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Valentine Instant Camera Pop Up Card

Make a (simplified) Polaroid inspired camera pop up card for your Valentine.
This is an easier version of a camera pop up card I posted several years ago.

Also included in the file set are Happy Birthday graphics and a plain camera front, along with the Valentine graphics.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).

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How to Make a Valentine Camera Pop Up Card

Make It!

1 piece of black card stock (8.5" x 11")
1 piece of card stock for card base ( cut to 6" x 11" or 6" x 12")
1 piece of white printer-weight paper (8.5" x 11")
Adhesive of your choice 

Print graphic set (Valentine or Birthday) from pages 2 or 3 of the PDF file on white printer paper.  Cut out camera front and photo frame.  Add a photo of the recipient to the frame if using the birthday set. Cut out sentiments if you're using them.

Hand or machine cut camera pieces from black card stock.
(Black lines are cut lines, red and green are score lines.) 
Crease all score lines: mountain fold green lines, valley fold red line.

Adhere camera graphic to front of camera.  Plain (white) version in photo shows which fold lines to align with. 

--Create the reinforcement box that backs the camera slot--

Spread glue on the THREE rectangles of the reinforcement shown in yellow.

Flip camera over so the wrong side is facing up. 

Video showing the placement of the reinforcement piece.

Photos showing the placement of the reinforcement piece.

The two rectangles with the red arrows (above) get glued first but the third gluing rectangle needs to be flipped upward (shown by red arrows below)  and glued to the upright part of the card (by closing the card from the top in the direction shown by the purple arrow, and folding the camera where the purple dots are).  This is why there's a video....

Allow to dry folded in this position.

Side view.  (My camera front graphic came unglued here....)

--Attaching camera to the card base--

Fold card base in half.  

Adhere camera into card base. (Scroll down past two photos for video).

Collapse camera: fold the crease just above the slot outward (forward), the crease below the heart inward, and the crease above the lens outward.

Lay the collapsed camera in the base card, and push the camera back and camera bottom into the center fold of the base card.

Spread adhesive on the camera back.

Close card.

Video showing how to collapse camera and adhere camera back to card base.

Flip card over. 
Open card.  
Spread glue on the camera bottom. 

Video showing gluing of camera bottom.

Close card.  Weight and allow to dry.

Open card fully and insert photo into slot.  

Adhere photo frame with a glue dot under the base of the photo (on the wrong side).

Add sentiment.