Pop-up Birthday Otter Card

A Pop-up Birthday Otter Card is a great way to celebrate! Make one for someone’s birthday with these easy steps!

Watch these cute otters pop out of the water here:

Making this birthday card was so much fun, I couldn’t help but make another. This time, since “it’s birthday time!”, the otters put on their birthday hats when you pull up the card!

While this card may seem tricky to create, once you have your pieces cut, it’s easy to see how the otters will pop out.

See below for how to create a Birthday Card with Otters that pop up:


How to make a Pop-up Otter Birthday Card:

Cut your cardstock:

  • Balmy Blue
    • Card Base: 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, folded at 4 1/4”
    • Mechanism pull-up piece: 4 7/8” x 3 1/2”
    • 3/4” x 4” strip for sentiment
  • Misty Moonlight
    • 4” x 5 1/4”
    • 1” x 4” strip for sentiment
  • Simply Marbleous DSP: 5: x 3 3/4”
    • Cut 2-3 horizontal lines wide enough for the otters to pop out. I used an X-acto knife to make this easier.
    • Add three lines of foam strips to the bottom, left, and right. (Not the top! This is where you will pull up your mechanism!)
  • Basic White: scraps for otters and hats

Stamp and Color:

  • On Balmy Blue cardstock, use Misty Moonlight ink to stamp your sentiment. Adhere this to your Misty Moonlight strip of cardstock, and then adhere it towards the top of your Marbleous DSP.
  • Then stamp your otters and hats, then color.
  • Next, fussy-cut out your otters, cutting straight down from their widest part to include some of the water below. Mine were all at least 1” tall.

Lastly, Put the Mechanism together:

  • At the bottom of each otter, add a dimensional to the back, but leave the backing on for now — these will let the otters pull up, but not completely OUT of the water.
  • Next, slide the otters from the back of your DSP through the holes, ensuring they fit and the dimensionals are at a good stopping point. Flip to the back of the DSP and pull each otter back down enough so the tops of their heads are just inside and above your cut line. Pull off the dimensional backings and attach your Balmy Blue mechanism piece — it will fit inside of the foam strips.
  • Lastly, pull off the foam strip backings and attach your entire pop-up mechanism to the Misty Moonlight layer, and attach that to your card base.

Watch a tutorial video of these steps using a different stamp set here:

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Supplies for Pop Up Otter Birthday Cards:

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2 Responses

  1. Vicki says:

    Happy dance time😀. Thank you for the simple and easy tutorial!!

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