Pop-Up Presents Card

by Julie Davison

This special pop up card opens to reveal a stack of presents inside.


  • Cardstock for card base (5 1/2" x 8 1/2")
  • Neutral cardstock for inside card (5" x 8")
  • Designer paper (various)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Ribbon
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Score the neutral cardstock (5" x 8") in half at 4" and fold on the score line.

  2. Step 2

    With the fold at the top of the paper trimmer, cut the card as follows:

    At 1", cut down 1 1/2" from the fold.
    At 2", cut down 1 1/2" from the fold.
    At 3", cut down 1 1/4" from the fold.
    At 4", cut down 1" from the fold.

  3. After cutting, the card should look like this.

  4. Step 3

    Turn the cardstock and line the fold on the left side of the paper trimmer.

  5. At 1", score between 1" to 2".
    At 1 1/4", score between 2" and 3".
    At 1 1/2", score between 3" and 4".

  6. Step 4

    Fold on the score lines, and push the flaps out the opposite direction from the card fold.

  7. Crease along the score lines so the card folds flat.

  8. Step 5

    Embellish the pop-up boxes with designer paper and ribbon.

  9. The dimensions for the presents are as follows:

    Top Gift: 1" x 2"
    Middle Gift: 1" x 2 1/2"
    Bottom Gift: 1" x 3"

  10. Step 6

    Glue the neutral cardstock into the card base, aligning the center folds.

  11. Step 7

    Embellish the front of the card as desired.

  12. Step 8

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

Julie, I love the pop up gifts inside the card. What a fun surprise for the recipient. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.
Kittie  |  Sat Nov 14, 2015 at 4:49 AM
You made this complicated looking card so easy. Thank you for a fabulous tutorial and a really adorable card!
Carolyn S  |  Sat Nov 14, 2015 at 6:59 AM
This looks great, will definitely have to give it a try.
Glenda Marklew  |  Sat Nov 14, 2015 at 4:25 PM
I really like this idea because you can use tools on hand instead of needing to buy special dies. It is easy to do, thanks for the awesome demonstration!
Rebecca  |  Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 11:26 AM
Outstanding; thanks for sharing!
Linda Hyden  |  Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 4:46 AM
Great instructions! TY!
KellyJean Gettelfinger  |  Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 8:10 AM
Thank you all for the lovely comments! My goal is to make fun project easy! I hope that you give this one a try! It's so much easier than it first looks. I can't wait to see your projects in the gallery!
Julie Davison  |  Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 3:34 PM
It seems that life has taken me away from doing something I enjoy. With this tutorial I am really inspired to use some of the things I have on hand! Thank you for including all the dimensions so clearly smile
LYNN KIEFER  |  Wed Nov 18, 2015 at 8:47 AM
Love this tutorial, Julie! I can "name names" of some future pop-up recipients who will adore the fun of this style!

Thanks for a simple-to-follow & fun project!
Bev Gerard  |  Wed Nov 18, 2015 at 10:34 AM
This is so amazing! Absolutely LOVE it! Can't wait to play and the possibilities are endless! Thanks so much for sharing, Julie!
Joanne Hoffmann  |  Wed Nov 25, 2015 at 5:44 AM
This is a great card idea! I absolutely love the idea of a birthday or even a Wedding card. It could totally elevate this ! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.
You had me worried when you were talking about, now just decorate yiur cards wit the designer paper and ribbon. I was like "Oh no way !" I praised God for the dimentions! BLess you.
Lisa King-Boyle  |  Tue Dec 22, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I had seen a card like this before and tried to figure out how to do it without much success.
This lends itself to many uses other than Christmas.
Once again, thank you for such clear instructions!
Jeanne aka momsie  |  Mon Jan 18, 2016 at 2:10 PM
OMG Julie...I love the card and the instructions are great. AND...What fun to see your sweet face on the Tutorial. You're the BEST!
Peace and Love, Nancy
Nancy Bues  |  Fri Oct 21, 2016 at 11:19 PM

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