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Learn 2 Pop Up Mechanisms Techniques

Posted by Graphic 45 08/05/2020 8 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

  It is a great day to learn two new pop-up mechanism techniques.  These techniques really make a splash and can be used on handmade cards or albums.  Along with this Ocean Blue Pop Up Card Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Cecilia Zertuche has been so kind as to share three tips and tricks and a video tutorial which are all very helpful when creating 3D projects.  Grab your fussy cutting scissors and some paper and let's dive right in!


Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Pop up card

By Cecilia Zertuche


“Hello G45ers, I’m so happy to share with you a new project with gorgeous Ocean Blue paper collection.

 I have to say this collection has the most incredible colors, I went to the beach to make the pictures and the collection colors are exactly the same as the Ocean, I was really impressed. 

I used 12” x 12” paper pad, 8” x 8” paper pad, Sticker sheet, Chipboards, and extra elements as, cheesecloth, a piece of die-cut, little pebbles, sequins, 2 brads, thin cotton cord, Walnut stain distress ink, corrugated cardboard, and cardstock.


I wanted to make a pop-up card that shows life inside the ocean, that’s why I chose this cylindrical shape pop up on the left side, and on the right side, I made a sliding strip to “move” the animals. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make both mechanisms, and then you can embellish them with the fussy cutting elements,  stickers, die-cut assortments, or anything you want to add, but I have some TIPS to make them work:



TIP 1:   Use a piece of plastic or acetate to protect the paper below when you stick on top. You can see I added so many elements, but I use glue only on certain parts and protecting the paper below always.



TIP 2:  Everytime you add a new element on pop ups structures, for example a piece of paper or embellishments, confirm the mechanism works perfectly, that means you have to close an open the card as many times you need, but at the end, you will have a beautiful card with movement.



TIP 3:  When I’m preparing a new project I like to fussy cut and separate all the embellishments I want to use on it, so I have a cup or basket to have everything in one place, in that way I don’t forget to use them.


I hope you like it and enjoy so much making this fun mechanisms as I did!


Video Tutorial:

Fussy Cut Pop Up Card by Cecilia Zertuche for Graphic 45



Graphic 45 Supply List:

Ocean Blue 12x12 Paper Pad

Ocean Blue 8x8 Paper Pad

Ocean Blue Chipboard

Ocean Blue Stickers


Other Supplies:


a piece of die cut

little pebbles


2 brads

thin cotton cord

Walnut stain distress ink

corrugated cardboard


Happy Papercrafting!  


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8 Comment(s)

08/05/2020, 11:56:25 AM

This is fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

08/05/2020, 11:56:26 AM

This is fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

08/05/2020, 11:56:26 AM

This is fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

08/05/2020, 11:56:26 AM

This is fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

Cecilia Zertuche:
08/28/2020, 07:45:23 PM

Diana Thank you! It was my pleasure :) xoxo Cecilia

Glenda Buster:
08/05/2020, 09:11:57 PM

Your Popup card is fantastic, gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. The tutorial and tips are truly appreciated.

Cecilia Zertuche:
08/28/2020, 07:44:37 PM

Thank you so much Glenda!! xoxo Cecilia

Margaret Roberts:
08/06/2020, 07:24:58 PM

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to arrange the piece that makes the left-side window pop up and close. (Starting at about 20-minutes.) I cannot see what she's doing on the inside to make it work. This is my second day of trying to figure this out - please, Cecelia or someone, help me!

Margaret R:
08/12/2020, 01:13:11 PM

Cecelia got back to me and helped me complete my project - thank you, Cecelia!

Cecilia Zertuche:
08/28/2020, 07:43:52 PM

Thank you Margaret, it was really a pleasure to help you, I'm so happy you made the card for your friend!:) xoxo Cecilia

Carolyn B. Hines:
08/10/2020, 10:51:19 PM

Very nice. I love the Ocean Blue collection!!

Cecilia Zertuche:
08/28/2020, 07:42:18 PM

Thank you Carolyn, It is an amazing paper collection! xoxo Cecilia

Debbie Siddle:
08/24/2020, 03:53:17 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the great tutorial too. I've picked up some wonderful tips from you. xxx

Cecilia Zertuche:
08/28/2020, 07:41:07 PM

Thank you Debbie! I'm really happy you liked it! xoxo Cecilia

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