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Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card

 There are many creative ways to make an easy Valentine card with your own hands. Even if you think you are not good at crafts at all, it is likely that your efforts will be appreciated. Nothing is more unique than something that is made by yourself. 

Here is a super easy Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Final

Just grab some paper and scissors to do it!

Here are the supplies you may need:

  • Cardstock.
  • Construction paper.
  • Glue.
  • Scissors.
  • Pencil.


Step 1:

Cut out squares on red construction paper with your desired size.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Step 1

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card – Step 1


Step 2:

Sketch layers of hearts on the square paper.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Step 2

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card – Step 2

Step 3:

Cut out the Sweet Love Pop-up Card. Be careful not to break them.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Step 3

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card – Step 3

Step 4:

Glue the Sweet Love Pop-up Card on a piece of cardstock. Enjoy!

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Step 4

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card – Step 4

Top 5 idea for Valentine's Day Pop-up Card

Top 5 idea for Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

1. 3D Heart Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

How to make 3D Heart Valentine Day Pop up Card

This pop-up card can be used for Valentine’s day, or for a birthday for a special person. This Valentine’s Day Pop-up card will surely impress the person you give it to. The heart is a sliceform design.

See detail intrucstion at 3D Heart Valentine Day Pop-up Card

2. Flower Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card

This flower valentine’s day pop-up card greeting card makes for a special flower delivery. A flat card blooms into a three-dimensional arrangement that’s much more unexpected than a vase of roses. It looks intricate but takes only some snippets of paper and cleverly placed tape to create.

This project may seem complicated at first glance, but once you follow the instructions here, you’ll realize just how easy it is to re-create.

See detail at Flower Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

3. 90 degree Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card with pattern

DIY valentine day pop-up card

With valentines next month, we thought we would share AOC Craft instruction Valentine Day Pop-up Card and free pattern download with you. It is easy to do and has a stunning result. A nice craft project for your kids to do for their secret crush!

See detail and download pattern free at 90 degree Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

4. Kissing Couple Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

This pop-up card features a boy and girl in the center of the card, surrounded by a bouquet of flowers.  As you open the card, the boy and girl move toward each other and kiss.  This is a very cute card because it actually moves as you open it, which makes it a very unique and impressive card.  It’s always been one of my favorite cards to make.

See detail instruction at Kissing Couple Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

5. Unique Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card with pattern

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to get out your craft kit and make something beautiful so I was super excited to create a unique Valentine day Pop-up Card project just for you.

See instruction and download free pattern at Unique Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card


DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card

DIY Unique Valentine Day Pop-up Card

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to get out your craft kit and make something beautiful so I was super excited to create a unique Valentine day Pop-up Card project just for you.

This time I wanted to create a little show stopper that would be really fun to make – I think this pop-up card does just that! The pop-up heart balloons and bunting make this a striking card to look at yet it’s really very simple to create at home.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card

You can even make the matching polka dot lined envelope. You will find a link to the printable templates below for the two-sided cards and envelope then you just need to follow the tutorial.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card

Notes about printing your templates:

These are ready to download pattern. It has 3 pages A3 in the PDF. For a project like this where there is a lot of ink, I prefer to use a laser printer. You can find this service at FedEx Office or other office supply stores. You will want to print the two layers of the card on a card stock. The front image is just one sided where the second layer is brown craft on one side and the pink polka dot on the other.

You are ready to go.


DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card - Step by Step

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card – Step by Step

1. You will need download pattern and printables, scissors, craft knife, glue gun, ruler and twine.

2. Trim and score the flaps of your envelope using your scissors and a ruler.

3. Fold the left, right and bottom flaps in towards each other and glue together.

4. Trim the back and front of your card, the two balloon hearts and the bunting letters.

5. Using your craft knife, cut around the top outline of each cloud and around each balloon leaving a 1 inch hinge at the left edge of the pink heart and the right edge of the red heart. Bend them all out a little so that they “pop-up”.

6. Cut out your second pink and red heart and score down the middle with your ruler and scissors.

7. Glue your little “hugs” letters to a length of twine to create the bunting. Glue either end to the bottom of each heart balloon.

8. Glue along the fold of your second pink and red hearts and stick them in place on your card.

9. Glue the polka dot backing onto the card.

Have fun!

valentine day pop-up card

DIY Instruction: Valentine Day Pop-up Card

With valentines next month, we thought we would share AOC Craft instruction Valentine Day Pop-up Card and free pattern download with you. It is easy to do and has a stunning result.  A nice craft project for your kids to do for their secret crush!


  • A5 paper (x2) 
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife


Step 1:

Print the free PDF onto the white card – DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN

Step 2:

Cut along the solid lines ONLY, do not cut on the dashed lines (these are fold lines)

You can use your craft knife to softly score the dashed line, so it makes it easier to fold

Instruction valentine day pop-up card

Step 3:

Once you have completed the cuting out part… download a digital paper set and print out your favourite paper then take your other printed digital paper and stick it to the back of this card. You will get this effect…

DIY valentine day pop-up card

A stunning hand crafted valentine day pop-up card!

I’m sure any secret crush will be happy! Enjoy…x

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette

Sending greeting cards to business associates, clients and employees is a long-standing practice among many businesses. In fact, sending greeting cards dates back to the late 1700s! Any business that benefits from personal relationships (and what business doesn’t?) will benefit from sending greeting cards on appropriate occasions. However, knowing exactly what greeting cards are appropriate when and sent to whom can be a little confusing. Not everyone celebrates the same holidays and special occasions, and offending one of your recipients with an inappropriate card can harm your business relationships as much as the proper card can help them!

Here are some basic points to keep in mind when sending greeting cards for your business:

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette - Holiday

Holiday Greeting Cards

Almost every office is bombarded with “Season’s Greetings” cards around mid-winter. This is a well-established tradition, and fairly easy to handle appropriately thanks to a wide variety of available non-denominational greeting cards. Other holidays, however, can pose a bit more of conundrum. Here is some basic advice and information:

• When sending individual cards, verify the religious affiliation (if any) of the recipient before choosing a card! You don’t want to send the wrong card to a religious person, however many people will appreciate the correct religious card more than a generic “Season’s Greetings”.

• Muslims celebrate two feast holidays during November and December (check for exact dates each year): Eid ul Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and Eid ul Adha, the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. Both holidays are ‘greeted’ with the phrase “Eid Mubarak” which means “May the Lord make it a blessed feast.”

• Hindus celebrate Diwali during the winter months. This holiday usually falls during October or November. Greeting cards and small gifts are appropriate at this time.

• Other winter holidays include Yule, a winter solstice celebration for pagan religions (which usually falls on December 21), and Kwanzaa, a relatively new holiday celebrated by many African-Americans from December 26 to January 1.

• Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate any holidays, so even a generic card would be inappropriate.

• If you’re sending a holiday card addressed to a business, on the other hand, stick with generic “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Greetings” type cards. Also, avoid sending any group cards for strongly religious holidays such as Easter, unless you are sending them to a religiously oriented organization, which observes the holiday.

• If you want to send cards for major holiday seasons other than Christmas, try sending general seasonal cards rather than holiday cards: a springtime card instead of Easter, for instance.

• Cards for national holidays are appropriate for any citizens of the country celebrating.

• If you do business internationally, take time to research the major holidays in the countries you do business with. Not only may your international associates take holidays off (you’ll save your time trying to contact them on such days), but sending appropriate greetings will set you apart from many of their other international business contacts.

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette - Birthdays and Special Occasions

Birthdays and Special Occasions

Clichés about asking a woman her age aside, birthdays and other personal occasions offer opportunities for greetings and congratulations that many businesses do not take advantage of. However, it can be especially tricky to not offend your recipients when sending congratulations to individuals you do not know well. Some of our suggestions:

• Jehovah’s Witnesses and devout Muslims do not observe birthday celebrations.

• It’s best to send general birthday greetings that don’t mention the recipient’s age, unless you know them well.

• Have a staff member check the birth and wedding announcements in the newspaper for opportunities to congratulate business associates or major clients.

• Generally speaking, if you do not receive an announcement or invitation in regard to an event, you’re not obligated to send a greeting.

• If you do not receive an announcement/ invitation, and there is no public notice in the newspaper, it’s best to send congratulations only to individuals you know on a first-name basis. A relative stranger or formal acquaintance taking an interest in their personal life may offend some people.

Birthdays and Special Occasions - Condolences and Get Well

Condolences and Get Well Cards

Perhaps the most sensitive subject for greetings and correspondence is when something unpleasant has happened. Stories abound of faux-pas such as birthday cards arriving for deceased individuals. In many cases, if may be safest and most appropriate to leave such occasions to the individuals and their friends and family. However, for close business associates, employees or long-standing clients, the following guidelines are advised:

• If someone is ill, make sure to verify the nature of their illness before sending a “Get Well” card. It may be an incurable or terminal condition, in which case such a card would be highly inappropriate.

• A “Thinking of You” card is a good choice when you either can not ascertain exactly what illness or injury has occurred, or when the recipient is not expected to recover.

• Leave the humorous “Get Well” cards for personal friends and family. In a business context, it is neither appropriate or worth the (significant) risk of causing offense.

• The death of a beloved pet is an appropriate occasion for a condolence card, if you know the recipient.

• A “Get Well” card is most often sent to the recipient’s home, unless they are going to be in the hospital for an extended period.

• If you personally know the recipient, it might be best to hand-deliver the card.

• If you do not know the recipient well enough to have their home address, you can send a “Glad You’re Back” card to their office when they return to work.

Business Card Etiquette - General Pointers

General Pointers and Guidelines

No matter what the occasion, here are some basic suggestions for getting the most out of your greeting card mailings:

• Take the time to hand-address each card, as well as hand signing it. Printed mailing labels make the card look impersonal, and will negate most of the potential positive impact. (This is especially critical for personal event or condolence cards!)

• If your recipients are in a close geographic area, or are well networked, do not send everyone an identical card, unless you’re having a custom greeting card design printed for your company. Taking the time to choose individual cards shows you value the recipient’s business relationship enough to invest individual time in it.

• Even if your cards have a pre-printed message inside, take the time to write a quick sentence by hand. Greeting card networking is ALL about the personal touch!

We hope these guidelines have proven helpful in your greeting card marketing plan. If you have any suggestions for other guidelines you’ve encountered in your own business correspondence, please let us know at:




A long time ago, I pinned this beautiful cake I’d come across by Sarah at Signe Sugar. I loved it so much, it inspired me to create this paper banner version. I had no idea how to go about it, so I just jumped into cutting, bending and gluing. Once I got the hang of it, it came together pretty quickly. And, if you mess up, it’s just paper – –  so just cut another piece and keep moving forward!

3D Birthday Banner

3D Birthday Banner

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  • Card stock or heavyweight paper
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutting knife
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Mini hole punch.

3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Step 1: Begin by cutting several strips of 8″ x 3″ paper.  To create tall, narrow letters, keep the inside pieces small. For example, for the “H,” begin with two 8″ x 3″ strips, and cut a 2″ x 3″ piece for the inside center piece.

Step 2: Draw a line of glue on the 3″ side of the small center piece.

Step 3: Attach it at a 90 degree angle to one 8″ x 3″ piece, about 2″ down from the top. Hold for a few seconds until the glue sets.

Step 4: Draw a thin line of glue on the top of the 3″ center piece, and gently attach another 8″ x 3″ strip, matching the first 8″ x 3″ strip. Continue in this way for the H, A, Y, I, T, H, A, and Y.

3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Step 5: For letters that have curves, begin with your 8″ x 3″ strip. For the “P,” take a second strip approx. 7″ x 3″ and, with your bone folder, gently score a crease 1/2″ from the top. Fold gently 90 degrees. Flip this strip over and score 1/2″ down from the other end.

Step 6: Apply glue to the top of the creased strip.

Step 7: Glue the creased strip to the outside top of the flat 8″ x 3″ strip.

Step 8: Apply glue to the inside of the second creased 1/2″ fold. Gently bend the “P” shape and attach to the 8″ x 3″ strip about 3 1/2″ inches from the top of the letter. Press and hold for a few seconds. Continue in this way with the B, R, and D.

Step 9: Punch holes 1/2″ down from the FRONT top of each letter, on both left and right sides of the letter.

Step 10: Punch holes 1/2″ down from the BACK top of each letter, on both left and right sides of the letter.

Step 11: Line up your letters and thread string through each FRONT top hole of every letter.

Step 12: Thread string through each BACK top hole of every letter.

Step 13: Carefully hang the banner, adjusting the letters and the string to get the right tension and placement of the letters. Enjoy!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of pop-up cards around the web lately, all using very intricate, sometimes complicated folding and glueing techniques. Since I’m really more of the simple-diy-lover, I’ve put together a quick and versatile pop-up card tutorial. The idea is that you can use one basic technique for an endless amount of different pop-up cards.

Start with a simple card and fold it in half. Then cut parallel lines (in pairs of the same length) into the middle fold as shown in the picture. The cuts should be max half the length of the card (otherwise they’ll stand out when you close it). Push the flaps forward until your card looks like in the bottom picture.

Now start crafting the bits and pieces to display in your card. I made some balloons and a Good Luck sign for this one. Stick these with paper glue onto the front (not top) part of the folded out flaps. Now when you close your card, it’ll look like in the bottom left picture. Just take a 2nd card and glue it on to cover the outside.

Stick some more balloons, or whatever it is you’re crafting, onto the flaps and voilà – you’re done. You could still add a background to the top and bottom halves. Stick on some clouds in the top part, some grass in the lower one for example.

In the same way you can also create text cards (Happy Birthday), fields of flowers or rows of trees. These would be great for birthday’s, graduation, Father’s Day or really just about anything.

All photos by Michaela for Oh Happy Day.

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How to make Heart Greeting Card

How to make Heart Greeting Card for New Year’s Day


On New Year’s Day, a holiday of people who are in love, everyone gives greeting card to each other.

How to make Heart Greeting Card

This day is a good opportunity to show your feelings with an unusual gift.
We’ll guide make greeting card for this holiday of love.
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Ideas for Valentine’s Day Window Cards

Ideas for Window Valentine’s Day Cards

A slight variation from stencil cards is window cards.  Instead of cutting a shape in a stencil, you can cut the shapes or text directly on the front cover of the Valentine’s Day cards.  You can decorate your card behind the mirror in a number of ways, such as putting sentimental photos, some patterned paper, or even some meaningful words.  We made a variety of window cards with different shapes and patterns.  Here’s a look at the cards we made:

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Window Cards

Ideas for Window Valentine’s Day Cards

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The cards in the top row have heart windows that we filled with pictures of our baby daughter. The bottom row has simple elegant rose cut out windows.

These are the 3 simple instructions on how to make window Valentine’s Day cards.

Step 1:

Draw the heart shapes on the front of the card using a pencil (draw lightly as you will need to erase any pencil marks that remains after cutting).  You can also use stencils to draw your heart. 

Follow the first step of the instructions in the Stencil Card section above to make your own stencil.  You can also draw other shapes such as flowers, balloons or square windows.  If you do not want to draw directly on your card, draw your pattern on a sheet of paper, and use this as a template to cut through your card. 

Tape or use repositionable glue to attach the template to your card.

Step 2:

If your pattern is large enough, you can use scissors to cut the window out.  If your pattern is small or complex, then you will want to use an X-Acto knife to cut the shapes out.  I’d recommend cutting your card on a self-healing mat or something you don’t mind cutting up (old magazine, stack of paper, phone book), so you do not damage your table top.

Step 3:

Finish the card by decorating the card behind the window.  Here are some creative ideas of things to put behind the window:  a photo; patterned paper, text, stenciled shapes, chocolate hearts or kisses.

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Stencil Cards

Using stencils is a great way to create hearts on the front of your card.  There are two general ways to use stencils.  You can cut a hole and color inside the hole, or cut a shape and color around the shape.  You can be very creative with the way you color inside or around your stencil.  You can use almost any media such as spray paint, spray inks, markers, pastels, acrylics, watercolor, glitter…the possibilities are endless!  Try experimenting on some scrap paper to see which media you like best.  We had some fun making cards with stencils.  We made the cards below using stencils and spray paint.



We also used acrylic paint and stencils for a very simple brushed look.


Using a stencil heart, we created the cards below with a marker (left) and glue and glitter (right).


Here are instructions on how to use stencil techniques to decorate your Valentine’s Day card.

1. Create a stencil by cutting out your desired shapes in a piece of paper or card stock.  To make hearts, fold your cardstock or paper in half and cut half a heart along the crease.  Now you can use the heart hole or the heart itself as a stencil.  If you’re using the heart hole as a stencil, then make sure that the entire stencil is larger than your card so you don’t get any of your colors where you don’t want them to be.  I find that using a paper stencil works better than cardboard.

2. This step is optional but I find it helpful.  Use repositionable glue or spray (Krylon Easy Tact Spray) to attach the stencil to your card.  This helps prevent colors from getting underneath your stencil, especially if you use a spray paint.  You can also use some double-sided tape, but you want to be very careful not to tear your card while removing the stencil.  To reduce the stickiness of the tape, I sometimes stick it to my clothes to get some lint stuck on it first.

3. Use your chosen media to color inside or around your stencil.  Make sure you do not color underneath your stencil.  This may take some practice to get the perfect look.  You can even try to mix different media: acrylic and glitter, spray paint and pastel…etc.  You can even use both the window or shape stencil together with different sized hearts.

Here are other examples of stencil cards using acrylic paint from Bless This Mess and spray inks from Artful Kids.  The Crafty Crow used a very unique technique with Q-tips and stencils to make a Valentine’s day card.

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day Cards With Cut Out Hearts

The simplest way to decorate your card is to glue hearts to the front cover of your Valentine’s Day card.  The hearts can be different sizes, shapes or colors.  They can be placed in random, or a pattern.  Here are examples of simple cards we made decorated with cut out hearts.



These are the 4 simple steps to decorate your card with cut out hearts.

1. Create a template for your hearts by folding a piece of card stock or paper in half and cutting out half the heart along the center crease.  You can also cut the hearts out directly using this method if you don’t mind a crease down the center of your heart. This may take a little practice to get the shape of the heart just right.  If you are good at freehand drawing or if you want to make asymmetrical hearts, then just draw the hearts by hand and skip to the third step.

2. Use the hearts you just cut out to trace heart shapes on the paper you want to make your hearts out of.  This is assuming you don’t use your heart cut outs (with the crease down the center) directly on your card.  The paper you trace the hearts on can be as simple as construction paper or colored card stock.  You can also be creative by using custom patterned paper from an art store such as Michaels.  Try using different textured papers to not only give your card contrasting colors, but also contrasting textures.  My favorite papers are the rough unfinished papers where you can see the fibers, and sometimes embedded flower petals.  If you don’t have an art store nearby, you can also use paper around the house such as wrapping paper (which sometimes have a nice shiny finish), card board, newspaper/magazines, sheet music, or even recycled junk mail.

3. Cut out the hearts that you traced.  Another variation is to tear the heart shapes so the edges of the paper are rough.  This works best with textured paper that has a lot of fibers.  This will take some practice.  You can also fold the paper in half and tear the outline of half the heart along the crease so that the heart is symmetrical.

4. Glue the hearts on the front cover in a creative pattern.  You can glue one simple heart in the center or you can glue many hearts in a set or random pattern.

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day Pop up Cards

I may be a little biased, but pop up cards are the most impressive types of Valentine’s Day cards to make for someone. That’s why my Rich makes them for me, because he’s always still finding ways to impress me! I find it so sweet!

The 3-dimensional nature of the card often surprises the person receiving the card when he or she opens it.   Pop up cards are more complex to make than normal cards, and requires a little more effort to make, but definitely well worth it as it tends to give a higher WOW factor! Within the category of pop up cards, there is a wide range of designs with varying levels of difficulty. The two most common Valentine’s Day pop up cards are the simple “Center Folded Heart Card” and the “90 Degree Stepped Heart Card”.   If you have children, these pop up cards are simple enough to make with them. They are wonderful craft ideas!

Center Folded Heart Card

This is what the “Center Folded Heart Card” looks like.


The cards on the left and center are made from 2 sheets of colored card stock.  The card on the right was made with one sheet of printed card stock.  To make the cards shown above, watch Rich’s tutorial below.

Here are step by step instructions on how to make the “Center Folded Heart Card”:

1. Fold a sheet of card stock in half.

2. Cut the shape of half a heart along the folded edge, leaving the edge of the heart furthest away from the center fold uncut.  The uncut section should be parallel with the center fold.

3.  Unfold the card and reverse the folds of the heart so that the center of the heart folds inwards when the card is closed.

4. Glue another piece of card stock to the outside off the card.

90 Degree Stepped Heart Card

The second most common Valentine’s Day pop up card is the “90 Degree Stepped Heart” card.  This is what the card looks like:


There are several different versions of this card.  Here is Rich’s video on how to make this card:

Here are step by step instructions on how to make the “90 Degree Stepped Heart Card”:

1. Fold a sheet of card stock in half.

2. Cut two slits of the same length perpendicular to the folded edge.

3. Unfold the card and reverse the folds of the “step” so that it folds inwards.

4. Cut out a heart shape from another piece of card stock and glue it to the “step” of the inside card.

5. Glue another piece of card sock to the outside of the card.

If you want to make a pop up card that is guaranteed to impress, then try making one of the unique pop up cards below!  Just click on the image for the tutorial.



After making such an impressive Valentine’s Day pop up card, you may be wondering how one would go about decorating the front cover of the card?  You can use some of the designs from the following cards to decorate your pop up card.  These designs are also great to make as a standalone card, with your personal message in the inside.


How to Make a Step Pop up Card and Mechanism

Step 1: Supplies and Prep

You’ll need two card blanks of the same size for the card face and the pop up card mechanism. The pop up card mechanism is made separately and is glued inside the card face. It’s best to use card blanks of the same color to camouflage the pop up mechanism somewhat.

To make stamped pop up elements you will need white cardstock and colored cardstock for mats.

Gather a variety of paper and cardstock that coordinate with the colors used in your card.

Step 2: Make Card Face

Use one of the card blanks to make the card face. The card face can be made using any technique you like; however, it is important that the card have a horizontal aspect to make the most effective use of the step pop up. Set aside the completed card face while you make the pop up.

The sample birthday card features serendipity squares that make good use of your paper scraps.

Step 3: Make pop up Elements

pop up elements are glued to the pop up steps/platforms. Anything that is flat and will fit inside the folded card can be used. For the sample card, a stamped, matted message card and a stamped cutout are used. Your matted message card should be about 1¼” to 1½” by 3¼” to 3½”. The cutout can be up to about 2″ square.


  • Use felt-tip markers to color the stamped image and tiny rubber stamps to decorate the message card.

Step 4: Make Step pop up Card

Use the second folded card blank to make the pop up mechanism. To form the pop up steps/platforms, you will cut parallel slits from the folded edge of the card blank.

First, use the pencil and ruler to draw a line 1½” from the folded edge and parallel to it. Next, draw two vertical lines from the first line to the folded edge—they should be about 2½” apart and parallel to each other. The left line should be about ¾” from the left edge of the card blank.

About ¾” to the right of the first step, draw a second step. Draw a line 1¼” from the fold with vertical parallel lines that are ¾” apart.


  • For a simpler pop up, only make the first step. It can be drawn anywhere along the fold, but no closer than ¾” from either side.
  • Skip the measuring by using templates. See the side bar to the right for details.

Cut on the vertical lines from the folded edge to the drawn horizontal line.

Fold the cut steps on the horizontal line between the cut lines. Unfold.

Open the card blank and push the steps through to the other side. With the pencil lines on the outside, fold the card blank at a 90° angle. You will be gluing the pop up elements to these steps/platforms.

Step 5: Test pop up Card

Test your pop up mechanism by making sure it folds flat. Also, use repositionable tape or glue to attach the pop up elements to the pop up steps. Fold the pop up flat and make sure the pop up elements do not extend beyond the edges of the folded card.

Make any adjustments needed before proceeding.

Step 6: Glue Together

Glue the pop up mechanism inside the card face, being sure to align the edges. Apply glue to one side of the pop up, avoiding the step, and slip it inside the card face. Apply glue to the other side and fold the card face over onto it.

Open the card and allow the glue to dry.

Step 7: Glue pop up Elements and Finish Card

Glue the pop up elements to the steps. Decorate the card behind and around the pop up steps. You might stamp more images of the cutout, add a greeting or write a message. Use your imagination!

That’s it! Your pop up card is done!


Draw pattern sweet home pop up card in corel draw

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KIRIGAMI – Easy or Not ????? Level of players

What is kirigami?

Firstly, at the very beginning, let us show you some basic concepts of kirigami.

The term of “Kirigami” originally used in paper-cutting art of Japan (of which the main producing process is folding paper into sections, then trimming to create symmetrical cut paper pattern over 1 center). On 10/12/2010, the fanpage and club of 3D pop up card and paper cutting in VN was established on FB, using the term in refer to all type of paper cutting (perhaps because it is compact, rhyme and easy to read: D). Therefore, term of kirigami is commonly used at present, does not refer to paper cut art comes from Japan only. Because in fact, very few players in Vietnam followed trdiational Japanese style of kirigami (even Kirie – Japanese paper cutting painting, seems not very popular.)


In general, paper cutting art is basically divided into:

          -Bearly paper cutting: or ZERO degree kirigami. There are several sub categories in this type as silhouette, stencil, china paper cutting… This type is considered cornerstone for the latter development into other types.

          -Pop-up cards: 3D cards that can be folded into flat surface. There are several methods to creat 3D cards that can be opend in range from 0 to 360 degree. The content in such cards is ussuallly very abundant, basically devided into smaller groups:

               + Outline cutting: It is popular with cards designed by using triangle method combining slice form or multi layer. Glue is usually used to connect parts of card.

               + Pop up kiri (all motifs are created by cutting, color printing is limited or nod used). It’s common with slice form and multi layer, triangle style is relatively rare. Glue is not used. Latches or interlock links are usually used in such types.

               +OA (origami architechture) is presenting architecture on paper, often used sliceform (180 degree) or multilayer (90 degree). It is considered a typical group in pop up kiri.

So how to conclude? Is kirigami easy or not?

It’s hard to find out a general anwer for this question. There are many players said it’s easy, but no less than than say it’s too difficult, it depends on your own. Thus, this post is mainly to discuss the level of kirigami players, hope that it can be a reference to help you evaluafe your skill yourself. This ranking is for all categories that I presented before, because writer couldn’t have sound knowledge in all of them.

Level 1: Players that can cut based on available patterns.

In kirigami, the card are usually cut out and finished by the author, then there will be 1 cutting template (pattern) provided to people based on that; they then cut the lines on the paper to complete (0 degrees), or then fold to complete based on a sample of finished products (pop-up). It’s pretty easy for you to reach this level, because anyone can cut the lines on paper. Workmanship is classified based on the cutting speed and sharpness of line cutting, ability to folding 90 degree cards, OA, or attach precisely 180 degree pieces sliceform. Proficiency in this level, you have a clear understanding kirigami then. And it also decided your passion to kirigami, you’ll probably give up because it’s too boring, easily, because all you need is simply downloading pattern, printing on paper, then cutting and finishing, (nothing can be easier, right?). But there are also players who learn deeper in this subject, and move on to Level 2.


Level 2 refers to people who can redraw other’s work.

First of all, write would confirm that, redrawing a pattern is not a challenge, it does not require a professional drawing skill, or skillfulness. The only requirement is that the understanding of basic principle of kirigami, to explore the method used by the author, then finish the pattern is too simple. And to understand the principles, avoiding errors in the rendering process, they should have experience in cuttingand proficiency in cutting ability. Once player have mastered this level, usually forwarded to the next level, few people stop at this level without progress further.


Level 3 includes those modifying pattern of others into their style.

Based on available ideas and methods from their predecessors, players can change according to their own ideas. It requires greater creativity than just redrawing of others. With this level, players partly reflect their own self through work, and can also help distinguish themselves between many other kirigami fans.


Level 4: Realize your own ideas.

After redrawing the pattern of other authors, having ability to modify according to their own pattern, then gradually, players can also express their own ideas based on past experience. At this level, the individual mark is expressed most clearly, because it contains the whole idea as your understanding of kirigami, the auxiliary talents like drawing, matching, logic … to achieve this level, then you have one fairly broad understanding of kirigami, for each category, the simple, the complexity of each method, and choose the method and style appropriate for the charcoal. Once mastered it, you can flatten almost the whole world in your way, can produce your own style, his own image in the community kirigami. Among those who express their own ideas through works in kirigami, there is obviously some people that still keep the style  of the author before who they go under, and sometimes difficult to escape from that style, like a trail. But surely, there will be no doubt about love and passion for kirigami of those players 🙂


Level 5: Realize the idea of ​​other people

You may be wondering, why level 4 is not the highest level, which is the highest level. In my point of view, then at level 4, every work is customized to author’s style, thus no matter it’s beautiful or not, it’s still achievement of author. But at this level, on the other, to express the idea of ​​other people, other people’s mark is what left on the paper, combining author’s style and other’s idea into the design is not an easy task, especially when the idea was to not have a deep understanding of this subject. More importantly, when the work is created, others will be given, give damn it, the designer will have to accept this, like it or not. So surely it is harder in comparison with developing author’s own idea.