Pop-Up Apple Tree Card Tutorial (3D Sliceform on the Cricut)

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Learn how to make a pop-up 3d slice form card. Get the free cut files and full tutorial at https://jennifermaker.com/pop-up-apple-tree-card-3d-sliceform/

I saw a photo of a pop-up cherry tree card on Facebook and I fell in love with it so I set out to learn how to make it. I am a little amazed to say I have figured it out and have made a gorgeous pop-up apple tree card. I picked the apple tree because I can see one from my desk all day, and the apple blossom is the official flower of my state, Michigan. The apple tree folds flat, but when you open the card, it springs to life. It is SO cool! And I’m going to show you how you can make one, too!

Materials List (contains my affiliate links):

Good quality cardstock*—four sheets of white 65 lb. 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock, 1 sheet of brown 65 lb. 12″ x 12″ cardstock, 1 sheet of green 65 lb. 12″ x 12″ cardstock, and 2 sheets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock in any color (for the card cover) https://www.amazon.com/Darice-Coredinations-Value-Cardstock-11-Inch/dp/B0086XIAU0/?tag=jennifer00e-20

Glue (I used Aleene’s “Tacky” Glue Pen) https://www.amazon.com/Aleenes-Tacky-Glue-Pen-63-Ounce/dp/B00178RL2O/?tag=jennifer00e-20


Cut files available free in my resource library https://jennifermaker.com/library

A cutting machine (I used a Cricut Explore Air 2) https://www.amazon.com/Cricut-Explore-Air-2-Machine/dp/B01GSOMVRG/?tag=jennifer00e-20

UPDATES/CHANGES: Check for any updates, changes, or additional videos for this project at https://jennifermaker.com/updates


NOTE: Cricut Design Space updated after I made this video. To see those updates and make the necessary changes for this tutorial, please watch https://youtu.be/jVpzDmz5ago

First, cut out all your cardstock using my free cut files.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to click Select All and Attach on each file before you cut it to keep it all in the proper places.

And make sure your cutting mat is clean and sticky enough—a mat that isn’t sticky enough will cause the flowers to cut out poorly. Be aware that it will take a couple of hours to cut out these intricate files on a Cricut.

Be aware that Cricut Design Space will not show some of the details on the canvas, but they will still cut. The reason for this is that the outlines of the shapes are on the higher layer than the details to force the outline to cut out last. I do this on purpose, because if the outlines were to cut first, your paper may slip on the mat when cutting the details.

Now it’s time to assemble your tree. Start with the tree trunk piece that has a slot at the top and glue the foliage that is separated into two half onto the branches. When gluing, be careful to avoid gluing over the slot and note that no branches should be peeking out from the foliage. Tip: Put glue on the branches and attach the foliage to it rather than the other way around. Set aside to dry.

Next, glue the foliage onto the other tree trunk piece. There is no slot at the top of this tree piece, so you don’t have to worry about matching anything up—just be sure to use the largest foliage piece. Set aside to dry.

Assemble the fence.

Once the fence is assembled, fold the tabs up so they are even with the bottom of the fences and pointing away from the fence assembly.

Slide each set of fence tabs into the outer slots on the card base, then tape down from the underside.

Let’s assemble our tree. Start by slotting one tree trunk onto the other (the trunk with the upper slot slides over the trunk with the lower slot). Stand it up to make sure it is stable.

Put the trunk support on the bottom of the tree trunk by inserting the folded tree into the support from the top, then slotting the tree into the support from the bottom.

Now assemble the trunk support pieces, which go together similar to the fence pieces.

That’s how you make a sliceform apple tree pop-up card! The cutting is really the most time-consuming part of this project—assembly is about 30 minutes tops.

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