Need a fun card for your favorite gamer? I sure did! Today is Greg’s birthday and gaming is his passion. So I designed this Pop-Up Game Controller Card with a space to store a gift card. You don’t have to put a gift card in, but you can if you want. I’m planning to get a PlayStation card for him so he can download more games!
I modeled the card off the actual game controller he uses — a Sony PlayStation Dual Shock 4 wireless controller. If your gamer prefers an Xbox instead, rest assured that this is very similar to an Xbox game controller as well, but it isn’t exact. Your gamer will get the idea, though! The controller on the card is the same size as a real controller, too (assuming you don’t resize it). The finished card is 5″ x 7″.
You can personalize your card by putting an image behind the “Level Up!” words if you’d like, which I’ve done by including a screenshot from Greg’s favorite game. Or feel free to leave it black — it looks good that way, too.
So let me show you how to make this card! It’s pretty easy and quick.
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Game Controller Card Materials
- Four sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock (I used Coredinations – 1 red, 2 black, and 1 white)
- Printed image from your recipient’s favorite game cut to about 4″ x 6″ (optional)
- A gift card (optional)
- Spray adhesive (I use 3M Spray Mount)
- Tacky glue (I use Aleene’s Tacky Glue in a pen dispenser)
- A way to cut out your pieces (I used a Cricut Explore Air)
- The free cut files (available in my resource library — get the password to it by filling out the form at the bottom of this post)
How to Make the Pop-Up Game Controller Card
First, cut out all your pieces. If you’re uploading and cutting from Design Space, you need to upload both files, ungroup them, change the first layer in each file to Score, and then attach the Score layer and the layer immediately below that I show exactly how to do this in my assembly video.
Now watch my assembly video so you can see exactly how I put it together!
Once everything is cut out, spray the back of your white controller piece with spray adhesive and attach the black controller piece to it. Be careful to line them up exactly for the best look. Note that the controller was traced by hand so there is a slight variation on each side of it — thus, if it isn’t fitting right, turn over the black piece and it’ll work better.
Now fold the tabs on the pop-up section. There are eight folds total.
If you’ll be putting a gift card inside, place the gift card on the pop-up section as shown below and glue around it. Be careful to stay away from the edges of the gift card so you don’t make the pocket too tight.
Once you’ve glued the pop-up section, attach it to the white-and-black controller and press down well.
Spray the back of the button labels (the square, circle, triangle, and “X”) and place them on the correct buttons on the controller.
Now slip the folded tabs of the pop-up section into the rectangle base with the slots. Each tab should go into the base just up to the first fold line. Glue the tabs down.
Fold the black base card in half.
Apply spray adhesive to the back of the controller section and center it on the top half of the black base card. The top half has the open rectangle in it.
Turn the black base card over and place the experience bar into the open rectangle. Ding!
Turn the back base card over again. Make sure it opens and shows the controller in the proper position.
Spray the back of the “Level Up!” section with spray adhesive. If you are putting a custom image behind the “Level Up!” letters, attach that image now and spray the back again,
Attach the “Level Up!” section to the bottom half of your base card and press down.
Voila! You have an epic game controller card ready to give to your favorite game. It’s easy to make and requires only four sheets of paper. Win! I’d love to see your game controller cards. Please send me photos at [email protected], and I will include them here with your permission. Be the first!
Free Cut Files for the Game Controller Card
Get the password for the library with the free cut files (in SVG/DXF format) here by filling out this form: