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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

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

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

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

Jan 11, 2016

Skaters and Houses Shadow Box Card

This papercraft project is sort of a shadow box, sort of a pop up card. It doesn't exactly pop up, although it is possible to ship it flat.

Front of shadow box

It reminds me of a painting of people skating on the canals in the Netherlands.

This is what it looks like when back lit.

back lit shadow box of skaters

The skaters and houses are slotted through the floor of the shadow box.  The backing is snowflake printed vellum paper.

How to make a skater shadow box card

Dec 15, 2015

Cute Retro Christmas Card

My Christmas cards are done!  I made more than 130 this year.

Two of the designs I made used this Etch-a-Sketch base.

You can use any suitable black and white line drawing, or stamp a seasonal design.

retro Christmas card etch a sketch frame
How to make an etch-a-sketch inspired card

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

Oct 5, 2015

Maple Leaf Card

Sympathy cards are always tough to make!  I like the quiet autumn colors of these papers.

The arrangement of the design elements is a common one using the rule of thirds.

Once the maple leaves are cut it goes together very quickly.

This particular maple leaf is from the Silhouette Store.  I did not want the veining, so I cut only the outside edge (from solid colored papers).   I created an inside offset and removed the stem from it and cut the offsets from patterned papers.

Aug 24, 2015

Purse Birthday Card

Have you missed me?
August has been a month of crafting, but not much paper. 

I did make this birthday card for my best friend.

The purse design was inspired by a card I saw on Ligaya's Creativity Zone.

Scroll down to download free cutting file templates.

front of purse birthday card

I used tiny squares of self-stick magnetic tape to hold the card shut.

The inside pieces are adhered with thick foam dots to pop them off the page.

inside of purse card

sunglasses, keys, compact inside purse card

 I only make remarks about her age because I'm older!

The purse, glasses and compact can be hand cut or machine cut.  The key and fob would be a bit challenging to hand cut.  I stacked multiple layers for the black parts of the key and fob to make them thicker.

key and fob inside handbag card

How to make a purse card

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