Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

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Apr 5, 2017

Flower Pot Bunny Pop Up Card

Just in time for Easter, a bunny in a flower pot pop up card tutorial.  This pop up is a six sided flower pot with a rabbit, eggs, grass, and leaves.



This pop up card utilizes the pop up mechanism you may remember from my leprechaun hat pop up card, which in turn was adapted from my coffee cup pop up card.

How to make a flower pot Easter pop up card




Mar 21, 2017

Pleated Paper Cupcake

Pleated and and v-folded paper forms this 3D papercraft cupcake.

Add a paper candle or flower and wish someone a Happy Birthday.

pleated paper cupcake


It's not quite origami, but it reminds me of origami baubles or origami Christmas balls.

flower on cupcake


Easy to hand cut, or download file set to machine cut.


How to Make a Pleated Cupcake and Icing

Mar 14, 2017

Geodesic dome inspired pi(e)

Happy Pi Day!








Trying to figure out what a pie shaped wedge of a geodesic dome (Buckyball) would look like inspired my Pi Day piece of pie papercraft.  What did it look like? It looked weird that's what--not like a piece of pie at all. I pitched that one right into the recycling bin.

I pursued the idea of making a piece of pie out of those equilateral triangles.  It seems like it would be straightforward, doesn't it?  But with all the pieces intersecting at 60 ° angles, on the first try...and the second...and the third...some of the components did not intersect as expected.  Prototype, prototype, prototype...and this is what came from it.







This project assembles relatively quickly!

How to make an equilateral triangle Pi Day piece of pie


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!