Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Easter Rabbits Magic X Pop Up Card

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Mar 24, 2012

Easter Rabbits Magic X Pop Up Card

I made up the name "Magic X Pop Up" for this card, because I don't know it's called. It's another one of those cards that confuses your brain, but is really very simple--like the Cranberries Twister Card.

My inspiration was this card by Akihiro Igarashi

I couldn't find a pattern for it, so I re-created it to figure out how it worked.

Very cool. You can't imagine how it can be cut from a single sheet of paper.

This card works great with any design that has 4-way symmetry.

I based my drawing on an Easter bunny design I found while searching "wycinanki". It's from here.
Topp, a German publisher, has wonderful designs that work well. (Use Google image search and search words: filigran Topp.)

How to make an Easter Rabbit Magic X pop up card

Download file set: PDF, DXF, Silhouette Studio, SVG.

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.

Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

Crease the card at the center fold line, then unfold.

Crease the two long folds at the bottom of each pair of bunnies.

Crease the short folds near where each bunny pair is attached to the card.

This is the tricky part. Pull the two bunny pairs toward the center of the card. One entire bunny has to slide through the hole between the two bunnies on the other pair. Curl the ears down and stick the head through, then work the rest in.

The center slots line up and slide together: top and bottom.

Here is a video of the swan pair assembly. There's more space between the swans than the bunnies, but the slot assembly is the same.

You have several options for gluing the assembled bunnies into your base card.

1. You can glue it just as it is. If you use a base card the same color as your cut card you can show off the clever design of the card without the cut-outs being too distracting. (Mine is in contrasting colors to help you see it.)

2. You can trim off the cut out parts and leave just a center strip to glue to the base card.

3. You can trim almost all of the card away, cutting two tabs to slide through slits cut in the base card. Cut along green lines (on the purple card) to make the tabs. Lay the cut card on the base card, aligning center folds. Cut slits as shown by the yellow line (the placement of the other one is hidden, on the left).

Slide tabs through slits and adhere to outside of card. You will need to cover these tabs when you decorate the front and back of the card.


BlueCat said...

Stunning card!

Anonymous said...

Oh Carol! You've done it again. Completely amazed me! 😃

eunice said...

AMAZING!!!!! Another one to add to my definitely gotta try list from your blog. Thank you for the cutting files and tutorial, Carol...you are the BEST!!

Sheila said...

way cool

cma21317 said...

I cannot wait to try it for my cards this year. Thanks!

Diane said...

This is really cool. I'm going to have to try one. Thank you!

Tine said...

Great tutorial and a great card too. Thanks for sharing

Soraya said...

this is fantastic! thanks for the file and the tutorial!

jill said...

wow - ty!

Ahmed.K said...

I think the design is called an X fold, I have seen it in some book but can't remember what... your design is truly amazing and being able to recreate the swans is just incredible... thank you for being an inspiration

Origamic @rchi-HIRO said...

Hello! I'm Akihiro Igarashi.
Thank you for introducing me to my work.
The next time you introduce my work please contact me.
(I'm using translation software.)

shin said...

Using the basic, I've made another shape of hands.
I've found that you need to specify the calculations for the distance between the two cut out.
Oh ya, the locking mechanism on the other end are a mystery for me.
please explain because it doesn't appear to be on your example pdf nor svg.

Thanks for the wonderful website Carol

m3m said...

My Magic X card turned out great. My sister will love it. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

bittersw33et said...

I'm so glad i found your blog! You are an amazing artist and i hope you keep it up! I made this card for my good friend's birthday and she loved it!

Carol said...

Glad it worked for you!