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Aug 24, 2016

Back to School Papercrafts

The weather at my house turned cooler yesterday, and it's back to school soon here in the northeast.

Here are some school-themed papercrafting projects from the archives.


Box of Crayons Pop Up Card
This might be my favorite box card of all time!
24 crayons box


French School Room
Fair warning: this school pop up card is challenging and time consuming.

French school pop up


Pleated Apple Box
There's also a pumpkin version of this little container.

apple box pleated lid and base






Sliceform Apple
Surprisingly easy to put together.

Sliceform apple, lattice version


Little Red Schoolhouse
Put a tealight in this little house and set it on your shelf.

vellum shelf village school

Jul 27, 2016

New Pop Up Instruction Book



Oh no!  Thanks to a reader from Germany for bringing to my attention that this may be an unauthorized abridgment of Duncan Birmingham's book.  (See her comment below). Please buy the real deal instead, Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture
Big news!  Duncan Birmingham, has written a new "quick start" manual to pop up design.  It's a 48 page crash course in the basics.  

Buy Pop-Up Design & Paper Mechanics now for only $6.02 (a 39% discount) with free shipping from Book Depository.


Or pre-order from Amazon
Pop-Up Design & Paper Mechanics: 18 Shapes to Make
(It's not available to ship from the USA until October.  Book Depository ships from the UK.)

Duncan Birmingham pop up design 18 shapes



Birmingham is the author of Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture which is #1 on my list of recommended books about how to make pop ups!

Duncan Birmingham pop up design book






Jun 15, 2016

How to Create Neon Letters Effect

pull tab card, cross fade card, Venetian blind card, changing picture card


I made this 21st birthday mechanical card recently.   I've seen this kind of card variously referred to as a cross fade card, a Venetian blind card, a changing picture card, and a disappearing picture card.

Whatever you call it, it uses a push and pull tab to change between two pictures.


A version of this card is in my go-to book for mechanical cards, Making Mechanical Cards by Sheila Sturrock.  It is also included in Paper Engineering and Pop-Ups for Dummies by Rob Ives.

But this post is not about the card, it's about the printable neon effect that I made for the lettering and shapes.

How to make neon effect letters

Apr 30, 2016

Stained Glass Card

Faux stained glass cards created with printable acetate and  black card stock.

Many thanks to Marie Papadopoulou for the inspiration!



I made this flower card for Mother's Day.



Suggested for cutting machines although technically possible to hand cut.

How to make stained glass effect cards