Flower Pop Up Card Tutorial Part 1 of 3


Hi! My name is Peter. I’m a designer and a paper artist. I’m often asked which kind of paper is suitable for the
creation of pop up cards. Well, that depends on the effect that you
want to achieve. To explain what I mean, I created this
model. For this flower pop up card I used three different materials.
Light paper for the petals, stronger paper for the green leaves and sturdy cardboard for the backing sheet. Now I will show you
how you can create this pop up card. At first, you should download the
template. I created a colored and a white template that you can download for free. You will
find the link in the video description right here on YouTube below the video. Before we start, I have to warn you. The
creation of this pop up card is very time-consuming. I estimate that will need a whole afternoon
for the creation. That’s why this tutorial is not suitable
for little children or as a last minute gift. If you are
looking for easier and faster tutorials, please visit my Facebook fan page.
The link is also in the video description. My tutorial consists of three parts: This is part one. Okay, let’s start! At first we will create the petals of
the flower. Print the first pages of the template on
light paper with a weight between 70 g/m² 100 g/m². Usual office paper will be okay. If you want to create a colored flower,
you may want to use colored paper. Page 1 is only needed once, but you
have to print four copies of page 2. Print one copy of page 3. Crease all straight dashed lines with an empty ball pen. Repeat this for all pages from 1 to 3. Now it’s time to cut out all pieces from
page 1 to page 3. In this step it is not
necessary to cut the perfect lines.You may cut out
the pieces very roughly. In the end you should have
11 pieces: One circle, that is marked with the
number “1”, four pieces marked with the numbers “2, 4, 6, 8”, four pieces marked with
the numbers “3, 5, 7, 9” one piece marked with number “10” and one piece marked
with the letters “M” and “L” take a piece that is marked with numbers
“2, 4, 6, 8”. Cut the black straight line. Then fold the pieces along the dashed lines alternating backward and forward.
Cut off the tip. Cut out the two gray lines exactly. Cut a waved line as you like it. You don’t
need to follow the black dotted line exactly. It’s just an orientation. Cut freely. The final piece should look like the
petal of a flower. Repeat these steps for all the pieces
that are marked with the numbers “2, 4, 6, 8” and the pieces that are marked with the
numbers “3, 5, 7, 9”. Piece “1” is a little bit different. We also start by cutting the black line but in this case we fold only along the
green lines and fold them backward and forward.
In this step, we ignore the red lines.
As you can see the final piece has the same shape as
the other pieces that you have created before. Cut off the tip. This time, we have only one
gray area to cut out. Now you may cut a freely waved line
as you have done it before. Open the piece again. Now we start to fold the pieces backward and forward
along every green and red line. Now we have much more folding lines and
more folds to do, so this piece is a little more complex
than the other pieces that you have created before. Piece “10” can be created similar to piece
number “1”. The only difference is, that the slots
point into opposite directions. To create the base for the flower,
cut the black lines exactly. Fold along the red dashed lines.
Now, once again, cut a freely waved line as you like it.
The final piece should look like the petals of a flower. Now it’s time for the assembling! Take piece number “1” and one of the
pieces that’s marked with number “2”. The lower slots of piece number “2” fit into the slots of piece number “1”.
It may be a bit tricky at first, but since we used soft paper instead of
stiff cardboard, the pieces shall finally fit together. When the parts “1” and “2” are assembled, we continue with piece number “3”.
The procedure is always the same as before. The lower slots of piece “3” fit into
the upper slots of piece “2”. After the assembling of piece “3” continue with pieces “4”, “5”, “6” and so on. Repeat the steps until all 10 pieces
from “1” to “10” are assembled. Place the whole assembling on the
unprinted site of the last part. It is called “the flower base”.
It is the part that is marked with the letters “L” and “M”. Put glue on one inner half of the flower base. Close the parts, turn it around and open it again. Put glue onto the other inner half of
the flower base. Close it again. Wait until the glue is dry. The petals of the
flower are finished. Now the hardest part is already done! You could glue this flower into a card. This would be an easy way to create a
flower pop up card. But I must admit, that I don’t like this
version very much. I think it’s worth the effort to
continue with my next video. In my next video I show you, how you can
create the three-dimensional leaves. Bye for now. I hope to see you soon!




Comments
  1. Bonsoir Peter sans un tuto il est impossible de réaliser cette fleur , ou pourrai je m en procurer un, j ai essayé de recopier tous les modèles donc 10 cercles mais je n ai pas de repère à très bientôt de vous lire , félicitations pour ce magnifique travail

  2. Merci Pete4 de me répondre aussi rapidement il est trop tard maintenant mais demain je m y colle et je vous tiens au courant avec tous les renseignements que vous m avez donné, car je voudrai bien y arriver elle est trop belle merci encore et bonne nuit

  3. Thanks 4 your designs show,  does RECALLS  during Elementary our teacher taught us these things, she has graduated from abroad.  Not all students were able 2 make it except a few but those God-given talents enjoyed much & suggested other ideas just like yours.  Your good hearted sharing everyone save funds & they're fun 2 do.  Can even teach others especially those whose poor could sell at affordable price, supports their well-being.

  4. Mis felicitaciones por el arte en papel realmente me he quedado maravillados por todos los trabajos que he tenido la suerte de encontrar en esta página. Mi nombre es Fernando Gonzales y vivo en Perú- Distrito Nepeña-Provincia Santa- Ancash. Voy hacer esta rosa roja.

  5. i have connected all the petal circles in correct order and got a circuit arrangement but don't understand how to fold before gluing

  6. Ich hätte es auch gern in deutscher Sprache gehabt und in vernünftigen Darstellungen der Arbeitsschritte….. Im Zeitraffer ist kaum zu erkennen, wie im Einzelnen zu arbeiten ist… 🙁

  7. I love this card,however Peter although I followed your video and worked along side I sometimes found you worked so quickly I had a job seeing everything,especially the folding as I had valleys instead of mountains.I will persevere putting the flower together.I am 81 and determined to master this card,but my patience is wearing thin.Thank you for sharing your skills with us..

  8. A million thanks Mr. Peter Dahmen! Thank you sooo much for showing us how to make one of your beautiful artwork ! I was already able to make two of this pop ups thanks to your detailed and easy to follow videos . Looking forward to your next amazing artworks !

  9. I made one using flowered velum and textured solid paper for my sister's birthday. The hardest part for me was keeping the parts of the flower I assembled from separating while I added the rest. Guess my hands were a bit small. I came up with a solution of using small paperclips to hold the ends together while I worked on it. The end result was fantastic! Thank you so much for this tutorial. You are a very talented artist and do great tutorials.

  10. Peter, thank you for sharing your talents with us. The card is beautiful! I tried it a few hours ago, and it was a bit frustrating at times. I just need to learn how to hold the paper, so inserting each layer is easy. After looking at the final product, I found that I missed a few slots. I tried it a second time and finished the flower (not the leaves) in a little over an hour. Here are some suggestions on revising your video, which is quite helpful, by the way. Just needs some minor tweaking!
    1. Show the result of each step (i.e. after you insert layers 1&2, 2&3, etc. You only showed Layers 1&2 and then told us to continue inserting the layers, but there are no pictures to guide us to make sure we're on the correct path).
    2. Slow down on the first 2 or 3 layers, so we can catch up.
    Thank you again for showing us paper lovers how to create a personal touch to our greeting cards!

  11. This is so absolutely beautiful and very clever. Peter, you are a truly gifted craftsman!!! Thank you for posting this tutorial. I intend to give it a try. Hand made gifts like this are well appreciated, I think. Much nicer than any store bought card.

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