A super simple lesson for all ages. I make these cards throughout the year, there doesn't have to be a special occasions, although you could adapt them for topics, seasons, birthdays, events etc.
I'm going to keep it really simple and share how to make a one tab pop up card, though you can make this with more.
Making the basic pop-up card
1. Get two sheets of A4 paper, fold both in half. Place one to one side for later on.
2. Take the other sheet of paper, hold horizontally at the folded edge, this is really important or it won't work, cut two lines up from the folded edge, just off centre, about an inch apart, then gently push through, lightly taking hold of the fold, till it can go no more, make sure it's folded properly and gently close the card. ( see photo 1, 2 & 3)
3. Cut a little bit off right round the edge of the card, this is so it fits inside your other sheet of folded A4. ( see photo 4)
4. Stick the card with the pop up tab, inside your other sheet of folder A4. Making sure the folds don't overlap, or it won't close properly. A voila - you have the basic pop up card.
( see photo 5 & 6) Now it's time to decorate it.
Pretty much have fun - do whatever you feel like, keep it simple, go for it, decorate the front, inside, whatever you want. ( see photo 7 - 11)
Here are a couple of tips;
1. Make sure you don't make the pop-ip shapes too big or they'll stick outside the card when you close it.
2. Make sure it is the right way round when you decorate the front, sounds like a no brainer, but hey we all make mistakes,
3. When gluing don't glue the white tabs, make sure you glue the shapes to go on the tab, and only the bit that will touch the card, otherwise the card might end up stuck together.
Gyl works as an art and design teacher with primary school children. Having previously taught art and design at high school, worked at the Venice Bienalle, and as an arts lecturer at further education college. She also enjoys making her own work.