This card is fairly easy to cut and fold (compared to the other cards I've designed) plus you can personalize it however you want by changing the message the pigeon is carrying, or by writing or drawing on the card itself.
Step 1: Video tutorial
This is a video of the stork pop-up card; although the bird is different, the paper engineering is very similar, so you can watch this to learn how to make the dove. If you prefer written instructions, read on!
Step 2: Preparation
Here's a list of what you'll need:
Template (this is formatted for 8.5" by 11" but you can still print it on A4 paper. You'll just need to trim the edges when you're done with the card). This template can be downloaded for free from my website. You'll get all my other free designs by signing up for my newsletters (I don't ever share or sell this information, and you can unsubscribe at any time).
Cutting board (a real one works best but you can substitute it with corrugated cardboard)
An exacto knife (Small scissors with a pointed sharp end could work but you might not be able to get the best detail -- but with scissors you won't need the cutting board either)
2 sheets of cardboard stock of contrasting color (you can use regular paper but the result won't look as good. Construction paper can work too but it usually doesn't come in letter size so you'll need to trim it first).
A ball point pen for scoring.
Step 3: Print and cut
Print the template on your card stock. You can use white for a dove or grey for a pigeon, or any other color you choose.
Cut along solid lines.
Please note: if your printer won't work with light card stock (mine won't...) you can print on regular paper. Tape your blank cardboard paper to your cutting board with drafting tape, then tape your template over it. You will then cut and score through both sheets at once, and you can pop out the shapes in either direction.