Free Standing Pop-up Card Tutorial

This is the closed version of the card – it will fit in a standard A2 envelope!

A couple of months ago, I shared a free standing pop-up card on the CropChocolate discussion board.  One of the ladies was really excited by the design, so I promised I would share the tutorial with her!  Now that Spring is here, I thought this fun, interactive card would be a great base for a card all about “things springing up”!  So Blue, this one is for you!

 Materials:  (all papers used for the example project are Echo Park Springtime)

–         Base: one piece of paper cut to 11″ X 4 1/4″

–         Pull Tag: one piece of paper cut to 5″ X 2 1/2″

–         Mat for Pull Tag: one piece of paper cut to 5 ¼” x 2 ¾”

–         Optional – wings: one piece of paper cut to 3” x 7 ½”

–         Fibre/twine for pull tab and embellishment (I used Stella and Rose)



  1. Using the 11″ X 4 1/4″ piece of paper, score at the 1”, 2 ¾”, 3 ¾”, 5 ½”, 7 ¼”, 8 ¼”, and 10”
  2. On the middle score line (5 ½”), mark the middle at 2 1/8” and measure out 1 ½” both ways.  You should now have a centered line along the score line that is 3” long.  This will be the slot in which the pull tag sides in and out.
  3. Using a craft knife, cut along the 3” line.  Note: depending on the number of layers you plan to include on the pull tab, you may need to make you slit wider.  If so, simply run your craft knife approx. 1/8” beside the line you have already cut.

Pull Tag:

  1. Place the paper you cut for your pull tag on the piece cut for the matting.

 Putting the pieces together:

  1. With your base card right side up, apply adhesive to the bottom of edge of  one end along the 4 ¼” side.
  2. On the other end of the same piece, apply adhesive approximately ¾” from the bottom edge (right below your first score line)
  3. Slide the pull tag through the slit in the middle of the base
  4. Fold UP the bottom 1” of the base on both ends (the ones that have adhesive), forming a sandwich with the pull tag in between in the center,
  5. The “wings” helps to keep this design open and standing.

    Optional – Although your card will now stand on its own when you pull up on the pull tag, I have added “wings” to help keep the card open.   Pull the tag up, so your card is in the open position.  Run adhesive along the back of the pull tag along the edge that meets the base of the card, and approximately 2 ½” up from this edge.  Line up your wing paper along the back of the pull tag, and adhere.  Fold the pieces that stick out over top of the pull tag across the front.  You now have two wings that can be opened when the pull tag is in the upright position. 

  6. Embellish the card on any visible section.

Although there isn’t a huge amount of space to write a message, this is a fun greeting that you can share or send to add a bit of whimsy to someone’s desk!  I love the clean lines and spots to add embellishments and fibres that really make this card fun for the recipient!

After all, who wouldn’t want a card like this smiling back at them all day!  Thanks for stopping by!


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