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Mar 25, 2018

Accordion Fold Card in a Box



Happy Birthday accordion fold card in a box

This accordion birthday card comes in a little box and unfolds into a surprisingly long card. The "Happy Birthday" letters flip up from the accordion pleats in opposite directions, like a flag book.





The finished size is slightly larger than 2.5" x 3.5";  and 5/8" tall.

accordion fold card in a box size with ruler


accordion fold card in a box,  size of box


Don't mind the funky color scheme of the sample.  I used contrasting colors to help you see the construction of the box and the birthday card.

How to make an accordion fold card in a box


Mar 18, 2018

Easter Rabbit Foldover Card Updated Files

bunny and flowers crossover card front



A reader asked me to update the files for this Easter Rabbit foldover or crossover card originally published in 2012.  I cleaned up the excessive nodes to make it cut more smoothly, and made both a new Studio file and a resized SVG file that works better in Cricut Design Space.


How to make a bunny and tulips foldover card



Mar 17, 2018

Spring Tulips in a Basket

Long ago at the beginning of this blog I created a sliceform basket and "filled" it with puppies.
This updated (new files!) slice form basket is bursting with spring tulips, a perfect flower basket for Easter.




finished sliceform basket with tulips front view





How to make a spring basket of tulips sliceform


Feb 24, 2018

Mondrian Tri-Shutter Birthday Card

This birthday tri-shutter card features a Piet Mondrian inspired design of abstract rectangles in primary colors.

Mondrian style birthday card



With some assistance from CorelDRAW,  the Mondrian style design did not require that much manipulation to fit it on a tri-shutter pop up card.

Funny story about the inspiration for this card.  Last summer I happened to watch the pilot of The Partridge Family, where they decide to form a band, and they paint the school bus?  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, poor you, you have no idea of the fabulousness of the Friday night tv line-up of the early 1970s).

Some thoughts about tri-shutter cards:

A tri-shutter is divided vertically into 6 equal parts, with the center two pieces merged.
The horizontal divisions do not need to be equal.

This picture shows the cut and fold diagram (black cut lines; red fold lines).

tri shutter pop up card cut and fold lines

Here I have added (pink) guides to emphasize the six equal parts.


tri shutter pop up card design considerations






I cut the entire design from white card stock and left it adhered to the cutting mat, then removed and replaced with the various colors as needed.

You can see I had to divide some shapes where cuts or folds were running through them.  (The large blue and red squares, for example.)

Cutting Mondrian card with Silhouette cameo

Mondrian tri-shutter pop up card cut outs



Once the pattern was completed, I used painters' tape to hold the pieces in place. This is the front.


transferring pieces with tape

This is the back--removing the excess white card stock.

removing waste card stock from Mondrian card cut


Still the back, with the white card peeled away.


Mondrian tri-shutter card ready to glue


Gluing the pieces to the card.  Because of the folds, this can be done 1/3 of the card at a time.


adhering Mondrian tri-shutter card pop up


I waited for the adhesive to dry, then carefully cut along the cut lines, and scored and folded along the fold lines.


front view of Mondrian tri-shutter card with vinyl sentiment


The "Happy Birthday!" sentiment is cut from adhesive vinyl.


This is the card folded flat for mailing.

folded tri-shutter card


There is no downloadable file set for this.  Keeping it unique!

See some other birthday cards here.


Jan 16, 2018

February Tent Calendar

Desktop trifold tent calendar for February 2018

February 2018 tent card


The heart design is edge cut at the top fold, and backed with white, allowing the calendar to show through the window cut-out.

front of tent card calendar


back view showing white cardstock backing on calendar

How to make a print and cut standing calendar for February 2018


Download files.  



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 $1.00.



Print and cut calendar backing page 


Silhouette Studio: use registration marks.



Video  showing how to set up this page for print and cut in Cricut Design Space.



Cut heart page

Green lines are score lines / dashed cut lines.

In Cricut Design Space, click each of the top four green lines in the layers menu and change to score.  Select all layers.  Attach. Cut.


Assemble Tent

Crease card on score lines.






red cardstock cut

Apply glue around the window, the letter cut-outs, and the heart cut-outs.

glue diagram for tent calendar

Adhere white piece to the back, matching heart edges.

February calendar glued in place

Spread glue on the long tab.

glue for tab on February tent calendar

Glue calendar into a tent shape.  I used a ruler to hold the tab down while it dried.


ruler holding tab in place


Optional: adhere small heart to center of large heart.

optional center heart on calendar






Jan 6, 2018

Pile of Hearts Pop Up Card Files Updated

The cutting file set for this old favorite has been updated to work better with Cricut Design Space and newer Studio versions.  Check it out!

Pile of Hearts tutorial and cutting files



This Valentine pop up card is surprisingly easy to make.

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

Nov 10, 2017

Sliceform Christmas Tree with Angled Slices

Why is this sliceform papercraft tree special?  The slices fan out from the center axis at increasing angles rather than being perpendicular to the center slice.

Sliceform pop up card Christmas tree



Compare to this conventional Christmas tree sliceform pop up card with perpendicular slices.



Assembly is like any sliceform.  Because this cut file is designed to be a pop up card, I have configured the slots to lock the pieces so they won't fall apart even if you turn the card upside down and shake it!




Make it!

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




Mar 21, 2017

Pleated Paper Cupcake

Pleated and and v-folded paper forms this 3D papercraft cupcake.

Add a paper candle or flower and wish someone a Happy Birthday.

pleated paper cupcake


It's not quite origami, but it reminds me of origami baubles or origami Christmas balls.

flower on cupcake


Easy to hand cut, or download file set to machine cut.


How to Make a Pleated Cupcake and Icing

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