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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

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.




Oct 17, 2014

Bonus Haunted House Cards

I have added a set of traditional flat greeting cards to the Halloween haunted house accordion card files.  Re-download the file set to get the bonus files!

5 card set of Halloween cards


I made the templates very tiny to fit them on one page.  Be sure to enlarge before cutting.  


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Oct 7, 2014

Pumpkins and Cat Tea Light Lantern

I pulled up some other Halloween silhouette greeting cards and have started making them into battery tea light votive paper lanterns.  (See the ghost votive in the last post.)

This one I had designed as a flat front or window pop up card. The pumpkins and cat are dingbats from the font ILL oCtoBer. 
 
pumpkins and cat tea light lantern front




How to make a pumpkins and cat silhouette tea light lantern

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




Files download for free; contribute what you wish. Suggested amount for this file is $1.00.



Cut the pumpkin and cat piece from cardstock.  Cut the long rectangle from vellum.

Assemble following the instructions from the daisy tealight lantern.




 
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Oct 4, 2014

Ghost Tea Light Lantern

Here's another project, a battery tea light votive paper lantern, using the ghost silhouettes from the window pop up card in the last post.

 

light up Halloween ghost lantern


How to make a ghost silhouette tea light lantern

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

template for ghost lantern


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 the ghost piece from cardstock.  Cut the long rectangle from vellum.

Assemble following the instructions from this daisy tealight lantern.

votice tea light ghost lantern

votive candle ghost lantern
 
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Oct 3, 2014

Ghost Silhouette Window Card

silhouette of ghost in card

I've made quite a few of these little window pop up cards. Some Halloween, some Christmas, some others here and here.

This greeting card has some ghosts. I borrowed the 3-ghost layout idea from a pennant on Bird's Cards. The ghost is the letter O dingbat from the Trick or Treat font. I modified the ghost a bit!

ghost window inset detail


How to make a ghost silhouette paper window pop up card

Download pop up card files: PDF, SVG (How to use my files in Cricut Design Space)  , DXF, Silhouette Studio.

Files download for free; contribute what you wish. Suggested amount for this file is $1.00.
template for ghost window silhouette pop up card



Cut and score.  On the PDF and JPG, cut lines are black, score lines are red.

Starting at the top, with the "good" side of the card facing you: valley fold the top score line; mountain fold the next score line; valley fold the two small score lines on the sides, near the bottom of the window; valley fold the score line at the bottom of the window.

Collapse the card and glue it into a base card.  Glue the center parts of the letters A, P, and O into the letters.

More assembly tips for this type of card here.




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Sep 26, 2014

Sliceform Lattice Pumpkin Update


How to make paper sliceforms.

This open work pumpkin sliceform folds flat!

Updated template re-posted with full file set :
  Silhouette Studio, SVG, PDF, DXF





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Sep 24, 2014

Falling Leaves Spiral Card



I like the idea of spiral pop up cards, but sometimes the design gets a bit awkward looking as the loops get bigger.  My spiral pop up greeting card features both an "invisible" acetate spiral, and a spiral that doubles back on itself to make it a bit more compact. 

(Wow, shiny paper is hard to photograph, isn't it?)

During the summer I made a butterfly spiral card like this which I gave away without blogging it, or even photographing it. WHAT was I thinking?

I finally got around to making an autumn design using the same spiral.  

How to make a falling leaves spiral card

Materials: 
card stock for leaf skeletons
double sided paper for leaf inserts 
heavy weight acetate for spiral
11" x 5" card stock for base card, and decorative elements as desired
adhesive
low tack tape ("painter's tape")



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

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




Assembly:

Cut spiral from heavy acetate.  I used a piece salvaged from an old spiral bound report.  Overhead transparency is probably not thick enough.  You want the kind that you would make clear cards from ("clear cardstock").

Cut leaf skeletons and inserts. Remember to cut 2 skeletons for each leaf (front and back).  I used regular cardstock for the skeletons and Shimmer Sheetz for the inserts.

(Side question: does anyone have advice on a good adhesive for adhering the tiny cardstock frames to the Shimmer Sheetz?  I used Elmer's Glue Pen and it oozed all over the place.)

Glue skeletons and inserts together into sandwiches.  Let dry.



Cut base card.  Mine is 11" x 5".  Decorate the inside of your card base as desired.

Now for the fiddly part!

Using low tack tape, adhere one end of the spiral to the inside of the card.  Apply tape to the other end, closing the card to adhere.  Now open the card.  Check the placement and adjust until you're satisfied.  This took me a long, long time! 

Once you have the spiral in place, temporarily tape the leaves onto the spiral until you like what you see.  I like to start by settling in the end pieces, and covering the center where the spiral doubles back.  Then fill in.  (Be sure everything is hidden when you close the card, and the leaves float freely when the card is open.)



Using permanent adhesive, adhere one end of the spiral.  I like glue dots (cut down to fit the spiral) for this, but beware, they're once and done. 



Detach the tape from the other end of the spiral, allowing the spiral to flatten.  Place a glue dot on this end of the spiral.  Close the card to adhere.  (This is called allowing the pop up to "find its own place".  It ensures that the pop up will close!)

In the next photo you can see the two ends of the spiral adhered to the card.  One full glue dot is under the circle of acetate on the right-hand end.  A strip cut from a glue dot adheres the left-hand end.



Open the card.  Untape the leaves, one at a time, and adhere permanently.  I used 1/2 of a glue dot on each, trying to place them in inconspicuous spots.  You can barely see the adhesive on the oak leaf in the photo below.









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May 4, 2014

Little Red Schoolhouse Vellum House




This little paper schoolhouse is constructed much like the paper church






Perfect for a 3d village on a shelf.  Can be lighted with a battery operated tea light.  This design was adapted from a template on Little Glitter Houses.  This building measures approximately 3" wide and 4" deep.

How to make a paper little red schoolhouse


Oct 4, 2013

Leaf Edged Sliceform Torus Tutorial


This torus, unlike many sliceforms, does not collapse flat.

I was inspired by Yoshinobu Miyamoto, and Elaine Wolfe's scalloped edge torus.



sliceform torus

Download file set. Includes PDF, DXF, SVG, Silhouette Studio format. Cut 8 of each piece.

The assembly process is not complicated, just frustrating. You will spend a lot of time putting pieces back when they come undone. I plan to try painter's tape to hold things together temporarily.

Take a look at this video from dutchpapergirl for the basics. (Note that her torus has more pieces than mine. Assembly is the same.)

The most important concept is: like slot to like slot. In other words, when putting two pieces together, you are always matching the slots in the same position on the two pieces to each other. Be sure you are not matching a slot on one piece to the mirror image slot on the other piece.

The video doesn't show one crucial assembly step which may cause difficulty: joining the last few pieces and closing the circle.

For me, this happens when adding the last piece of one color, with a couple pieces of the other color not yet added. As you start matching the slots on that last piece, you will find that the torus wants to curl in to make a circle. Encourage it to curl in as you slide the slots together. Now look carefully to see where the remaining pieces of the other color need to go. It will be obvious very quickly if you try to put them wrong.

Finally, go around the piece, pulling the slots firmly together and checking for mismatches.









Sep 17, 2013

Leaf Edge Torus

This sliceform torus is challenging to assemble. Seems like every time you get one piece in, another piece falls off!

sliceform torus

This design is a modification of a smooth torus sliceform designed by Yoshinobu Miyamoto . Thanks go to Elaine Wolfe for the idea of adding a shape to the outer edges of the pieces.

Tutorial and files are up!

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Sep 13, 2013

Pleated Apple or Pumpkin Box Tutorial

apple box from cardstock
Last week I made this in red as an apple box. In orange, it makes a pumpkin box. You may remember the similar six sided acorn box, from last year.


How to construct a pleated, eight sided round box with a lid


Sep 7, 2013

Apples

Back to School! I made three apple projects this week.

My pleated apple box with a lid is a cousin of the acorn box.
apple box
The apple box has 8 sides rather than 6.

Apple box templates and tutorial are up!

I made a solid version and a lattice version of an apple sliceform.
apple sliceform

apple sliceform

If you've made my sliceform pumpkins, solid or lattice , you will have no trouble with the sliceform apples.
Files for the lattice apple are here.


pumpkin sliceform


pumpkin sliceform
Time to vote!


Which tutorial do you want to see first?





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Oct 3, 2012

Haunted House Pop Up Card


Another house pop up card! This Halloween house is a modification of the haunted house printable from PaperToys.




If you like this card you may also like these.
Gingerbread House Pop Up Card
pop up gingerbread house

Barn Pop Up Card
barn pop up card
Village Pop Up Wreath
pop up house
Lephrechaun House Pop Up Card
house pop up card
How to make a Haunted House pop up card
Print the pdf from PaperToys on card stock. Print the modification template pdf on regular paper. Black lines are cut lines. Red lines are score lines.




----Assemble the house----
Cut out the haunted house. Modify it as shown on the template. You will cut off all tabs except the far left tab on the side of house and the two small, horizontal rectangular tabs at the top of the house front. You will cut off most of the base of the house, creating glue tabs where shown.
Cut roof off the rest of the house. Cut the horizontal brown strip from the top of the roof piece.
Cut roof in half horizontally.
Cut a black or brown roof extension piece. Cut a roof prop from any scrap of card stock--it won't show.


Score house, roof extension, and roof prop, following red lines on the template.
Glue printed roof parts to roof extension, one of each side.


Cut house apart on each side of the front door.



Cut a piece of the brown strip that was on the roof to cover each of the small rectangles on the front door part of the house. Glue and trim.



Spread glue on uprights next to door and adhere under side pieces, matching vertical lines.

Glue house together at side.


----Attach the roof----
Glue roof prop into gable ends, matching top points, vertical center line and cut edges.




Glue roof prop into center fold of roof. (If you need more details about attaching the roof, click over to the Gingerbread tutorial.)



----Glue to base card----
Cut a base card 6" x 12" and fold in half.
Collapse house as shown. Check the tabs. The shorter set should be under the longer set and not visible.


Cut a 6" square of scrap paper. Fold in half on the diagonal.
Lay square on base card, aligning center folds.
Slide the tabs of the house under the top right-hand diagonal of the square, aligning the bottom edge of the house with the outside edge of the square. The left bottom point of the house should be right at the center fold. (I borrowed the next two pictures from the Gingerbread House tutorial).

Move the square and the collapsed house up and down along the center fold until the roof is not hanging off the top edge of the base card.

Check that the house is still aligned with the square and the point is still at the center fold.
Remove house and pencil the right hand diagonal onto the base card. Remove square.



Replace house with the point at the center fold of the card and the tab fold line--the bottom of the house--on the penciled line. Apply glue to the house tabs that are facing up.



Close card, flip over, glue the other set of tabs. Close card and allow to dry completely.
Trim base card and decorate as you like.




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