Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

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Feb 17, 2017

Valentine Matchbox Pop Up

Such a clever candy box card.   I saw a pop up card similar to this, created from a pre-made box.  I made my own box from some cardboard I had lying about.  There were several advantages to making my own box: I sized it to fit the Valentine candy that was to go in it and I decorated the paper pieces while they were flat!


Dec 25, 2016

Christmas in Middle Age Style

This year's extreme Christmas card theme, the Middle Ages, proved strangely prophetic--we appear to be entering the 21st century version of the Dark Ages.



















The envelope is decorated with a medieval design, a custom postage stamp (starring my dog), and a "sealing wax" blob (also featuring a dog) on the flap.

I found the tutorial for making Photoshop sealing wax here.



















The card is a pull tab changing picture or dissolving card: Celebrating Christmas in Middle Age Style!


The beginning position is a stained glass window.





















Pull the tab to reveal the end position, and the punch line to the joke.






















Video of the card action.






Directions for this type of card can be found in my favorite book about mechanical cards, Making Mechanical Cards by Sheila Sturrock.  Similar card instructions online, here.

Each picture is composed of two sets of interlocking slats.





















The two pictures are then interlaced.





















Add a black frame and backing.

















See every Extreme Christmas Card, dating back to 1989!

Dec 23, 2016

Faux Stained Glass Christmas Trees

Every year I make two sets of Christmas cards.  Set one cards, the Extreme Cards, generally involve some sort of "in" joke, so these go relatives and close personal friends.  (My mother claims the jokes are so obscure that *I* am the only one who gets them. This may be true.)  Set two was originally for my online friends, and now I send them to co-workers and neighbors, too.

These beautiful stained glass tree cards, made from printable acetate and black card stock, are my set two cards.


christmas trees stained glass card


The tree design was inspired by a project made with pasta sheets(!!) and permanent marker, seen on You Clever Monkey.  I had to make a papercraft version!


Dec 1, 2016

3D Twisted Origami Tree

Here's a nifty papercraft, an origami Christmas tree made from a map.

3d Christmas origami tree

The base is square and the folds spiral around, tucking in at the top.

3d tree origami


I looked through a discarded atlas to find a map with a lot of green.  You can boost the color by sponging some green ink on the map if you need to.  You will see a tiny bit of the back side of the paper at the very tip of the tree (the beige part on my tree).

The finished size of the tree depends  of course, on the size square you start with.  I used a 9" square of atlas page and ended up with a 3" tall tree.

The origami tree fold was designed by Jannie van Schuylenburg.
Link to folding directions by Leyla Torres.






3d Christmas tree atlas page

I've made a bunch of other projects from one discarded atlas--the Dutch apple sliceform, and this rolled rose wreath.  (THAT took forever to assemble, but I love it.)

papercraft rolled roses wreath







Aug 29, 2016

Dutch Apple Sliceform

I posted a lattice version of a sliceform apple years ago, but somehow missed putting up the solid version!

Recently I was messing around with map pages making paper roses, and came across the page for the Netherlands, a beautiful green.  So, with a wink, I call this the Dutch Apple sliceform papercraft.


How to make a solid sliceform apple