How to Make a Pop-Up Card With a Baby Chick for Easter
Around this time of year, many people send Easter cards to family and friends who live far away when they cannot see each other during this holiday season. Even though email, and now Facebook, has replaced the need to use the post office for most correspondence, many people still enjoy sending old-fashioned cards to special people in their lives. You can always send your friend an electronic card on Easter, but there is just something about the satisfaction of making your own to send to others. In the past, I have created many types of pop up cards, but this year I decided to create an Easter one with a baby chick popping out of his egg, which I thought was quite festive. I prefer to draw my own pictures on the items I send, but you can always use scrap booking supplies and die-cut machines if that's easier for you. However, walking around the crafting store, I just always realize how much stickers, paper cuts, and printouts can set you back budget-wise, and I am always looking for ways to save money. Also, I started drawing my own pictures awhile back, and this is just something I prefer to keep doing since I can save money and create greeting cards I truly feel invested in. There is just something creative and meaningful about when I sit down with a pencil and blank cardstock to create a design that no one else will have on their cards.
Above is a photograph of what my completed baby chick pop up card turned out like, but you can look at the photos below if you want to see the entire process from start to finish.
I find using the 8 by 11 1/2 inch card stock is ideal for creating quarter-fold cards, but you can use whichever size of card stock you prefer. I use a ruler to demarcate where the half-fold and quarter-fold lines will be on the card, and then I score these with a crafting knife. I find scoring the folds of my card prior to fold makes the card stock fold more evenly.
The first step in the process is folding the card in half.
Next, I fold the card stock into a quarter-fold along the scored line.
I drew a picture of an Easter basket on the pop-up card for the background, and then I cut the slit for the pop-up card on the basket. The baby chick will be glued to the pop up on the basket portion of the card. The slit for the pop-up is created by opening the inside of the card and cutting two horizontal slits, and then folding these into a pop-up. Look at the picture above and I think you will see how easy it is to create a pop up for your card.
A couple of years ago I created a pop up card with a daffodil I drew, so this time I decided to create a pop up card with a baby chick as these are synonymous with spring.
I used a tan colored pencil to shade in the darker portions of the cute little baby chick.
I used dark brown colored pencils to give my chick large adorable eyes, and I used a blue colored pencil to color in the top portion of the eggshell from which my baby chicken is emerging.
The video above documents how I planned to adhere my drawing of a baby chick to the pop up portion of the card. Once the chick is attached to the card, it will look like it is popping out of the basket. However there is still more work to do before I reached that point in the card making process.
I finished coloring the basket with a neon pink colored pencil and a purple one to give it a vibrant Easter theme, and then I shaded in dense green grass around the basket to differentiate from the sparser grass inside the basket. The sky was filled in with a brilliant blue colored pencil to look just like a beautiful spring day. Once I was finished colored in my drawing, I adhered the baby chick to the pop up with a piece of foam mount adhesive. In the past I used to glue the objects to the pop up on the card, but I hated waiting overnight for the card to dry, which might not be practical if you are making cards at the last minute. Thus, I have discovered that the foam mounts I purchased at the dollar store awhile back are both useful for my scrapbooking and card making.
The video above showcases my completed baby chick pop up card, of which I am very proud. I know it may sound silly to some, but I almost began to feel like the drawing of my baby chick was like a real one. The plus side to drawing a baby chick is this one will always remain the same age. I know very silly, right! As you can see, I have a thing for cute little animals, which influences a lot of my artwork and card making
I decorated the front of the card with hand drawn text, and shaded this in with colored pencils.