Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Snapshots

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Aug 27, 2008


Camera Card using the Deca-Card.

The front can be opened from each corner to reveal 8 different views.

Construct the 10-sided card

If you have not already done so, practice making a plain paper model before tackling this project. Instructions on this post are abbreviated. Refer to previous post for complete directions.

Select 8 pictures to use in the card. Using a photo editing program, make 4 rectangular picture pieces, arranging two 3" x 3" square pictures side by side for each rectangle. Orient the photos as indicated by the red arrows. Arrows point to the top of each photo.

Fold each rectangular piece as you did in the plain paper model. Lightly pencil identifying letters on each point. You will only be seeing the plain paper side as you work and it is very easy to get the pieces confused.

Fold each end on the diagonals.

Fold left point up and toward center, fold right point down and toward center, then unfold.

Lay piece B on top of piece A as shown. Then add C, and D, tucking D under A. See plain paper instructions for more details.

It should look like this.

Before you glue, check that the pictures are right side up. Check both layers at each of the four corners.

Glue down flaps.

Flip card over.

Fold in flaps from this side, working counterclockwise, tucking under the last flap. Glue flaps.

Assemble camera.

Camera body and lens template. Print size is 8.5" x 11". Lens square is 3"

Cut out camera body and lens pieces.

Glue lens piece to front side (A-B-C-D side) of folded card.

Glue folded card and lens to camera body, making sure photos are right side up.

View pictures by opening each corner.

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Eleanor said...

Oh my word. I HAVE to make one of these. Ingenious, so novel and a great little holiday/event album too.
How very clever. Thank you. :D

Sarah said...

VERY awesome! Love it.

Ems said...

hello i have made one of these and will post links to your blog in both my blog and facebook page - thank you for posting this tutorial - really enjoyed making this card x

Merry said...

Thanks for this wonderful tutorial...it is just what I needed to give to my friend. I have added a photo of my card to my blog here. http://merrymadecardscrafts.blogspot.com/2012/01/rachels-camera-card.html

Jennifer said...

What a clever idea!! So many ways to go with this card...THANK YOU!!!

Jennifer said...

What a fun design...creation is limitless!! Thank you!!