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WHOA. This Is What I Call A Pop Up Card! I love pop up cards. I love getting them, I love making them, and I love giving them. There's a little magic is a really effective pop up card, dontcha think? I have, for many years now, been a fan of the Love Pop cards, […]
WHOA. This Is What I Call A Pop Up Card!
I love pop up cards. I love getting them, I love making them, and I love giving them. There's a little magic is a really effective pop up card, dontcha think?
I have, for many years now, been a fan of the Love Pop cards, have you ever seen those? The first time I saw one, I didn't at all understand how it was possible. Sorcery? Dark Magic? Engineering Skills? Whatever it was, I was pretty sure it wasn't something I possessed. 🙂
But THIS pop up card is awesome. Truly dimensional, and not so hard that it will make you cry. 🙂
Video Tutorial Included Below (at Bottom)
I honestly don't know how well I can explain the construction of this card in text and photo, so I've included a step by step video tutorial for you.
Be warned, that sucker is an hour long...but I THINK you can pause as you go through it and follow along. The video is an hour, but truth be told, I think it only took me about an hour and 15 minutes, so there isn't much that I don't show you. Mostly I spared you from gluing and waiting for glue to dry!
You're welcome. 🙂
Where To Get the File
This file is from Dreaming Tree. If you've read my blog or followed my YouTube channel, you may have recently seen the FREE Tealight tutorial, which was a freebie Dreaming Tree file.
The file for this card is not a freebie, and the link is an affiliate link, so if you make a purchase with this link, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. The file, as of today, costs about $3.50 and BOY is it worth it!
For some perspective, a Love Pop card is upwards of $10...for one card. I think this card packs the same punch, AND once you buy the file you can make as many as you want!
I mean, look at it...what in the world? So cool. Seriously.
How Can We Change This File To Use For Other Projects?
So, if you are like me, when you see a file in Design Space or on a 3rd party site, you think "how else can I use this?" I'm not sure if that means I'm cheap...or creative. Please don't post in the comments which you think it is. 🙂
BUT, I look at this card and think that I could easily wipe out the "Mom" with a quick weld function in Design Space...and I could go for a Happy Birthday written by the Cricut?
The front of the card looks like this:
Couldn't we easily turn that into a Valentine without doing much other than changing the color palette?
Yes. The answer is yes. 🙂
It's the Pop Up Mechanism That Makes This Card Extraordinary
I'm not throwing shade on anybody's design, the card is lovely. And I didn't change the Mother's Day card design, because it's bright and cheerful for Mother's Day.
But it is not the graphic design, or the color choices, or the little flowers that make this card special. It's the MECHANISM.
We've already discussed the fact that I don't possess the sorcery skills to make the pop up part happen on my own, but I can sure as heck use that lattice design to make some new projects.
Take a peek inside and you'll see what I mean. If you put nothing in the center of that pot, it's a blank slate. We could make it a Halloween card with tombstones and ghosts...or a birthday card with candles and cupcakes...or a congrats card with confetti and party horns.
Once we HAVE the mechanism, we can really play.
Feel free to post some comments below if you want a tutorial on making this card into something else.
Should we make a Father's Day card using this card base and some elements from Design Space to make it our own? Let me know! Grab the file, and follow along with the tutorial below. And once you own the file, you can participate in whatever we turn it into next!
Materials used for this project are listed below. Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.
Most of the papers used in this project are Cricut cardstock, which comes in a variety of colors and goes on sale a lot. The patterned paper used was scraps from my stash.
I promised in the video that I would link to the purple kraft paper used for the flower basket, which is a Tim Holtz kraft paper from this pack.