Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: digital photo crafts

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Dec 25, 2016

Christmas in Middle Age Style

This year's extreme Christmas card theme, the Middle Ages, proved strangely prophetic--we appear to be entering the 21st century version of the Dark Ages.

The envelope is decorated with a medieval design, a custom postage stamp (starring my dog), and a "sealing wax" blob (also featuring a dog) on the flap.

I found the tutorial for making Photoshop sealing wax here.

The card is a pull tab changing picture or dissolving card: Celebrating Christmas in Middle Age Style!

The beginning position is a stained glass window.

Pull the tab to reveal the end position, and the punch line to the joke.

Video of the card action.

Directions for this type of card can be found in my favorite book about mechanical cards, Making Mechanical Cards by Sheila Sturrock.  Similar card instructions online, here.

Each picture is composed of two sets of interlocking slats.

The two pictures are then interlaced.

Add a black frame and backing.

See every Extreme Christmas Card, dating back to 1989!

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.

Sep 6, 2014

Stained Glass Window Card

Creativity sure took a back seat this summer.  My crafting space is almost completely taken over by a new computer (waiting for everything to be transferred from the old one), a scanner, and a printer.  All summer I kept thinking I would shove things out of the way and make something, but it didn't happen.

Of course, the one birthday card I did make, I never photographed!

Finally, younger child and all her belongings went back to college and I was able to unearth a book of Impressionist paintings and cut it up for greeting cards.

 window card fribtstained glass window card

These window cards are a simple idea with a surprisingly effective stained glass look.

For hand or machine cutting.

The 3 diamonds can run across the bottom, or the top.

How to make a window card with stained-glass-look inset

Download window template file (PDF, SVG, Silhouette Studio, DXF).

template download


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

Print a copy of the cut file and trace it onto clear plastic.  (I used a piece of acetate from an old report cover).  Be sure you are using the correct template ("hand cutting" or "machine cutting").

Cut around the outside edge of the window to make a "viewing template."

acetate for choosing picture

Lay the viewing template on your picture until you like what you see in the panes.

Here are some choices for this picture.

cutting alternates

choosing picture

acetate template

Once you like what you see, lightly mark the outside edge of the window template.  Green outline would be the hand-cutting cut line.  Blue outline would be the machine cutting cut line. (Your marks will not be this obvious, of course!)

cutting diagram

Hand Cutting

Use the printout of the file.

Carefully cut out the panes and use them as templates to cut picture.

Cut diamond-shaped panes from a contrasting portion of the picture.

Machine Cutting

Adhere the picture to your cutting mat, aligning the right and bottom cut edges with the 8" vertical and 8" horizontal lines printed on the cutting mat. 

mat placement

In your cutting software, position the bottom right-hand corner of the cut file at the intersection of the  7" horizontal and the 7" vertical of the virtual mat.  Cut. 

Silhouette cameo mat placement

The diamond panes are cut separately.  I just hand cut them rather than fussing with placement on the mat but it's up to you.  Choose a contrasting part of the picture for the diamonds.

Finishing the card

Fold a piece of black cardstock in half.  Begin assembling the card at the top fold.  I work left to right, top to bottom.  Usually I just eyeball the placement of each piece and then trim off the excess card.

If you prefer, use the gluing frame from the bottom of the page you printed.  Cut out the panes.  Lay the frame on your folded card, aligning top fold of card and top of guide.   Glue the pieces into the cutout windows.   Remove the gluing guide.

card front

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

Feb 6, 2013

Valentine Polaroid Camera Pop Up Card

Remember the Polaroid camera pop up card from last summer?

polaroid camera pop up card

I made you a Happy Valentine's Day version!
valentine pop up card polaroid camera

In addition to switching out the sentiments, I changed the camera button to a heart, and gave you a "photo" of a romantic couple if you don't want to put in your own picture.

Download Valentine graphics here

Refer to the previously mentioned post for the templates, cut files and Construction Tutorial.

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

Jan 2, 2013

Shape Collage Photo Fun

I was having a little valentine fun with Shape Collage last night. You can create just about any shape of photo collage. The program includes a selection, like this heart, or you can find your shape in a dingbat font and use that.

It's free! It's fun! (I have no connection to this company!)

This would make a cute card front, wouldn't it?

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

Jul 26, 2012

Polaroid Camera Pop Up Card Tutorial

How to make a Polaroid camera pop up card

Download and cut out pieces

Cutting file templates:
Download templates (PDF) and cut files (DXF, Studio, SVG).

includes Valentine's Day graphics set.

How to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space

Page 1

Machine cut or hand cut.

How to transfer pattern and hand cut the pieces

Using page 1 as a guide, draw the pattern pieces onto a large (12" square) piece of black or dark grey card stock. I included the 1/4" grid squares to make the pieces easier to measure. (Construction steps shown with white template rather than black paper for better visibility.)

Light yellow portions indicate places that will be glued. The markings "3g" and "4g" label exactly where pieces 3 and 4 will be glued onto other pieces.

Cut on black lines, removing the solid black cut-outs on pieces 1 and 2.
Score red and green lines. Mountain fold green lines, valley fold red lines.

Page 2

Print page 2 on regular (printer or copier weight) white paper.

Cut out camera front.

Construct a "polaroid" picture from card stock or photo paper.

Assemble Camera

Strengthen picture slot

Trim picture slot reinforcement (piece 2) slightly on all four sides. Glue the piece to the back of the camera body, matching edges and slots.

Curl eye piece (piece 3) and glue ends to make an open box. Construct support box, too (piece 4).

Construct and attach eye piece

Glue support to one side of the eye piece in the position shown. The bottom edges are aligned and the support is centered vertically on the eye piece.

Glue eye piece box and support box to the camera body.

Glue eye piece oval to back of eye piece box. Here, too, the bottom edges are aligned and the oval is centered vertically on the eye piece.

Adhere camera body to card

Position camera body as shown, with camera back at the center fold of the card.

Spread glue on the camera back, on the parts shown in yellow.

Close the card, weight it and allow to dry briefly.

Flip card over and open it.

With all the creases folded properly, the camera body will collapse flat and the camera bottom will be at the center fold of the base card.

Spread glue on the camera bottom and close the card. Put a book on it and let it dry.

When you open the card it will look like this.

Adhere the camera front to the camera body

Valley fold the camera front on the center, horizontal, faint grey line. Mountain fold the other two horizontal grey lines (about 1/4" from the top and bottom of the camera front.)

Glue the camera front to the camera body, into the valley fold above the picture slot.

Wrap the top and bottom edges of the camera front around the creases of the camera body and adhere.

Slide the picture into the picture slot. Hold it in place and open and close the card, checking to make sure the picture doesn't fall out of the slot. If it does, push it into the slot a little further back. Once you are satisfied with the placement, adhere the picture to the card with a little spot or glue or a glue
dot, just on the bottom right-hand corner.

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

May 20, 2012

Thank You Shutter Card

At my "real job" I have three lovely senior citizen volunteers who help me on the days I have grades K-1-2 in the library. I made them each a Thank You shutter card with class photos on the inside.

My inspiration was a flat front shutter card from Dreaming About Rubber Stamps. I liked the layout of the inside, which suited my need to put two equal sized photos side by side.
I added an outside wrapper to make the card open in a more conventional way.

The "Thank You" cut file is from Custom Creations by Tamara Bennett.

How to make a shutter card with two photos
You will need a 12" square piece of cardstock and a 9" square of decorative paper.
Begin with a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock.

Cut along black lines, score along green and red lines. I cut the scalloped edge with decorative edge scissors. You could use an edge punch or whatever you have.
Mountain fold green lines, valley fold red lines.
The piece with the multiple cuts and folds is the inside of the card. The 6" x 9" piece, folded in half, forms the card front and back.
From the decorative paper cut a front piece slightly smaller than 6" x 9" and two inside strips slightly smaller than 1.5" x 8".
Adhere the strips to the inside of the card on the top and bottom folded pieces. Add two 3" x 4" photos to the center. (I cut my photos slightly smaller and backed them with blue cardstock.)

Adhere decorative paper to the card front.
Assemble the card by folding the scalloped edges of the inside piece around the edges of the card front and back. Glue the scalloped edges to the front and back of the card.

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