Pop-up tutorial #3: “Table-Top” or “Floating Plane” Technique

Hi everybody!

As promised, I’m going to give you a step-by-step tutorial for the technique I used on my Monochrome Monday card. This is the basic principle. Once you get the hang of it, you can change the measurements and shapes and get creative.
Ready? Lets get down to business:

1. Cut cardstock to your desired card size. Mine is 20X15 cm (to achieve a 10X15 cm card when folded). Score a center fold with a bone folder.

2. Cut out the cardstock that will eventually be your “table-top”. You can use a stamped image, a die cut shape, etc. To demonstrate the general idea I simply used a rectangle (shown in red). The table-top can be as high as you wish (but no higher than the card’s height, or it’ll peep from the edges of the card when closed). It should also be narrower than the card’s width when closed. Meaning – if the card’s width, when closed, is 10 cm, the table-top should be no more than 10 cm wide. Score a center fold with a bone folder.

3. Now create the table-top’s “legs”: use 2 long stripes of cardstock, as wide as the card (shown in orange). I’ve made mine 3 cm high and 20 cm wide.

4. Score the 2 “legs” as shown. The principle is simple: A + B should be less than the card’s width when closed (10 cm).

5. This is how the stripes look after folding (all mountain folds).

6. Add glue to the little gluing tab and close the stripe, creating a closed rectangle. Do the same with both pieces.

7. Now, glue both pieces together.

8. You’ll end up with two flexible parallelograms, as shown below.

9. Flatten the “legs”.

10. Add glue to one of the faces of the “legs”, and glue it to the back of the table-top piece, close to the center fold (to better understand which face should be glued, look at step 12 for the desired result).

11. Turn over the table-top and glue the other face of the “legs”. Close the table-top piece firmly and let the glue set for a few minutes.

12. This is what you should end up with.

13. Flip the table-top (red) piece inside-out, so it’ll look like this.

14. Add glue to the “legs'” face (orange), and attach it to the card’s base (yellow), close to the center fold. Turn the card over and do the same on the other side.

15. Close the card firmly and let the glue set well.

16. You’re done! The table-top pop up is ready!

A few tips:
* I recommend using the same paper for the card base and “legs”, to make them less obvious.
* This card tends to be quite thick and bumpy, to make sure the card base will handle it I prefer adding another cardstock for the card’s exterior. You can see an example on my Monochrome Monday post.

There’s more! In a few days- some “Table – Top” pop – up technique variations!

Have a great weekend,


3 Responses to “Pop-up tutorial #3: “Table-Top” or “Floating Plane” Technique”

  1. 1 ליאור January 29, 2011 at 17:21

    ושוב תודה! ינוסה בהזדמנות ראשונה.

  2. 2 Alma7 January 29, 2011 at 23:10

    מעולה, ותודה שהעלית גם בפורום!

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