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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

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


Apr 25, 2014

Little Vellum Paper Church



How to make a little 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" deep and 4.5" wide.

Download cutting files: PDF, SVG, Silhouette Studio, DXF.

Cut out and score pieces.  Refer to the PDF if you are unsure of cut and score lines.  (Black lines are cut, red lines are score.)

Adhere steeple into a box, and attach roof to steeple.

Adhere steeple to church roof.  The hole in the roof is to provide access to help you stick the tabs to the roof, and to allow light into the steeple from below.

Adhere church wall pieces.

Attach church roof to the building.








I made mine using 30 lb vellum paper from Jam Paper.



Any paper will work, however!
If you plan to use vellum, bear in mind that it is difficult to glue--some glues don't stick to vellum after they're dry, most wrinkle the paper, most will be visible.

I used double sided tape to assemble the church.




Disclosure: Jam Paper provided samples of vellum for this project.  I received no other compensation. 

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Apr 17, 2014

Using Extreme Cards SVG files in Cricut Design Space

How to open and use Extreme Cards and Papercrafting SVG files with cut and score lines in Cricut Design Space



Download SVG file.

Open Cricut Design Space.

In Design Space choose Upload Image. Browse to the SVG file and select it.

After the SVG uploads, select it from the bottom of the upload page and click Insert Image.

{Not shown in the video!  The February 2015 update messed with the import size of my SVG files.  They are HUGE!  Click Edit in the menu on the top right of the page.  Resize the design to fit your paper, or you are welcome to email me for size information of specific files.}

The SVG will appear in your design window. If the layers panel is open on the right, great! If not, open it by clicking Layers near the top right of the page.

Each component of the cut file will show up as a separate layer.

Scroll down to the bottom of the layers panel and click Ungroup.

Now for the tedious fiddly part!

First, you need to be able to see the cut and score lines that are not outline (shape) cuts. Depending on the file, sometimes all of the score lines are hiding under these large pieces.

Move anything filled-in with black to the bottom of the layer. Do this by clicking the layer, then click Arrange (at the top of the page) and Move to Back. When you have moved the filled-in shapes to the back, the score lines and separate cut lines should be visible on top of the black shapes.

Determine which lines are score lines and which are cut lines by checking the color of the line. In my files I use red and green for score lines, and black or blue for cut lines If you're still unsure, download and open the PDF file and double check the line colors.

Once you have identified a score line, click the scissor icon on that layer and change it to score. In Design Space score lines have "no color". This is helpful as you can see which ones you have changed and which ones you haven't.

Now you need to lock all the piece so they stay in the right place when you send it to cut: Select All and then click Attach (it's at the top of the layers menu).

Save and cut!

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Dec 11, 2012

8-Bit Gingerbread Man Pop Up Card

8 bit pop up card gingerbread man


A pixel gingerbread man pop up card for Christmas, quick and easy to machine or hand cut.

This one was a cross stitch design I adapted to an 8-bit looking card

Download file PDF or DXF or Studio or SVG

Files download for free; contribute what you wish.  Suggested amount for this design: $1.00.




Cut on black lines, score and crease on red lines.

8 bit pop up card


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Dec 13, 2010

Incire Christmas Tree

incire tree

I took a little break from Christmas cards by making...a Christmas card. These are fast and easy, if you need some cards and haven't started yet!

Incire is pretty straightforward: cut along black lines, fold down the V shaped cut pieces.

I used double sided (dark and bright green) origami paper and backed it with red card.

incire tree

Download cutting file PDF or SVG or DXF

Files download for free; contribute what you wish.  Suggested amount for this design: $1.00.





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Dec 5, 2010

Incire Ornament

I made this card using a technique variously called incire, cut and fold, lacé or cut 'n tuc. You can buy brass or plastic stencils to cut these designs, but I just drew a cutting file for my Craft Robo cutter from a picture.

Download cutting file: PDF or DXF or SVG

There is special double sided paper available. However, I used what I had, which was double sided origami paper

I haven't found a good, comprehensive, set of instructions online. Print resources are scanty, too, but I did dig up these two.

It's pretty self-evident what to do: cut the cut lines, then fold the cut-outs shapes and tuck under the one before it.

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Sep 15, 2010

Pumpkin Wreath

How to make an interlocking paper chain formed into a wreath

pumpkin paper chain wreath

Download and cut 12 pumpkins.

PDF or DXF or SVG

pumpkin paper chain wreath

Fold each one in half.

pumpkin paper chain wreath

Open out the 1st pumpkin and cut a slit across the outside of the linking opening.

pumpkin paper chain wreath

Most of the pumpkins will link together as with the leaf garland.

autumn leaf paper chain

For a wreath, however, you need to start off a little differently.

The 2nd pumpkin links through only the uncut layer of the 1st pumpkin.

pumpkin paper chain wreath

Continue the chain by linking the remaining pumpkins through both layers of the preceding pumpkin.

When you have linked all 12 pumpkins into a chain, slide the slit layer of the 1st pumpkin through both layers of the 12th pumpkin.

pumpkin paper chain wreath

pumpkin paper chain wreath

Fold closed.

pumpkin paper chain wreath

Open the slit on the 1st pumpkin and slide the cut ends under the top layer of the 2nd pumpkin. Use a tiny piece of tape to hold the slit closed.

pumpkin paper chain wreath

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Sep 4, 2010

Autumn Leaves Paper Chain

autumn leaf paper chain
As a child, you probably made these interlocked, no-glue paper garlands from circles or other simple shapes. Now we're grown up and we get to try something that requires a bit more manual dexterity!
How to make an autumn leaf paper chain

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.








Download leaf files
PDF
or
SVGp1, SVGp2, SVGp3, SVGp4
Email me if you need another file type (CDR, DXF, GSD)!
Cut out as many sets of leaves as you like.
I suppose you could hand cut these, but wow, I wouldn't want to cut too many. I cut mine with my Craft Robo.
There's a circle garland pattern at d.Sharp Journal, and World Preschool Mom has great directions and pictures of the assembly process. No need for me to write it out, yay!
I made mine with thin scrapbook paper, which I don't care for. It's too flimsy, and some of the white "wrong" side shows. Double sided cardstock next time!
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Jul 27, 2010

Toile √Čtoile Favor Box

star box

Forgive my (probably completely wrong) French, but I couldn't resist.

This is an easy star box. I printed mine with a detail from a picture of wallpaper at Chateau de la Barre. I made the filigree pattern by repeating a dingbat from the Fleurons font.

How to make a star box

Download PDF or DXF. Print or send to cutting machine.

star box

Cut along outside edge only (black line).

Score internal lines (red).

Pre-crease all score lines by pinching along them with your fingers.

Fold over the three glue tabs, not including the large one with the curved cut-out.

star box

Apply adhesive to the glue tabs. Fold the piece at center line, match up edges, and adhere front and back together.

star box

Hold the star slightly open with one hand. Pop each of the five sides in by pushing down in the center of the side.

star box

The large tab remains unglued to allow you to open the box.

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Jul 5, 2010

Origamic Architecture Wedding Cake

origamic architecture cake
This is the consolation card I made for my friend who got the non pop up card for her wedding.

Obviously I cave to peer pressure.


It's a straight-forward origamic architecture design.

This video shows how to fold each tier. It's a house pop up , but the roof is folded exactly the same way as a cake tier. (Start watching at 2:40).


The flowers are my old favorites from the seven flower pop up.

Download your choice--the file set includes the cake with wavy uprights and the one with straight uprights. I like the wavy one better because it looks more like icing.

Be sure to check out the gorgeous straight-sided ones made by Chris.
Isn't it fabulous in chocolate?

pop up cake

Download files for cake with straight cuts or wavy cuts: Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG .


How to use my SVG 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 $1.99.




origamic architecture cake
origamic architecture cake

origamic architecture cake

Here's one by Cathy of Scraps of Life.



Cut on black lines, score and fold on red lines.

origamic architecture cake

The scallops are separate overlays cut out and glued to the tops of the layers. The inspiration for these came from Monica's laced frame #31.
Scalloped overlays are included in the file set.

There is a sizing rectangle on the scallops file drawn to match the outline rectangle of the cake file. I set mine to 9" tall and constrained the width to height ratio. If you change the size, make sure you change both files.

The front is a custom portrait by my daughter, who draws caricatures at a theme park).

origamic architecture cake

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Jun 23, 2010

Pleated Center Pop Up Card Tutorial

flower pop up birthday card

The card has a series of pleats across the center to hold the flowers, which stand straight up when the card is opened flat.

See some more ideas--and a instructional video (!!)--at Valita's Fresh Folds. Note that her design has only two center pleats, adhered together. I added more pleats to keep the center from falling over once the standing elements were added.

Make the pleated card

On the back side of an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper, in landscape orientation, score 9 vertical lines 1/2" apart, beginning at the center of the card. (On my card this is the green grass paper.)

flower accordion card

Mountain fold green lines, valley fold red lines.

Spread glue between all the pleats on the back (wrong) side of the paper. Close pleats. Clamp or weight. Allow to dry.

Turn paper right side up.

The pleats will form three valleys on the right side of the card (numbered 1, 2,3).

flower accordion card

Make the flowers

Download flower and stem templates: PDF, SVG, Silhouette Studio, DXF.


Size the flowers so that the largest pieces, like the yellow daisies, are about 2" across. The smaller flowers should be about 1.5" across.

Cut flower parts from colored card stock and assemble. I used DaPino's illustrations for inspiration. Remember your flowers will be viewed from both front and back so make them two-sided.

accordion fold card flowers

Assemble flowers and card

flower pop up card

You will need three rows of flowers. I arranged each row separately and then laid them on top of each other in three layers to see what they would look like in the assembled card. Add extra leaves as needed to fill in between the flower stems.

Start with the middle valley (marked #1). Glue the flowers in the valley and then glue the valley shut. Let dry.

Glue a row of flowers in crease 2, and another row in crease 3, but do not glue these valleys shut. If you glue the folds together the combined weight can cause the entire center to flop over instead of standing up straight.

Do glue together just the ends of all the folds. Clamp or weight and allow to dry completely.

flower accordion card

Trim the pleated paper, lengthwise and width wise, to a pleasing proportion.

Base card

To accommodate the pleats of the flower card, make a base card with a book-like spine down the center rather than a single center fold.

Lightly mark the center line of the base card. (My base card is blue.) Do not fold on the center line. Measure out from the center line, both directions, a small amount, somewhere between 1/16" and 1/8". Score and fold.

Center the pleats of the flower piece on the base card. Glue the flower piece to the base card. Allow to dry with the card fully opened. Prop up the center flowers to keep them upright while the card dries.

Here's one made by Eunice from A Star for Chiemi.

puppy pop up card

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