21 Aug How to use templates to make a pop up card
In my tutorials, I make the assumption that you know how to cut out the card using my templates. If you don't, this tutorial will give you some guidelines or tips on how to use my templates to cut out a popup card by hand. The instructions below will give you several options for using the templates. If you have a cutting machine, then this wouldn't apply to you. There are 3 different ways to use these templates.
- Print the template directly on the card stock.
- Print the template out on paper, then tape it to the card stock.
- Print the template out on paper, then temporarily glue it to the card stock.
I talk about these 3 methods in the video below.
1. Printing directly on the card stock
The first method is to print out the template directly onto the card stock. This is the easiest, but in some cards, you may see the black lines after you assemble the card. You'll want to cut slightly inside the black lines so that you will not see the lines. This can be a little tricky when cutting out very intricate geometries, like the lettering. The advantage of this method is that the template will stay aligned with the card stock. Another advantage for this method is that you can print out additional text and colors to your card to customize it. The picture below shows a template printed directly on the card stock.
2. Print the template out on paper, then tape it to the card stock.
The second method is to print the template out on paper, then tape the template to the card stock. Cut out the pieces of the template, getting reasonably close to the black lines. Then tape the four corners down over your card stock. This is what I did up until I bought a cutting machine. It's ok if you tape the template and card to your cutting mat. Make sure you cut from the center outwards. For the example shown below, cut starting with the text, then the ribbon, then the outside of the card. Always cut the outline of the entire card last. Otherwise, your template will become detached. This method is the simplest and does not leave print lines on your card. This method can be difficult sometimes if the pattern is very intricate. If your template becomes detached, then it may be hard to realign it. The picture below shows a template taped onto the card stock.
3. Print the template out on paper, then temporarily glue it to the card stock
The third method for transferring the template to the card stock is to temporarily glue the paper template to the card stock. This is the method I would recommend. Use a repositionable adhesive, such as Krylon's Easy-tack. This is a very light rubber cement, similar to post-it note glue. After you print out the template, spray a very thin layer coating of Easy-Tack to the back of the template. I would suggest doing this outdoors so you don't get glue residue over everything. Spray at least 12-18″ from the paper template. If you put too much glue, you will leave a thin sticky film on your card. It is critical that you do not put too much glue. You may want to experiment with some scrap paper first. This will take some practice. Note that the glue will barely feel tacky to the touch. Let it dry for a few minutes, and then press it down onto the card stock. I would still cut from the center outwards. This method will prevent your template from getting misaligned from your card stock. The image below shows a template glued to the card stock with Easy-Tack.
I've shown you 3 different methods for cutting the template patterns out of card stock: printing directly on the card stock, taping the template on the card stock, and temporarily gluing the template to the card stock. Try this out, pick a design, print the template and make the card.
Updated 4th method:
You can use a repositionable glue stick to attach the template to the card stock. This works well because you can use it on small pieces cut out from the template. It is also not as messy as the spray. This has become my preferred method for hand cutting templates out. Here is what the repositionable glue stick looks like: