Pop-Up Flower Card for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 10th!  If you’re still looking for a unique card for that special Mom in your life, give this project a try. The pattern is from the ever-creative Robert Sabuda.

You’ll need 1-2 colors of card stock for the flower, and 1 color for the card base. For my project, I chose two coordinating colors for the flower, and one gold color for the stamen (an optional add-on).

You can download the pattern for this flower from Robert Sabuda’s website, (flower pattern), where you can also explore many other pop-up designs.

Here is my version to the steps for making this flower card:

1.  Cut out the three pattern pieces for the flower and trace them onto card stock. I traced the front and back pieces (symmetrical) onto the back of the same color of card stock. The middle piece (asymmetrical), I traced onto the back of the coordinating color of card stock. I then scored the fold lines, per guides on the pattern pieces, before cutting them out. Also, before putting the template aside, don’t forget to mark the placement guides onto the card base.  For this, I used the sharp end of a compass to transfer the marks onto my card.

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2.  Once the pattern pieces have been cut, I folded the pieces according to the scored lines and mountain/valley fold instructions on the template.

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3.  Start the flower assembly by gluing the larger symmetrical piece onto the base card according to the placement guide. My trick is to fold the edges up, place the V-shaped folded piece along the V-shaped placement guide, dot glue onto the flaps, then press down firmly to hold in place.

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4. Next, take the asymmetrical middle piece and fit it over the first glued piece. Make sure that the piece fits firmly, then glue down the small flap on the piece to keep it in place (this can be a bit tricky). I like to close the card after gluing each piece, before it dries completely, to help relax the paper and let any kinks work themselves out.

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5.  Lastly, glue down the front symmetrical piece according to the placement guide. Voila! and you have your pop-up flower card!

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6.  I felt the design was missing a little something, so I decided to add some flower stamens. I folded a piece of shiny gold paper in half and free-hand cut a multi-stem design. I then inserted the stamens between the middle and front pieces of the flower. I think this adds a bit more character to the flower design.

FullSizeRender (4) FullSizeRender (3)As you can see, this simple Robert Sabuda design results in an elegant pop-up flower card. The design possibilities are endless with your choice of paper colors and textures.

I hope that you and your loved ones will take the time to enjoy this simple and elegant pop-up project.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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