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Make a Popup Motorcycle Card

Make A Motorcycle Popup Card

Do you have a motorcycle lover among your friends and loved ones? Do you need a nice popup card to give them? If so, you can make a motorcycle popup card quickly and easily. You can download the free SVG cutting files from our Resource Library to make a motorcycle popup card like this one. The cutting files include pieces for the base popup card, backing card, decorative layer pieces, and an envelope. The completed motorcycle popup card measures 7″ wide x 5″ high when folded.

Supplies to Make a Popup Motorcycle Card

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Heavy Cardstock of your choice.
I used 80# white cardstock for the card base.
Medium weight green cardstock for the card backing.
French Cottage Paper Collection for layer embellishments
Silver metallic cardstock if desired behind the black motorcycle.
12″x 12″ lightweight paper or cardstock for envelope
Electronic Cutter (I used Pazzles Vue) or you can use Cricut Explore or Maker  or Cameo 4  or Scan N Cut
Art Glitter Glue
SVG Cutting File from our Free Resource Library


Cutting Instructions to Make a Motorcycle Popup Card

The cutting files you need to make a popup motorcycle card are all included as shown below.

Cutting Files for motorcycle popup card

Cutting Files for motorcycle popup card

The card back is on the left. I cut this piece from green cardstock. Next, notice that the score lines are all solid red lines. Use a scoring tool for these lines, or retract your blade and reduce cutting pressure to score the surface of the card with your blade.

The base card is next to it. Cut this from white cardstock. Be sure to score the red lines first, then cut the black lines.

The next pieces are for layering on the card.  Cut the grey motorcycle pieces from silver cardstock. Then glue it to the back of the black motorcycle piece to provide contrast. Then glue the black piece over the motorcycle on the base card. The light and dark green pieces represent decorative layer pieces for the top and bottom of the card.

The final piece is for the envelope. First score the red lines. Then cut on the black line.

Cutting Instructions for Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker

If you are using Cricut Design Space, upload the SVG file for the Motorcycle Popup Card into Cricut Design Space. Then right click on the design and select Ungroup. Check to make sure that all of the red lines are in their appropriate places, within the corresponding cutting lines, as shown in the diagram. You need to designate each of the red lines as score lines.  Select the card and its score line, right click, then click on Attach. Next, select the base card and its score lines. Then right click and select Attach. Select the envelope and its score lines, right click, and then select Attach.

Go to the Make It screen to make sure the score lines show up on the same layer as the corresponding cutting lines.  If you get a separate red mat, then the lines were not attached properly to their cutting shapes. Go back to fix that.

There is a video tutorial showing how to use popup card with Cricut Design Space here. Cricut Design Space has been updated a bit since the video was made.  The updated software now has a Linetype Menu at the top of the screen near the left side. The only difference right now is that instead of clicking on the color box on the Layers menu on the side of the screen to change from a cut to a score line as shown in the video, you will select your line in the layers panel on the side of the screen, then click on the tiny down arrow at the top of the screen under Line type. Select Score. After you have designated a line to be a Score Line, hold the shift key, and select the shape of the card. Then Right click and select Attach.

Cutting Instructions for Scan N Cut

There is a set of multiple files for Scan N Cut users for this Motorcycle Popup Card, since Brother Canvas Workspace can accept only a single 11.5″”x11.5″” file at a time. Import one file at a time to cut and score. Make sure that the red lines are designated for score or draw.


Assembly Instructions

After you have all of the pieces cut out, it is time to start assembling your popup card.  First remove the loose pieces from the motorcycle design. This process is called “weeding”.  When these pieces are removed, you will be able to see through some parts of the motorcycle to the backing as shown below.

Prepare to fold the popup card.

Prepare to fold the popup card.

Next, glue the solid silver motorcycle piece to the back side of the black motorcycle piece. Glue the tiny silver mirror piece over the black mirror on the motorcycle, and the silver seat piece over the black seat on the motorcycle as shown below.

Prepare motorcycle pieces.

Prepare motorcycle pieces.

Now glue the black and silver motorcycle piece over the motorcycle portion of the white popup card as shown below.

Glue black and silver pieces to the card.

Folding the Popup Card

First you need to fold your pieces along the score lines.  Fold the backing card in half on the score line and crease it. Next, fold the sides of the white base card, pinching from the back of the card to make valley folds. There are two short fold lines on each side.  Now pinch the score lines at the tops of the tabs from the back to make valley folds. Also, make valley folds by pinching from the back on the score lines at the bottom of the wheels on the motorcycle.  Make mountain folds on the score lines at the top of the motorcycle.  Use a bone folder to make crisp fold lines. Gently push the back of the card up  as shown below.

Folded Popup Card

Folded Popup Card

Then gently fold the card closed all the way, so that it is flat.

Folded Popup Card

Now that the folds are made, check to make sure that the card opens and closes smoothly. Open the card, and glue the remaining decorative pieces to the upper and lower parts of the card background. There are also pieces to glue on the tabs, if you wish to use them.

Glue on the decorative pieces.

Glue on the decorative pieces.

Once you have all of the decorative pieces in place, fold the card closed.

Final Assembly of the Popup Motorcycle Card

To glue the popup card to its backing card, place the center crease of the folded card in the inside crease of the backing card as shown below. Use quick drying glue around the edges of the white base card, making sure not to get glue on any of the motorcycle parts.

Place popup base card inside backing card.

Place popup base card inside backing card.

Close the backing card down over the white base card. Then rub all over the backing to make sure it stays in place until the glue dries.  Once the glue is dry, turn the card over. Glue the other side to the backing card.

Glue the popup card to the back.

Glue the popup card to the back.

With glue on the other side of the white popup card base, close the card again, and hold firmly in place until the glue dries. Then you can open the card.

Completed Motorcycle Popup Card

Completed Motorcycle Popup Card

Now you can decorate the front of the card as you like, perhaps with a title such as “On the Road Again”, or other phrase that will encourage the card recipient. You can stamp a sentiment on a tag, cut a special sentimental phrase, or even just glue some decorative paper on the front of the card.   Sign your card, and it is ready for your recipient!

Cut and Fold the Envelope

Fold each flap of the envelope on the score lines towards the center.

Fold the Envelope on Score Lines

Fold the Envelope on Score Lines

Place some glue at the bottom of each side flap. Then fold up the bottom flap over the sides. Hold in place until the glue is dry.  Place the card inside of the envelope when you have it ready. To seal the envelope, place some glue around the top edge of the top envelope flap, and hold in place firmly until it is dry.

Assembled Envelope

Assembled Envelope

When your card is complete, place it inside of the envelope. Now it is ready for giving or posting to that motorcyclist in your life!

Get the FREE SVG Cutting File

Motorcycle Popup Card Pin1

Motorcycle Popup Card

You will find the cutting files for this  Popup Motorcycle Card in the Free Resource Library.  




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  • craftymusician   /   May 3, 2020., 5:36 pmReply

    Are you able to access the post with the cutting and assembly information ? There was an error in the link to the cutting files in the Resource Library that is now fixed, so if that was the problem, please try again. Let me know if there are any additional problems.

  • Sue Binney   /   May 3, 2020., 11:54 pmReply

    This looks lovely and will be great for my son in laws birthday.thank you for sharing your hard work.

  • Judy R   /   May 4, 2020., 12:41 pmReply

    Love the will be perfect for my son's birthday. Thank you so much!

  • Raven   /   May 5, 2020., 9:20 pmReply

    Thank you. Can't wait to make it for my brother.

  • Heather O'Rourke   /   February 5, 2021., 2:05 amReply

    The Cricut files are not loading properly. There is only half of the main insert page. Can you reload the files or something? I was looking forward to making this for Hubbys Valentines card :( Heres hoping there is something you can do!! Please :) Thankyou so much :)

    • craftymusician   /   June 20, 2021., 1:59 pmReply

      Be sure to unzip and select the file folder for the Cricut version. Please let me know which particular file you are trying to load, so that I can check it for you.

  • Kathy Babbitt   /   May 18, 2022., 1:13 pmReply

    The file doesn't upload correctly into Cricut Design space with software version 7.8.167. Designs aren't correct and there are no score lines showing which means nothing to change to 'score'. I'm not sure how to make this work given the software version changes. I'm sure that's what has made this file hard to work with. Your instructions indicate to cut out a piece on white cardstock, yet it uploads in DS as 2 different colors of cardstock with cut lines. So you don't get a single piece. I'm not sure how to make this work for my project, but I sure would love to use it.

    • craftymusician   /   May 18, 2022., 2:58 pmReply

      I just checked the design in DS 7.8.167, for windows. It does work as described in the instructions. Make sure that you download the SVG file for Cricut and unzip it. Then load the SVG file into Design Space. Any time a design includes score lines, it is important that you Ungroup the design sections. Right click on the selection and select Ungroup. There are three rectangular shapes on the screen. The first white rectangle is the card backing. The center line needs to be changed to be a score line. To do this, right click and select Ungroup. Click on the center line, and change it to score rather than cut. Now select the card and score line, right click and select Attach. The center rectangle will be easier to work with if you change it to a different lighter color. Then you can see all of the design lines. Right click on this shape and select Ungroup. Next, click on the center line and change the group to Score. Then select the lines and card, right click and select Attach. The remaining pieces do not need any adjustments. Check the cutting panels under Make It to make sure you have properly attached the cut and score lines for the center panel and the card backing panel.

  • shari   /   May 7, 2023., 10:21 amReply

    love your pop up motorcycle card

  • shari   /   May 7, 2023., 11:43 amReply

    love this motorcycle card so will my son

  • JD   /   May 28, 2023., 10:42 amReply


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  • Kelly   /   February 12, 2024., 9:20 pmReply

    Thanks so much


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