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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 26, 2016

Pull Tab Valentine Pop Up Card

valentine pop up card front





Pull tab in the center of this valentine heart papercraft and the paper stretches apart to reveal your sentiment.

pull tab valentine heart card


Strategic cuts on the pop up card create a net from the concentric hearts, with a surprise message underneath.

side view valentine net card


How to make a pull tab valentine

Oct 16, 2015

Spider and Web Accordion Garland

This crisscross spiders and spider web papercraft garland is a mash up of paper chains and cascade cards.  Great for Halloween!  Hang them vertically in your doorways or swag them on your chandelier. 




The intricate cutting is best done by machine. Easy to assemble once cut!

How to make a spider garland

Feb 11, 2015

Valentine Tea Light Lantern

A little present for your Valentine, an open top tea light paper lantern with hearts.



The hearts are a modification of the lowercase "o" from a dingbat font called SexyRexy-Smitten.
 

Assembly is the same as for the daisy tea light lantern.

Download Cutting Files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG 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.









You may also like these other tealight lanterns:  Halloween ghost  lantern, Halloween pumpkin and catsChristmas tree lantern.


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Feb 6, 2015

Paper Globe of Slide Together Hearts

I ran across an intriguing globe made of slotted triangles on CutOutFoldUp, a sort of ditrigonal icosidodecahedron.  I thought it would be interesting to see what it would look like with heart shapes rather than triangles.  This is what I came up with. 

The perfect polyhedron valentine "card" for a math lover?


3d polyhedron



If you use 5 different colors it is possible to construct a model in which no two hearts of the same color connect to each other.

 


Can be hand or machine cut.

Download file set: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG 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.



How to construct the slotted heart globe

Cut a total of 20 hearts.  I used 4 each of 5 different colors.

Lay the hearts out on the table.  Check that they are all right side up--that the slots are all in the same orientation. 
paper globe heart slots


Slot together 5 hearts, one of each color.  I slotted the tops of the hearts together on this round.  (Slot 1 slides into slot 2.)



heart slot position


It should look like a star.

start assembling polyhedron star of hearts


The colors are, clockwise, in this order: green, orange, pink, purple, blue.

For the second round, I slotted the next row to the first row, point-to-point.

Working around clockwise, slot a blue heart onto the pink heart, add a green heart to the purple, an orange heart to the blue, a pink heart to the green, a purple heart to the orange. 


second round of paper globe






Third Round.  I attached these top-of-heart to top-of heart.  In the photo below the hearts are laid out between the hearts they will attach to.


third round of hearts assembly

Green attaches to purple and blue of the second round, orange hooks to blue and green, pink goes on green and orange, purple goes on orange and pink,  blue goes on pink and purple. 

When you have finished adding this row the model is starting to look like a ball.

another view of assembly paper globe of hearts


Last round, point-to-point again.

Add the pink to the point of the green heart from the third round, purple to orange, blue to pink, green to purple, orange to blue.

Join the tops of the hearts of the last row, in the same way the first row was joined, forming a star.

The model is now a ball.

Neaten everything up by pushing together any slots that are loose, and you are done!


Assembly video from dutchpapergirl!






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Jan 27, 2015

Valentine Trifold Pop Up Card

open valentine card with conversation hearts



I've had this trifold pop up greeting card sitting on the back burner for a long, long time.  It just wasn't going anywhere!

This was as far as I had gotten with it, years ago.

black and white valentine trifold card

trifold valentine black and white



I dragged it out last week and started messing about with it to make a print-and-cut, but I finally abandoned that.

It's boring, the colors are off, and I don't like that the white from the back of the card shows on the right-hand side.

print and cut prototype trifold valentine




It needed a border.  It needed jazzier colors.  It needed double sided cardstock.

I added lace around the edges and changed the size and tilt of the "valentine" heart to bring it out of hiding.  Much better!

finished valentine trifold card


How to Make a Valentine Trifold Pop Up Card

Materials:
--Two 12" x 6" sheets of cardstock, one for the lace and a double sided sheet for the card base. 
--Three small pieces of paper or cardstock for the hearts
--Scraps to back the words

Download the file set:  PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG 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 $1.99.


Cut and score the base card. (Cut on black lines, score on red lines.) 
Cut the lace.

Adhere the lace to the left and top edges of the card base.

cut base card and adhere lace

Back the hearts with a contrasting scrap of paper.  Here are some I tried before settling on good old red.

hearts with cut out words

red backing paper conversation hearts



Be sure to save the ever so tiny inside parts of the B and the A and glue them into the letters.

cut out words with filled in letters

Adhere the two smaller hearts to the backing card, aligning them with the heart halves cut in the backing card. 

glue hearts to base card

Close the card and place the large heart so that the word "valentine" is still visible when the card is closed.  Adhere.
place large heart on pop up card

glue large heart in place


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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 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.