Happy Birthday Pop Out Card With 2 Layers

I made this Happy Birthday Pop Out Card using Inkscape mostly.  There doesn’t seem to be an easy way to do this in Design Space.  I am getting better and this card adds a two level message.  Maybe one day I will do a tutorial explaining how, but for now, enjoy the results!  See the other pop out Father’s Day card here.

Make this card for someone you love on their special day!  Let’s address the elephant in the room.  The top edge is a little crooked.  That tells you how hard this card is to put together.  So do it slow and be careful.  It still looks great though and just tell them you did it on purpose.  It fits in an A7 envelope for mailing, or you can make a coordinating envelope by following the tutorial here.

You will need:
Paper Selection

There are two parts to the Birthday pop out card base, the main base and the pop out mechanism.  They should be made from the same paper.  A patterned paper wouldn’t really work for the base because it would be hard to match up.  But I added 2 patterns to the front and the embellishments. The base card paper needs to be fairly heavy, at least 100 lb. weight.  The rest of the card can be any weight paper.

You can use any colors you want.  If you need help selecting colors, try my e-booklet “Coloring your Designs.”  It is a big help!

Cutting the Birthday Pop Out Card
This card cuts fairly straight forward.  It has lots of little parts so make sure you keep track of them.  And some of the pieces are very thin so be careful removing them from the mat so they don’t tear.
If you want, you can cut off the thin strips from the edges of the Happy Birthday with scissors.  I did because I thought it made it look cleaner.


Assembling the Birthday Pop Out Card
This card is very hard to put together.  Start by re-creasing all the folds.  Attach the red letters to the front of the Happy Birthday.  Take my word for it, you don’t want to attach them after the pop out is assembled!  My fingers were too thick and clumsy.
There is a score line above and below the word HAPPY and the word BIRTHDAY.  Be careful to get these folds just right so that the card works properly.  On the Happy Birthday overlay the folds, from the top start with a valley fold and alternate with mountain folds.  Glue the bottom fold exactly 2 inches out from the center fold line on the bottom of the base card.  Then fold the Happy Birthday piece flat and put a small dot of glue on the top section.  Close the card and the glue dot should mark where to glue the top section.  Only glue the top section!  This is where things can get crooked so be careful!  After gluing completely, close the card and put something heavy on it to hold it closed until the glue dries.  Once it is dry, open and close the card a few times to make sure it works properly.
Assemble the rest of the embellishments and attach the borders.  Try to cover most of the bottom line where the cardstock is glue together with the bottom border.  Now attach the rest of the embellishments.  Follow the pictures above if you need help.
And your Happy Birthday Pop Out Card is done.  And it fits in an A7 envelope for mailing.
Birthday Fun Facts
  • Dec. 24 and July 4 are the four  most uncommon birthdays.
  • September 9th is the most popular day to be born in America, followed closely by September 19th.  (These two facts vary by where you get the data)
  • Don’t give a clock or watch as a birthday gift in China. It’s bad luck!
  • European birthday parties were held because people thought they were vulnerable to demons on their birthdays.
  • William Shakespeare died on his 52nd birthday: 23 April 1616.
  • First century Jewish law forbid the celebrations of birthdays.

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