Easy Pop-up Birthday Cupcake Card Tutorial

Hi everyone! Hope your year is off to a good start 🙂  In this week’s video tutorial, we’re making a pop-up birthday card with a cupcake inside!


As pop-up cards go, this card is about as easy and simple as they get, especially if you use one of the patterns.

I’ve created a few different patterns, so pick the one that works best for you 🙂

Also, you don’t have to use the patterns – feel free to draw your own! The object must fold in half, and make sure the two angles on the bottom are the same as each other and the bottom is angled upwards (not straight across) like on my patterns.


Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: ~30 minutes

Materials (if possible, I’ve linked to what I used):

  • Card stock (thicker, heavier weight paper works best for this) in multiple colors
  • Scoring tool or an old pen that doesn’t write anymore
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue (you can always try using other types of glue, but for a pop-up it needs to be very strong)
  • Pencil
  • Printer


Click here to view and print the patterns:

Cupcake Pop-Up – Outline

Cupcake Pop-Up – Coloring Page

Cupcake Pop-up – Separate Pieces


Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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Simple Award Themed Card Tutorial

In this video tutorial, learn how to create a super simple and quick award themed Father’s Day card!


This tutorial was made with Father’s Day in mind, but it would really work for any occasion you’d like to make someone feel special! It couldn’t be easier or quicker to make, so if you’re looking for something last minute, this one’s for you!

Time needed: ~20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy


  • card stock or construction paper in red, blue, white and gold
  • marker or pen
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • circular objects to trace, one larger and one smaller

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“Sweet” Valentine’s Day Card Tutorial + Free Coloring Page

This video tutorial shows how to create this “sweet” valentine card!

This heart-shaped sugar cookie inspired card for Valentine’s Day is complete with a “sweet” pun. This would be the perfect card for someone who loves to bake!

Here is the free pattern. As I mentioned in the video, in addition to cutting the pieces out like I did, you can use this as a coloring page and create the card that way. This would be a great card for kids to make! If you can, print it on white card stock or construction paper for best results:

you’re sweet card pattern/coloring page


I got the idea for this video when I was creating designs for Zazzle with heart shaped sugar cookies and realized it might also make a good Valentine card tutorial! If you’re interested in also seeing the Zazzle designs, here they are:



Phone Case


This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

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Mini Greeting Card & Envelope Tutorial

New tutorial! This week we’re making these adorable miniature cards and envelopes!

These can be made into pop-up cards, birthday cards, and more. These are the perfect size to give along with a flower arrangement or to anyone who loves miniature things!

You can, of course, make any kind of card, but in this video, I show ideas for a birthday card, pop-up card, and valentine.


Click here to view & print the patterns:

mini cards envelopes pattern


Time needed: ~30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy


  • Paper, here is the patterned paper I used
  • Something to score with, I used this
  • glue stick or other
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • markers or pens to decorate, if you’d like


This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.


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How to Make an Envelope (for any size card!)

A new video went up today!
Today, I’m showing you a method for making an envelope for any size of card.
Difficulty: Intermediate 
  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ruler
  • pencil




-If your card is not a rectangle or square (it has one or more rounded or irregular sides, etc.) instead of tracing the card, draw a rectangle or square that the card will easily fit in.
Then, just follow the instructions in the video.
-If the paper is not big enough, even after you’ve turned the card diagonally, you could tape or glue two pieces of paper together, then just follow the video.
This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.
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Pop up Birthday Cake Card Tutorial

A new tutorial is up, showing how to create a pop-up birthday card! Here it is:


If you are here for the templates, here they are.
For most of these patterns you only need to trace and cut one. This excludes the candle pattern – you’ll need 4 of these – and the sign pattern – you’ll need 13 of those. I’ve written how many you’ll need of each on the pattern also.


Click on each file to view & print:


  • The patterns above
  • Cardstock, Scrapbook paper, art paper, construction paper – any paper that is a little heavier than printer paper should work
  • Tape
  • Glue (A glue stick or glue gun is best)
  • Sharpie or other marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
The simplest way to make this card would be to trace the cake and candle patterns onto white paper, then color them in. I used multiple papers to create the cake, candles, flames, etc. This is quite a bit more work, and you’ll need to add little tabs to everything so you can attach it all together.


Also, if you want to make this card a little sturdier and more permanent, add tabs to cake pattern #2 and glue everything on, instead of using tape.


If you create this card, and you’d like to share – tag me on instagram: @essyjae 🙂


This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium
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Father’s Day Card – Shirt & Tie Tutorial

Just uploaded a new video – how to make a Shirt & Tie card for Father’s Day!

This card is inspired by a shirt tie and is a popular idea seen on Pinterest.



Here’s the template you’ll need to make it. Be sure to print this at full size (8×10):

Click here to view & print the file:



If you make this card and you’d like to share, tag me on instagram @essyjae 🙂

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

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