Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: How to Make Simple Box Pop Up Cards {Throwback Thursday}

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Apr 30, 2015

How to Make Simple Box Pop Up Cards {Throwback Thursday}

It's Throwback Thursday!  I am digging up, dusting off, and updating some posts from the very beginning of Extreme Cards and Papercrafting. This is Lesson 1 in a series step by step lesson of How to Make Pop Up Cards.


THE SIMPLE BOX

The simple box pop up, cut symmetrically on the fold of the card, is one of the easiest pop up mechanisms to create. This mechanism is also known as the parallel fold pop up or the step pop up.

How to Make a Simple Box Pop Up

Fold a piece of card stock paper in half.

On the outside of the folded card, draw one or more rectangles of any size, where one side of the rectangle is the center fold of the card. Here I have drawn three of various size.

simple box pop up card draw rectangles

Cut the rectangle sides that are perpendicular to the fold (shown as solid lines).


Score across the top of the rectangle (dotted line).



Create the fold lines by creasing the flap up, then uncreasing.

simple box pop up card crease flaps

Flip the card over and crease the flap up on the other side, then uncrease.



Open the card to 90°. From the back, push the rectangles with your finger to pop them forward.

simple box pop up card boxes popped forward

Side View

simple box pop up card side view

Affix decorative elements to the fronts or tops of the pop up boxes.

Before gluing, try out the placement of your embellishments to make sure they are not too tall or wide--that they will not be visible when the card is closed.

You can create very different effects by varying the size and placement of the pop up rectangles, or by turning the card to open from the side.

simple box pop up card turned on side




Examples of Simple Box Pop Up Cards






7 comments :

Juanita said...

I had forgooten about this, thank you for the refresh.

Lin Murray said...

My friends daughter wants to make pop-up cards so I was searching for a template and found your tutorial. This is Awesome - Thank you for sharing this!

Anita said...

Thank you for this page I am looking forward to checking out all the tutorials

Susan Miller said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial for the pop up cards. I'm so lame with measuring, but this was fairly easy once I sat down with the grid paper and straight edge. Think I needed inspiration from another demo. Thanks again. I will use your name when I CASE this one at my fancy fold class. Susan Miller Demo in Aberdeen, Maryland

Aunt Karen said...

I thank you for your wonderful, easy to understand tutorial for pop ups!! I have a Sizzix die but your instructions give me many more options!

Anne McDonald said...

Yours is the easiest understood tutorial there is! You're awesome! Thank you so much!

Anne McDonald said...

Yours is the easiest understood tutorial there is! You're awesome! Thank you so much!