Cardmaking,  Intermediate,  Platinum,  Platinum 6

Hip Hip Hooray!

Hello Spellbinders’ friends! Yana Smakula here with you today sharing a fun pop-up, Hip Hip Hooray Birthday Card idea. Pop-up cards are always fun and offer a great way to surprise the recipient. You rarely expect much from the inside of the card, and as soon as you open one you have a fun and unexpected little something waiting for you. The card I’m sharing today measures 6 x 6 inches.

Hip Hip Hooray! Card by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders Paper Arts

I intentionally kept the outside of my project plain and simple so that it wouldn’t distract from the colorful and dynamic inside. I used Spellbinders’ S7-203 Gift of Happiness die to create a pop up structure for the inside of my card. You can use this die to create gorgeous waterfall cards, but the minute I saw it I immediately thought about pop ups!

Hip Hip Hooray! Card Inside by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders Paper Arts

Spellbinders Supplies:

  • S7-203 Gift of Happiness
  • SCP-013 Whirl White Cardstock
  • T-001 Tool ‘n One™
  • GC-200 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

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  1. Begin by die cutting the card base out of white cardstock. Score and fold it so that you have your base.
  2. Create several embellishments for the pop up element. Use present die and cut several gifts out of small scale journaling cards (usually found in 6 x 6 paper pads) and create ribbons using a ribbon die and glitter paper. Make several candles using Candle and Striped Candle dies.
  3. Assemble the pieces on the steps of the pop up structure. You can use glue or foam adhesive to create a little bit of dimension, but don’t use too much, or your card will not close properly. Die cut a rectangle and heat emboss or stamp a sentiment and dress up the pop up piece using glitter stars in various sizes.
  4. Fold your pop up element and measure its size. If some of the embellishments you created are sticking out from the folded base you need to measure those as well. Create a base for your card that is large enough to hide your pop up when folded inside. The one I made measure 6 x 6 inches.
  5. Decorate the front of the card using patterned paper, stickers and die cuts.
  6. Adhere the pop up element inside your card. When adhering the pop up element adhere one side first, next adhere the second side. Don’t adhere both at the same time.




Do you love making pop up cards? Share your comments below, I love hearing from you!

Hi! I'm Yana Smakula (pronounced Sma-coo-la)! I love all things handmade. My passion is cardmaking featuring some fun and simple die-cutting and stamping techniques!

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