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Mar 25, 2018

Accordion Fold Card in a Box



Happy Birthday accordion fold card in a box

This accordion birthday card comes in a little box and unfolds into a surprisingly long card. The "Happy Birthday" letters flip up from the accordion pleats in opposite directions, like a flag book.





The finished size is slightly larger than 2.5" x 3.5";  and 5/8" tall.

accordion fold card in a box size with ruler


accordion fold card in a box,  size of box


Don't mind the funky color scheme of the sample.  I used contrasting colors to help you see the construction of the box and the birthday card.

How to make an accordion fold card in a box


Mar 18, 2018

Easter Rabbit Foldover Card Updated Files

bunny and flowers crossover card front



A reader asked me to update the files for this Easter Rabbit foldover or crossover card originally published in 2012.  I cleaned up the excessive nodes to make it cut more smoothly, and made both a new Studio file and a resized SVG file that works better in Cricut Design Space.


How to make a bunny and tulips foldover card



Mar 17, 2018

Spring Tulips in a Basket

Long ago at the beginning of this blog I created a sliceform basket and "filled" it with puppies.
This updated (new files!) slice form basket is bursting with spring tulips, a perfect flower basket for Easter.




finished sliceform basket with tulips front view





How to make a spring basket of tulips sliceform


Feb 24, 2018

Mondrian Tri-Shutter Birthday Card

This birthday tri-shutter card features a Piet Mondrian inspired design of abstract rectangles in primary colors.

Mondrian style birthday card



With some assistance from CorelDRAW,  the Mondrian style design did not require that much manipulation to fit it on a tri-shutter pop up card.

Funny story about the inspiration for this card.  Last summer I happened to watch the pilot of The Partridge Family, where they decide to form a band, and they paint the school bus?  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, poor you, you have no idea of the fabulousness of the Friday night tv line-up of the early 1970s).

Some thoughts about tri-shutter cards:

A tri-shutter is divided vertically into 6 equal parts, with the center two pieces merged.
The horizontal divisions do not need to be equal.

This picture shows the cut and fold diagram (black cut lines; red fold lines).

tri shutter pop up card cut and fold lines

Here I have added (pink) guides to emphasize the six equal parts.


tri shutter pop up card design considerations






I cut the entire design from white card stock and left it adhered to the cutting mat, then removed and replaced with the various colors as needed.

You can see I had to divide some shapes where cuts or folds were running through them.  (The large blue and red squares, for example.)

Cutting Mondrian card with Silhouette cameo

Mondrian tri-shutter pop up card cut outs



Once the pattern was completed, I used painters' tape to hold the pieces in place. This is the front.


transferring pieces with tape

This is the back--removing the excess white card stock.

removing waste card stock from Mondrian card cut


Still the back, with the white card peeled away.


Mondrian tri-shutter card ready to glue


Gluing the pieces to the card.  Because of the folds, this can be done 1/3 of the card at a time.


adhering Mondrian tri-shutter card pop up


I waited for the adhesive to dry, then carefully cut along the cut lines, and scored and folded along the fold lines.


front view of Mondrian tri-shutter card with vinyl sentiment


The "Happy Birthday!" sentiment is cut from adhesive vinyl.


This is the card folded flat for mailing.

folded tri-shutter card


There is no downloadable file set for this.  Keeping it unique!

See some other birthday cards here.