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Christmas pixel popup cards

I have had quite a few requests for Christmas pixel popup cards. There are three designs below if you fancy having a go at making some.

Christmas pixel popup cards

I tried lots of designs out. Some were a complete disaster! The trees definitely turned out to be the best…they remind me of lego trees!

Christmas pixel popup cards

Speaking of which I am going to hang lego trees up in our Christmas tree this year. I like the idea of a tree within a tree!

Christmas pixel popup cards

Text based designs work really well too. The photo below doesn’t really do that card justice! (The weather here is terrible at the moment so it’s been hard to take good photos).

Christmas pixel popup cards

My reindeer was a flop! (It did exactly that!). I do think it looks nice as a simple paper-cut though.

Christmas pixel papercut card

If you fancy making some you will find templates and a tutorial after the jump…

Christmas pixel papercut card

…don’t forget to make some pixel snowflake confetti to go in your card ^_^

Christmas pixel popup cards

Click on the link below for full how-to!

Christmas pixel popup cards

YOU WILL NEED:

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+ A craft knife

+ Paper

+ Ruler

+ Needle (for scoring)

+ Double sided tape

+ Cutting mat (preferable)

+ Printable files (all files are at the bottom of the post)

HOW TO

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1. Download the popup insert template of your chosen design and print out. I would recommend using good quality paper rather than card. Using some scissors trim around the edge of the template. Then using a craft knife make all the vertical and horizontal cuts (refer to scoring/cutting diagram below).

2. Now take a ruler and needle and score along the horizontal lines (refer to scoring/cutting diagram below).

3. Turn your card over so that the printed lines are on the back of the card. Make the fold in the centre of the card and at the foot of the design.

4. Manipulate the card so that the rest of the design pop out. This is the trickiest step and needs gentle manipulation and some patience! I found sticking a skewer behind the design really useful. The single tree is the easiest design to make so if you haven’t made these before then start with that design.

You should now be able to fold your car fully in half and the design should lie flat in the middle!

5. Make your outer card and tape your popup insert inside. I would recommend using some double sided tape on the top half of the card only.

6. Print out the envelope template. Cut, score and fold.

7. Pop card inside and tape envelope shut (I added some pixel snow confetti too)!

If you have any problems please leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP!

TOP TIPS

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– For best success make sure you have a sharp blade in your knife (and be careful not to cut your finger like I did!).

– Precision and patience is definitely the key to succeeding with these popup cards. It definitely gets easier once you have figured the first one out.

If you are finding these designs too tricky try the 8-bit cards instead. They are a little simpler and will help you understand how they work.

Christmas pixel popup cards

“SINGLE TREE” FILES:

Cutting/scoring guide

Pop-up insert template

Envelope Template

Outer card Template

“3 TREES” FILES:

Cutting/scoring guide

Pop-up insert 

Envelope & Outer card Template

“♥ XMAS” FILES:

Cutting/scoring guide

Pop-up insert

Envelope & Outer card Template

“REINDEER” FILES:

Card template

Envelope Template

Inner card Template

 

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  • ideagrafika

    Awesowme idea! Wish I had read it earlier 🙂
    But maybe I will try it with birthday cards 🙂