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Nov 19, 2012

Christmas Card Designs Coming Soon

Coming soon! Instructions for making a Mr. and Mrs. Santa paper doll pop up card, and two versions of a paper cut Christmas tree -- a card and a three sided lantern.






Check out my family Christmas cards from the past 20+ years.

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Oct 10, 2012

Bat, Cat, and Hat Snowflake



I designed this bat, cat, and hat, Halloween themed snowflake (also good as a wreath or doily) using dingbats from Halloweenies and Bats-Symbols.
Best for machine cutting. My try at hand cutting went into the trash, but you may have better cutting skills.
Download full pattern for machine cutting: DXF or PDF or SVG or Silhouette studio

Files download for free; contribute what you wish.  Suggested amount for this design: $1.99.




Download section pattern for hand cutting: PDF
I also made a version in which the whiskers are left attached at the noses. Cute having them pop up from the faces! Download attached whisker file DXF or PDF or SVG.

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Feb 17, 2012

Shamrock Hawaiian Quilt Card

papercut shamrock hawaiian quilt square

Here's an easy shamrock Hawaiian quilt block St. Patrick's Day card (easy if you have a cutting machine).

Requires patience to hand cut.

I started with the letter "c" from the dingbat font Hawaiian Quilt2 and modified it with shamrock and heart shapes.

Download cutting file PDF or DXF (opens in Silhouette Studio) or SVG.

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



Hand cutting template PDF.

To hand cut, follow these instructions from tongs-paper-cutting to fold your paper and use the template.

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Jan 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Paper Cut Lantern Tutorial

I made this paper cut lantern for my mother-in-law's 92nd (!!) birthday. I plan to light it with a battery operated tealight.









I made this as a birthday card, but you could swap out the "Happy Birthday" section for another flowered section if you would like a lantern without a sentiment.

paper cut birthday lantern

How to make a paper cut lantern

Download cutting file PDF or DXF or SVG. (Can you find the mistake on mine that I fixed for you? Hint: bird.)

Cut on black lines. Score along red lines (you'll have to eyeball them on the SVG). Save the tiny inside parts of the following letters: A, P, P, B, R, D, A.

Cut translucent (vellum) paper to fit inside lantern. I used three separate pieces. You can extend the vellum to the top of the windows or cut it shorter, as I did. Trim carefully so the edges don't overlap the vertical creases on the inside of the lantern. Glue vellum pieces to the inside of the lantern.

Glue the little letter pieces in place on the vellum on the outside of the lantern.

Crease the score lines, curling the lantern into a triangular tube.

Fold in the "ears" on the (left) side tabs and slide the tabs through the (right) slits. Unfold the tabs.

happy birthday lantern

The bottom flaps fold up to make a flat base.

birthday scherenschnitte

Gather the top circles and tie together with a ribbon.



Place over tealight. This view is from the top.

birthday cut paper lantern

Credit for the window shape and birds goes to Cindy, from this file. I found the flower motif here.

paper cut lantern


If you like this design, you would enjoy this book, Silhouette Style: Techniques and Template Sets for Papercut Projects, which I recently purchased. It comes complete with all the cutting files on a CD!


Sep 28, 2011

Sun Window Pop Up

Mexican papercut pop up window
This window pop up card was inspired by Mexican paper cutting: papel picado.
I traced the sun from this banner from Mia's Craft Ideas.
Download and cut out the file. Follow the directions on this post to fold the card. Red lines are score/fold lines and black lines are cut lines.
sun pop up window card
Cut file: PDF or DXF
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Oct 22, 2010

Halloween Kirigami Pop Up Card

halloween kirigami

Last year I saw this kirigami card by aiai too late to try it, and this year I almost forgot again!

I modified the ghosts on her pattern a little.

You can hand cut these, but I redrew the template to make a full-size version and sent it to the Craft Robo. I used origami paper, which is black on only one side. The Robo had a little trouble cutting this thin paper at the bat wing tips.

halloween kirigami

How to make a kirigami snowflake card

Copy template (scroll down after you click the link) and cut out the snowflake.

Fold the bats:

1. With the white side of the paper face up, fold each bat toward the center of the paper, folding across the bottom of the bat. You now have black bats showing against the white paper.

halloween kirigami

Back view.

halloween kirigami

2. Fold up at the neck.

halloween kirigami

3.Fold down between the ears.

halloween kirigami

halloween kirigami

Pre-crease the cross folds.

halloween kirigami

halloween kirigami

Fold the snowflake as if you were making an origami waterbomb base.

Glue into a card:

halloween kirigami

1. Arrange the folded spiderweb with the center point at the center of the card fold. 2. Run glue (I used tape runner) along the solid center line of the folded piece. 3. Close card. 4. Turn over, open card and apply glue to the other solid center line of the spiderweb piece. Close card to glue.

halloween kirigami

Need more help putting this together?

Assembly photos from aiai.

A flower card folded and glued in the same manner, by Mary Beth Cryan.

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Jun 27, 2010

Scherensnitte Wedding Card

scherenschnitte wedding card

Wow, I caught some abuse for copping out on this card. My friend who got married was seriously disappointed with the lack of a pop up on the inside. In my defense, it was a long week...my daughter's birthday party, my other daughter's graduation, and my best friend's wedding (350 miles away) all in the same week. Yikes! So I guess I'll be making a second, consolation card for my friend, huh?

The cutting file for the front is here.

I cut the words with my Craft Robo and used the "negative" (the card stock left after cutting the words) as a glue stencil. I positioned the negative, spread glue in the holes and then put the words back in where they had been cut. While holding the words in place I carefully pulled away the negative, leaving the words positioned perfectly.

scherenschnitte wedding card

Ignore the smeary parts, I was just obscuring what I wrote in the card.

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Mar 15, 2010

Bunnies and Trees Window Pop Up Card


Here is another Easter pop up card that is similar to this pop up card I made last July.

You may recognize the bunnies and trees from another pop up card I made.

I used the Back Street Designs Holiday Collection scherenschnitte book again, last seen here.



How to make the bunnies and trees window pop up card

Download file set: PDF, Silhouette Studio, SVG (How to use my files in Cricut Design Space).





Cut on black lines. Fold on red lines.

If you need more specific assembly instructions refer to this previous window card post.

Feb 1, 2010

Bird Cage Pop Up Birthday Card

Yup, I admit it, I totally copied this Hiroko bird cage pop up card from Canon Creative Park. I simpified the design quite a lot, redrew it, and made the whole thing about 25% bigger.

 pop up birdcage card

The front is a scherenschnitte design from Paper Cutters, which I used previously as the pop up portion of another card.

birdcage pop up card

You can barely see the heart in the dove's mouth with the 90 (90!) on it. The heart is from a terrific site, the Toymaker.

Of course, I forgot to photograph this before giving it to my mother-in-law, so the pictures are from the party. Not the best.

Jul 23, 2009

Accordion Fold Victorian House Pop Up Card

house pop up card

I've been struggling to get an accordion fold card to work with these scherenschnitte Victorian houses from paper cutters. I tried different sizes and arrangements of stair step folds, but none of them worked right. Either the pieces tilted toward the back, or leaned on each other, or just plain fell over backwards. Bleh.

I finally came up with an accordion fold card that works pretty well, with some strategic gluing together of folds to hold the pieces upright.

The nitty gritty

The house is from paper cutters. The house size is 3.25" wide and 3.5" high. The postcard is from a Flickr set of old postcards. I re sized the postcard to 7" wide by 3.75" high. I got the frame from UKScrappers and re sized it to 7/5" x 4.25".

The base card started out 12" by 8.5". After I was done I trimmed all around the edges a little.

How to make the accordion pop up card

With the card base in landscape position, measure the center line of the card (6" from either edge). Score.

Measure out and score three lines on either side of the center line. Mine are at 1 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm away from the center line in both directions. You will have seven lines scored on the paper.

house pop up card

Mountain and valley fold into an accordion shape with the center line bumped up into a mountain fold.

You will have three "humps", one of which is on the center of the base card. Glue the two side humps closed. Leave the center hump unglued.

house pop up card

Glue the postcard to the inside face of the left hump, with the picture side of the postcard facing the right.

house pop up card

Glue house to the inside face of the right hump, with the "good" side facing the right.

house pop up card

Front view

house pop up card

Let dry. Stand the card upright. If the postcard flops over toward the back, cut a strip of card stock about 1" high and as wide as the postcard. Reinforce the postcard from the back by gluing the strip to the back of the hump, across the top of the hump and onto the back of the postcard.

house pop up card

If your house flops forward you can anchor the front hump to the center hump. I started with just two glue dots, one on each outer edge (red arrows), to attach the front hump to the center hump. My house still tilted too much so I added another pair of glue dots (blue arrows) closer to the house.

Close the card and trim the edges.

house pop up card

Jul 19, 2009

Pop Up Scherenschnitte Hearts and Doves Tutorial

Tutorial for the scherenschnitte hearts and doves card from this post.

The pop up mechanism of this card is a double V-fold.

scherenschnitte valentine

The pictures show the plain paper version so you can see the construction details a bit better.

v-fold pop up

Make the double V-fold mechanism

Cut a piece of card stock twice as long as it is tall and crease in the center to create two squares.

v-fold pop up

Crease along the diagonals of the squares.

v-fold pop up

Cut along the green lines.

v-fold pop up

Fold rectangle in half. You will have a double layer square.

v-fold pop up

Pinch the fold as shown.

v-fold pop up


v-fold pop up


Now push and pinch the bottom layer.


v-fold pop up


v-fold pop up


Glue the two loose flaps together.


v-fold pop up


Pinch both pleats flat, meeting them along the center line of piece. Pull up the bottom flap to align with the top flap.


v-fold pop up


This sets in the diagonal creases from the center point to each side.

v-fold pop up


Cut off the points where they extend above the edges of the top and bottom flaps. Unfold.


v-fold pop up


Completed double V-fold mechanism.


v-fold pop up


Attach hearts to V-fold

Cut out your heart pieces.


heart pop up card


Start by attaching the whole (blue) heart to the V-fold mechanism.


Lightly mark the center line of the heart. Slide the heart between the standing Vs.


heart pop up card


Push one V to the side. Line up the center of the heart and the fold of the V.


heart pop up card



Tape together.


heart pop up card


Now flip the V to the other side and tape.


heart pop up card


The tape makes a hinge.


heart pop up card

Repeat on the back side of the heart, taping to the other V-fold.

Now attach the two "outline" hearts (pink).

Fold outline heart in half at the midline.

Lay outline heart on top of whole heart and align centers. Tape the top of the outline heart to the whole heart at the center line.

heart pop up card

Flip the folded heart to the other side and repeat.

heart pop up card

Open out the V-fold at the bottom and spread glue inside the fold.

heart pop up card

Partially unfold the outline heart. Push the bottom of the outline heart into the V-fold, aligning center fold lines. Let dry.

heart pop up card

Flip the entire thing over and repeat with the other outline heart.

heart pop up card

Attach the heart to the card base

Flatten the V-fold, folding the outline hearts in half and pushing one to the right, and one to the left.

heart pop up card

Place the point of the V-fold on the center fold line of the base card. Align the top of the V-fold parallel to the center fold of the card. (Measure up from the center fold to the top of either end of the V-fold to check). Spread glue on the center of the V-fold.


heart pop up card

Hold the heart in place as you close the card. Allow to dry briefly.

heart pop up card

Flip over and glue the other side.

heart pop up card

Place a flat weight on the card and let dry completely.

heart pop up card