It’s so much fun to see someone getting a pop-up card. They’re usually not expecting it and so the surprise is fun. The main thing to remember is that the cuts should be made and folded in such a way that it becomes three dimensional when you open the card. For most templates, you cut thru the heavy lines and fold on the dotted lines. You will need a knife, paper scissors, card stock, glue stick, and a self-healing mat.
Here is a site with a very good explanation to the mechanics of a pop up card. You will need to create a stand for the inside of the card to put your main image with.
Here is another site with simple ideas on creating the pop-up:
This site has some simple pop-ups for beginners:
Here is a site with some wonderful Easter ideas just in time for the holiday! Click on each title to get to each design.
This site has some beautiful examples you can try out:
This is a tutorial for a gorgeous lotus. There are both English as well as Russian instructions:
Here are patterns for animal cards:
and the instructions are here:
Japanese sites have marvelous designs for free too. They are slightly difficult to move thru due to the language problem but well worth spending some time looking:
I hope these sites give you some creative inspiration and I hope that these will kick start up a new craft for you!