When surfing on Pinterest a some time ago, I stumbled over an astonishing pop-up card with a heart that pops up. It was invented by Minieco for Valentine’s Day, but I thought it would fit also perfectly for my mom as a mother’s day card.
I did not print out the instructions from the Minieco page, but decided, as usual, to try it out myself to find out more. So I tried it first out with a piece of paper to find out how it works and which things I need to take into account. This would help me later when I want to create something on my own.
After one or two tries I copied the final plan onto a transparent paper with the help of a ruler and a cross-ruled paper.
Then I cut along the lines, letting out the dashed lines, as usual. The transparent paper I used, because I wanted to make two cards with the same principle and so I would not have to draw the pattern onto the card itself.So I tried to cut neat, straight lines with the craft knife.
After that I layed the transparent paper onto the card and cut the lines into the card through the transparent paper. As I used a very strong card, I achieved only scratches, which did not went completely through, but that did not matter. After the first round cutting the lines, I took the transparent paper and cut the scratches into neat lines. Unfortunately, I used a card which paper is not that regular. So bigger clumps in the paper would cause unregular lines. Anyways, the result was good and the strong card material worked perfectly when the heart is popping up.
The hardest part with this strong card material was to get all those small parts standing up and then falling down to the right side.
Here still a view of the dummy card on which I wrote which sides need to be the same length:
and this was then one of the cards:
You don’t see it too good on the picture, but I covered the heart’s surface with a transparent flower paper. And here still a view from outside:
So when making the second card and knowing already how it works best I tried out some new ideas. I wanted to punch out the corners as in the card before but because the outside of the card would get a lilac paper, I would like to add the same pattern that I punch out, onto the inside, so that when you close the card, the lilac pattern is right under the punched pattern. Hard to explain .
Anyways, I punched out the corners of the white cardboard, then I closed the card..
Then I draw along the lines of the punched out whole of the cardboard with a fine pen, so that I later would know where exaclty I would have to put the lilac piece. When I opened now the card, I could see it exactly. So I just punched out two pieces from the lilac paper with the same puncher but took the punched out paper piece instead of the paper itself. Then I glued the pieces onto the marked spot on the inside of the card.
When I know closed the card, one would see the lilac pattern through the punched out holes.
And here still a picture of the other card:
As i had made a mistake with the stamps and misspelled the second word, I decided to make a funny detail out of it. The e-letter just came to late and has still some way to go. Why redo the whole thing when you can use it as a funny detail. My mom knows anyways how clumsy I am.
Why two cards? Because I was already sure, that my darling wants one for his mom, too.