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.

Great tutorial! I actually think I may be able to do this 😀 Can't wait to give it a try! TFS. Happy New Year!
Liz Cushion  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Great tutorial, Dina - really enjoyed it and I see some of these in my crafting future! One small detail that confused me, was step 3. If you have your original size at 8.5 x 12 - and you cut 2 inches off, the resulting piece will be 6.5 inches, not 6. That's a little thing - the tutorial is wonderful. Thanks!
Joni  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM
Congratulations Dina! This is so outstanding and shows how much love, effort and time you put into not just the decorative box, but also the picture steps and the video!! Thank you ♥
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 3:23 PM
Thanks, everyone, for your kind words! I fixed the .5" oops on step 3. The finished card size is 5.5" x 6.5" closed if you don't have anything peeking out.
dina  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM
love t his crd I want to try and make a get well card using your design , hop it works thank you for making it fun and easy. :}
Judy Stewart  |  Wed Jan 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM
This is soooo sweet and adorable! Will definitely come back and try this!
Thanks for the great tutorial, Dina smile
Sylvia xx
Sylvia Blum  |  Thu Jan 2, 2014 at 1:11 AM
Oh my goodness Dina, you WOW'd us all, what a great tutorial too start the New Year off with a bang! Great everything, perfectly clear directions, wonderful, wonderful can't wait to try it! Tks so much for all your time and effort to share this with us. Wishing you a great year!
Kris  |  Thu Jan 2, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Dina, I've made several of these before but watching your video gave me easier ways to do this card! Thanks so much!
muscrat  |  Thu Jan 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM
Great project, what size envelope did you use for mailing?
Amalia Montano  |  Fri Jan 3, 2014 at 3:18 PM
Amalia, the card will fit nicely in a 6" x 8" envelope. Finished size closed is 5.5" x 6.5".
dina  |  Fri Jan 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM
dina, congratulations on being artist in residence. i've loved your participation in the mixed media challenge. i am totally making this box for valentine's day - thanks for the inspiration!!
Lela Meinke  |  Sat Jan 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM
This has to be the most adorable thing I have ever seen! I thought that it looked too complicated at first, but when I looked at the gallery, everyone said it was much easier than it looked. Great Tutorial! TFS
Barbara  |  Sat Jan 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM
Thank you Dina! I am now an addict!!LOL I want to do a tea party and wouldn't a graduation one in blacks and whites be gorgeous!! I even adapted mine to use 8 1/2"x 11" cardstock, your instructions were so easy to follow!
Mary Lee Carroll  |  Wed Jan 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM
Sooo adorable. Will try and recreate this. Thank you!
Cheryl  |  Wed Jan 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM
Thank You for such a creative project to start the new year off with. Looking forward to spreading the love with this wonderful design. you have great talent to inspire!
Nancy Reyes  |  Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM
I saw one of these boxes on display in a craft shop just recently - now I'll be able to make my own. Thanks for sharing the instructions.
Helen Cooke  |  Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM
Didn't take me long to make this. I love it and will probably make more! Thank you so much for sharing!
linda1  |  Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM
what a wonderful project, you make it look so easy..just adorable.
alibopp  |  Sat Feb 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM
Love this and got to try and make one. smile Thanks for sharing. smile
Robin Moore  |  Sat Feb 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM
Could you please explain how we could make a "bottom" for the box, so small, treats could be placed inside & wouldn't fall out. That would be great, thank you.
Lynn Damiani  |  Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 6:17 AM

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