Pop-Up Card

by Beate Johns

Add a special surprise to the inside of your card with a pop-up image.


  • Cardstock for card base, here 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock
  • Cardstock for inside of card, here 4" x 8 1/4" piece of Baja Breeze cardstock
  • Additional cardstock for pop up images
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™ or other strong adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Fold the cardstock for the inside of the card in half.

    Place the cardstock with the mountain side of the score line facing up on the paper cutter and cut two parallel lines over the score line with the paper cutter.

    Use an Xacto knife™ and ruler instead of the paper cutter.

  2. Here, the lines were cut 1" from the left-hand side of the cardstock. The cuts are 2 1/4" long and 3/8" apart.

    The longer the cuts, the further into the card the pop up element will be.
    The wider apart the strips are from each other, the thicker the pop up strip will be.

  3. Step 2

    Use a scoring tool to create a score line between the cuts.

  4. Step 3

    Push the pop up strip out.

  5. Flip the cardstock over.

    The pop up card base is done.

  6. Step 4

    Decorate the inside of the card.

    Clouds were added by sponging white pigment ink over a hand-cut mask.

  7. Step 5

    Stamp the images that will pop up when the card opens.

  8. Step 6

    Cut all images.

  9. Step 7

    Add Scor-Tape™ (or other strong adhesive) to the top of the pop up strip.

  10. Step 8

    Adhere cut out image to the pop up strip.

  11. Step 9

    Finish decorating the card inside.

  12. Step 10

    Add adhesive to the back of the card inside.

  13. Step 11

    Adhere the card inside to the card base.

  14. Step 12

    Decorate the card front.



  1. Punch, not Cut
    Use Stampin' Up!'s Window Word punch to punch two parallel slots. Score the top and bottom between the slots to make the pop up strip.

  2. Add Tabs instead
    Instead of cutting or punching slots, cut a strip of cardstock, score it three times, and adhere to the center of the card over the score.

    Adhere image to tab.

Your Turn

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

Wow! That was super easy! thanks!
Shauna  |  Wed Jan 5, 2011 at 12:32 AM

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