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Dec 23, 2014

Mixed Blessings Extreme Christmas Card

This year's extreme Christmas card theme is "mixed blessings," with our older child back home after graduating from college, and our younger one a sophomore.


Here is the front of the Christmas card with a selection of dubious gifts.

The border of presents is part of an Echo Park set called Happy Holidays.

The individual gift items were custom drawn for me by Erin Lux.

cover of extreme Christmas card


Here is the inside paper pop up house with one child leaving and one returning.


more blessed to give than to receive card



It IS more blessed to give than to receive. 

extreme pop up card





And the back, with the greeting.


The letter was printed on this paper.
Christmas tree stationery

Mailed in this envelope.


extreme Christmas card envelope



 The construction process

Cut out pieces, print envelopes and letters.  Print base card, trim and fold. 

(If you would like to make a pop up house card similar to this one, see this gingerbread house post.)



Glue house together.



pop up house assembly

 Add roof strut.


pop up house roof assembly

Glue roof to strut.


roof assembly on pop up house

Add kid flaps.

pop up house with elements attached



Christmas card about leaving home



detail of pop up house card

Use placement triangle to position the flattened house.

gluing template for pop up card


Glue one side, close the card, flip over, open the card, glue the other side.

gluing the house

Open the card to make sure it works.



another angle of pop up house card

Stuff the envelope and mail!  Now do this 90 times.


Then make 35 of the OTHER card.
Christmas tree sliceform from paper strips


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Nov 13, 2014

Vintage Dollhouse Paper Houses Part 2


Here is a second paper dollhouse replica, scaled to shelf village size. It is a Keystone dollhouse from My Vintage Dollhouses (Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page). 

See previous dollhouse (green Tudor) on this post.



Pink roof Cape Cod doll house paper house

This Cape Cod is approximately 4.75" wide, 3" deep, and 5" tall. 

Download printable PDF file for Cape Cod

Files download for free; pay what you wish. Suggested contribution for this file is $1.99.


Print the Cape Cod house pieces on white card stock and cut out.

Print the (brown tiled) roof on pink card stock.  I have also given you a full-color printable if you don't have pink card.  Cut the chimney from dark gray cardstock, or print full-color template.

Crease the tabs on the house.  Assemble the house by adhering the side tabs. 

Crease the roof.  Adhere to house using top tabs.

Assemble chimney.  Glue to center of roof with tabs. 

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Nov 11, 2014

Vintage Dollhouse Paper Houses Part 1

The other day, somehow, I got to browsing through pictures of vintage dollhouses.  Naturally, I thought I would try replicating a couple in paper, scaled down to shelf village size.

First I tried out this green Tudor, from a picture of a Rich dollhouse on Dollhouse Shenanigans.  (Scroll down to the second one up from the bottom of the page.) 

This house is approximately 4.75" wide and tall, and 3" deep



shelf village green Tudor doll house
 
 
Download printable PDF file for Tudor

Files download for free; pay what you wish. Suggested contribution for this file is $1.99.


Print the Tudor house pieces on white card stock and cut out; cut the roof from directly from brown cardstock.

Crease the tabs on the house.  Assemble the house by adhering the side tabs. 

Crease the roof.  Adhere to house using top tabs. Note that the roof is asymmetrical.  Be sure to match the longer side of the roof to the longer side of the house.

Next post is this pink roofed Cape Cod which is from a picture of a Keystone dollhouse on My Vintage Dollhouses (Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page). 



Pink roof Cape Cod doll house paper house
 
 

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Nov 7, 2014

Wedding in a Barn Pop Up Card

I made this custom greeting card to match the wedding venue.  The best photo I could find of the barn was not that great, and I didn't want to ask the couple for one.

Word was the bride was planning to wear cowboy boots and a denim jacket over her dress, so I added those details to the silhouette.


origamic architecture barn pop up card


What a challenging design.  The porch roof, gah!  It took me one entire Saturday to engineer that.

As always, I struggled with what to put on the front of the card.  It's not my strong point.

bow front card



The construction of the pop up card is interesting.  The card is folded into thirds, rather than in half.  The porch is cut on the top panel.  This top panel folds down behind the middle panel (the part with the barn).  The bottom third of the card is the floor, where the "best wishes" sentiment is.


barn origamic architecture card


There is a long horizontal slit in the middle panel allowing the entire porch to slide through from the back.  The roof is doubled, with a fold line at the front edge.

With the porch in place, the pillars are then affixed through slits in the floor.

The rest is a standard origamic architecture folded design.

I am not offering this template for two reasons: mostly, because I would like it to be unique for the couple who received it, but also because the thought of cleaning up the template and writing coherent instructions makes me want to just go lie down for awhile.

Here are some illustrations, however, to give you an idea how the construction works. 

This is my initial draft from the photo I found.  First I had to draw a straight-on view from an angled photo. 


beginning to work on pop up card



Here I have done some work on the porch.  I was trying to get the placement right and working on the colors.


barn pop up wedding card template




Final pattern.  You can see I made the pillars much fatter because in my first prototype the skinny pillars crumpled when the card was closed.

barn pop up template







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Oct 13, 2014

Haunted Houses Accordion Card

This paper accordion of Halloween haunted houses can be a greeting card, or a shelf village.  Mine perches quite well on the top edge of a big mirror.

The houses are approximately 5" tall and 3.5" wide. 




How to make an accordion of haunted houses

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



Files download for free; contribute what you wish. Suggested amount for this file is $2.99.



Cut the files.  The "Happy Halloween" greeting is a separate layer that may be removed or changed.
Score on score lines between the houses.

Adhere the piece with two houses to the right edge of the piece with three houses, using the side tabs.

Fold as you prefer, with both sides folding back from the center house (as shown), or zigzag.
 
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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


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. 

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

Apr 21, 2014

Vellum Paper Houses






I was recently gifted with an assortment of vellum paper from Jam Paper. I've been meaning to make some little paper houses and this was a perfect opportunity!

The vellum comes in different weights.  I used 30 lb paper, 8.5" x 11" sheets.  It's unfortunate that you can't order this by the sheet--it comes in packages of 100.  However, you can order sample sheets for the cost of shipping, which is about $3. 

There are numerous sources for 3d paper house templates or cut files.  Do yourself a favor, though, if you're working with vellum.  Don't pick anything too complicated!  Once I get the house, school, and church files cleaned up and converted to the SVG and Studio format I'll post them.

Update:
Church files are up!

Vellum is difficult to glue--some glues don't stick to vellum after they're dry, most wrinkle the paper, most will be visible.


3d vellum paper house





I switched to double sided glue tape after assembling my first house with regular glue because it ended up like this, all wrinkly.











My inspiration for these houses came from Little Glitter Houses.  After drawing one house it's simple enough to resize the house, move windows and doors, change the roof line, vary the proportion of the sides of the house, and so forth, to make a village of slightly different houses.

You can see the similarity between the church and the schoolhouse.  The steeple is the same but the steeple roof is different.  I made the school more square, and smaller.





The green roofed house and the blue roofed house are just slightly differently proportioned.  I changed the door location from front to side and flattened the roof line on the one with the green roof.





Disclosure: Jam Paper provided samples of vellum for this project.  I received no other compensation.  All opinions are my own.

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Oct 19, 2013

Top 10 Halloween Papercrafts

Some of my favorite Halloween projects from Extreme Cards and Papercrafting.

Bat, Cat, and Hat Snowflake

This bat, cat, and hat, Halloween themed snowflake (also good as a wreath or doily) is made from dingbats from Halloweenies and Bats-Symbols.

halloween_snowflake

Haunted House Pop Up Card

Modified from the haunted house printable from PaperToys.




Origamic Architecture Skull

The mouth is a little tricky on this skull card, but the rest is easy.

Día de los Muertos pop up card


Pumpkin Wreath


A paper chain joined to make a wreath.

pumpkin paper chain wreath


Pumpkin Cube Pop Up Card

Printable pumpkin cube from Paper Box World easily modified to make a pop up card.

pumpkin cube pop up





Pumpkin Sliceform

The solid version of the pumpkin sliceform. There's also a lattice (open) pumpkin sliceform.

sliceform pumpkin

Spider Treat Pocket

The triangle pocket is ingeniously woven through the black paper to create a two-sided pattern.

spider treat pocket


Halloween Spinner

The original, the free pumpkin spinner cutting file! (After I posted this pattern a "for sale" version appeared on a well known cutting file site.)

pumpkin spinner


Mummy Card

Actually a sympathy card for someone with a concussion, but it could work as a mummy.

mummy card

Halloween Foldover Card

More fun with dingbats. This is made with two colors of card stock, alternately folded across in layers from the right and left.

Halloween layer card




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