School project S3 – Christmas pop-up card

For this project, we had to design a pop-up christmas card. I decided to make it a Star Wars card since I’m a big fan. The card shows Yoda balancing gifts over is head with the Force. R2-D2 and C3P-O are looking at the Jedi Master from the side.

I must admit, I didn’t think this project would be as difficult as it was. I had to make numerous dummy card (blank) to have the different angles of the cutouts fold perfectly along with the card. This was also a fun project since I illustrated all the graphics of the card by hand with my Wacom tablet and Adobe Illustrator (see yoda below). I don’t know if I ever want to create another pop-up card  again, but I have a lot more respect for the likes of Matthew Reinhart who are geniuses at this art.


If you are interested in doing this christmas card, I made the full resolution (300 dpi) PDFs available here and here. The PDFs don’t contain the die-cut lines (blue and pink), but the reference images below do. Follow the dotted lines to fold and the plain line to cut. You can also use the video above as a reference. The size of the card is 8×9 inches (closed) so you might want to scale it down if you want to use your home printer. If you want to recreate the full size card, I suggest you use a thicker paper stock than usual because the cutout are fairly big and will collapse under their weight. Your local “Staples” should be able the printout those 12×18 files. (Note: the cutout files fit on a 11×17″ sheet). Good luck.

card in

card out

cut out 1

cut out 2

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