Triple Layer Pop-Up Card

by Kim Score

Learn how to create a triple layer pop-up card.


  • Paper Cutter
  • Scoring tool and Bone Folder
  • Strong Adhesive
  • Stamps, Ink, Embellishments
  • One 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock for the card base
  • One 3/4" x 9 3/4" cardstock strip for the middle layer pop-up strip
  • One 3/4" x 8 3/4" cardstock strip for the front layer pop-up strip
  • Four 1/2" x 3 1/2" strips of cardstock for pop-up support tabs


  1. Step 1

    Fold 4 1/4" x 11" piece in half for card base. Decorate inside with stamps, paper, etc. Fold 3/4" x 9 3/4" and 3/4" x 8 3/4" pieces in half. Attach stamped and punched pieces to strips.

  2. Step 2

    Score 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces at 1 1/8", 1 1/2", 2 5/8" and 3" for pop up support tabs. Add adhesive to ends.

  3. Step 3

    Adhere ends of support tabs to form box shaped rings.

  4. Step 4

    Attach rings to middle and front strips on each side of center score lines.

  5. Step 5

    Fold middle layer strip in half, right sides together. Push rear support tab to the left and front tab to the right. Add strong adhesive to top of each tab.

  6. Step 6

    Attach to card base on right side of center score line.

  7. Step 7

    Push tab in front towards center score line. Remove backing off tape and fold left side of card towards right, adhering to tab.

  8. Step 8

    Open card back up. Fold front layer strip in half, right sides together. Push rear support tab to the left and front tab to the right. Add strong adhesive to top of each tab. Attach to middle strip on right side of center score line.

  9. Step 9

    Push tab in front towards center score line. Remove backing off tape and fold left side of card towards right, adhering to tab.

  10. Bottom center of card looks like this:

  11. Step 10

    Top center of card looks like this:

  12. Note:
    The finished card will be bulky. Wrap a belly band or ribbon around card to keep closed.



    Portrait Style Card
    For a portait style card, cut the following pieces:
    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" for card base
    3/4" x 7 1/2' for middle layer pop out strip
    3/4" x 6 1/2" for front layer pop out strip
    4 pieces 1/2" x 3 1/2" for pop out support tabs

Your Turn

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

Hi, love the card and will definitely try it but could you tell me where you got the fairy image please I heard Peachy Kean but can't find anything on google

keep up the great work
Sandie x
barmybird  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 4:45 AM
The card is fantastic, the tutorial is great, alas I don't think I'm at that stage to try it. All the shades in the stamps are lovely however I don't know them. Anyone willing to help in that quarter would be most welcome. Best wishes. Vonnie.
Veronica Roche  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 5:01 AM
Im working up this card right now and I think one of the dimensions is listed wrong. For the support tabs, it says 1/2" by 3/12" but I think you mean 1/2" by 3 1/2". In fact it's listed as that in step 2 just not in the supplies list at the top.
Laura Church  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 5:37 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT Kim!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see more of these in the gallery too!!!!! smile
TLady  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 5:45 AM
Wow, lovely and I think I might be able to try it. Just not sure what stamp I would use, maybe some flowers popping up. Thank you so much for sharing this idea.
Jane H  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 5:46 AM
Hi Laura, Thanks for letting us know. I fixed the supply list error!
beate  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 6:35 AM
Sandie, the stamp is from Peachy Keen stamps. It's part of the January stamps of the month. Check them out here:
Kim Score  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 6:41 AM
Hi Kim,

thanks for the info, I couldnt find anything will have to have some retail therapy methinks :0)

thanks again
barmybird  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM
Love it, I have the perfect idea to try to create out of this smile How do I bookmark this page to come back too?
Connie  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 7:03 AM
Love this card..tutorial was so well done...I will perfect it and teach it to my group for our summer stamp camp session!
Sondra  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM
What a great idea!! I will certainly try it myself to create a nice card.

greetz Yvonne
yvonne  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM
I absolutely loved this angel pop up card. I Tried looking for the Angel "peachy keen" stamp, but couldn't find it --- any ideas where to look? Thanks.
Nancy Wallman  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Super card and I think you gave the best tutorial. Thank you
LMcBurney  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Thanks for another great tutorial. I've learned so much from your tutorials. I like that they are short and get right to the point. I save them in a file on my desktop for easy reference.
LITTLEN  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 2:04 PM
This is such a gorgeous card, I really want to try it
Debbie  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM
I love this card and would like to know what punches you used. I know they are clouds, but what company are they from. Thanks.

Linda D.
Linda Duensing  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM
For the written tutorial, I used the cupcake builder punch from Stampin' Up!. For the video tutorial, I used Die-namics cloud trio die from My Favorite Things.
Kim Score  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM
This is great! I love learning new ways to do cards. Thank You!
Linda Lapotka  |  Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM
Kim, you've done it again! I just love your work, and my sister loves it when I send her cased cards of yours! Thanks for the great tutorial.
Deb  |  Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM
Kim, great tutorial. Your triple layered card is adorable!!
Loll Thompson  |  Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

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