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Apr 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Pop Up Card

birthday pop up card


Here is a plain and simple origamic architecture pop up card of the words "Happy Birthday." It is two stacked boxes or steps. If you have not made a simple box with letters (see Lesson 9) you may want to try that tutorial first before attempting this card.

How to make the pop up words birthday card


Free cutting file templates:
Download files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.



If you are hand cutting, print the reversed file on the back of your card.

Cut on black lines, score on red and green lines.

Fold the card. If you are looking at the front of the card, red lines are valley folds, green lines are mountain folds.

Start working in the creases, a bit at a time.

I start by pinching the two small creases that make the center fold of the card.



Then I work the creases at the tops and bottoms of the letters (I did not cut out around the letters on this white sample), then the long folds that are not so delicate.



Once everything is pre-creased in the proper direction, gently start closing the card. Push each crease from the back side to make it fold into the proper position as the card closes.





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Apr 6, 2012

Blintz Fold Happy Birthday Pop Up


This birthday card was inspired by a save-the-date pop up card from Pounding Mill Press.
The star cutout in the center is a free download from Birds Cards. Check out her other designs here.
My card had the recipient's name on the left (removed) and the number on the right. The downloadable template has no words on the side pop ups, and the stars are on the tops rather than on the uprights. If you want to put words on the sides, the font I used was Unicorn from dafont.

How to make a blintz fold pop up card
Download and cut template PDF or DXF.
Score card and pop forward the four pop ups.
Add desired backing card.
Fold the four corners to the center. The card wants to pop open, so hold it closed with a belly band.


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May 11, 2010

Pop Up "Thanks" Card

thank you pop up card
thank you pop up card

A thank you card with pop up words designed to be cut by machine.
Download cutting files

DXF: card insidecard outside
SVG: card insidecard outside

thanks pop up card

thanks pop up card


thank you pop up card
If you would like to hand-cut a similar design, I suggest substituting a less ornate font. Directions in this post.


Jun 29, 2008

How to Make Pop Up Cards - Words and Tabs - Lesson 10

Creating pop up words with or without tabs tutorial

How to Make Pop Up Cards Tutorial
This is Lesson 10 in a series of step by step tutorials on How to Make Pop Ups. 


How to make pop up words without tabs
Determine where you want the crease to fall across your pop up words, near the top, near the bottom, or across the center.

Create a box the size you want your text to be (shown as grey box) and add text inside box.



Create two new identical boxes, the same width as the text box (shown as red boxes). These boxes form the “roof” of the pop up and determine how far out from the card the words will pop. They also control where the crease falls on the letters.

 For a center crease the two boxes must be exactly half the height of the text box. Shorten the boxes to shift the crease toward the top or bottom of the word.

Align the top of one smaller box with the top of the text box. Align the bottom of the other with the bottom of the text box.

pop up cards words

Now draw in the card center fold line. Align it with the inner long edge (arrows point to these edges) of one of the smaller boxes. Here it is aligned with the bottom box. In this design the crease will end up nearer the top of the letters.



In this example the top box lies on the fold. The crease will be nearer the base of the letters.



Draw in your cutting and folding lines.



Cut and fold.




How to make pop up words with tabs

If you are using tabs, there are some fonts that do not work well, depending on what letters you need. If you need an "M", "N" or an "A" check to make sure the tops of the letters are somewhat flat, not pointed. You need enough width to attach a tab to.

For example, of the five fonts shown, the top three fonts will work well with tabs, but the bottom two are too pointy.




Create a box the size you want your text to be (shown as grey box) and add text inside box.

Create two new identical boxes, the same width as the text box (shown as red boxes). One is placed inside the text box and one is placed outside.

In this example the bottom of one smaller box is aligned with the top of the text box, and the bottom of the other is aligned with the bottom of the text box.



Here, top of one smaller box is aligned with the top of the text box, the top of the other box is aligned with the bottom of the text box.


Add fold lines, cutting lines and tabs.

Cut and fold.

My buddy at cleversomeday reminded me that she has a pre-made tabbed font on her site. If you want to take the cheater pants way out. Just kidding :) You have to poke around her site. There's oodles of great stuff there.
 


Jun 25, 2008

How to Make Pop Up Cards - More Words - Lesson 9

Pop Up Words Part 3 (letters attached to card with tabs)

How to Make Pop Up Cards Tutorial
This is Lesson 9 in a series of step by step tutorials on How to Make Pop Ups. 


Vertical Words

Print out (or create your own copy) of template, below.



Cut along the grey lines and fold the valley and mountain folds (red and green lines). Do not cut around the letters (black and blue lines) yet.

Open the card in landscape orientation and push the box forward.

You can see that the letters are printed entirely on the front face of the box. The crease runs across the very top of the letters. Each letter has a tab across the "roof" of the box connecting it to the card.

how to make pop up words

Flatten the card and cut out around the letters and tabs (black and blue lines). Be careful to leave each letter attached to its tab, and each tab attached to the card.



Top view showing tabs attached to card.



Horizontal Words

In this sample the letters are entirely on the roof of the box. The tabs are on the front face.



Cut, fold, and pop up as in the first example.

Coming in Lesson 10: how to make your own pop up word design from start to finish, without a template.



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Jun 20, 2008

How to Make Pop Up Cards - Word Variations - Lesson 8

Pop Up Words Part 2 (rectangular box with a crease across the word)

How to Make Pop Up Cards Tutorial
This is Lesson 8 in a series of step by step tutorials on How to Make Pop Ups. 


pop up cards words
Before starting this lesson you will want to review Lesson 2, the rectangular box.

As in Lesson 7, there will be a crease across the pop up word, and the letters are on the front and top (roof) of the pop up box. However, in this lesson you will shift the letters up or down from the center fold of the card, making a rectangular box rather than a square box. The crease moves away from middle of the words, making the letters a bit easier to read.

Vertical Letters: Print out (or draw your own) copy of the template, below.




Cut on grey lines. Do not cut around the letters yet (black lines and blue lines). Score and mountain-fold green lines. Score and valley-fold red lines. Use your finger, pushing from the back, to pop the box out, as in Lesson 1. Notice how most of each letter is on the front of the box, and a little is on the top of the box.



Side view. See the rectangular box?




Cut around the letters (blue and black cut lines) to complete pop up word.



Horizontal Letters: Print, cut and fold the template below.



Side view.

Remember these samples have the printing on the front of the cards for clarity. You will want to create a reverse of your pattern and print or trace it on the back of the card.

As in Lesson 7, the grey lines on the sample are optional. You may prefer the framed look that you get when they are cut, or the letters-only look when uncut.

How does this work? Briefly, the "roof" of the box and the distance the box pops out must be the same. Lesson 10 guides you through the creation of a pop up word card, start to finish.


Jun 15, 2008

How to Make Pop Up Cards - Words - Lesson 7

POP UP WORDS Part 1 (creased letters on a square box)

How to Make Pop Up Cards Tutorial
This is Lesson 7 in a series of step by step tutorials on How to Make Pop Ups. 

 
Before starting this lesson you will want to review Lesson 1, the box. This type of pop up word has a crease across the middle of the letters. The pop up letters are formed by the front and top (roof) of the pop up box.

how to make pop up cards words

Print out (or draw your own) copy of the template below.



Cut on grey lines. Do not cut around the letters yet (black lines and blue lines).

Score and mountain-fold green lines.

Score and valley-fold red lines.

Use your finger, pushing from the back, to pop the box out, as in Lesson 1. Notice how the letters are positioned so that half is on the front, and half is on the top of the box.




Now cut around the letters (blue and black cut lines) to complete pop up word.



The grey lines on the sample are optional. You may prefer the framed look that you get when they are cut, or the letters-only look when uncut.

Important! These samples have the printing on the front of the cards for clarity. You will want to create a reverse of your pattern and print or trace it on the back of the card. It's a nifty way to make sure your cut and fold lines won't show on the "good" side!