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Jun 25, 2009

Piano Keyboard Pop Up Card

A piano keyboard is not too hard to make. It's based on the simple box mechanism.

As is usual in origamic architecture designs, cut lines run vertically and fold lines run horizontally.

I made this as a thank you card. The striped paper was cut to fit around the keyboard.

piano pop up card

piano pop up card

The design is not mine. There are any number of variations around the web. I did draw my own template, however.

Shelley shared SVG and SCUT files that she made.

Or print from the picture, below.

piano pop up card

Red lines=valley fold. Green lines=mountain fold. Blue lines=cut.

Too complicated? For an easier design with less cutting, try this design instead.

I borrowed much of my design from Marivi Garrido.

There are any number of variations on the theme: calendar piano by d-cecil; one from Unique Projects; this one by Gerry Stormer; and this from Snugart;

Feb 3, 2009

Woven Junk Mail Valentine

So easy!

Okay, so it's not exactly junk mail, it's newspaper inserts.

junk mail valentine

Cut a whole bunch of strips from colorful ads or magazines. I looked for pink and red and orange for mine.

Weave the strips together, over-under-over-under, just like you did in kindergarten. (I laid all my horizontal pieces out first and taped one side down to the table to keep them from slipping around, then wove the verticals in.)

Make a heart cut-out from scrap paper to fit the weaving you have made. Lay it on your weaving to check the size and shape.

When you are satisfied, tape all the way around the weaving to hold the strips together and use your scrap paper heart as a template to trace the heart onto the back side of card stock. Cut out the heart from your card stock.

Spread glue around the heart opening, on the wrong side of the card stock.

Place the heart cutout on top of the weaving, gluing them together. Put a book on it and let it dry.

Trim the weaving on the back side of the heart. You will want to cover this another piece of paper!

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Dec 17, 2008

Seven Snowflake Pop Up

Remember the Seven Flower Pop Up ?

The flower parts are little six-petal cups. Six sides...like a snowflake? Hey, why not?

The seven snowflakes go together just like the seven flowers, but you have to take a few precautions.

Start by cutting eight-sided flowers, exactly as if you were making the seven flower pop up.

Make additional cuts to turn them into snowflakes. Don't remember how to cut snowflakes? Instructions here.

Do not cut away the basic petal shape at the top! When I made my snowflakes I made the mistake of cutting random shapes, ending up with some that didn't have any paper left up at the tips where they needed to be glued together.

Here are mine. Some of them worked better than others.

Yes, your snowflakes will start with eight sides.

Following the directions for the Seven Flower Pop Up, cut out one section of each snowflake, then glue the two end sections on top of one another. Each snowflake will form a little cup.

Fold each snowflake in half. Make sure you have one full "petal" in the middle of each folded flake, not two full petals side by side.

Yeah, I did that wrong the first time, too.

Stack and glue the snowflakes to each other as shown in the Seven Flower Pop Up directions.

The snowflakes don't pop as vigorously as flowers do because the cuts soften the paper a bit. I think that's a good thing.

If I make this again I will choose papers in a variety of the very palest of pastels. I think it will be prettier and certainly easier to figure out what I'm gluing to what. (All those white pieces just blend together in a big mush when you're working with them).

More Snowflakes to Make

Ben and Jerry's ice cream theme snowflakes

Origami Snowflake all folds, no cuts!

Vintage Snowflake Patterns

Quilled Snowflakes

Snowflake Maker online snowflake creator/time waster

Snowflake Bentley: the man who photographed snowflakes

Tijeras Snowflakes Look for the pictures hidden in the cuts. archived directions

Swing Card with Sliceform Snowflake and Sliceform Snowflake in a Snowglobe both by JennieBean

Origamic Architecture Snowflakes

Dec 8, 2008

Smells Like Christmas Spirit

Finally finished the Christmas cards. I made almost 100. I can't remember the last time I was done two whole weeks before Christmas!

Shameless Plug: You can vote for me (or hey, someone else if you like) in a Christmas card contest on Tip Junkie. Look in the left hand column. I'm #10 (Carol's Extreme Card).

More about this year's card.

More about cards from other years.

Tutorial for sliceform tree.

Nov 10, 2008

Gingerbread House Pop Up Card Tutorial

pop up gingerbread house

This gingerbread house pop up is a variation of the 45° box.
Jan Brett has a terrific printable for her gingerbread baby house. Quite a few years ago I made a tabletop (full size) version, and I recently realized it would be easy enough to resize for a pop up card. In accordance with her site's terms of use I cannot distribute her artwork from my site, but I can tell you how download the illustrations and drop them into the house template on your own computer.


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

The pieces are as follows: Roof piece at the top left (fold line is the center ridge line of the roof).

Roof brace on the top right. House rectangle on the bottom. Gluing template (labeled).

Right click the template and save. Open the template in a graphics software program (I use Photoshop Elements or CorelDraw). Resize the template to 8.5" x 11" if needed.

Drop in gingerbread graphics

Go to the Gingerbread Baby House site. Scroll to the bottom.

You will see three thumbnails: roof, house end, house side.

Click on the roof thumbnail to open the larger size picture. Right click on the large picture. Copy.

Paste the picture on top of the template in your open graphics program. Turn the roof piece 90° clockwise. Drag the corners of the picture until it fits on the left half of the roof template.

Duplicate the roof piece, flip it horizontally, and line it up with the right half of the roof template. The candy canes should be on the far left and right of the roof piece.

Now open the larger size picture of the house end. Right click, copy, paste on top of template, resize. Duplicate and paste on top of the second house end.

Do the same with the house sides.

Print and cut out pieces.

Assemble house
Score and fold the house strip along dotted lines, spread glue on the small end tab and glue together into a rectangular open box.

Prepare roof pieces

Fold the roof piece in half.

Cut out the roof brace. Hold the brace so that the long side with the tabs is up.

Fold the left top tab away from you.

Fold the left side tab toward you. Fold the right top tab toward you.

Fold the right side tab away from you. This keeps the top tabs from bumping into the side tabs.

Attach roof to house

Spread glue on the outside of each roof brace side tab. Glue the side tabs to the inside of each peak of each house end.

Line up the angled edge of the triangle shaped tab with the angle of the roof. The straight edge of the tab lies on the (imaginary) center line of the house end, and the point of the tab lies exactly on the point of the house end. If you have glued the brace correctly the house opens up as before, and has a center beam from roof peak to roof peak. Let dry.

Unfold roof piece. Glue roof brace tabs to roof, lining up fold line of roof brace tabs with fold line of roof.

The left hand roof tab is folded down and behind the brace piece in the next picture.

Holding the roof partly closed, push on the bottom of the house to really jam the brace tabs into the crease of the roof.

Prepare base card

Fold the gluing template on the diagonal dotted line.

Lay the gluing template on the card, aligning folds, and decide the placement of the house.

With the house flattened, lay it along the edge of the gluing template as shown. (Yes, my template is big and purple.)

Check to see if the top corner of the house sticks out above the top of the card. If it does, slide the gluing template and house down on the card a bit.

Lightly pencil guidelines along the top edges of gluing template. You only need to draw the top angle where the tabs will be glued, not the entire square.

Spread glue on one tab, line up fold line of tab with penciled guideline on base and glue into place.

Close card and let the other tab "find its own place". It should line up with your other penciled guideline.

Put a weight on it and allow to dry completely before opening.

The graphics for this one came from Cathe Holden. (I flipped the template horizontally and stretched her graphics a little bit.)

Here's one made by MariLynn, posted on Splitcoast Stampers. She did her own house decorations. Don't you love the sticky dots on the roof that look like Necco wafers?

A cottage version from The Narrow Road.

Check out the video showing how to put it together (yay!). Notice the idea of curling under the edges of the roof a tiny bit to keep them from bumping into the card.

There's a downloadable template, too.

Kara converted it to WPC and shares it on her blog: Whisk, Paper, Silver.

Rebeccah Jongkind made a glass house (greenhouse).

greenhouse pop up card

Oct 30, 2008

Changing Picture Tutorial


Download the template. Cut out pieces A B C D.

Assemble the circles.

Slide together the slots on pieces A and B, and on pieces C and D, as shown.

Flip them over to the back to check that they look like this. Flip back to the front side.

Create your designs.

On my pumpkin the A-B circle is the one you see in the "start" position. The A-B tabs start at the top, are pulled down counterclockwise, and end at the bottom. The C-D circle is visible in the "end" position. Depending on your design, you may want to start with the tabs at the bottom. In that case you would see the C-D circle first. The A-B tabs would be pulled up, clockwise, and the A-B circle would be revealed at the end.

Place A-B circle so that the tabs are at the top. Place C-D circle so that the tabs are on the right. Draw, stamp or glue your designs on the circles. Do not glue anything across the center slots. The mechanism will not work if the slots cannot open. (On my pumpkin the mouth is cut and glued as two separate pieces.)

Take the circles apart.

Lay A on top of D, aligning slots. Lay B on top of C, aligning slots.

Treating the A-D sandwich as one piece, and the B-C sandwich as one piece, slot together the two parts, just as you did with the A-B and C-D circles.

When the pieces have been slid completely together, tab B should be exactly on top of tab A, and tab D exactly on top of tab C.

Hold the C-D tabs together in your right hand. Holding the A-B tabs together, pull down to make sure the circles turn properly.

Glue tabs.

Lift tab B and spread a little bit of glue on tab A, gluing tabs A and B together. Likewise, lift tab D and glue it to tab C.


If you make one, send me a picture and I'll add it to this page. I'm sure your designs will be better than my extremely artistic sun and moon. :)

Here's one by MariLynn.

Check out another way to make a changing circle card at Addicted to Stamping.

If you're looking for a rectangular changing picture card (also called a cross fade card), there are instructions and templates in both of these books.

It's on page 117 of Rob Ives' book, which you can preview on Google books.

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