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Happy Birthday Cat Pop Up Card

I'm a big fan of cards from kagisippo.  When I needed a cat pop up card I checked out her offerings.  Indeed, she has a cat card for free, but it's gray, and I wanted brown.  Off to her etsy store!

happy birthday cat pop up card kagisippo pattern

The pay version is a different design from the free one, which I did not realize until I started working on it.  On the one I purchased, the back of the card is essentially unfinished.  You can see the pop up mechanism, and the unprinted card stock on the back of the head and body.  So....after  I had the entire card constructed, I reverse engineered a cat body to cover the "offending raw edges."  That was challenging.  It came out well, considering!

I printed mine on beige paper.  On the cat body piece that I created, I sponged a little brown ink to blend it in with the rest of the cat.

added back piece to kagisippo cat pop up

If you have purchased this file and would like to make a back for it,
click here to download a pattern for the cat back in PDF format.  It looks like this.

cat pop up card back pattern

Follow the assembly directions that come with the cat, through step 3.  You will have finished putting together the back pop up mechanism.

(FYI: The left tab of the cat back piece will be adhered right where my thumbnail is.)

complete cat pop up card mechanism

Fold piece in half vertically.

cat pop up card assembly

Cut out a back piece.
Decorate as desired.
Score and crease dotted lines.

cat pop up card back assembly

Overlap and glue at the center top.

cat pop up card back assembly

Fold in half vertically.

cat pop up card back assembly

Use tabs to adhere cat back to the cat body pop up mechanism.  Apply adhesive to tabs and adhere to the back of the front layer.

cat pop up card back assembly

cat pop up card back assembly

Expand the pop up mechanism--the two box-like "feet"-- and it will look like this from the back.

cat pop up card with added back

 Continue card assembly with step 4.

 The double sided card stock used throughout is from a pack called Watercolor Garden.

23rd birthday card front