Pop up cards are a brilliant reinvention of the regular greeting cards first popularized in the 1950’s. Today, more than $7 billion worth of greeting cards are bought each year worldwide. Greeting card companies mass produce a huge percentage of these pop up cards while a segment is still handmade by craftspeople.
Unlike other other greeting card designs, pop up card making requires some serious skills especially when traditional artistic practices like origami and kirigami are incorporated into a card project. An individual also needs to understand how paper engineering works to make sure that all card elements pop up.
In this feature article, we will help provide some tips on how to effortlessly make your first pop up greeting card. You will also find fifteen (yes, 15!) pop up cards that have been made and used by real people included in this comprehensive list. Scan through them if you are looking for some card design inspiration and determine which ones you can give out for the next holidays or which ones you may try to create on your own.
The first modern day greeting cards were used as a way to send messages of welcome, kindness, and/or sending a helping hand. They used to be written in premium cardstock that is folded in the middle and with a sentiment written on the inner fold. This basic design and format still apply to pop up cards design today. However, pop up cards added an oomph into the entire thing using, well, a pop up mechanism.
What people first thought of as an amusing addition to generic professional thank you cards is now considered a cult trend in the crafting world. Pop up cards simply give a new take into things which, in effect, make them more effective for everyday use. Listed below are the main reasons why you should create and use pop up cards:
A good pop up card design is all about your vision. What do you want your card to look like? What materials do you have? What paper mechanics techniques can you apply to help achieve the desired effect/s? Do you want to personally craft these cards and design handmade cards that pop up? You need to consider all these before you lay your hand on that sheet of paper and pair of scissors.
But sometimes, it can be difficult to think all about these things in one go. Ideas need refinement and before you could even do that, you need to have the right ideas as well. Just like in any art form, card making requires you to go deeper and search through the inner workings of your soul for that bead of inspiration. It doesn’t have to sound that somber. Really.
Here are different tips on how to find inspiration when designing your own pop up cards and how to keep the creativity flowing:
The key to creating pop up greeting cards (even the most lackluster ones) lies in your ability to intricately apply your knowledge of paper engineering or mechanics in your projects, just like any form of paper artworks. Paper mechanics is the act of folding and/or cutting paper so that it can transform into and host layers of other design elements. The fanciest pop up elements are worth nothing if you do not know how to correctly structure your pop up card base. So, the first step that you should learn and understand before proceeding to serious pop up card crafting is paper mechanics.
For first time learners or those who just want to try out pop up card making, you can follow these basic steps listed below in order to create your first pop up greeting card.
Tools and Materials
Deciding what pop up greeting card to use depends on a lot of factors like recipient’s personality, occasion, your personality and preference, availability of craft supplies, budget (if you are buying a pop up card), even your relationship with the recipient, and the message that you want to send to the recipient. Listed below are the different card designs that you can use for inspiration when making your own pop up greeting card. You may also purchase any of the pop up cards if you do not have time to make your own.
Listed below are the fifteen awesome pop up card designs that you can purchase or create on your own: