Introduction: Pop-Up Cards

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My sister's birthday is coming up soon, and instead of going to a store and buying her a card, I decided to exercise my rusty craft skills and make her a popup one! Making your own cards is great because it really allows you to customize the card to who you are giving it to, and shows off your creativity. A popup is a great way to add extra dimension to the gift, and it's incredibly easy as well.

Step 1: Gather Your Equipment

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  • Cardstock
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen/pencil

You will need to choose an appropriate decorative card stock for the outside of the card. Usually, thicker paper will work better, because we're going to be glueing the popup's onto it!

Step 2: Make the Springs

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To start making the springs that will produce the 3D popups, cut 3 thin strips of white paper like those shown in the picture. Take one of the strips and make one fold in the middle to produce the "V-shape" in the second picture.

Step 3: Fold

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Take the "V-shape" strip of paper and fold one side over another, slowly making a spring-like structure. Make around 3 or 4 of these to be the popups.

Step 4: Make the Card Base

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Take your card stock, cut out the size of the card you want, and fold it in half.This is the base of your car -: the popups will be glued onto here.

Step 5: Make the Popup

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I'm making this as a birthday card for my sister's birthday, so naturally, I've chosen to have a pop up cake. Of course, the popup can be anything you want.

On a piece of paper, draw out your popup. If you want to add any embellishments (color, etc), add them on this step, before we attach the springs.

(If you aren't super artistic, you can of course print out a picture of whatever you want.)

Step 6: Attach the Springs

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Here is where the "popup" happens! For each spring that you made, glue one side to the popup that you drew in the previous step. Wait a couple minutes for the glue to dry.

Step 7: The Final Product

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After the glue has dried, glue the other side of the springs to the inside of your card. When the glue has dried, you'll have a 3-D popup card! Write a message to whoever you are giving the card to on the opposite side, decorate the front, and you're done!

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