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Making Pop-Up Cards for Beginners

A course by Julia Yus , Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2017

Learn pop-up techniques and create amazing 3D cards.

  • Best seller English, Spanish
  • 97% positive reviews (60)
  • 3713 students

Learn pop-up techniques and create amazing 3D cards.

A course by Julia Yus

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of pop-up with Julia Yus, a talented graphic designer specialized in paper engineering. In this course, you will learn how to create amazing three-dimensional cards, from the basic mechanisms to the illustration and assembly of the pieces.

Discover how to capture the beauty of small everyday details and explore the infinite possibilities of paper. Julia will guide you through every stage of the creative process, from analyzing parallel structures and pull-tab mechanisms, to digitizing miniature mock-ups and choosing the most suitable type of printing.

By the end of this course, you will have acquired the necessary skills to apply pop-up techniques to your own projects and make them raise smiles in those who see them.

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What will you learn in this online course?

16 lessons & 21 downloads

Materials and tools for pop-up
5 minutes, 31 seconds
Parallel mechanisms
13 minutes, 57 seconds
Beyond parallel mechanisms 1
18 minutes, 51 seconds
Beyond parallel mechanisms 2
11 minutes, 54 seconds
Reed mechanisms
10 minutes, 53 seconds
Beyond reed mechanisms
9 minutes, 39 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 97% positive reviews (60)
  • 3713 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 44m)
  • 21 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

In this course, you will have the opportunity to make three three-dimensional cards based on special moments for you. Using the techniques learned, you will give life to your own pop-up creations, translating your ideas and emotions into unique and surprising pieces. At the end of the project, you will have three cards that you can give as gifts or keep as mementos of special moments in your life.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at all those people who wish to learn or improve their creative skills in the world of pop-up and paper engineering. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or have previous experience, Julia Yus will guide you throughout the entire creative process. If you are curious to explore new forms of expression through paper and are passionate about capturing the beauty of everyday details, this course is perfect for you.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you will need to have paper of different types and colors, ruler, colored pencils, eraser, cutter, scissors and glue on hand. In addition, it is recommended to have a comfortable and well-lit workspace, as well as having photographs or reference images on hand that inspire you for your projects.


3713 Students
60 Reviews
97% Positive ratings
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Julia Yus

A course by Julia Yus

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Graphic Designer

Julia Yus is a renowned graphic designer and expert in paper engineering. Her passion for pop-up began when she was a child and she had her first contact with a pop-up book. From that moment on, she knew she wanted to be able to create that magical feeling in other people.

Thanks to her self-taught training in the world of pop-up, Julia has developed her unique style and has collaborated with renowned illustrators, such as Itousa, to transform her drawings into surprising three-dimensional works. Her creative approach is based on observing the world with an almost childlike curiosity, finding inspiration in the simplest details of everyday life.

With extensive experience in designing three-dimensional cards for private clients and collaborating on editorial projects, Julia is passionate about transmitting joy and emotions through the art of pop-up.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introduction to pop-up

    • Materials and tools for pop-up
    • Parallel mechanisms
    • Beyond parallel mechanisms 1
    • Beyond parallel mechanisms 2
    • Reed mechanisms
    • Beyond reed mechanisms
  • U3

    Concept and mockups

    • Concept and mood board
    • Miniature models
    • Full scale models
    • Digitization of models
  • U4

    Final cards

    • Illustration in Procreate
    • The impression
    • Assembling the toast and pancake cards
    • Assembly of the churros card with chocolate
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creating Pop-Up Cards for Beginners

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

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Making Pop-Up Cards for Beginners. Craft course by Julia Yus Best seller

Making Pop-Up Cards for Beginners

A course by Julia Yus
Graphic Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2017
  • 97% positive reviews (60)
  • 3713 students