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Dec 30, 2017

Matchbox Slider Pop Up Card


Valentine matchbox slider pop up card



This little box is a combination pop up card and treat container or gift card holder.  Perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday gift,  or any occasion.


Pulling the drawer forward activates the pop up element. 



front of matchbox slider pop up card


When the drawer is closed the pop up decorative element lies flat on the top of the box.



closed matchbox slider pop up card

Video of the completed card showing pop up action.




The inspiration came from a gift card holder made by Danielle of Scrapbook Maven.  She made hers from a commercially available, pre-made box.  Not having such a box in my stash of crafting materials, I made my own cut file version! 


How to make a matchbox slider pop up card and treat box

Jun 12, 2017

Paper Succulents

The succulent craze has hit my household big time.  I made this 3D papercraft bouquet of succulent "flowers" as a Happy Birthday card for my daughter.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.


Construction isn't difficult, but somewhat time consuming.

All of the paper succulents start the same way: cut the pieces, sponge on some ink, and curl the edges of the petals a little bit.

Be generous with color.  Layer on greens and browns and highlight with red or white.White adds tremendous depth.

The circular flower-like succulents are made by stacking the layers.
--Cut two sets of petal rounds for each "bloom".  Stack them to your liking.  You won't need every piece, and after gluing the stack use spare petals to fill in bare spots.
--Roll the smallest layer into a loose cone for the center.
--Using dimensional glue dots (foam) to adhere the bigger layers bulks up the succulent.


Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.





The purple trailing plant, which starts as a long strip with leaves on both side, is wrapped around thick floral wire or a skewer or toothpick or whatever you have.  Fill in bare spots with extra leaves.


The blue and the beige sprigs are a pain.  I glued them painstakingly, leaf by leaf, on a toothpick (beige) and small tube of paper (blue).  I'm sure there's a better way to make these.



Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.




I glued the succulents to a 3" diameter styrofoam ball covered with strips of wood grain paper to look like a basket.  The foot of the planter is a snap-together curtain grommet (left over from another crafty project) wrapped with the same paper strips.  After the large pieces were secure, I went back around and filled in empty spots with spare leaves.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.  Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site.   Suggested contribution for this project is $2.00.

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




Dec 23, 2016

Faux Stained Glass Christmas Trees

Every year I make two sets of Christmas cards.  Set one cards, the Extreme Cards, generally involve some sort of "in" joke, so these go relatives and close personal friends.  (My mother claims the jokes are so obscure that *I* am the only one who gets them. This may be true.)  Set two was originally for my online friends, and now I send them to co-workers and neighbors, too.

These beautiful stained glass tree cards, made from printable acetate and black card stock, are my set two cards.


christmas trees stained glass card


The tree design was inspired by a project made with pasta sheets(!!) and permanent marker, seen on You Clever Monkey.  I had to make a papercraft version!

How to make a stained glass Christmas tree 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

Feb 23, 2016

Crayon Box Pop Up Card

twenty four pack crayons birthday card pop up card



Crayon box birthday card, free template, cut files, printables for a cute and colorful card-in-a-box type of pop up card. It folds flat!

This papercraft 3D crayon box can be machine cut or hand cut.  Finished size approximately 5" tall.

How to make a crayon card-in-a-box

Sep 7, 2015

Candy Corn Corner Bookmark

Candy corn--love it or hate it? I don't care to eat it, but the colors are cheerful and seasonal.

This is a quick and easy paper craft bookmark suitable for hand cutting or machine cutting.


How to make a candy corn corner bookmark

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free.

I appreciate that most readers support my site with a small contribution.

Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site.   Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00 




Cut pieces from white, orange and yellow paper.

Crease diagonal creases of corner base.


Fold in one side of the corner base and apply glue to the top. 


Fold in the other side and adhere.  This is the back of the bookmark.



You can make this even faster by using a plain white envelope (recycled junk mail!) for the corner base.   Measure from the corner 2.75" on two sides, connect the two points and cut!



Flip the corner over to the front.

Adhere the white top and the yellow bottom to the corner, abutting the bottom of the white to the top of the yellow piece.

Adhere the orange middle, matching side edges to the edges of the base corner.


Add eyes and mouth if you like.

 

Slide onto your page to mark your place.




Jun 17, 2015

Pleated Heart Embellishment

I'm sure I re-invented the wheel when I designed this file.  Mostly, it was an exercise to help me understand how to create shapes in pleated form.

how to make a pleated heart


See this post for a pleated paper star (and scroll to the bottom to learn how to make any pleated paper shape).

how to make pleated shapes

How to make an accordion pleated paper craft heart

Suitable for hand or machine cutting.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).
Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.

 Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. 
 Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.



The file set includes two sizes of pleated hearts.
Finished, the large heart is 3" wide, and the small heart is 2" wide.

The heart pieces look like a fish!  The "mouth" end is the top of the heart and the "tail" end is the point of the heart. The grey-outlined hearts indicate the finished size and the black-outlined hearts are the backing pieces.

Download, cut and score.

If you are hand cutting, score first, then cut.  The score lines are 1/4" apart for those of you who have a score board.



pleated heart template diagram



Adhere the pieces together at the top of the heart (the mouth end)using the glue tab.
(This photo is from the star, but the tabs are the same).

pleated heart glued

 Here are the two pieces glued together at the top of the heart. Pleat the entire piece, starting with a mountain fold (bump up) at the center.

how to pleat heart
Using the other glue tab, adhere the pieces at the point of the heart (the tail end), forming a ring. Arrows point to where the pieces are glued together. You should have a mountain fold at this join at the heart point.



glue point for pleated heart

Flatten the heart. The straight edge forms a center circle.

assemble pleated heart

Now comes the fun part.  You need to squish the heart until the center circle is as small as you can make it, and while holding that, simultaneously glue on a backing to hold the pleats in place.

Spread a generous amount of glue on the backing piece.  I used a circle that I cut freehand.  You have a heart-shaped backing included in the file set.



pleated shape glue backing

Push the pleats in, working around and around the heart.  Once you have them the way you like them, slap that glue-covered backing onto the back.

pleated heart collapsed

I like to turn it to the front and continue to push and adjust until I like the way it looks.  Use whatever you have (bookends are good) to support the edges until it dries.  I usually put something flat and not too heavy on top, too.

front of pleated heart


I like to add a little jewel in the center.


completed pleated heart with jewel




Jun 13, 2015

Pleated Star Embellishment

This accordion pleated paper star can be challenging because you feel like you need about 6 extra hands to hold everything in place as you glue it together.

completed accordion star


Use as a card embellishment or scale it up to make decorations for the 4th of July.

Suitable for hand or machine cutting.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).
Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.

 Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. 
 Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.
Download files.  If you are hand cutting, score first, then cut.  The score lines are 1/4" apart for those of you who have a score board.

You will have two pieces to pleat, a large star that is the finished size (which is about 3"), and a small star and circle (use either as your backing piece).

template accordion star

Glue together the two pieces using the glue tabs, forming a ring.

glue point pleated star


Ring shown here, after pleating.  The arrows point to the glued points.

 glue points on accordion pleated star

Pleat the star.  To get the pleats going the right directions, start with the points.  Pleat each of these as a mountain fold (the bump is up). 

Arrows pointing to mountain folded points.

pleats on accordion pleated star

 Next pleat each of the shortest pleats as a mountain fold.  Accordion crease the pleats in between.



Spread glue generously on either the small star or the circle.

 glue backing to pleated star


Collapse the ring with the points to the outside.

collapse pleated star


Working around and around, push the points to make the star smaller.  The center will become a tiny circle.   (This shows the front.  You would still be working from the back at this point.)
 
 front of pleated star shape


Affix the backing to the back of the star.  Continue to arrange the points to your satisfaction while the glue is wet.  This is where an extra pair of hands is helpful.  Use whatever you have lying around to the brace the star points, and put a small weight on the top of the star to help it dry flat. 

I like to add a small jewel to the center.

completed pleated star


How to draft a template for any pleated shape

When a reader posted a card with a pleated heart to the Extreme Cards Facebook page I started thinking about how to draft a template for any shape.  You could start with a pleated circle and, by brute force method, cut the shape and refine it, but there's a better way!

A pleated circle is made with a piece of paper that looks like this, a strip of paper with a series of score lines.

how to make pleated shapes

 
Here is the key concept: the length of each score line is equal to the radius of the circle.
Let me say that in a different way.  The length of each pleat line is equal to the distance from the center to the outside edge of the shape.

So, if you pleated the piece shown above, and held together the pleats at one end to form a fan shape, it would make part of a circle with the pleats like this.

how to make pleated circle


 Okay, are you with me so far?

Now let's look at the star.  The line segments from the center to the outside edge are different lengths.

how to make pleated star diagram







If you transfer those lines to the pleat base (1/2" wide rectangles), it looks like this.

pleated star template






Each red line is the top of one pleat.  That is, if these are your pleats  ^^^^ the red line is the top of each.  We will add the bottom of the pleats in a bit.


You can see that this pattern is half of one star point.
By duplicating and mirroring it's easy to fill in the rest.


Once all the red pleat lines are duplicated, draw a cut line by connecting the dots--the tops of the red lines, and then a horizontal line along the bottoms of the red lines.


Halfway between each pair of red lines draw a green line.  These are the score lines for the bottom of the V of each pleat.


Divide template as needed to fit on the page, and add glue tabs.


template for pleated star



I've made a pleated star, heart, and flower so far.  Heart template in the next post!

pleated star and pleated heart valentine