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Wednesday’s Card: Pop-Ups!

I wanted to do another owl card, but I wanted it to be different. And, as usual, I was lying in bed thinking about my next card instead of sleeping. That’s when I thought of the pop-up and spent a BUNCH of time (way more than I had!!) the next day experimenting with it.

I created 2 versions – a simple one and an advanced one. I actually did the advanced one first – that’s me trying to overdo it my first time out of the gate. Then, I decided I needed something a little more basic to show how to do it, so I created the simple version. Watch the simple one first because I slow it down to show you how it works.

After you watch the advanced one, you’ll see that there are so many things you can do with the technique!! I created a PDF with a sketch and measurement for each card to help you (see links below) – I know the video is fast!

Simple Popup
Simple Popup

CLICK HERE for a PDF of measurements for the Simple version.

Supplies (Simple version):

Advanced Popup
Advanced Popup

CLICK HERE for a PDF of measurements for the Advanced version.

Supplies (Advanced version):


  1. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Gloria A.

    Darlene, I recently stumbled on your web site by accident and I love it! This is the cutest card. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  2. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Jeanie Young

    Love your videos. The owls are awesome! The pop-up cards are a work of art. Thank you so much for all your ideas.

  3. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Kim Hill

    Absolutely adorable! How creative you are! I just loved it. thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!

  4. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Stephanei McKinnon

    Just watched your wonderful videos on the pop-up owl cards. What a “hoot”!! I love how you used music instead of words. It was easy to follow your steps since I’ve been making cards for a few years now. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and techniques.

    Stephanie in Florida

  5. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 11:04 am


    Wow! Those cards are just adorable. Both your videos are very easy to follow. Thank you for sharing.

  6. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 12:37 pm


    I just found your site through SSS. I was looking for an owl card for my best friend/stampin junkie cohort’s birthday! Thanks so much!! Not sure if enjoy watching or listening better…LOVE those girls!!
    She will be MOST impressed with this year’s card!!

  7. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Kim Score

    super cute! this will be on my punch inspiration blog post on 10/1. TFS

  8. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 2:02 pm


    I just have one word for you WOW!!!! That was awesome. So… if I stay up at night and not sleep, will I be as creative as you???

  9. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 3:53 pm


    What a hoot!! (per se) I love the videos in fast speed…really makes it easier to watch the whole thing for those of us that are impatient. Thanks for sharing.

  10. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Alyce Schwenn

    Thank you!!! I love owls and just recently purchased the owl punch. I can’t wait to make these cards. Thanks for sharing.

  11. wrote on September 29th, 2010 at 9:32 pm


    Too cute! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  12. wrote on September 30th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Ayana Posadas

    Wow, Darlene! You have totally out-done yourself! I love BOTH of your cards and both videos too! I love how you made two versions. Those owls are so adorable and I really enjoyed seeing your clever way of making them pop-up in the second card. SO fun & cute!!! 🙂

  13. wrote on September 30th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Pam B.


    You are so creative! I’m so glad I’m not the only one that thinks about ideas when trying to sleep! Your owl cards are hootin’ cute!!! I’ll be ordering the woodgrain background stamp for sure now! Thanks for sharing your videos! Keep them coming!

  14. wrote on September 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Inky Moose

    Wow, wow, wow!! Love the idea and the video. I was watching it thinking how cool it was seeing things sped up. If only I worked that quickly! Thanks for sharing your creativity 🙂

  15. wrote on October 1st, 2010 at 1:25 am


    Wow…I’m in love with your pop up cards!! Thank you sooo much for sharing your creativity, putting together an amazing tutorial & for the downloadable measurements! I can’t wait to try it!!

  16. wrote on October 1st, 2010 at 2:50 pm


    Enjoyed these videos so much! These cards are ADORABLE!!

  17. wrote on October 2nd, 2010 at 3:08 pm


    Amazing cards! Thank you so much for sharing – now you got my creative juices flowing!

  18. wrote on October 3rd, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Faith Gaspar

    Oh my goodness… your card is wonderful… was thinking about it driving into town… wouldn’t it be fun to have a Santa Owl, elf owls and a christmas tree with this card.. too fun… Thank you for sharing…..

    • wrote on October 3rd, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I LOVE that idea!!

  19. wrote on October 5th, 2010 at 9:07 am


    Absolutely fabulous. Thank you for not sleeping and thinking up this wonderful idea

  20. wrote on October 23rd, 2010 at 4:12 pm


    Wow or should I say Hoo Hoo
    Fantastic I love these cards. Thanks for the videos they’re a big help. Can’t wait to have a go at this. In fact might not get out of my dressing gown till I have!

  21. wrote on November 2nd, 2010 at 5:32 pm


    Wow, what great videos you have, just found you and love what i see. Thanks so much for sharing and doing all the hard work.


  22. wrote on November 6th, 2010 at 4:58 pm


    This is awesome!!! Thanks for the video. I am more of a visual learner. I am going to have to attempt this.


  23. wrote on November 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm


    Total awesome tutorials- I had a little trouble understanding looking at the measurements, but the video made it all perfectly clear and entertaining. Thanks for sharing and all your work!!!

  24. wrote on January 9th, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Irene Bottoms

    Your cards are awesome. I cant wait to try some of your techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  25. wrote on January 14th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Sharon Rogers

    Thanks so much for the video. I’ve always wanted to try a pop-up-card and was always intimated. You made it seem so easy. I’m going to try this for my grandsons birthday.

  26. wrote on January 24th, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Linda Saunders

    I stumbled upon this by looking up stampin up products that I use here in Australia and wish to complement you on your cards and your generosity in sharing them with people like me searching for inspiration and techniques. You have an amazing gift and are so kind to share it in video format. Thank you so very much.

  27. wrote on March 17th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Nikita Moody

    What is Ranger Ice Stickles? Where can I get it?

  28. wrote on May 20th, 2011 at 8:29 am


    I am so Happy I found your site. You have inspired me by your creative cards. I just made my first pop-up card with my owl punch and I love it!!! So creative and fun. I am not speedy with the owl so it took me quite some time to get the card finished. You make it look so Easy lol. Just wondering what you use to pick the tiny eye dots up I find them hard to pick up and place in the right spot. I have sent links to your site to my Mom and my friends who make cards.

    • wrote on May 22nd, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Denise! I use the tip of a paper piercer. It works great!! You just need to dip the tip into a little bit of the glue to make the little pieces stick to it. I actually have two piercers – one that I use for this purpose and one that I use for real paper piercing. Thanks for watching!

  29. wrote on September 1st, 2011 at 5:37 pm


    OMGoodness! Darlene ~ this is awesome!! I was poking around SCS and then I saw that you were on Stampin’ Connection also. I am so glad that I clicked on your blog!! This card is simply adorable!! Thank you for the PDF and the video, I’m going to make this for the numerous birthdays that I have in September. You are a wonderful papercrafter and I’ll be back for more Ü

  30. wrote on January 18th, 2012 at 3:33 pm


    I have been trying to find the “Party Hearty” stamp set. Stampin Up, does not show them on their site unless I have been looking in the wrong category?

  31. wrote on February 15th, 2012 at 9:35 pm


    I just watched your video on the owl.What do you use to pick up small objects?

    • wrote on February 16th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sandy – it’s a paper piercer that has some adhesive on the tip. I use it for unclogging glue bottles, so it has become one of my most useful tools!

  32. wrote on September 2nd, 2012 at 8:31 am

    debbie metoyer

    I love these popup cards. Your instructions are so easy. Will use for many different cards. Ibwanted to ask about the music. Who is singing? Loved it.

    • wrote on September 2nd, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Debbie – the songs are by the Indigo Girls.

  33. wrote on November 21st, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Jasmine Patrick

    I just love all your owl cards, they are so pretty and you give us the tutorials to stretch our skills, Thank you!!! PS: for your kids – I am from Australia. regards Jas

  34. wrote on November 23rd, 2012 at 8:30 pm


    I found your site via Pinterest and love your cards. Thanks for the tutorial

  35. wrote on December 21st, 2012 at 10:27 am


    Thanks for posting this video, I ordered this punch because I thought it was cute, I really didn’t know how to put it together, thanks again!

  36. wrote on January 15th, 2013 at 11:18 pm


    Wow!! What an awesome video. I just received my owl punch,now I’m so happy I did. And I just joined SU. I love the way you direct the item to your su website. TFS

  37. wrote on March 10th, 2013 at 7:52 pm


    Hi Darlene,

    I like the card design and have written a review on the my site (www.paperartmaster.com), taking the chance here to thank you on the sharing.

  38. wrote on July 17th, 2013 at 7:55 am


    This card is the cutest card I have ever seen. Darlene, you are awesome!!!

  39. wrote on January 19th, 2014 at 8:43 pm


    thanks for shared hoe to make it, very nice

  40. wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Karen Hawkins

    Hi Darlene, I recently watched one of your owl pop up cards and had a go at making one myself. I thought I would let you know in case you’re interested to check it out! Thank you for all your inspiration, I love watching your YouTube videos! It’s right here: http://craftykazzascardmaking.blogspot.com.au/

  41. wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Patty Schramm

    You are so creative! Beautiful cards! Great ideas to pull out the owl punch and I look forward to trying them out. Thank you

  42. wrote on March 19th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Rachel Brooks

    I LOVE the owl punch and your clever ideas. I’ve made several cards and they are always a hit. I just sat and punched out pieces and put them together until I had a large envelope of owls in various vest patterns, eye positions, etc. I can just go to that envelope and find an owl/owls for the card I want to make and go to it. I found the Party Hearty hat punch online, so that makes cutting out the party hats much easier (but it was pricey, as it’s no longer available). Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.

  43. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 1:31 pm


    Hi , I love your owl cards, unfortunately I’m not able to access the PDF’s with the detentions, are they liked correctly?

    • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I just checked and they link correctly for me. Do you have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer?

      • wrote on May 4th, 2015 at 1:03 pm


        Not sure what had happened before, now I’m able to get them to open. Can’t wait to make them. I love your owl cards.

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