17.12.12

Pop Up Christmas Card Tutorial

Pop Up Christmas Card
This year my 6 year old has 10 teachers and I am making special cards for each of them! I had lots of fun [and a bit of hair pulling moments !!] designing this pop up Christmas card.
Pop Up Christmas Card
This card has a variety of pop up mechanism[V folds, Box designs and Spring pop up mechanisms]
I designed the pop up house with my Scorpal using ideas from Birmingham's book "pop up".[This pop up house is a slightly complicated design so sharing the link to my simpler Pop up house card tutorial]
Pop Up Christmas Card
The Xmas trees behind and in front of the house are simple V fold pop up mechanisms.The reindeer sleigh and snowman also pop up by a V fold pop up mechanisms.
Pop Up Christmas Card
The V fold is described as an easy pop up but its not my favorite as it often gives me hair pulling sessions !! I often make mistakes in its angulation [and my pop up doesnt pop nicely] or height and placement [and my pop up juts out of the card]
Pop Up Christmas Card Tutorial
For pop up enthusiasts who face similar issues :Experiment with the position and angulation of the folded pop up element on the card before any gluing.Once happy...ie folded element is well within the closed card...glue the tab of one half and then apply glue on the other tab and fold the card over...this way you have a smarter V fold Pop up card!

Now lets put aside the difficult pop up mechanisms for a fun and easy pop up card tutorial
The star,bunnies,xmas robin and Xmas tree near the robin all pop up by a Spring pop up mechanism
Pop Up Christmas Card Tutorial
The spring pop up mechanism is super easy to make.
Take a strip of sturdy thick card stock .Score and fold or simply accordion fold a strip of card .My score lines are at 1/2 inch intervals
  • width of paper strip = less than the width of your pop up element 
  • length of paper strip = depends of how much spring you want to give your pop up.
Pop Up Card Tutorial
Attach the folded spring as shown to your pop up element.Gluing position of the spring on the pop up element is important.I wanted just a gentle up ward pop for my star so glued the spring near the center of the star.
This is how the star springs up in the  pop up Christmas card!
Pop Up Christmas Card
On the Robin I added more accordion folds and attached it towards the base of the Christmas robin so as to make it stand more upright on the pop up card.
Pop Up Christmas Card
The Xmas tree near the robin also is popping up by the spring pop up mechanism
Pop Up Christmas Card
Since the V fold pop ups were so taxing I generously used the spring pop up mechanisms to make up my scenic Pop up Christmas card.
Pop Up Christmas Card 
I know many people are daunted by the prospect of making pop up cards but I am sure you would have loved this spring pop up!Do tell me what you think!
Supplies : Graphics : Navneet Publishers Punches used on Pop up house : Martha Stewart.Paper of house roof top [Itsy Bitsy] Dies : Sizzix star [Itsy Bitsy] Blue Stamp pad used to distress edges of star and V fold for snowy scene[Itsy BItsy] Stickers: Santa and Snowman [ unknown company][Sahakaranagar,Bangalore Fancy Store],Sentiment and corner flourish[Shilpi] [Devi & Co Ebrahim Street]
Edited:This project came Tops 3 at ICRC 24 and earned me a Guest DT post.Yippee!

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This project also came top 3 at Winter Wonderland Christmas tree

69 comments:

  1. OMG! Dr sonia..you are absolutely genius...your pop up card is fab and i can never imagine myself doing a pop up card in my life!! I am sure Prisha's teachers will be delighted this year! :)

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    1. Thank you Sindhu. Sindhu if you are interested Robert Sabuda's site has some easy to complex pop up cards with templates and detailed instructions. Once you give a pop up to someone and see the expression change on their face...you will be hooked to making pop ups!!

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  2. All I can say is WOW! This is amazing.

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  3. What a cute pop up card, and great scenery... Those teacher's are going to be stoked to receive them...
    TFS the tutorial, love how you come up with all those fun card projects...

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    1. Thank you Shirl.I wanted to make 10 pop up cards but had to mix it up as pop up cards are a bit time consuming!!

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  4. WOW!!! This is Stunning Sonia. I have never made a pop-up card so I think I might give this a go..Loz

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    1. Loz your carousel card would technically be a pop up!!

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  5. This is quite fantastic Sonia. The teachers will love these. Thanks for sharing the tutorial, not sure I would tackle it in a hurry though. hugs, Ursula

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    1. Ursula so glad you liked it and took time to leave me such a sweet comment

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  6. Sonia
    You are amazing!! This is gorgeous. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. I don't think I would attempt anything that ambitious.
    Myrna

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    1. Myrna you will be able to do it easily since you already have experience with kirigami pop ups!

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  7. Oh "SO" lovely, Project Doc...U a pro at Pop up cards... i think...u can come up with ur own Pop up cards book..."Ebook" doc!!!

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    1. Sathya my kiddo and I did make our own interactive pop up dinosaur book !

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  8. What an amazing pop up card Dr sonia ...i am simply blown away by all this complicated folds and mechanism you do so effortlessly ..Prisha's teacher's are very lucky bunch to be getting such gorgeous work:):)

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    1. Hussena I can play with pop up mechanisms for hours but give me an image to color and after a few seconds I would throw it away in exasperation!!

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  9. This is stunning I love the design thank you for the tutorial. Caroline xxx

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  10. One more funtabulous project !I have never tried pop-up cards. I was inspired to do one by seeing your TajMahal card but was not sure I could do it,so didn't even try !This spring technique is new to me and thanks for sharing it in a simpler way ! Did you take printouts for all the images used?

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    1. Pooja the background scenery and the trees are from a 3d model kit by Navneet publishers...they have the best 3 D papercraft kits in India.I am a big fan. I didnt use the graphics to make a 3 d model but used in this card.The house was made using black card stock.This card is actually huge!

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  11. Oh wow Sonia, you have excelled yourself this is stunning what a lucky teacher
    Hugs
    Suzie xx

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  12. What is totally delightful Christmas creation Sonia.

    It's great to see you at Allsorts challenge this week, thanks so much to joining in.

    B x

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  13. What a wonderful Pop up card Sonia..so many great details...gorgeous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  14. wow im sure kids would love a complete Christmas scene pops up card and also some big kids like me ;)

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    1. Yes Ayesha even I love pop up cards and books.This Saturday I was lucky enough to get my hands on a classic pop up book by pop up artist Mathew Reinhart at the local book exhibition!

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  15. wowwww.. lovee this.. :) you are a poppy queen.. :D

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    1. Ha Ha I like that name Poppy Queen!!

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  16. Hi Sonia,

    I keep going through your frequently and love the stuff you do. Your Craft S upply store list is a great help. I wanted to get in touch with you but could not find your email id. Please do get in touch with me at smiti.r.b@gmail.com.

    Thanks & regards,
    Smiti

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    1. Thank you for such kind words Smiti. The easiest way to get in touch with me is via blog comment! Still if you want to mail me here is my email : soniasv@rediffmail.com

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  17. gorgeous creation just love the interpretation of the tree, thank you for playing along at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs and Xmas Wishes
    Kate xx

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  18. wowwww....absolutely beautiful Sonia. Sure..the teacher 'll love it..Wish u a very Happy X'mas to all of ur family Sonia...*hugs*

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  19. Oh so beautiful is your Creation great layout too and thank you for joining in our challenge over at Forever Friends Christmas card Challenge good luck and hope to see you next time DT Member Sandra H xx

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  20. What a fab project, hugs, Marion

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  21. Amazing card Sonia so creative, a joy to open:)
    Val x

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  22. wow , amazing creation .bright colours and all elements are lovely.
    megha
    http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

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  23. Oh wow, what a lucky teacher to receive amazing piece of work. Can't believe you have so many styles of pop up s in the one card. I so have to try a pop up card.

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  24. Adorable project, Sonia!

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  25. Sonia, this is amazing. I love the little scene you have created. I just have to feature you on my FB page again.

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  26. Wow....this is so lovely!!!! What a great cards, and lots of work...!! Thank you for joining us at Forever Friends, good luck! Hugs Rachel

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  27. Thanks for entering your lovely work at allsorts this week. Happy Christmas. Tracy x

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  28. This is simply amazing!! What a gorgeous card!! I love all the pop-up elements!! And as always, your tutorial is fabulous!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  29. Hallo Sonia,
    what a beautiful pop up card.
    Hug´s Anja

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  30. It always amazes me how much detail you put in to all of your projects. Your tutorials make them sound so easy too

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  31. Awesome card, its adorable!!!
    I wouldnt have patience to make one like that !!!!
    Paula

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    1. Paula anyone who could make the quilled tiger you made has tremendous patience!!Thank you so much

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  32. oh how fun - and amazing! The images are all adorable too! I'm sure your childs teachers are really going to love and appreciate these cards! Thanks for joining in our 12 days of Christmas challenges at Frosted Designs - hope you'll continue to play along!

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  33. Wonderful pop up Christmas card. Like the scene you created. You can enter this in a couple challenges: 1. the wkly challenge I host at Mark's Finest Papers Simple Salutations Christmas Tree Challenge that ends Tues 12/18 evng and 2. one I'm a DT for Pause Dream Enjoy Snow challenge that ends Thurs 12/20 midday.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. You are such a dear Melissa but I have entered it to one challenge which has a 5 challenge restriction so only limited the challenges entered. Thank you so much!!

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  34. Fabulous card! It took such a lot of work, but the end was worth it for you! Great card for a child to be a part of! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  35. A great Christmas creation! Thanks for playing along at Joanna Sheen! xxx

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  36. You have created a beautiful Christmas scenery doctor. I am glad you share the steps . I will always know where to go if I need to make a pop up card.

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  37. Wow....how do you come up with so many fabulous pop up cards, love the scene you have created.......just fabulous!

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  38. Dr. Sonia, you got soooooo creative with this card. I love it and I'm sure all the teachers will, too. I can understand about the bit of hair pulling. :-) I'm sure you daughter will be so thrilled to give this to her teachers. It's awesome!

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  39. Ur passion 2wards cards are so adorable :)

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  40. Beyond stunning!! hope i can find courage to try the simple ones first...

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    1. Tejal such a delight to have you drop by!

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  41. It is always a pleasure when you make something innovative for your child, making a special mark, this is too beautiful Sonia, I am sure you child will carry the cards with pride and the teachers are going to fall in love with your creation!

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  42. wow wow wow, there are so many pop-up elements on this card! u make it seem so easy!

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  43. Hello Sonja,
    Pop up your card looks so fantastic. Wonderful, You got tinkered with your daughter together.
    The teacher will surely pleased about such a nice gift.
    Greetings from Germany sends you Carmen

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  44. Wow! What lucky teachers! I love this card with all of the pop ups and Christmas goodness! :)

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  45. What a fabulous card! So very creative. Thank you for sharing and I am sure the teacher will treasure this card. Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends.

    Karen

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  46. Fabulous project. I absolutely love all of your projects. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    Cindy Lou

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  47. really very beautiful card Sonia

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  48. Awesome Sonia!! Whenever I see a pop up card, I just think of u!! You are a pro in making them and this one is just amazing!!

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  49. Pretty cheerful creation Sonia.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in

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  50. wow what amazing pop ups you have made! I made my first double slider yest with an earlier unsuccessful attempt, hats off to you for making such beauties effortlessly!

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