Pop up cards are easier to make than you might think with this all-purpose spiral design.
I love pop up cards but I don’t love how intricate some of them can get to assemble. Between all the cutting and sometimes asymmetric folding, my pop up card ends up looking like a total mess.
Fortunately, this spiral design allows you to turn any card into a popup one by just attaching its two ends to opposite sides of the card base.
It makes things so much easier to assemble and you have the flexibility to rearrange all your cutouts as you like.
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Material for Pop up cards
Cardstock – I like at minimum medium weight cardstock for cardmaking. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Recollections 65lb Cardstock from Michaels
- Favorite Assorted Pink/Blush 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Favorite Assorted Purple 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon
- Kraft Cardstock from Michaels
Glue – I like to you an assortment of different glues with my cards depending on what it is I am trying to glue. The key thing here is you don’t want a polymer based glue that warps the paper. Here are some of my favorite cardmaking glues:
Template – Both the starry night and hot air balloon pop up card templates PDF and SVG (for the Cricut and other cutting machines) are available for free in my resource library.
Pop up card tutorial
Step 1: Cut out the base and spiral using the pop up card SVG or PDF templates
While it is possible to cut this by hand, it’s a lot easier and faster with a cutting machine.
I used my Cricut cutting machine with a fresh light grip map.
Step 2: Glue the spiral to the card base
You will need to glue the center of the spiral to one side of the card and outer end to the opposite side.
In this particular photo, I have a white glue dot in the center and I’ve glued down the outer most end with a gold star.
Apply the glue and close the card and let it dry with something heavy sitting on it.
Step 3: Apply the additional decorative pieces
Now with a generic spiral base attached to the card, you can add you themed cutout on top as you please.