Pop up cards are a lot of fun to make, and this can be done easily with your Cricut! If you are looking for a unique birthday card idea, then you will love this Cricut birthday pop up card. Just follow along with this step-by-step tutorial as I walk you through the steps to make this happy birthday card. You can also grab these free envelope templates to make your own custom envelope for your pop-up card!
This Cricut pop up card tutorial progresses as it goes. So, I recommend reading this post from top to bottom.
Materials to Make a Pop-Up Birthday Card
Cardstock – Cardstock is the main material that you will need to make this Cricut Birthday pop up card. I recommend using a medium or light weight cardstock because anything heavier will make this card difficult to assemble. Here are some cardstocks that I recommend for this pop-up card:
- Neenah Assorted Starter Pack – This is a great starter pack! It’s a medium weight which I recommend for this project and will give you all the colors needed to customize this with your school colors.
- Neenah Premium White Cardstock – This is the cardstock that I use in this tutorial. It’s a great shade of white and is easy to fold and assemble for this graduation card.
- White Diamond Glitter Cardstock – My absolute favorite cardstock! I always keep this in stock because it turns a simple cardstock project into something fabulous. You can also print on this.
- Glitter Assorted Cardstock Paper – Glitter cardstock looks great for accessorizing cards or for using to add color to the cutouts.
Scoring Stylus – If you are using the Cricut Explore or Maker, I highly recommend that you use a Scoring Stylus or Scoring Wheel (Maker only). This will ensure that you have perfect fold lines so that your pop-up card comes together perfectly. This Scoring Stylus is very inexpensive but will make such a huge difference when making cards, boxes and other paper crafts with your Cricut.
If your cutting machine does not have the scoring option, you can fold the cards by hand or with a scoring board and stylus after you cut it.
Cricut Pop Up Card Template
Please remember these are for personal use only. If you’re looking to sell products using these designs, please purchase a Commercial Use License here.
Watch the full step-by-step video tutorial on how to make this Cricut birthday pop up card:
Upload Pop Up Card SVG File & Modify Score Lines
First, upload the pop-up card template to Cricut Design Space. Before adding your score line (or making any edits), you will need to Ungroup your Layers. With all your layers selected, click on “ungroup”.
You will also need to click on each individual card piece and ungroup those layers. So, just click on each grouped layer and click “ungroup”.
Next, you will need to change your cut lines to score lines. Select the top layer of cut lines that are grouped together for the pop-up cake (it should have 7 cut layers). In the operations menu, change the lines from cut to score.
While holding down shift, select your grouped layer with the score lines and your white card piece together. Then select “Attach” to attach your score lines to your card.
Next, you will need to change your other line (on top of the purple card) to score as well. Select your cut line and in the operations menu, select score. Attach this score line to your purple card layer just as you did above.
Add Writing to Your Card Using Cricut Pens
I left a blank area on the card template where you can add a message. You can do this by hand or with Cricut pens! If you would like to use Cricut pens, begin by adding your message using the text tool and resize as needed.
Select “Font” when you are ready to select your font.
If you would like to use a writing font, you can filter your fonts by clicking on “Filters” and then select “Writing”. To use writing fonts, you do need to have at least a standard Cricut Access subscription. If you don’t have Cricut Access, any font will work, your Cricut will just write around the font as it would cut it.
Change your text to a writing font. Then make sure that for each text layer that the operation says “Pen” and Style says “Writing.
To adjust your pen colors, select the pen color fill and select your pen type. You can use multiple pens at a time.
To center your text, select all of your text layers together by holding down shift. Then, select “Align” and “Center Horizontally”.
When you are happy with your text, select all of your text layers and your card layer and attach them together.
In the mat preview, you will need to make sure that the writing and score lines are where they should be on your Cricut pop-up card (see image below). If they are not, then you need to go back and attach them.
Cut Your Pop-Up Card
Once you have your card ready to go, select Make It. Then select the standard mat for cutting and click continue.
If you are using a different size paper than 12×12, change your paper size. In the mat preview, you want to make sure that your score lines are on top of your card. If they are not there, then go back and make sure you attach the score lines to your card.
Insert your scoring stylus (or wheel) and continue to cut each design, following the prompts on your Cricut.
If you are using Cricut pens, your Cricut will prompt you on when you should add these so make sure to read each prompt.
Assemble Your Birthday Pop-Up Card
Once your pieces are cut, remove them from the mat. It’s helpful to roll the mat off of your cardstock. This will keep any pieces from tearing or folding.
Note: If you have new mats, you may want to use your light grip blue mat with cardstock. My standard mats have lost a lot of their stickiness, so I’ve passed them down to use for paper projects.
Fold your paper with the birthday cake on it on all of the score lines. Pull the cake pieces out as you do this. Attach your cake layers and flames using glue.
Then glue all of the pieces to the front of your card.
Let your card pieces dry and then glue the inside of your card to the outside. Fold it in half multiple times to make sure that your score lines are folded well.
And that’s all there is to it! Your Cricut birthday pop up card is ready to go! Make sure to make a custom envelope for your card with these free envelope templates.
You may also like these Cricut Birthday Projects.