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Showing posts with label Father's Day. Show all posts
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Jun 13, 2015

Corvette Father's Day Pop Up Card

 Happy Father's Day from the kid who drives you crazy!

Simple pop up card with red Corvette convertible.

card inside Father's Day red car card



card front Corvette pop up

I used a sign generator to make the streets sign (pointing toward Around the Bend and Crazy Town) 
 and Photoshop Elements to combine the landscape and the sign, to paint in the asphalt, and to color-shift a blue car to red.
pop up card detail

This is one of the easiest pop up cards to make, with a single flat element attached the the card back (upright) and floor with a strap or box. For this card I used two 3/4" square simple boxes, cut and assembled separately from paper strips, one behind each of the two rear wheels.


how to construct pop up box

See this card by Polkadoodles for detailed instructions if you've never made this kind of pop up card before.

Jun 21, 2013

The Lost Month

School is finally out! I've been barely keeping my head above water in May and June.

Since Mother's Day, I've made:

Three of these zig zag fold Thank You cards for my volunteers at my "real" job.


Four of these pop up cards for a fundraiser.

One of these candy bouquets with a dog paper model for a birthday.

One of these pop up cards for Father's Day.

One of these paper roses for a music teacher.

Two of these money boxes for graduates: one red, one blue.

graduation cap money holder

graduation cap money holder

Three of these pop up words Thank You notes for scholarships.

Two of the heart ones in red and blue. One in yellow and blue for Rotary.

thank you pop up card


Fourteen of these paper pieced fox Thank You cards for work.

Still to do: a pop up school bus Thank You for our school transportation department, which has retrieved innumerable of my children's belongings over the past 16 years!

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

Jun 13, 2012

Happy Father's Day from the Dark Side

Okay, I admit it, this Dark Vader Father's Day card came from more creative brains than mine.
I borrowed the sentiment from a really cool letterpress card by Amanda Wright.


The Darth Vader pop up on the inside is completely, utterly, Matthew Reinhart's.

The font on the front of the card is called StarVader.
I got the sparkly black paper at Joann Fabric and put a silver gel pen in my Craft Robo to draw our friend Darth. (Reinhart's template is already in vector format, so you can don't even need to trace it!) I hand cut around the drawn pieces and assembled it following the directions here.

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

Jun 9, 2012

Father's Day Cards

I'm not done with this year's Father's Day card yet. Something with Darth Vader, but we'll see how it pans out. In the meantime, here are Father's Day cards from the last few years.
Pop Up Photo Album Card
photo album pop up card
Sentimental Father's Day Card


Yacht and Pop Up Chateau Card
father's day pop up card
Sports Car and Pimped Out Dad Card

Father's Day at the Center of the Universe Automata
father's day automata
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

May 15, 2011

Father's Day Pop Up Photo Album Card

photo album pop up cardphoto album pop up card
I previously made a prototype of this card using all rectangular photos. This variation has a mix of square and rectangular photos.
I made this card for publication in the May Paper and Pixels, which came out today!
paper and pixels May cover
How to make a photo album pop up card
Cut out pieces
--base card: 12” x 6”, folded in half so each side is 6” square
--backing pieces for center pop up pictures: 2 rectangles, 2.25” x 3.5” and 2 squares, 2.25”.
photo album pop up card
--4 pop up strips: ½” wide, 3.75” long
--4 pop up strips: ½” wide, 2.5” long
On each 3.75” strip measure and mark .75” from one end of the strip. Score across the strip at the mark and crease the strip. Mark a tiny x at the cut end of the long segment of the strip.
On each 2.5” strip measure and mark .75” and 1.5” from one end of the strip. Score and crease at both these marks. Mark a tiny x at the cut end of the longest segment, which is 1” long, of the strip.
photo album pop up card
Attach strips to photo bases
If there is a right and a wrong side to your cardstock, flip the cards so the wrong side is showing.
Draw guidelines on the wrong sides.
On the squares, measure down from the top edge and draw horizontal lines at 7/8” and 1 3/8”.
With the rectangles in portrait orientation, measure down from the top edge and draw horizontal lines at 1.5” and 2”.
photo album pop up card
On each square, place a 3.75” strip horizontally across the center of square, lined up with the guidelines. Line up the cut end (with the x) with the right hand edge of the square and glue.
On each rectangle, glue a long strip horizontally across the rectangle with the x-mark lined up with the left hand edge of the rectangle.
photo album pop up card
On each square, apply glue to only the 1” (x-end) segment of a 2.5” strip. Glue it right under the longer strip, aligning the x-end with the left edge of the square.
On each rectangle, apply glue to only the 1” segment of a short strip and adhere it along the top edge with the x-end aligned with the right hand side of the rectangle.
photo album pop up card
Fold the short strips on the squares toward the left.
photo album pop up card
Fold the short strips on the rectangles toward the right.
photo album pop up card
Glue pop ups into card
Place the photo bases on the card as shown.
Note that the strips almost meet the center line of the card. There is a small space between the top and bottom of the card and the pop ups. There is a small space between the pop ups.
photo album pop up card
Fold back each strip section at the crease nearest the card center and spread glue on the back of just that section. Straighten out each strip and glue to card.
photo album pop up card
Allow to dry completely.
Flip the photo bases into position, one pair at a time. You will have to twist the rectangles to get them to bypass the squares and lie in the proper position.
photo album pop up card
photo album pop up card
photo album pop up card
photo album pop up card
photo album pop up card
photo album pop up card
Now you will glue the remaining loose ends of the short strips.
Partially close the card, collapsing all of the photo bases to one side. Check that the strip ends are folded down, toward the center of the card.
Spread glue on the strip, but only between the end of the strip and the first crease. Still holding the card partially open, check that the card bases and strips aren’t crooked. Close the card.
photo album pop up card
Flip the card over, partially open it and glue the other two strips.
photo album pop up card
Close the card and weigh it down until it dries.
photo album pop up card
Glue your photos to the card and to the pop up pieces. Finish the front as desired.
photo album pop up card
I got the idea for the mosaic front from this book.

There are lots of free mosaic page layouts here, designed by Tami Potter.
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

Jun 15, 2010

Father's Day at the Center of the Universe

father's day automata

It's not a pop up card, and it doesn't even fold flat. Good thing I didn't have to mail this Father's Day "card" which is really a papercraft model or automata.

When you turn the crank the universe revolves around Dad.

The parts came from Canon Creative Park. The bottom is the Ptolemaic system from here. The Dad part is from here.
The Dad printable needs to be reduced in size by 50%. You can just set your printer to do that, but I scanned it first, then opened it in Photoshop to change the hair color.

Putting your Father's Day papercraft together

Assemble the Ptolemaic system base, stopping after piece #16. Skip piece #17.

Use piece #18 as a pattern to cut a plain circle from card stock of your color choice. Glue substitute piece #18 to the post at the center of the universe.

Assemble the Dad model.

I glued the earth piece from the Ptolemaic system in his arms.

Glue Dad on the plain circle #18 at the center of the universe. Be sure he is facing toward you when the crank is on the right side (for right-handed Dads).

Create your sentiment text on coordinating paper and glue it to the base. I covered up the explanation of the Ptolemaic System. I also renamed it the "[Dad's last name]-ic" system and covered up the label on the front of the base.

father's day automata

Turn the crank!

Heck, I guess I should have used thicker card stock because it's a little deformed!

father's day automata
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

Jun 17, 2009

Yacht Father's Day Pop Up Card

It took a long, long time, but I finally came up with the joke to go along with this pop up card.
father's day pop up card
Don't worry, I already mailed the card, and frankly, the likelihood of my dad reading my blog is close to zero, anyway. So no secrets are being revealed.


On the envelope I put a picture of Bugs Bunny with the caption, "I knew I shoulda took that left turn at Albuquerque." The old joke about men and directions, you know. Which also answers the inevitable question, "Why am I rowing in FRANCE, for Pete's sake?"

On the card front is the dream boat.


I made the inside of the card way back in March (instructions).
father's day pop up card
On the green part of the inside I stuck this:
father's day pop up card

No picture of the completed card. I finished it and rushed it to the mailbox on the 12th, because I thought it was the 19th. A bit calendar challenged?
Check out the one made by Karma at Crazy Cricut Cutz. Her punch line is even better.
I heard back that my dad's response when he read the card was, "Dem's not 'oars, dem's LADIES!" Ooooph.