The Ultimate Pop-Up Card


That’s the best way to describe this style card.

Known as an Explosion Pop-Up Card this amazing card is surprisingly straight-forward to make and will certainly make people smile.

The Ultimate Pop Up Card

I would love to take credit for this card, however, the idea has come from, I believe Karen Burniston on YouTube as her tutorial was the oldest one I could find, the fold is an origami fold which I imagine is very old and then someone adapted it into a card form.

The Ultimate Pop Up Card

The most common version is with the pop-up Birthday Cake in the centre which I’ve shown above. I then made the same one again with the same tiered pop-up but this time covering it with flowers, to look like a planter.

The Ultimate Pop Up Card

The thing I love about this card style is the built-in envelope, with everything folding up neatly inside.

The Ultimate Pop Up Card

I used my favourite Dovecraft ‘Secret Garden’ collection to make both cards. You can find it all available from Craft Stash here. If you subscribe your email you will receive 20% off your first order.

The Ultimate Pop Up Card

To make these cards you will need…

1 piece of 12″ x 6″ white cardstock for the outer case/envelope.

Score along the long side at 5″, 5.1/8, 10.1/8, 10.1/4 & 10.3/8

2 pieces of 6″ x 10″ pattern paper for the side pop-up panels.

1 piece of 10″ x 3.7/8 white cardstock for the middle section.

Score along the 10″ side at 5″

1 piece of 3″ x 3″ white cardstock for the bottom pop-up tier.

Score along one of the sides at 1/4″, 1.1/2 & 2.3/4

1 piece of 2.1/2 x 2.3/4 white cardstock for the middle pop-up tier.

Score along the longer side at 1/4″ 1.1/4, 2.1/2

1 piece of 2″ x 2.1/2 white cardstock for the top pop-up tier.

Score along the longer side at 1/4″, 1.1/2 & 2.1/4

2 pieces of 5.3/4 x 1.3/8 pattern paper to decorate the envelope closure.

1 piece of 5.3/4 x 4.3/4 pattern paper to decorate the front of the envelope.

For the magnets, I used the 16mm x 2mm strong ones. I think I’ve found the same one on eBay here.

Stamps, dies & embellishments to decorate.

Check out my full tutorial below.

I can’t stop looking at this card, it’s so much fun and definitely one I will be making a lot more.

The Ultimate Pop Up Card

The Ultimate Pop Up Card

Thank you for stopping by.

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Happy crafting



15 thoughts on “The Ultimate Pop-Up Card

  1. Sam your cards are beautiful I made one for my Pops 100th birthday in 2015 sadly he is no longer with us he passed 3 weeks before his 101 have attached a copy for you I dont do face book unless it is family in UK. Cheers Karen Australia xx

  2. OMG this is amazing!! You are so, so talented and make everything look easy enough to be able to do. Your tutorials are really well explained and easy to follow. Thank you as always for making card making fun and achievable 😁

  3. I agree with Alison, you give inspiration and ideas which bring all card projects to life and full of interest.

  4. I just love this card Sam. I really your instructions on how to do it! You really make it easy for us to follow along and make one. Some that I’ve seen are taunting to try, but you have changed my mind on making one. The inside piece alone (cake/planter) can be used in any style card!! TYFS with us……

  5. Very impressive! I LOVE how you made the pop up SO easy!

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  6. Love your tutorials! They are so easy to follow. I’m making a couple of your cards to enter in my local fair…I’ll let you know if they win any ribbons. Keep up the great work. I made a birthday explosion card for my neighbor and he loved it! Carry on! Lol

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