Sandcastle Pop-Up Card – Summer Cut Files

Grab your shovels and pails, it is time to build a sandcastle. With the kids out of school, we are kicking off the season of summer crafting with this super fun, sandcastle pop-up card!

Sandcastle Pop-Up Card


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Sandcastle Pop-Up Card

After making my sandcastle paper lantern last year, I thought it would be fun to dream up another beach day. And so, this pop-up card was born!

Sandcastle Pop-Up Card

I’ve gotten questions about the “sand” paper in the past. It is scrapbook paper printed to look like the beach. I picked some up at my local Hobby Lobby, but you could just use a beige-colored paper, and it would still turn out really cute!

This pop-up card is designed similarly to the ones I’ve shared in the past. It does include an extra layer for the castle to “pop” out a bit more. There are slits in the bottom section where you can attach that piece, along with a couple of little rectangular pieces that you can use to attach it to the back castle section. Be sure to attach all your little starfish, shells, and the front castle section to the bottom (using the corresponding slits) before gluing the bottom to the blue backing.

At the last minute, I added some little pieces of colored reindeer moss, because they reminded me of coral, and I think they added a nice little pop of color/texture!

Sandcastle Pop-Up Card

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy putting my sandcastle pop-up card together. And don’t forget to share your fun, finished project with me on Instagram!

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Sandcastle Pop-Up Card

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6 Comments on Sandcastle Pop-Up Card – Summer Cut Files

  1. Michele
    June 1, 2022 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you! I just love sandcastles for summer!!

    • Mandee
      June 1, 2022 at 9:57 am (2 years ago)

      You and me both!!

    • Theresa J
      February 21, 2024 at 11:20 pm (4 months ago)

      I love this card and I’d like to make one butI can’t find the link to download the file. Can you point me in the right direction? TIA.

      • Mandee
        February 22, 2024 at 10:24 am (4 months ago)

        You can get the design by clicking on the “download” button just below the main image in the post. If you are still having trouble, check out my FAQ page for more detailed instructions and troubleshooting tips. 🙂

  2. Charlotte Silber
    June 1, 2022 at 11:56 am (2 years ago)

    This is adorable. It would make a cute birthday card too, for who ever likes the ocean.
    Thank You.

    • Mandee
      June 2, 2022 at 5:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Most definitely!!


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