Pop-Up Window Cards

Hello! A few weeks ago, I shared a video showing how to create shadow box cards. People seemed to like it, so I am back with a variation of that design… featuring pop-up windows.

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

All of today’s cards have a window on the front… and a pop-up feature inside. This can be done with many dies and stamps you may have – you simply have to change up the size of the pop-up mechanism. In the video I show many different options in hopes that you can find one that works for the products you want to use. Be sure to watch it as it is best understood by seeing it in action! (By the way, if you didn’t see my Inside Shadow Box Card Video, check it out HERE.)

My first example shows a large stamped image that pops up upon opening. On the front, I stamped the must-have My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Stamp on kraft cardstock with Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink. I adhered the piece to a white notecard and die cut a window with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square Die. I also stamped a sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Sweet Berries Stamp Set. (This set is SO sweet.)

When you open the card, a fun Clearly Besotted Sweet Berries image pops up! I love that you can see the image when the card is closed, but are surprised by the pop up when you open it. This works best with large stamped images or die cuts… or several adhered together.

Another design option is to have a large panel pop-up when you open it. On the outside of this card, I have a few small Hero Arts Nesting Cloud die cuts and a “sending you…” greeting from the Waffle Flower Rainbows Stamp Set.

And when you open the card, a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle panel pops up with a Clearly Besotted Over the Rainbow Stamp Set rainbow. (Isn’t it cute!?) I added more Hero Arts Nesting Cloud die cuts and stenciled clouds using the Simon Says Stamp Clouds For Days Stencil.

My third example shows a large area that pops up when opened. This is especially fun when the outside is quite simple. Here, I have a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Die Cut window with a Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental sentiment.

And the best part is when you open it… there is a party inside!

The little animal images are from the Clearly Besotted Wild Times Stamp Set and the balloons are from an older Clearly Besotted stamp set. (Check out the Clearly Besotted Let’s Party Again Stamp Set for something similar.) This sentiment is also from the Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental sentiment and I added bits of Tonic Golden Years Confetti.

You can also keep the inside simple if that is preferred. Here I used the Jane’s Doodles Angels and All Occasions Stamp Sets.

For the inside, I added a Hero Arts Nesting Cloud Die Cut and Simon Says Stamp Clouds For Days Stenciling.

Here is another card showing how to pop up a large area inside a card… but with multiple Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Die Cut windows on the front. I am crazy about the Clearly Besotted Cute Koala Stamp Set!

On the large pop up area, I made a scene using the Clearly Besotted Cute Koala Stamp Set and the Honey Bee Branch and Leaves Dies. Such cuteness!

I added Sakura Black Glaze Pen to the eyes and nose to make them stand out.

You can also top-folding cards with the window pop-up feature. This design is my favorite! The front of this card features a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square Die Cut window and a sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Tiny Tortoise Stamp Set.

Inside there is a party scene with Clearly Besotted Tiny Tortoise images and fun balloons. I can’t wait to make a few more like this!

I hope you will try these designs out!


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or from Clearly Besotted. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Clearly Besotted Over the Rainbow…
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Clearly Besotted Sweet Berries Stamp Set
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Clearly Besotted Cute Koala Stamp Set
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Clearly Besotted Tiny Tortoise Stamp Set
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Clearly Besotted Let’s Flamingo Stamp…
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Clearly Besotted Wild Times Stamp Set
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Clearly Besotted Let’s Party Again…
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*Waffle Flower Rainbows Stamp Set
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Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental…
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Janes Doodles All Occasions Stamp Set
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Jane’s Doodles Angels Stamp Set
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*My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka…
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*Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square Dies
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*Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle…
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*Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Dies
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Hero Arts Nesting Cloud Dies
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*Honey Bee Branch and Leaves Dies
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*Simon Says Stamp Clouds For Days…
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Creative Corners
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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*Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Gina K Connect Glue
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Scor-Pal Scoring Board
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Therm O Web Purple Tape
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Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
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Be Creative Tape
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Gina K Designs Ink
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
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Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink
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VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
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Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
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Broken China Distress Oxide Ink
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Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
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Tonic Crystal Glaze
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Sketch Copic Markers
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Sakura Black Glaze Pen
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Copic Multiliner Pens
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Tonic Golden Years Confetti
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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59 thoughts on “Pop-Up Window Cards”

  1. I love of the cards but my favorite is the strawberry one…
    Thanks for sharing the pop-up for the inside…well done and tfs

  2. Awesome pop-up cards, I especially love the strawberries card! I love that it doesn’t require a special die to create the pop-ups and is so versatile!

  3. What a great idea! Once again, I never would have thought of this on my own so thank you for sharing. Love all your cards – so CUTE!

  4. OHHH WOW! These are just adorable. Right up my alley. I love to do pop up cards, but haven’t done any for a long time. Your explanations are so easy to follow, much easier than I used to do. Thank You, thank you, thank you! You are my idol and I have a hard time watching others as they are often not prepared as you always are. Off to make pop ups…….byeeeee

  5. You actually made me do a happy dance after I saw your wonderful video and paper engineering talents! Can’t thank you enough, Jennifer <3 PS Love the way you do your videos with a voice over and zipping through the parts that don't require step-by-step instructions!

  6. What a wonderful way to start my morning! New ideas rolling around in my old brain. Hope to get playing soon. Thank you! I

  7. What awesome pop up cards! I think my favorite was the card with the strawberries too. I loved how shiny the strawberries looked and how they popped out at you. Thank you again for sharing your creativity.

  8. Another fabulous video, I will for sure be trying this soon!
    Just an interesting note – it seems every time I click a link for a product you recommend that I want to have, it’s sold out! 😂😂😂 You might be slightly influential in crafty purchasing habits 😉

  9. Too much fun! I need to send a Thank you card and will be using this technique. Thanks for making something that looks complicated be so easy to make.

  10. Hi Jennifer. These cards are so much fun! I love them. Thank you so much for showing different ways & sizes of the pop up cards. I agree the top folding design is my favorite! Lots of space to write our personal message. This was such a fun video. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. Take care ❤️

  11. These cards are so much fun and add an unexpected element for the recipient. I LOVE this kind of video plus you shared some adorable new stamp sets. Thanks so much!!

  12. OMG! Jennifer these are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas!
    I can’t wait to try this. Maybe for my Christmas cards!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Jennifer,
    I can’t decide which card I like the best. They all came out so cute. Pop up cards are really in especially with all the new dies coming out but who needs them with all the tips you show us and so easy too. Thanks again.

  14. I’ve been making pop-up cards for years, but never with a full pop-up panel. This video gives me lots of ideas. The top folding card with the turtles is my favorite.

  15. I already have the material (even the cute koalas and the rainbow stamps !) ….. now I just need some time to try your fantastic idea ! All your cards are beautiful and-or cute ! Thank you for sharing your creativity !

  16. Love your fabulous cards. I am definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creative ideas.

  17. I love these cards and the pop-up feature. Can’t wait to make some cards like using this technique. Thanks!

  18. Exceptional tutorial. I see many cards I want to make with this technique. Now to order a BUNCH of supplies.

  19. Thank you so much for inspiriting me yet again. I already made 2 cards using the style of card one. One is a mermaid birthday card and one is a bees birthday card. They were so easy and so much fun to make. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  20. All of these cards are so lovely and fun! You always have fabulous ideas! Love the koalas card in particular.

  21. Question, what cutting tool are you using? Love your creative cards and the diverse products you use.

  22. Jennifer, you never cease to amaze me with your God given creative talents! I love each of these for different reasons.
    My questions are these, what did you use to color the koalas, branch and leaves (ink pads vs copics.) What color names of pads & #’s of copics?
    Thanks sooo much!

  23. Wow! I’m so going to make some of those pop up cards for Christmas cards. They were so cute. Thanks for sharing this awesome technique with us!

  24. Jennifer,
    I’ve loved watching your videos for such a long time. I don’t write comments as often as I should. This video was so inspiring! Each of the sweet cards gave me ideas for using what I have. I love the variety of options you gave us and the measurements for each. I will be making some of these! Can’t thank you enough.

  25. You did it again………making awesome cards with a great fun technique!! Wow Jennifer, I love them all but I have a favorite and that is the one with the Clearly Besotted Tiny Tortoise Stamp set and the balloons from the Let’s Party Again Stamp set, that card is adorable. Thank you so much for this great video tutorial.

  26. These are all so much fun!! My granddaughters birthday is coming up in a few days & I’m definitely going to make her a pop up card!! Thanks for the video with all the measurements & placements!!

  27. Your tutorials are great! I followed along and made my first pop up card. Thank you for all the ideas and the detailed instructions.

  28. I can’t wait to be able to play again…these are SO INCREDIBLY wonderful! Sitting here with my foot elevated and iced and watching your wonderful video sure is helping my doldrums go away! I am adoring these cards!! Thanks once again, dear Jennifer! You continually astound me!

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