Welcome Fall with this 3D Pop-Up Card

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Posted on September 13, 2021 by Jan Hunter
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This card is a fun way to share multiple images, pictures or create a themed gift.  This 3D pop up card is very versatile and can be decorated in many ways depending on colors, embellishments, etc.  Let your imagination go wild!   

You’ll need:

  • Card stock (12 x 12 AC Card stock Autumn Collection, White textured)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Score board, bone folder
  • Piercing tool
  • Brads
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Electronic cutting machine and associated software*
  • Printer
  • Printable vinyl
  • Weeding tool
  • Transfer tape

*Many of the embellishments and vinyl quote are cut using the Skycut and SCAL5 Pro.

Autumn Files used from Creative Fabrica include: 

Watercolor Autumn Backgrounds – Designer:  Create Your Joy

Autumn Leaves Clipart Design – Designer: MyBeautifulFiles

Autumn Florals Bouquet Clipart – Designer: PatishopArt

Fall Quotes Design Bundle – Designer: Design Store

If you don’t have an electronic die cutting machine, Cut the following pieces with the paper trimmer:
Card base:  12 x 6 (score at 6 inches along the 12 inch side)
Pop-up: 8 x 6 (score at 2,4,and 6 inches) same color as card base
Inner card*:  12 x 6 (score at 2,4,6,8, and 10 inches along the 12 inch side)
Contrast/complimentary colored Squares for card front:  5 3/4, 4 inches
Squares:  5 1/2 and 3 3/4 (use the same paper as the inner card.
Embellishment squares:  Twelve 1 3/4 inch squares in a complimentary or contrasting color
Embellishment squares with decor:Twelve 1 1/2 inch squares in white or patterned paper.  You can embellish with a die cut leaf or fall image if desired. 
You can handout the sentiment, however, the cutting machine was used. 

*Print one of the watercolor autumn backgrounds on a 12 x 12 piece of white card stock. Print again on the reverse side. Choose borderless if your printer will print borderless.Trim any white borders. Cut a six (6) inch wide strip the length of the sheet. Your image may be about 1/2” shy of 12 inches with all the trimming if borderless printing is not an option. Score at 2”, 4”, 6”, 8”,  and 10”. Measure the remaining edge. If it is less than 2 inches, trim it to the 10 inch line. 

From the second strip, cut a 2 1/2 inch piece by 6 inches. Score at 1/2 inch at the bottom of the piece along the 6 in side. Fold to create a tab. Trim the corners and glue to the first strip at the 10” line. With the tab at the back, you’ll now have a strip that is 6 x 12 again. 

Fold and reverse the folds as you did with the other piece. (This piece will be the interior card piece).

The internal piece that creates the pop up is the 8 x 6 inch piece of card stock.  Score at 2,4 and 6 inches.

Open the cutting machine software. Open the library and place a square on the mat. Resize the square to 1 1/2 “.  Copy and paste 11 additional squares on the mat. Open the Leaves file and choose your desired  leaves in png format. Resize to fit in the square. Change the cutting line to print +cut print (the leaf will print, and the square will cut). For an alternative look, you can cut the leaves separately and cut the squares separately as well and glue the leaves to the squares.

Once you’ve filled the squares as desired, Select the library again and choose the square again. Resize to 1 3/4”. You’ll need 12 of these squares as well. You’ll cut these from a contrasting color.

Open another page in the software. Open the quote bundle and choose the quote. Resize the quote to fit on the center two risers of the interior of the card. This image will be cut from vinyl. 

Since a pattern fill was chosen to fill the words and images in the quote, a printable vinyl was used for this project. You can use regular vinyl if you prefer. Cut using the settings for vinyl on your machine. 

No image available of this part of the process. 

Let’s assemble the inner part of the card now

Prepare your vinyl for application to the 2 center folds of the inner card section. The printable vinyl was weeded and a transfer tape was used to place and burnish to the paper. A few changes were made to the original image. 

Center each of the leaf prints on the 1 3/4 inch squares. Determine placement and adhere 3 squares to each of the top two folds and the bottom two folds as shown in the image below.

Mark and place a hole 2 1/2 inches from the edge on either side of the middle fold of this piece. Repeat the process for the 8×6 piece. The center fold of the 8×6 piece should be a mountain fold and the center fold on the 12 x 6 piece with embellishments should be a valley fold. 

Brads were used for this project to secure the two pieces together. Ribbon can be used with a bow in the front or knotted in the back. Make sure that the folds are lined up for best results for the card to stand up. Secure the brads in place.

TIP:  If there will be a lot of use, use ribbon to secure the two pieces. 

Place adhesive strips on the back of the 2 pieces at the outer edges of the 6 inch side. 

Line up the center folds of the two pieces with the center fold of the card base. Prep the tape on the 8×6 piece and carefully fold the card base over to secure. If you need to make any adjustments do so now before burnishing the tape into place. Repeat the process for the other side. 

Fold the card closed

Remove the cover from the tape and line up the edges of the inner card piece (12 x 6) with the edge of the card base. Repeat for the other side  Fold the card closed. It should be nearly flat. You have several layers, so you may have some bulk, depending on the weight of your card stock and and additional embellishments you’ve used on the inner card piece.   

Assemble the pieces for the card front

For the card front, cut a square 5 3/4 “ and another at 4 inches square.  Using the remaining piece from the printed Autumn background, cut a 5 1/2 square and a 3 3/4 inch square. Stack the 5 3/4 and 5 1/2 inch squares to form one piece. If desired, emboss the 3 3/4 inch square  and then adhere it to the 4 inch square piece. Adhere on the previous larger squares as desired.

Wrap 2 gold ribbons (sold and organdy) around the two layered squares. Tie into a knot. For this project a small bouquet was created using elements from  (name collection and designer – image ) using the SCAL 5 software and set to print 2 cut. Add the small bouquet  to the card from using foam dots for a little more dimension. You can write a personalized note on the backside of the card if desired.

Another example of this card can be found here.

We hope you’ll try this fun and versatile pop up card and share your results with us. For more inspiration, be sure to check out Jan’s author page here at The Artistry and her blog.  Happy Crafting!   


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