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.

Supplies

  • 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

Step-by-Step

  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.”

    Hint:
    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.

    Hint:
    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.

    Hint:
    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.

    Hint:

    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.

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

Video!

Variations

  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!

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Questions and Comments

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

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Shannon  |  Thu Jul 21, 2016 at 6:11 PM
I was looking at the lawn fawn release which included dies for this. I can justify the cost for a few cards and then I decided to search for DIY instructions, I should have known that splitcoast and Dina would have them. Going to give it a try!
barb in kazoo  |  Sun Feb 19, 2017 at 6:45 AM
Beautiful! thank you
Paru Mahtani  |  Mon May 1, 2017 at 1:07 PM
Another reason to be glad I joined SCS. Thanks, Dina. I will try this very soon for a birthday card, using cupcakes....
Suzanne Sears  |  Tue Jun 27, 2017 at 1:38 PM
eu amo este cartao, muito lindo
i lovely this card, very Beautiful <3
F Juliana Marsula  |  Sun Nov 5, 2017 at 9:03 AM
I just followed your tutorial and success! Thank you for the great instructions.
Leeny  |  Sun Jun 3, 2018 at 10:24 AM
My question is if I wanted to use my smaller sheets of construction paper to make this instead of a 12x12 sheet say I just have a 8x11 sheet could I use two pieces and what would my score marks be?
Theresa  |  Thu Nov 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Theresa, with an 8x11 sheet, maybe try the measurements in the first tutorial variation under the video - that size will fit in an A2 envelope.
dina  |  Thu Nov 29, 2018 at 8:26 PM
I will add a picture ....I used 2... 8x11 sheets and made this box that way it was still a bigger box but no need for the larger sheet of construction paper.
Theresa  |  Thu Nov 29, 2018 at 10:14 PM
Hi Dina! I have tried several other tutorials for making a pop up box card. BUT, your tutorial is by far the easiest and clear!!!!!! I will post my creation!
THANK YOU!!!!!
Lauren Ballatin  |  Tue Jan 15, 2019 at 8:34 AM
I found a turorial on YouTube using a pop up box card and adding a holder for a gift card or a tag on the back flap that is not folded. I was not able to catch the measurements. Any thoughts on how that would be done?
Kimberly (Kim) Kowal  |  Fri Mar 22, 2019 at 6:35 PM
I made 18 of these, using Botanical Butterflies dsp. Absolutely beautiful (but a LOT of fussy cutting!)
joy3ce  |  Fri Apr 10, 2020 at 6:42 PM

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