Surprise Pop Up Card

by Beate Johns

A few cuts and scores and you will surely make someone smile with this card.


  • One 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock for the front (here Old Olive)
  • One 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock for the back (here Ruby Red)
  • One 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" piece of cardstock for the slider (optional, here Tempting Turquoise)
  • One 1/2" x 7" piece of copy paper for stabilizer (optional)
  • Scraps of cardstock for your pop-up image
  • Paper cutter with cutting and scoring blade
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Tape runner
  • Ribbon
  • Circle punch
  • Hole punch
  • Stamps
  • Ink and colors for your image


  1. Step 1

    Decorate your 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock for the front of the card.

  2. Step 2

    Slide your front cardstock into the paper cutter vertically. Line it up with the 3 1/2" mark and cut from 3/4" to 4 3/4".

  3. Step 3

    Take your cardstock out, flip it around and make the same cut on the other side.

  4. Step 4

    Slide your cardstock into the paper cutter horizontally and line it up at the 4 3/4" line.

    Cut from 3/4" to 3 1/2", connecting the two vertical lines.

  5. Step 5

    Take your cutting blade out of the paper cutter and insert the scoring blade.

    Slide your front cardstock in horizontally. Make sure the short cut is on the left hand side. Line it up with the 4" mark and score from 3/4" to 3 1/2" (from one cut to the other).

    Ed. Note: The following measurements have been corrected. Thanks for the feedback everyone!

    Slide the cardstock to the 2 3/8" mark and again score from 3/4" to 3 1/2". Now slide it again to the 3/4" mark and make the same score one more time.

  6. Step 6

    Lay your front and back piece of cardstock on top of each other.

    Slide them about 1/4" into the circle punch and punch out a half circle.

    Note: Make sure you make the punch on the side of the front cardstock, where you have a score on the 3/4" mark, not the cut.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Take your 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" piece of cardstock for the slider part of the card. Wrap your 1/2" x 7" piece of copy paper loosely around it and tape the end together. This loop will keep your slider part stable.

  8. Step 8 (Optional)

    Tape your "stabilizer" to the back of your front piece of cardstock. Tape it right over the the top score. If it shows through the circle cut out, just use your circle punch to punch it out.

  9. Step 9 (Optional)

    Take your slider piece and cut the top ends off to create a tag.

    You can also leave it as it is, or use the corner rounder. Whatever works for your card.

  10. Step 10

    Tape Sticky Strip™ on the left, right and bottom of the back of your front piece of cardstock. Also add a strip on the bottom of the flap.

  11. Step 11

    Take your slider part, slide it through your "stabilizer" loop. Peel off the liner of the Sticky Strip™ on the flap and line the end of your slider part up with the end of your flap. Tape it on.

  12. Step 12

    Remove the rest of the Sticky Strip™ plastic and line up the back piece of cardstock over the front piece. Tape together.

  13. Step 13

    Stamp the image for your front and color and layer if needed.

  14. Step 14

    Tape the image to the front of your card. Line the image up with the bottom score. Only add tape up to the middle score and no further.

  15. Step 15

    Pull your slider part out a bit and punch a hole in the middle of the top.

  16. Step 16

    Tie ribbon through the hole.

  17. Step 17

    Pull your slider out a bit, revealing the red back. Stamp an image or a saying in it. You could also write your message here if you want.

    Your card is finished.



    Size it differently
    Instead of making your long cuts from 3/4" to 4 3/4", cut from 0 all the way to 4". Then make the horizontal scores at 1/2", 2 1/4" and 4" of the flap.

    Change your punch shape
    Use a square punch or even cut out a rectangle on top instead of the circle punch shown here.

    Make it a full card
    Start with a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock. Line cardstock up at 3/4" and cut from 3/4" to 4 1/2". Turn cardstock and cut the opposite side the same way. Then cut between the cuts on one side, and score on the other. The other score lines are at 1 1/4" and 2 7/8". The tag measures 3" x 4 1/2".

    Pop up a cutout image
    Use a cut out image to pop up instead of the stamped piece of cardstock.

Your Turn

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

I have modified this card to be an ATC. Here are the measurements and I can send the instructions later.
3 1/4 x 2 1/4" piece of cardstock for front piece
2- 3 1/2 x 2 1/2" piece for the base (You can make the back stronger by
double layering it)
1 1/4" x 3" piece for the slider piece
1 1/4 x 1" piece of cardstock for the pop up piece
1/4" double sticky tape w/ paper coating on one side
hole punch
1/2" circle punch
2" bit of ribbon for pull
Cyndi EVans  |  Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 4:27 AM
Thanks Beate for the lucid instructions! I followed them and I my card turned out perfect!
Smriti  |  Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 7:53 PM

I love your tutorials and especially your videos. Would it be possible to do a video for the surprise pop up card? I am having a difficult time trying to figure it out. Thanks
Debby R  |  Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 6:13 PM
I do not know IF your question got to Beate..I commented to her..and then your comment came to me about my ATC Surprise Pop Up card.
Cyndi Evans  |  Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM
Este proyecto es maravilloso ,la felicito por su gran trabajo .gracias
Marjorie Beckles
Marjorie Beckles  |  Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 9:35 PM
its so nice a perfect and beautyful work congratulations
mariana  |  Mon Nov 2, 2009 at 10:45 PM
Hi Beate I really loved this project and I want to make one of these for invitations for my sons birthday but it looks so complicated. Is there anyway you can do a video tutorial on this PLEASE. His birthday is soon and I need to get working on this. Thanks
Linda  |  Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 7:29 AM
Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration..
R. Avery  |  Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM
Hello Beate Thanks so much for this video. I tried it and my card came out perfect. Thanks alot and keep up the good work. I'm learning alot here:)
Linda  |  Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 4:31 PM
I saw you in a video making a shadow box card. I sure would like to see that again and the instructions. That was a very unique card.
Clara Sims  |  Sat Jul 3, 2010 at 3:59 PM
Beate, Thank you so much for this video. I have wanted to try this card for the longest time but just could not get it right, the video has helped me a great deal. Thank you again
Debby R  |  Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 6:16 AM
your measurements and those used on the video just dont match up. finding this really hard work
hazel parr  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 8:21 AM
If there is a difference in measurements between the photo and video tutorial, always go after the photo tutorial. I have the written measurements next to me when I shoot the video, but sometimes I misspeak. I am sorry for the inconvenience.
beate  |  Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM
bravo super merci
md  |  Sat Nov 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Hi there
Was trying to print out the Surprise Pop up card but the pictures are not showing up- sny clues?
Lyn Dyer  |  Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM
ah...the video is so helpful! I can't wait to try this...makes a nice change to my regular cardmaking!
Chris  |  Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Hi! I was wondering how long the boarders are using ruler? I mean from the edge to where you'll cut it? cuz i don't have that paper trimmer/scoring board. Thank you! smile
Mae  |  Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM
Thank you for your tutorial, with so many helpful pictures! I have a blog post up today with a similar card, and have linked people to this tutorial - hope that's OK! My post is here in case you would like to see it:
Helen Cryer  |  Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 2:58 AM
Helen that is adorable?? Is that in our gallery? If so I'd love to feature it on Facebook.
Lydia Fiedler  |  Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 7:01 AM

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