Learn to make a gorgeous pop-up unicorn card with a beautiful rainbow flower crown.
To create the Unicorn pop-up card, you’ll need:
- the SVG file – you can purchase it from my shop
- cutting machine such as the Cricut Maker or the Explore Air
- Brayer to adhere the cardstock to the cutting mat
- scoring tool – either the scoring stylus or scoring wheel
- bone folder to crease on the score lines
- 65 lb. cardstock – my favorites are these bright colors from Recollections or the essential pack with 20 colors from Recollections.
- white for the base, ears, and horn support
- holographic for the horn
- light pink for the inner ears
- black for the eyelashes
- two shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple for the flowers
- Glue – for this project I recommend one with a very fine tip, such as Bearly Art Glue Precision Craft Glue. (My go-to glue for paper crafting is Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, which also works well, but it isn’t as easy to apply to the tiny flowers.)
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How to use the Rainbow Unicorn Pop-Up Card SVG in Cricut Design Space
Download the SVG file, then unzip it and upload it to your cutting machine’s software. (Read this tutorial if you need help uploading to Design Space.)
The first step is always to UnGroup the SVG file.
Now, choose which card base you’ll use. For either option, the white piece will be what the horn is attached to and will show when the card is opened. I always cut this piece out of white.
If you use the top option, use colored cardstock for the front of the card.
If you use the bottom option, the card will look like this when finished.
Next, select the five cut lines (as shown below). Hold down the Shift key and click each of the lines to select them at the same time.
From the Operation menu, select Score.
Now, click on the group that has the score line and cut piece (circled in red). Then click the Attach button.
Repeat this to Attach each score line to the cut piece under it.
Your canvas should look similar to the screenshot below. The dotted lines are the score lines, each attached to the cut piece below it.
Elements such as the hair, eyelashes, ears, and flowers are individual pieces without score lines.
Hit the green Make It button. 65 lb. cardstock works best for this card.
Cutting out all of the pieces with your Cricut
If you cut the project right now, you’ll have 16 different colors of mats.
I prefer to make all of the flowers gray. I adhere the colors I want to use to my mat using a brayer.
Then, I arrange the flowers from the SVG to match the paper’s position on the mat.
If you want to look at the SVG while arranging the flowers on the mat preview screen, open a new window. (The video tutorial shows exactly how to do this.)
Hate glitter shed? Try this instead.
This glitter cardstock got all over my craft room…. I did NOT want to send it to someone!
But, I really liked the look of this holographic vinyl. I just applied it to a regular piece of paper and cut it out.
Perfect! Pretty, shiny, colorful – and no glitter everywhere.
How to assemble the Pop-Up Unicorn Card:
Use the bone folder to sharply crease the score line in the middle of the white inner card base.
Glue the colored cardstock to the white card inner.
The horn is asymmetrical, so pick it up and use your fingertips to fold each one of the tiny pieces on the base.
Use the bone folder to burnish the tabs on the white horn base.
Burnish along the score line of the horn.
Apply glue to the back of the horn base, including in the center “rungs.” (A precision tip works better than the one in the photo.)
Press the horn into the base, folding it in half as the glue dries. It needs to be folded in half inside the card later.
Glue the pink inner ears to the white outer ears.
Then, glue the ears to the base.
Glue the flowers on the crowns
Let’s start with the small, front crown. Lay out the pieces approximately the same way you’ll glue them on.
You’ll definitely want to use reverse tweezers (if you have them) to hold each flower while you put the glue on the back. It’s so much easier and less messy!
When you apply the glue to each flower, remember that it’s probably positioned halfway off the base so you only need glue on two petals.
Use the same method to glue all of the flowers to the unicorn horn base too.
Glue the horn pop-up to the card base
Apply glue to only the right tab of the horn base.
Fold the horn in half, and place the piece at an angle. Put the horn center exactly in the fold of the card.
Close the card and press the horn piece into the center fold of the card.
After it’s dry, do the other side.
Apply glue to the left tab.
Close the card to assure perfect alignment for the tab. Hold the card closed while the glue dries.
Repeat the process for the smaller crown in front.
Glue on the hair and eyelashes
This is the easiest part. Use those reverse tweezers and precision glue.
How to make the Unicorn Card Envelopes
One version has a unicorn cut out.
The other option is a cutout in a circle.
Change the two cut lines indicated to Score.
Click on the top layer to select both pieces, then Attach the Score line to the piece below it.
Hide whichever envelope you are not going to use by clicking the eye icon.
If you use the version with the cutout on the envelope flap…
Glue a scrap piece of paper inside to make the cutout stand out.
Be sure not to glue too far up.
Hold and let it dry.
Ready to make it?
A commercial license is available too!
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