Step Pop-Up Card

by France Martin

Create a standing pop-up card with a scenic inner panel.


  • Cardstock (Stampin' Up® Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White, Smoky Slate used here)
  • Adhesive (Tombow Mono Liquid Glue, Glue Dots, Dimensionals and Fast Fuse used her)
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Scenic stamp or dies
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU supplies used here: Brick Wall embossing Folder, Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits, Vertical Greeting, Floral Phrases, Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments stamp set, Smoky Slate, VersaMark and Memento Ink, Wink of Stella clear, Black, Chocolate Chip and Blushing Bride markers, Silver embossing powder, Basic Pearls, heat tool, die cutting machine)


  1. Step 1

    To make the card base, cut cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and score at 4 1/4".

    Cut an insert panel to 8 1/4" x 5 3/8”, and score along the long side at 3/4", 1 1/2", and 5”.

  2. Step 2

    To make the opening, set the scored insert place on the paper trimmer with the 5 3/8” side at the top. Line up to the 1 1/2” mark and place the blade 2” down. Cut to the 5” score line.

    Repeat at the 3 7/8” mark.

  3. Rotate the cardstock and line up the edge at the 2” mark. Cut in between center cuts. Repeat at the 5” score, and remove the center piece.

  4. Step 3

    Place the insert into an embossing folder so that only the top portion with the opening will be embossed.

  5. Step 4

    Score the panel again after embossing, at 3/4", 1 1/2", and 5”.

    Fold the first score in, the second one out and the 3rd score in.

  6. Step 5

    Emboss a 5 1/4"x 4” panel using the same folder.

  7. Step 6 (Optional)

    On both embossed panels, highlight the raised areas by dragging a light colored inkpad over the panels.

  8. Step 7

    Stamp a scenic image into the inside top of the card base, centered above the score line.

  9. Step 8

    Adhere the insert into the card base. Apply adhesive only from the top to the first score and from the last score to the bottom. Adhere the top portion first, leaving about 1/8“ from the top. Fold the insert and close the card base to finish the assembly.

  10. Step 9

    To create the center pop-up, cut cardstock to 2 1/2" x 1/2” and score at 1/2”, 1”, 1 1/2" and 2”. Overlap each end and adhere together.

  11. Add adhesive onto 2 sides in a row and adhere the pop-up into the center of the card base at the opening of the insert.

  12. Step 10

    Choose a focal image, and color and cut it out. Adhere it at the bottom of the pop-up.

  13. Step 11

    Embellish the other areas of the inside of the card as desired.

  14. Decorate the card front.

  15. Step 12

    Complete the project.

    The card will fold flat to fit in a standard A2 envelope.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Step Pop-Up Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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For some reason I can't get the videos can you tell me why please
Ethel Gray  |  Wed Aug 2, 2017 at 4:29 AM
I can't get the video either.
Kathie  |  Wed Aug 2, 2017 at 6:40 AM
If you are using Internet Explorer, that is probably the problem. Switch to Chrome or Firefox and you should be fine. Otherwise, you may need to update your Flash Player... or you can click over to our Youtube channel to watch it there.
dina  |  Wed Aug 2, 2017 at 6:55 AM
France I have been watching you on you tube for the last 18 months +-. it was like seeing an old friend on the splitcoaststampers weekly newsletter. Great card as usual. You are a true artist.
Jan1637  |  Wed Aug 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Awesome cards and video! You really rocked this one! Thanks for sharing such beautiful pieces of art!
Cherie Gibson  |  Wed Aug 2, 2017 at 12:41 PM
I'm a big "Fenchie" fan ... I'm so tickled SCS has found you! Unique card as usual!
Hope Mitchell  |  Wed Aug 2, 2017 at 1:03 PM
So very beautiful. I did my happy dance when I saw the tutorial was a "Frenchie". Love your work and the way you teach! This is a card couples will keep forever. Thank you for sharing. Hope to see you on SCS again!
Joan Spevak  |  Wed Aug 2, 2017 at 8:49 PM
Frenchie Your card is Beautiful!
I so love to listen to you as well as watch your videos. You are so precise and clear and I think you do such Beautiful Cards.
Thank you for taking the time to do the video, it truly helps to understand what and how to put everything together.
Linda Crawford  |  Fri Aug 4, 2017 at 10:10 AM
I've never had such a great tutorial. You explained everything and didn't assume we were all experts. Thank you very much.
Jami Feezor  |  Sun Aug 6, 2017 at 11:10 AM
Fabulous card! Thank you for the written tutorial and video!
Hugs, Sherry x
Sherry Gibson  |  Sat Aug 12, 2017 at 7:45 PM
love this card. will be improvising and using it to make some cute Christmas cards.
Rita DeCook  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 5:40 AM

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