Mother’s Day card with a pop-up heart

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 Open-mouthed smile.

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.

The little bit different card (with a twist)

So why am I writing so seldom? Well, first of all of course the busy time at work still keeps me surprisingly busy but on the other side there is again one of the year’s highlights coming, mother’s day, so I am using my time for making mom’s present. Of course I have to make it myself Winking smile. As much as I can tell already, it will be a pearl necklace.

Although the days are just flying by, I had the possibility to try out another card type that I have seen in the Koukussa kortteihin society.

First it reminded a bit of making a pop-up card with drawing lines on a cardboard and cutting lines carefully with the crafts knife.

So I draw four lines on the card, all in the same distance to each other or the edge of the cardboard. Then I draw a rectangle in the middle of the cardboard with the sides a part of the first and last line I just had drawn. Then I cut the rectangle nearly completely out beside the part that is in between the inner two lines. This will be the part that makes the rectangle turn around, when the card is opened.

Then I turned one side around and flattened it with a ruler, as you can see on the picture above. The same I did with the other side but in the other direction. After that my card looked like this:

Then all I needed was to decorate the card from all directions. I wanted to make it a little bit difficult and wanted to find a sentence where the first words on the left side stay the same although the middle part of the card is flipped around. And I found one:

This is the way one sees the card in the beginning:

and when you open it…

then the sentence continues:

Handmade pop-up card

And yes, I made another card. For already some time I have had the idea of learning how to make a pop-up card, but somehow I never felt that I was able to make one. Then again I found instructions and a link to an instruction on the card-makers’ society Koukussa Kortteihin and decided to finally try it out myself.

First I was very lost with the instructions, also because – unpatient as I am – I just did not feel like reading and trying to understand the instruction in a language I don’t really understand. So I decided to just try it out.

I took a thick piece of cardboard to spare my table from scratches with my craft knife and then I first began drawing lines to a paper as big as an open card.

I tried it out several times and had to began several times, as I had made some mistakes and the pop-up effect would not work properly, but then I finally knew how I had to do it.

I based my plan on lines of a lenght of 3 cm to make the plan simple but to still have a card with a pop-up element of two levels. We don’t want to make it too simple, do we?

After I had perfectionized my plan (picture above) I draw the lines to the backside of a better paper, the one that I wanted to use for the card.  I draw dashed lines for lines I should only fold and a continuous line for lines I should cut with the craft knife.

Then I took a ruler and my sharp craft knife and cut along the (continuous) lines. The ruler was very useful as I am uncapable of cutting straight lines.


Then I folded the paper carefully along the dashed lines trying to not fold anything but the parts meant to be fold. It started to look very nice already and I was very proud that it worked pretty well when I closed and opened the card. I guess one needs proper, not too thin paper for this.

So all left to do was to glue the paper into a card and to decorate the pop-up inside and the outside of the card.

When I had decorated the outside of the card, I still cut out a narrow hole into the card for the ribbon just at the place where the pop-up element is in the inside. That is because I did not want that the ribbon is visible when you open the card. I made the hole because when you open the ribbon then it does not fall down but stays at the card. You can also make a knot into the ribbon around the hole.

And here you can still see where the ribbon is situated under the pop-up element. Not that bad for my first pop-up card, isn’t it?

You can find the instructions here:

as word (.docx):pop up card scheme

and as pdf:pop up card scheme-pdf

and here is the link to the set on Flickr.