How to make Pop Up Cards without Dies

Tonight we’ll make some POP-UP CARDS without using a DIE!

If you want to follow along with me and make a Pop-up Card of your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Medium weight cardstock
  • Card-bases
  • Scissors
  • Pretty patterned paper or create your own with stamps and inks
  • Additional embellishments like sentiments, colored images, die cuts.

Make it your own!

How to make Pop Up Cards without Dies

I used this awesome paperpad from DieCuts with a view. The fun papers and cut-a-part sentiments made it super easy to create some quick popups. 

I kept my cards pretty simple, but you could go as complex as you want.

Check out the first card!

How to make Pop Up Cards without Dies
How to make Pop Up Cards without Dies

I think this would be perfect for anybody’s birthday.  And it was so easy to make the popup.

I took a piece of patterned paper that contrasted with my popup and cut it down to approximately 5 x 7.5 inches.  I scored and folded it in half.

Then, I cut 2 one-inch slits in from the folded side that were about an inch apart.  

I opened the card, and, with my finger, pushed the “pop up” piece so that it creates a little shelf inside the card.

Then I adhered the sentiment that will pop up to one side of the pop up piece.

So that finishes up the inside.

For the outside, I used a standard A2 card-base made made from heavyweight white cardstock from Michaels, and adhered the inside to the inside of the card base. 


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This is super easy to do too.  After trimming it to the size I wanted (the white space around the pattern paper wasn’t a close enough match all the way around for the OCD side of me), I added double sided adhesive strips to ONE side of my folded panel.  

I removed the release paper and lined the folded edge to the center of the inside of the card base. Then I closed the card.  (if you line it up along the score line of the card base, and don’t move it like I did, you’ll get perfect placement)

I added the same adhesive to the other side, removed the release paper and closed the card again.  

The popup  portion of the card is done.

After that, I decorated the front with another piece of pattern paper, a cute sentiment cut-a-part and a bunch of Nuvo Drops that look a bit like confetti.

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Check out the second card!

How to make Pop Up Cards without Dies How to make Pop Up Cards without Dies

For the second card, I decided to make a slimline. 

The card base is made from a 7 x 8 inch piece of heavyweight cardstock, folded in half.  So the finished card is 3 1/2 x 8.

I cut 2 pieced of balloon pattern paper to decorate both the front of the card and the top inside.  Then I made 2 1 inch boxes by taking strips of 4 1/2 inch scrap white cardstock and scoreing at 1/2, 1 1/2, 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches.  Then I added adhesive to the 1/2 in piece on the end and adhered it to the other end.  If you fold it right, it’s super easy to do.


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I adhered 2 sides of each of the boxes so that they are attached to both the top and bottom of the inside of the card. And then adhered the “throw confetti in the air” sentiment to one of the other sides.

Just like on the first card, I decorated the front of the card with patterned paper, a cute cut-a-part sentiment and a bunch of Nuvo Drops.

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How to make Pop Up Cards without Dies

How to make Pop Up Cards without Dies

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