DIY Christmas pop-up cards

DIY Christmas pop-up cards: CITY pop-up card | upgradesign

If you are a fan of DIY and you LOVE Christmas time as much as we do, this is a perfect post for you. Today we will show you how to easily make a pop-up card. You might think: “Why on earth would I make a pop-up card when I can buy any card I want?” Well, we can’t argue that, but we can promise that you will be remembered as the queen/king of Christmas cards. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

For this you will need:

  1. At least 3 different colored or textured A4 200g papers  + some wrapping paper with a cute pattern
  2. Envelope to match your card – good quality envelope to be precise (we are big fans of The Pumpkin Paper Co)
  3. Ruler
  4. Scalpel
  5. Paper glue – in a stick or a tube, whatever you prefer
  6. Your imagination – the most important thing of all

1. Decide on your card dimensions. The best thing to do is to make it a little bit smaller than the envelope so you can easily fit it in (but really just a little bit smaller because you want the envelope to look like it is specifically chosen for your card – details are everything). You will need a two different paper for your card. One will be a little bit bigger on the edges than the other – this one is important because it will hide slit from the main pop-up paper. The two cards could be the same size if that’s important for your design, but it is not easy to cut out two identical pieces of paper and you want your card to look neat.

2. After you cut out your card papers, carve it in the middle (don’t cut through) so you can fold it in half more easily. Take the smaller one and use a scalpel and a ruler to cut slits in your paper. We made them 0,5 cm wide and at least 1 cm apart. The length of the slit  is up to you, the longer it is the object will pop up more. Carve the creases on the edges of the slits and push them from behind

3. On the different piece of paper draw whatever motives you like and want in your card and then cut them out. Make as much as you can so you have a lot to decide from. After this simply glue them to the slits on the card. Make sure that the motives are not sticking out of the card when you fold it.

4. Decide on your special message on the card, write it on the bigger piece of paper and then glue it onto pop up card

5. Cut the envelope lining from patterned paper. Envelope lining really makes a big difference, don’t you think? The pattern, texture or color of the lining should be relatively related to the card design as much as the envelope since they do go together.

CITY pop-up card | upgradesign

To be honest, card design is our secret passion. Not even for the sake of the cards but because of our love towards paper, calligraphy and sentences. Last year’s were nature inspired and this year we decided on city motives, but how amazing would it be to make a living room interior decorated for Christmas, as a pop-up card? We won’t have time this year to make any more of them, but if you do, please send us the pictures.

P.S. If you don’t feel like making pop-up cards, download and print these ones we designed for you. You can print on one side and write your own greetings or double-sided to use our text.
Explore different types of paper, not just its colors, but also wieghts and textures.
>> FREE PRINTABLE Christmas cards <<

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