In this post I’ll show you how I made this pop up photo frame card for Valentine’s Day. I just love the mechanism that goes into creating pop up cards, or any other interactive cards. It’s the surprise element in the cards that brings a smile on people’s faces, which makes it even more memorable. Valentine’s Day cards are all over the market, but making one and gifting it to your love makes the card even more special. That’s why I always suggest hand made cards to store bought ones as the former have a lot of emotional value attached to them.
This card is very easy to make provided that you follow the exact measurements as mentioned in the template given below. The complete video tutorial is also included at the bottom.
- White cartridge sheet (available in any art store)
- Card stock paper (blue, gold, red)
- Sketch pens
- Detail Knife
- Pen knife for scoring the creases (an empty ball point pen can also be used)
- Cutting mat
- Jute thread
- Paper flowers (optional)
Note: The above measurements are not to be scaled. This template is for reference only.
- Draw the template on a Catridge sheet.
- Cut the template using a detail knife along the solid lines.
- Using the pen knife, or any sharp scoring tool (or an empty ball point pen), score along the dotted lines.
- Remove the two shaded portions as shown in the picture above.
- Once the template is ready, the rest of the process is easy. Fold the template along the scored lines in the following manner: The first line from the top gets a valley fold, second line gets a peak fold, 5th and 6th dotted lines from the top gets a valley fold, once the 5th line is folded, the 3rd and 4th lines must then be given a peak fold. The dotted lines at the sides get a valley fold.
- Now that everything is nicely folded, close the card and glue the rectangular strip with slanted edges onto the paper. Place a heavy object on this folded card and leave it to dry. Once the card is opened, you must have 2 rectangular pop ups, one big rectangle that supports the photo and one small rectangle that holds the three magic letters.
- Insert the photo into the bigger rectangular frame and stick it.
- Cut out the letters from a red card stock paper and stick them to the front of the smaller pop up rectangle.
- I also cut four strips from a gold card stock paper and stuck them to the frame to get a classic frame look. But you can decorate your frame any way you like.
- Lastly, I added a border to my card and stuck this folded white template on to a folded blue card stock paper, one side at a time.
- Peak fold and valley fold are two different ways in which we can fold a paper. In a peak fold, the paper is folded towards the person folding it (forming a mountain/ peak) while in a valley fold, the paper is folded away from the person.
- For best results, follow the exact measurements mentioned above.