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Apr 28, 2018

Three Tier Pop Up Wedding Card

REVISED wedding pop up card that originally appeared in 2010

origamic architecture cake

origamic architecture cake



This is the supplemental wedding card I made for my friend who originally got a non pop up card for her wedding. She gave me a sad puppy dog look, so...yeah.

It's a straight-forward origamic architecture design. 

Keep reading for pop up card tutorial and cutting files (templates).

How to make a three tier wedding cake pop up card

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




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


Aug 24, 2016

Back to School Papercrafts

The weather at my house turned cooler yesterday, and it's back to school soon here in the northeast.

Here are some school-themed papercrafting projects from the archives.


Box of Crayons Pop Up Card
This might be my favorite box card of all time!
24 crayons box


French School Room
Fair warning: this school pop up card is challenging and time consuming.

French school pop up


Pleated Apple Box
There's also a pumpkin version of this little container.

apple box pleated lid and base






Sliceform Apple
Surprisingly easy to put together.

Sliceform apple, lattice version


Little Red Schoolhouse
Put a tealight in this little house and set it on your shelf.

vellum shelf village school

Jan 23, 2015

Conversation Heart Accordion Flip Card

The devil is in the details of this conversation heart accordion card paper craft.  It's all about the embellishments!

conversation heart card open

heart card back


How to make a valentine accordion flip card 

Download file set: PDF, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, Silhouette Studio

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.


If you have never made an accordion flip card I suggest watching this video first.
Also see more detailed assembly photos of a similar card, the Egg Accordion Flip Card post here.  

Cut the pieces

Cut and score 4 base card pieces from card stock (mine is white). 

Cut 4 frame liners from decorative paper for the front:  you will need 2 sheets of 8.5" x 11" or 1 sheet of 12" x 12"(dotted).
Cut 4 frame liners from decorative paper for the back (striped).
--The liner file includes an inner heart.  You only need one set of 4 to cover the backs of the hearts.--

Cut the 4 conversation hearts from your choice of colors.  

Assemble base card

Crease all score lines.

Join the four panels using the long side tabs.  Do not join the hearts at their edges yet.

You will have an extra long tab on one end.  Cut it off.

Decorate

With the card flat, adhere the four conversation hearts to the front of the card. Be sure to glue in the tiny centers of the letters B and A, and the 4 Os.

Adhere the front frame liners to the front frames, and the back frame liners to the back frames.  Do not put the back hearts on yet.

Join Hearts 
 
Stand the card up and arrange it in a zig zag.  The center of the card should be a valley fold and the intersection of the side panels mountain folded.

Rotate the hearts by creasing  the score lines at the tops and bottoms of the hearts.

conversation heart card tabs


Start joining the hearts with the center two hearts (red and purple on mine).

Rotate the red heart clockwise and the purple heart counter-clockwise until their edges meet, in a mountain fold. Glue the tab on the purple heart to the back of the red heart.

Attach the green heart to the red heart by rotating the green heart counterclockwise until the edge meets the red heart, in a valley fold.  Glue the tab on the red heart to the back of the green heart.

In a similar way glue the blue heart to the purple heart by rotating the blue heart clockwise, and gluing the tab to the back of the purple heart.

You will have an extra tab on the green heart.  Cut it off.

Finish Decorating

Adhere the heart-shaped liners of your choice to the backs of the hearts, covering the tabs.

Collapse the creases to fold the card flat.  (You are seeing the back of the green heart.  The other three hearts are stacked under it.)

heart accordion card closed


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Jan 18, 2015

Valentine Pop Up Step Card

Step cards are cut so that the connecting parts form open boxes or steps.  This version has heart shaped steps.

Valentine pop up card front


heart step card open

Step cards can have any number of steps.  See some other examples here and here.

How to make a heart step card with three steps

Download file set: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio

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.

Decorate as desired. 

I used 4 small squares of patterned paper, 2 large blue squares backing 2 heart lace cut-outs, 2 stars of plaid paper behind the photos (which are from sewing pattern envelopes), and white stitching drawn with gel pen.


Heart step card flattened
 
 



Fold the card by pushing the left portion of the card horizontally to the right.  (The hearts will valley fold where they connect to the right portion of the card and mountain fold where they connect to the left portion of the card.)


The card will be square when closed.


Valentine step card front view



Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

Jan 14, 2015

Flower Petal Valentine

This paper flower valentine is composed of multiple hearts that spring up into 3D petals.  Optional sentiment frames included.

flower heart 3d valentine card front


How to make the heart flower valentine

Download file set: PDF, DXF, Silhouette Studio, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space).

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.


 


flower petal valentine pattern


Cut flower petal front from one color (I used white) and base card from another color (I used red).  Cut sentiment frames if you wish.

Each petal consists of three parts: an small solid heart and two larger heart frames.  Bend up the solid heart and the outer-most heart frame.  Leave the medium-sized heart frame flat.

 


petal detail
 
 

petal details




Fold base card along center score line.

Glue flower front to front of base card.  Add sentiment frames if you wish.

 




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Jan 6, 2015

Lovebirds Snowflake

Another paper craft snowflake design, best for machine cutting.  This one has birds, hearts and vines.

hearts and birds snowflake




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

You may also like these snowflakes.

Snowman Snowflake


cutting file for snowman snowflake

Heart in Hand Snowflake

Shaker snowflake hearts and hands


Chihuahua Snowflake


chihuahua snowlfake with christmas trees and hearts


Seashell Snowflake

scallops seaweed and starfish snowflake



Files download for free; pay what you wish to support this site. Suggested contribution for each of these projects is $1.00.
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

Dec 20, 2014

Christmas Tree Tea Light Lantern

Here is a quick and easy tea light paper craft lantern with vellum insert. 

The cube is approximately 2.5" on each side.

silhouette cameo Christmas vellum lantern



The trees are adapted from a Bird's Cards file (used with permission). 



How to make a Christmas tree tea light lantern

Download file: Silhouette Studio, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, PDF. 

Files download for free.  If you like this file, you may send a donation to Bird.  Sharing of this file is covered by Bird's Creative Commons agreement.

Cut tree part of the file from card stock.  Cut long rectangle from vellum.  Crease all score lines. 

Glue the lantern and the vellum closed with their long narrow end tabs.

 
Fold the bottom of the tea light as shown on the daisy lantern post.

Bird's cards Christmas swirl tree lantern



Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

May 18, 2013

Daisy Thank You Card


daisy thank you card

My daisy thank you card is a paper version of a card designed by Janine Blackwelder.

Download cutting files PDF and DXF and SVG and Studio

Base card is half a sheet of 8.5" x 11" cardstock. Although I have provided a pattern piece, you may prefer to use 1/2" ribbon for the vertical stripe. (That's what I did.)



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Apr 17, 2013

Sliceform Fish Bowl Pop Up Card

How to make sliceforms

Just recently I received a couple inquiries about adapting my sliceform fish bowl design for a pop up card. It's funny how old posts float around and re-surface every now and then!
sliceform fish bowl
In my mind it seemed straightforward enough, but it didn't work exactly as I expected.
This is what I came up with in the end--a boxy base. (Colored with blue marker so you can see where the base part is.)

How to make a sliceform fish bowl in a pop up card
Download file set (SVG, DXF, PDF, studio)
You will need a base card about 8" tall by 13" wide, folded in half to make an 8" x 6.5" card.
Cut out pieces. (I had to reduce the size to 95% to fit on my CraftRobo cutting mat.) Score the creases on the base.
Assemble as described in the sliceform fish bowl post. Obviously, the bottom of this fish bowl will have base pieces attached, but the assembly is essentially the same.
The fish bowl base is a diagonal box pop up (see Lesson 21). It is glued into the card in much the same manner as the gingerbread house, and the sliceform Christmas tree.
Collapse the fish bowl so that the two tabbed base sections are stacked, one on top of the other, not side by side.

Fold the two untabbed base sections up and out of the way, on the creases.

Fold the entire on-top-layer tabbed base section up and out of the way.

Fold just the foot of the underneath-layer tabbed base section up. (Green arrow in picture below). You are going to glue this under layer first.
Refer to the gingerbread house instructions on how to use a square piece of card stock to establish the 45° guideline on the base card. Be careful to slide the fish bowl down until it is completely inside the card at the top. (Red arrow in photo below.)

Do you see the problem with my base card? (Purple arrow.)

It's not wide enough. This is an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock and I need another inch of width to keep the fishbowl from showing when the card is closed.

Spread glue on the turned up foot of the underneath tabbed base section. Unfold foot, gluing it to the card.

Pull down the other tabbed base section, the one you had folded up. Spread glue on the foot of this tabbed base section.

Close card. Weight and let dry.
This view shows the two feet glued to the card.


Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

Mar 25, 2013

Pop Up Flower Birthday Card

paint chip pop up card flower

The inspiration for this pop up flower card came from Peter Dahmen's color wheel pop up card.

He's an amazing artist and paper engineer. Needless to say, my interpretation is much simplified!

The template for the flower is a based on this waterlily design.

I used paint chips for the colored parts, cutting a petal from each of three shades on the chip. From the scraps I cut the confetti for the cover and the inside. I also cut words from the paint shade names--things like "toast" and "old" and glued them to the front of the card.



How to make a pop up flower card from paint chips

Download template set PDF and DXF and SVG and Studio

Creating the flower parts with paint chips

Cut the three flower base pieces (not the small petals) from white paper. I used standard printer weight paper.

Cut petal overlays from colored card stock or paint chips. You will need 8 of each size. Glue the colored piece to the petals on the corresponding flower bases leaving a small white border around each petal.

Constructing the three layered flower pop up card

My sample is made from blue, green, and pink paper to make it easier to see the construction process.

Fold each flower base in half, matching center tabs.

Crease the score line on each side-fastening tab.

Spread glue on each side-fastening tab, and adhere.


Open largest set of petals (green) and middle size set of petals (pink). Match fold lines.

Refold the flowers together. Check that the middle sized set is centered in the opening of the largest set.

Fold down tabs on the largest set of petals (green).

Spread a little bit of glue on just the top half of the tabs of the middle sized set (pink) and fold down, gluing the two sets of tabs together. They purposely do not match up exactly.

Open this glued together set and lay the smallest set of petals (blue) on top, matching fold lines.

Close all three and center the smallest set in the opening. Do not glue these together.

Holding all the layers together, fold down the tabs on the smallest set of petals.

Lay the entire set into your base card, matching the points to the foldline of the card.

Spread glue on the tab parts that are visible (smallest tab and middle sized tab). Close card, turn over. Spread glue on the visible tabs on this side.

Close card. Put a weight on the card until it dries.


Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.