Pop-Up Box Card

by Dina Kowal

Tuck a surprise inside a box-shaped pop-up card! Many thanks to Monica Gale for her inspiration.


  • 12"x12” Cardstock

  • Coordinating patterned paper

  • Adhesive

  • Die cuts, Quickutz heart dies used here

  • Acetate, cut into narrow strips (optional)

  • Scoring tool

  • Paper trimmer

  • Stamps, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps So Sweet Cocoa used here


  1. Step 1

    Cut cardstock to 8.5” x 12”. Score on the long side at 2.75”, 5.5”, 8.25”, and 11”.

  2. Hint:
    For scoring boards not marked at quarter inches, score at 5.5” and 11” first. Move the cardstock .25” to the right, then score the other lines at 3” and 8.5”.

  3. Step 2

    Cut off a 2”x12” strip , and set it aside. This will be used later.

  4. Step 3

    Turn the 6.5” x 12” panel a quarter turn to the left, and score at 2.75.”

    For scoring boards not marked at quarter inches, move the cardstock .25” to the right, then score at 3”.

  5. Step 4

    Cut down 2.75” to this score line along each of the 4 perpendicular score lines.

  6. At the 11” score line, cut in at a slight angle up from the edge of the cardstock to remove the excess above the score line and create a tab.

  7. Step 5

    Cut the 2”x12” strip at 4.75” from the end with the 1" score line. Cut the strip in half the long way to create two strips, 1”x4.75”.

  8. Both strips should be scored in 1” from each end. Fold both tabs back.

  9. Step 6

    Cut patterned paper to decorate each panel, as follows:
    1 inside back panel - 2.5”x6.25”
    3 lower panels (outside only) – 2.5”x3.5”
    6 upper panels (sides and front, inside and outside) – 2.5” square

    Cut one 2.5”x6.25” outside back panel from white cardstock.

  10. Center and adhere each panel as indicated above.

    Attach the longest decorative panels to the section next to the tab.

  11. Step 7

    Fold the decorated card on the 5.5” score line, and attach the tab inside with adhesive.

  12. Step 8

    Apply adhesive to the end tabs of the 1”x4.75” strips, and adhere them to the inside of the opened box, aligning them with the top of the opening. Turning both tabs toward the outside front or back of the box will help ensure straight placement.

    Close the box in both directions and secure the score lines to ensure that it will lie flat for mailing.

  13. Step 9

    Adhere die cuts, stamped images, and/or other embellishments to the strips and inside front and back of the card. Stick them down lightly at first, as they may need to be repositioned. Inside elements should be placed so that they are not seen when the card is closed.


    A 3" square sticky note is the approximate size of the visible area to be decorated, and can be used as a template to plan the arrangement of the diecuts and other inside elements.

  14. Smaller die cuts can be attached to 3.5" strips of clear acetate. These will wave slightly when the card is opened.

  15. Step 10

    Embellish the inside front flap if desired.

  16. Step 11

    Complete the project.

    Finished card fits in a 6"x9" envelope.
    Measurements for standard A2-sized cards are listed below the video.



  1. For a standard A2 card (vertical): Cut cardstock to 7 1/2"x9 1/4". Score at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8" and 8 1/2". Rotate the cardstock to the left. Cut off 2" as above. Cut the 2" strip at 3 5/8" and cut in half lengthwise as above for the inside tabs. On the card base, score at 2 1/2" and cut down to the score lines. Assemble as above.

    DSP sizes are as follows:
    5. 1/4" x 2" - one patterned and one white/neutral for the back.
    1 7/8" x 2 1/4" - six of these.
    2 3/4" x 1 7/8" - 3 of these.

  2. For a standard A2 card (horizontal): Cut cardstock to 6 1/4"x12". Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4" and 11". Rotate the cardstock to the left. Cut off 2" as above. Cut the 2" strip at 4 3/4" and cut in half lengthwise as above for inside tabs. On the card base, score at 2" and cut down to the score lines. Assemble as above.

Your Turn

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

This looks absolutely adorable! Can't wait to make a few for Valentine's Day! Thank you so much for sharing!
Lisa Maki  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 5:45 AM
Dina, love this tutorial. Have to give it a try. Mmmm think i need the stamps you used too!!!
aileen ryan  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 6:13 AM
Hey Dina, you make it look so easy to put together. With your instruction I think I can make this card too. Who wouldn't love to receive a card with such cute surprises popping up.
Cynthia Madden  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 7:24 AM
Wow, this cards is amazing and I cant' wait to try it. What size envelope will it fit in? Thank you.
Isabel  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 7:25 AM
Congratulations Dina on your first tutorial for SCS. This is a darling idea for Valentine's Day, or any special occasion. Once you send a card like this you've set the bar!
Susie Lessard  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 7:54 AM
What a unique card. It screams "you are special". Can't wait to make it and send it to a special friend.
Hope Mitchell  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 7:58 AM
Awesome idea and tute, Dina! If I start now, I should have time to make one for each of my seven granddaughters....HA!
Kathy Lund  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 8:21 AM
Dina is stunning!!!
Thank you for this first tutorial on SCS!
This little mouse in this box is ADORABLE!
And the DSP is very beautiful...
I hope to find the stamp set and papers that will value this box!
Thank you
Susy Côté  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM
WOW. This is really cute. I may have to go out and get a scoring board.
Mary Doerder  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM
Dina, love your first tutorial as artist in resident. Just watched the video and I have put this project on my "to make" list. Thank You!!
Brenda Quintana  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM
This project is just adorable, Dina! Congrats to you! Looking forward to your instruction and crafty knowledge!
Lee Ann Barrett  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM
What a fun project Dina! I think I'll add it to my class list this. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm looking forward to many more.
Debbi  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Great job Dina! I will try this project!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM
So beautiful and you made it look so easy, thank you!
Shelley Siemers  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM
What an adorable card! Love the little details you do, like the scoring of the edge of each panel - have to remember that one. I may just try to make one of these for Valentine's Day. Thank you!
Maureen  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM
I'm so excited about this card, Dina! I'm thinking Easter with bunnies and eggs popping out, 4th of July with fireworks . . . wow! The possibilities are endless. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!
Cathy Hansen  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Dina! THIS IS FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!;) IT'S SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!! THANK YOU for showing us the HOW TO'S!!!!!!!!!!!! smile TOOOOO FUN!!! AND I AGREE, the POSSIBILITIES are ENDLESS!!!!!!!!;)
Becky Green  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Beautiful card! Thanks for the great step-by-step tutorial. I saw Monica's video and was going to try and recreate it in inches. Thanks for doing all the thinking smile
lisa808  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM
I love this beautiful gift box card. Wonderful design. Thanks for the tutorial. Happy Birthday!
Jean Bullock  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 1:09 PM
Great tutorial Dina! Thanks!!
On step 3, the reference to the panel measurement should be 6.5" x 12".
Louise  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

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