Free Father’s Day Pop Up Card Tutorial and Template

Free Father’s Day Pop Up Card Tutorial and Template

Here is the tutorial for the free Father's Day pop up card.  This is similar to the Mother's Day card I made a few weeks ago.  This card is easy enough for anyone to make.  I think in general, more people make cards for mothers than they do for fathers.  Hopefully this will change because I love getting hand made cards.  I'll have to wait a few more years before my baby can make me a card.

Here are a few more pictures of the simple Father's Day popup card:

I struggled to think of a universal symbol for dad.  I ended up using a tie.  I know it's a little generic but you can customize the tie with different patterned papers or you can even color the tie with stripes.  I made this card with a purple and fuchsia tie to add color to the card.  The ties look a tad small but I have larger versions you can cut out.   I will probably make other items like a fishing pole or baseball cap so that you can customize this design.

Here is a video with instructions on how to make this pop up card:

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Here are written instructions on making this pop up card:

  1. Print out the template.
  2. Cut out the card backing using the template.  You can use these instructions on using templates.
  3. Then cut out the words “I” and “DAD” using the template.  In the video, I used repositionable glue to hold the template to the card stock.  After attaching the template to the card stock, fold the letters down the center so that you only see one copy of “I” and “DAD.” To cut out the centers of the “D”‘s, you can use an X-acto knife or simply cut through the bottom of the letters, making sure you cut through the bottom tabs.  When you glue the tabs to the card backing it will keep the “D” together.  If this is not clear, refer to the video.  I use an X-acto knife to cut out one “D” and I cut through the bottom of the tabs for the other “D”.
  4. Make sure you score all of the dotted lines so that they fold easily.
  5. Position the “I”, “heart” and “DAD” in the center of the card backing.  Then glue the “I” and “DAD” to the card backing.  Make sure that the tabs at the bottom of the letters are scored and fold easily.  Keep the letters folded down the center line and apply glue to the outside of the tabs.  Glue the tabs as close to the center fold of the card backing as possible.  Again, make sure that the bottom tabs are well scored and fold easily.  Otherwise, the tabs will pull away from the card backing when you open the card.  Also, do not apply too much glue, otherwise, the glue will squeeze out and get your letters all messy.
  6. Cut out and glue the red heart to the “D”.
  7. Cut out the ties from colored or patterned paper.  You can draw stripes or make your own pattern on the ties.  Then glue the ties down to the card backing at the top of the tie.

I hope you enjoyed making this simple Father's day pop up card.

  • nobita jr
    Posted at 07:38h, 27 May Reply

    thank you so much.

  • Linda
    Posted at 09:56h, 27 May Reply

    Thank you so much for doing this. I am such a klutz at pop up cards. I like that you not only write the instrutions out, but that you show it on the video..

    One hint you might take under advisement? Make your template’s ink color deep black. It is difficult to see exactly what you are working on–because the ink is so light.

    • I'mYourFan
      Posted at 05:12h, 15 February Reply

      I’ll be revisiting your website for something new.. You’re really cool!!

      • CreativeRich
        Posted at 08:34h, 15 February Reply

        Thanks Hylene!

  • Loly Borda
    Posted at 10:57h, 27 May Reply

    Great tutorial as usual, and beautiful card, unfortunately I couldn’t find the templates in the link you gave us.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Loly Borda

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 21:19h, 27 May Reply

      Hi Loly! You can find the link to the template in the 1st step of the instructions above or by clicking on the “store”. You will need to add the template to your cart and check out.

  • Nadine
    Posted at 10:58h, 27 May Reply

    Fab idea x thanks for sharing x

  • Vicki
    Posted at 15:10h, 27 May Reply

    You always have the neatest ideas for cards.

  • Pamela
    Posted at 03:34h, 28 May Reply

    A fairly easy, not too fiddly project- good for beginners. Many thanks for sharing it.

  • Angie
    Posted at 07:06h, 28 May Reply

    How do I get the Template for the Father’s Day Card?

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 09:36h, 28 May Reply

      Hi Angie, after you login, add the template (found in the store) to your shopping cart, then check out. A link to the file will be in your account under “My Account and Downloads”.

  • Victoria Daniel
    Posted at 21:03h, 28 May Reply

    Victoria Daniel at May,28 2012 08:58
    I love it, i have cricut personal machin, can i cut these kind card, i am stil learning, and what kind glue you are you usesing to hold the card,intil youcut it,its easy for me to order in the phone than in the on line. Thanks

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 21:30h, 28 May Reply

      Hi Victoria, The new Cricut machines have made it very difficult or impossible for anyone to use cutting files not from a cartridge. In the past, people were able to cut files using Sure Cuts A Lot and Make The Cut, but recently they stopped supporting Cricut machines. This card is easy enough to cut out by hand. I used a “repositionable” glue by Elmers glue. This makes it easy to cut the templates out and then to remove the template.

  • Milena Zla
    Posted at 12:43h, 29 May Reply

    Thank you so much for this free card! I love the idea and thanks to You I show my love to my parents!
    I wish you happyness and health to you and your family 🙂

  • Krista H
    Posted at 12:53h, 29 May Reply

    Hi Rich,
    The card is fabulous. Thank you. I like that you tilted the heart and that the tie lies on the page (not part of the pop up). That gives the overall card more depth! Thanks again.

    Is the file only a PDF? (the mom day included an SVG)

    Krista’s Paper Cafe

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 13:25h, 29 May Reply

      Hi Krista! I’ve had a few people complain because they couldn’t open the .zip file so I just had the .pdf. I’ll replace it with the zipped file and see if i get any more problems. So check back!

  • Krista H
    Posted at 13:24h, 29 May Reply

    It’s me again. It’s ok–I was able to convert the PDF. Thanks.

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  • shanet
    Posted at 17:33h, 18 October Reply

    Where is the template.

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 03:27h, 21 October Reply

      Hi Shanet! You can get the free template through the template store! Just add it to your cart and check out.

  • Jeeva
    Posted at 02:40h, 17 December Reply

    Hey! nica way to make it easy but i m not able to download it for some reason but i m ur subscriber… could u email it to me?

  • Suelen Schumiski
    Posted at 18:08h, 12 February Reply

    I can only watch until 0:28 …why?????

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 08:03h, 13 February Reply

      Hi Suelen, Please try watching it again. It may be your internet connection.

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  • kayfabulous123
    Posted at 13:40h, 10 June Reply

    i loved it its cool im gonna make one today

  • Olivia Ong
    Posted at 18:05h, 11 June Reply

    Thank you so much,
    it’s lovely and easy to make (=

  • anisha
    Posted at 00:16h, 20 June Reply

    really cute

    • CreativeRich
      Posted at 10:39h, 21 June Reply

      thanks Anisha!

  • Christine
    Posted at 12:03h, 28 July Reply

    Hi M. Rich, Is it possible to have the pop up letter in French please? Because i understanding english, but my familly’s speak only French ;). Thanks a lot and i very like your technic, it’s very funny and nice too !

    • Christine
      Posted at 12:06h, 28 July Reply

      Oupsss! Sorry! In french like : J PAPA , thanks 😀

      • CreativeRich
        Posted at 07:31h, 05 August Reply

        Hi Christine! Thanks for visiting my website. I’ll keep that in mind.

  • Tienkaew N.
    Posted at 19:02h, 04 December Reply

    How can I got the template?

    • CreativeRich
      Posted at 07:08h, 06 December Reply

      Hi Tienkaew, You can purchase the template in the template store.

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