Paper in Motion

Self-adhesive popup tabs allow the elements inside this colorful card to collapse with ease when the project is closed. The plastic squares are almost invisible, so the attached motif appears to float above the paper. Use more than one popup block for larger motifs or groups of designs.

Hooked on cards with moving parts? Get complete instructions for three more in "Paper in Motion" in CME's Paper & Embroidery 2007 issue (click here for back issue ordering information).

For a list of supplies required for this and other card projects, refer to "Getting Started" in the "Paper in Motion" article on p. 22 of Paper & Embroidery 2007.


  • Stitch the motifs on handmade paper or card stock and trim close to the embroidery.
  • Fold three popup tabs into cubes and adhere them to the card at the fold. Position the embroidery and press onto the blocks’ adhesive.
  • Cut short lengths of floral wire for the two floating designs. Curl each end into a spiral to create a broader surface for gluing.
  • Attach one end of a wire to an adhesive dot on the embroidery wrong side (A). Cover the coiled wire with another adhesive dot and a small punched circle for a neat finish. Repeat to attach the second wire to the remaining embroidery.
  • Glue the other end of each wire to the wrong side of the main motif, using adhesive dots as before. Check to be sure the floating designs are completely covered in the closed card and shorten the wires if necessary before gluing.
  • Still another type of popup rises from an interior crease. Add tabs to two adjacent sides of the popup motif, or use another clever popup base.
Groovy popup: Perfect Little Stitches, Small/Tiny Groovy Designs, designs Ting1flw, Tingsmil, and Smgroovy.
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