16 Mar Birthday Pop Up Card: Square Cake Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to make a birthday pop up card. This pop up card has a square cake in the center with 5 candles. As you will see from the template, you will easily be able to alter the design to customize it for other occasions such as: wedding cards, baby showers cards (although 5 candles may not make sense) or even a graduation card. The design of the card uses the square box technique. I cut small short semi-circles along the edge where the top of cake will fold. These semi-circles give the cake a little texture and look like the frosting at the edge of a cake. It may be a little tedious to cut. If you don't have the patience to cut the semi-circles out, then you can score the edge straight. Here is a pic I took of 3 cards I made:
Here is the tutorial video:
Here are the instructions:
- Purchase the template for this design here: Birthday Pop Up Card Square Cake Template.
- Print out the template.
- Cut the template out on the card stock of choice. If you have cardstock with different colors on each side, then the cake will be a different color than the rest of the card. You may even spray paint one side of the paper first so that the cake will be a different color.
- Make sure the “Happy Birthday” words are backwards so when you fold up the flaps, the wording will read correctly
- Score the sections that will be folded.
- Fold the card at the scored areas. Make sure that the creases are very loose. This will help the card sit flat when opened. Otherwise the top of the cake will look like a house roof. It will still be slightly angled, but the looser it is, the flatter it will be.
- Insert the candles into the holes.
- Glue the candle flaps to the card.
- Assemble the top of the cake by sliding the tabs together, matching the slots. Be careful not to rip the tab off. If you do, don't worry, just glue the pieces together.
- Assemble the side flaps of the cake, again using the slots and the tabs.
- Cut out 2 card backings 6 3/8″ x 4 5/8″. This will give you a little boarder around your card. It will also allow you to use a standard 6 1/2″x 4 3/4″ invitation envelope.
- Glue the card backings to the center card. Use a strong glue right below the candle. Then use a non wrinkling glue, like a glue stick, to the rest of the card.
There you have it. Here is my first Birthday pop up card tutorial.