Standing Shapes Card

by Laura Lipe

Add fun standing elements to the inside of your card.


  • Cardstock for outside of card, cut to 4 1/4" x 11"
  • Cardstock for inside of card, cut to 4" x 11"
  • Transparency sheets, cut into 1/4" strips (about 16" total length)
  • Punched or cut shapes (5 or more)
  • Strong double-sided adhesive
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Other supplies to decorate the card front and inside as desired


  1. Step 1

    Score the outside panel at 5 3/8" and 5 5/8". This creates a wide fold for the card, to accommodate the inside elements.

  2. Step 2

    Score the inside panel at 4 1/2", 5", 5 1/2", 6", and 6 1/2".

  3. Fold on the score lines accordion-style as valley, mountain, valley, mountain, and valley folds. Crease well with bone folder.

  4. Step 3

    Apply strong double-sided adhesive between the two mountain folds, to the inside of each "mountain".

  5. Step 4

    Cut transparency strips in appropriate lengths, depending on what will be mounted inside the card.

  6. Peel off the backing of one of the sticky strips. Lay the strips onto the tape line, positioning them by length according to what you will mount inside the card. Add as many of these as desired.

  7. Step 5

    Peel the backing off the other line of sticky tape and adhere the two together, making sure the window sheets' ends are caught inside.

  8. Step 6

    Using glue dots, adhere small die cuts or other decorations onto the ends of the strips. When the card is opened, these will stand and sway back and forth.

  9. Step 7

    Apply adhesive to the back sides of the interior piece.

  10. With the card open (inside up), center the interior piece between the two scored lines of the outside panel. Ensure that the interior piece is centered from side to side, and the shapes standing in the fold are straight up. Glue the sides down lightly until you close the card and make sure the card interior is correctly positioned.

    Adhere one side at a time.

  11. Step 8

    Decorate the front and inside of the card as desired.

  12. Optional:
    Add a "pocket" inside the card to include a gift card or cash (as shown here).


Your Turn

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

Laura, I love this card. Thank you for sharing.
patricia gessner  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 3:04 AM
Another wonderful card idea! Kudos from your biggest fan!!!!
Holly Craft  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 4:59 AM

I try to upload a Standing Shapes Card in the Standing Shapes Gallery.
I have now 2 the same cards on "my gallery" instead of the other.
Can you help me?
and can you help me to remove one in my gallery

Thanks for all the beautiful cards and inspiration.

Kind regards from The Netherlands

Yvonne van Sambeek
Yvonne van Sambeek  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 6:02 AM
What a darling card! Thank you!
prissequito  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 6:41 AM
I just love the graduation card. This is so clever. I would love to know who makes the graduation cap stamp.
Anne Hartschlag  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM
What a fabulous card! I have this very set---purchasing it with our son in mind! I was going to make an interactive card for Graduation, but ran out of time. I WILL remember this tutorial for upcoming Graduations! WHAT FUN! Thank you! wink
Becky Green  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 7:37 AM
My grandchildren will love these cards! Can't wait to make a stack!
Trish  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM
Love this card! Thank you for sharing, you're so talented!
Flor Carlisle  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM
TFS this unique card. Can't wait to try it and surprise the recipient! I just "found" a box of the Transparency in my stash of card making supplies, so I'm ready! Let the FUN begin!
marie0112  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM
Thanks for all your nice comments about this card. Everyone loves opening this type card. The cap and diploma stamps used on this card are by Stampin' Up! in a set called Pomp and Circumstance. It's in their Occasions Mini, so hurry if you want to order it. The set will be retired on June 1 and no longer available. For me, it's a keeper for my stash as I need one or more graduation cards every year! Smiles, Laura
Laura Lipe  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM
What a cute idea. I was looking for a new grad card idea... same family 2nd graduate and you have solved my dilemma. Thank you so much.
Sandy  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM
What wonderful cards! And they actually look a bit easier than pop-ups! Will definitely be making one soon.
Lura  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM
Love this! Thank you for sharing. Would be fun for birthday too.
Kristine  |  Wed May 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM
This was awesome...thank you for sharing!!! grin
Jennifer  |  Fri May 16, 2014 at 9:43 AM
Beautiful card. I made my niece a Medical School Graduation card. I cut 2-4" x 61/2" pieces and scored then at 1/2" and 1" for the inside section. This gives you a 1/4" rim around the top and bottom of the card. When you put the tape on the mountain folds you then have the same piece as the one sheet of paper. Continue to make the card according to the directions
Leona Benoit  |  Fri May 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM
Correction. I cut 2- 4" x 61/4" pieces.
Leona Benoit  |  Fri May 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM
Clever girl! Thank you, Leona!
Dina K  |  Fri May 16, 2014 at 4:33 PM
I think to reward myself for a good job packing tomorrow, I will try my hand at this card!
Erin Sears  |  Sat May 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM
Love, love the technique. Will be trying for a graduation card. Thanks for sharing!
Linda Andersen  |  Sun May 18, 2014 at 7:58 AM
Wow this card really caught my eye -- I have started to make it already --- I just have to think of what kind of card to make it -- My son's BD is coming up in July --- hmmmmm !!
Beautiful card -- love the "stand-outs" !!!!
Thank you for the info.
Zbear1  |  Mon May 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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