Friday, January 16, 2009

Valentine Pop Up Card Tutorial

Hi Everyone, Tiffany here! I am so excited to have joined the talented Joli Paquet group and bring you some fun kits and tutorials for Valentine's Day! We have some great things in store for you, I hope you enjoy making them as much as I have.
I have always loved vintage Valentine's Cards, especially those that are pop ups. My love for them inspired me to create this easy tutorial to create your own one of a kind pop up card for Valentine's day. Scroll to bottom of page for a full view of completed project!

Ok, let's start. Here's a list of supplies you will need:

~ one piece of cardstock ( anything larger than 4x6 inches will do, even a scrap. you will want it in a neutral or valentine's day color.)

~heavy duty glue (like heavy glue stick, or something else quick drying)

~paper trimmer/ruler

~piece of chipboard ( medium weight, at least 1x7 inches. I get mine free at paper stores it comes in their paper packs and usually they are happy to recycle)

~ Valentine Girl Download (provided) and photo paper or other heavy weight paper to print on

~various valentine's embellishments.

Step One:

Cut the piece of cardstock down to 3 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long. Measure from the bottom of the long side up two inches and make a score line across the cardstock. Fold the bottom up and press firmly.

Step Two :

Unfold card and cover the whole piece on the front with pretty paper using a good glue or glue strips. I chose to use ledger paper.

Now fold the bottom of the card up again and make a crisp crease. Add pretty paper to the front of the fold.

Add embellishments to the front of the flap. Remember that this will be the base for your card to stand on, so keep your embellishments flat, to ensure your card will stand properly when opened.

Step 3:

Cut a strip of medium weight chipboard to 1 inch wide by 7 inches long.
Make score lines down the long side at 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 inches, and 6 inches. Fold chipboard at score lines and crease firmly. Chipboard should now make a rectangular box shape.

Step 4:

Unfold chipboard strip and glue SHORT end (only glue to the FIRST score line on the chipboard) to the unfolded card, making sure to center the strip at the card's fold line.
Fold bottom of card up to 45 degrees to form an "L". Fold chipboard strip into box shape again and attach strip to back of card so the chipboard box is glued to the card in the "L". Fold card up to close and crease and press firmly to make sure everything lies fairly flat.

Step 5 :

To print, click on link to picture. Once there, right click on the image and choose "print". Print image on photo paper or other heavy weight printer paper. Cut out scraps DO NOT CUT OUT CENTER OF HEART!!! ( I did not "fussy cut" the heart either, I simply cut a heart shape around it, and did not worry about the fine details.) Adhere girl to the heart, and then glue both to the front of the chipboard strip.

Close card back up and crease and press firmly to make sure everything lies flat. Now comes the fun part! Continue embellishing until your heart is content! This technique of adding the chipboard to make a pop up can be repeated in the same card with different pop ups, and the entire idea can easily be adapted for other holidays and occasions too. Here is the finished project :


I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Come back for more great holiday ideas, and some fabulous kits for you to celebrate Valentine's Day with!

xoxoxo, Tiffany


Tricia Wilson said...

That is totally cute! Thanks for sharing!

Little Pink Studio said...

Tiffany, this tutorial is just darling! I love it and will definitely be giving this a try!
xo, Cerri

Diane Mars said...

Oh my I too love those cards I will have to make one for my mom. She collects Pop up Books. Thank You
Hugs, Diane

Nicole Austin said...

so adorable and precious! thank you for this tutorial...i'm excited about valentines day now!


CosmoGirl Carla said...

How sweet! Love it, love it, love it! I can see me creating a bunch of these for those very special "Valentines" of mine.

Thanks so much for a great starting project. Can't wait to see more.

lorhen82 said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing the instructions with us! ~Lori

Jeanne said...

Love this pop up card idea Tiffany. It's so sweet!

Deb said...

The cutest! my Mom will love this. But how do I get the free download?

Unknown said...

This is just the cutest Tiffany! Thanks so much for sharing! My daughter will love making these with me!

Deb to download the image just click on the words that say "click here to download..."

Lori said...

Tiffany, that card it TOTALLY adorable!!! what a great project:) thanks!!!

Dede Warren said...

this is darling! And oh so clever of you to figure out, and share with us.

Love it, thanks!!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Love this!! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely adorable! I will have to create this with my daughter. How fun!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely adorable! I will have to create this with my daughter..what fun!

Jessi Nagy said...

hewy sweets,
tjhios is super cute.

Sandy said...

This is a terrific tutorial! I cannot wait to try it out! Thanks so much for sharing your skills! Have a great weekend!

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2020 said...

How sweet!! :)

xashee's corner said...

ADORABLE!! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!! Hope you have a BEAUTIFUL day! :D

Anonymous said...

Totally beautiful!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness...Thank You so, so much. This is adorable!!!

KatCollects said...

Hi Miss Tiffany,
I am getting ready to make my 5th card, I LOVE this idea as you know. Once you get through the first couple they are much faster to make. Thank you so much!!!

vivian said...

absolutely adorable!! I have to make this! thank you for sharing!!!

Elyse said...

hi tiffany! how beautiful and wonderful instructions!!! you are the best! xo

Nancy said...

Tiffany, thank you for sharing this darling Valentine. I am looking forward to making it.

Kathleen said...

I love the Valentine and the Tutorial. I must thank you for your great instructions and photos. They are clear and precise...they are the easiest instructions to follow that I have ever seen. Looking forward to more! XO

Unknown said...

Ohhh Thanks Tiffany! Very cute!

cherished*vintage said...

Oooh I can't wait to make this! Thanks for the fabulous instructions Tiffany. So cute!!!

Michelle Palmer said...

First time visiting~ LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Each & every project~
Thanks for sharing your creative thoughts & projects!
Wishing you the best~

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tutorial and pattern, I make all my cards, but have never made a pop up. I will be trying this on more cards.

Cathy said...

This is fabulous! It's so adorable. I love it! Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial!

Cathy :)

The Pink Door said...

LOve it! Thanks for that tutorial the finish work is just precious :)

Breezy said...

This is fabulous! I'll be linking.

JAO said...

This is so cute. Thank you for the download. She is darling. Jan

Anonymous said...


Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

Would you let me know if that's OK?


Nancy Ward

Anonymous said...

Wonderful i appreciate your creativity its looking beautiful...
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