steps. I'm keen to make one this week! Thanks.
Tomi Ramirez  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Beautiful and very easy to follow thanks I will give it a try. Cheers from way down under in New Zealand
Lee Gysberts  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM
Hi Jeanette, the pine border diecuts were made using 'Memory Box 98467 Pine Needle Border' die. (And the pine branch in floral arrangement, yes, from Impression Obsession DIE021 Pine Branch die.)
Norma  |  Wed Nov 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM

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