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Mar 18, 2018

Easter Rabbit Foldover Card Updated Files

bunny and flowers crossover card front



A reader asked me to update the files for this Easter Rabbit foldover or crossover card originally published in 2012.  I cleaned up the excessive nodes to make it cut more smoothly, and made both a new Studio file and a resized SVG file that works better in Cricut Design Space.


How to make a bunny and tulips foldover card



Apr 5, 2017

Flower Pot Bunny Pop Up Card

Just in time for Easter, a bunny in a flower pot pop up card tutorial.  This pop up is a six sided flower pot with a rabbit, eggs, grass, and leaves.



This pop up card utilizes the pop up mechanism you may remember from my leprechaun hat pop up card, which in turn was adapted from my coffee cup pop up card.

How to make a flower pot Easter pop up card




Mar 19, 2015

Dedham Pottery Inspired Frame





This Dedham pottery bunny plate inspired frame is a design I've worked on intermittently for several years, mostly because I wasn't sure what it was going to become when I was done!

Dedham pottery plate frame
What it became was a card topper or frame, with a separate backing circle (mine is cut from crackle-design paper).

Here is the square card I made from it.

Dedham bunny plate card

Suitable for Easter or maybe Valentine's Day.
I think the sentiment should be "Some-bunny loves you."  Too corny?

I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to connect the elements to the frame, and editing the small white brushstroke details on the rabbits.  Too many and too small details didn't cut or weed well.  Even after I was "done" designing, it took 7 tries at cutting it to get it right, with adjustments to the design after every cut.

Dedham Pottery fails

Let's not discuss the long period during which I was trying to add the crackle lines to the plate in a way that could be machine cut.  So incredibly time consuming to draw and not workable in the end.

Dedham pottery crackle finish



Easy to assemble now that I've done the design work for you :).

Cut the bunny circle from card stock (blue is traditional for Dedham pottery) and back with a circle of distressed-looking off white or taupe to look like a crackle glazed plate.  (Xyron Creative Station
is my secret weapon for adhering intricate cuts like this one.)

Download file set: Silhouette 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 $1.00.

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Mar 16, 2015

Peeps Bunnies and Tulips Torus

In this post I am revisiting the torus, a fascinating kind of paper sliceforms, with inspiration from Peeps marshmallow bunnies.

This torus Easter wreath has gone through numerous iterations.  I started with only rabbits, but the front rows covered too much of the back ones, so all you could see were the tips of the ears.  It looked odd.  I tried eggs (terrible) and finally settled on tulips for the inner rounds.



The torus files are in two sizes.  (Note that you cannot scale sliceform templates significantly as the slots can become too wide or narrow.  10% in either direction is probably the limit.)

The smaller one fits 4 template pieces on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock and has a finished size of about 6" in diameter.  This is the size shown in the video below.




The larger wreath fits 2 template pieces per 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock and has a finished size of about 11" in diameter.  This is the one shown in the assembly photos.
 


How to make a Bunnies and Tulips Sliceform Torus Wreath

Torus Sliceform Template
Download Cutting Files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio.

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.

Please, please, I beg you, practice by assembling a plain one like this one before you attempt to make my Easter bunny and tulip torus.

Keep calm, and remember you will always slot like pieces together--like pieces from the same side of the two pieces.  So a right-hand smaller bunny attaches to another right-hand smaller bunny; a left-hand larger tulip slots together with a left-hand larger tulip, etc.

Low tack (painters) tape can be your friend!  Once you place a piece you may want to tape across the slots to adhere it temporarily.


I used four colors of card stock.

--For the smaller wreath you need 4 sheets of card stock, one sheet per color.
--For the larger wreath you need 8 sheets of card stock, two sheets per color.

Cut 8 pieces with slots at the bottom (4 each of two different colors), and 8 with slots at the top. Alternate the colors as you assemble the torus.


I started by slotting together two pieces together at the center bunny.






Then a piece to the center bunny of that piece (purple attached to pink).



You will be able to fold the whole thing flat if you are slotting the pieces correctly.




Continue to alternate, adding to the side, then the middle, until you have used all of the pieces.  I do this with the torus flattened, just lifting up the top layer and sliding the new piece into the proper slot.


And now the tricky part, that you more or less need to power through and make it happen in a way that works for you.

Expand the torus, pulling the ends toward each other to form a loose ring shape. Find the two card stock pieces whose large bunnies are still unslotted.  Those two need to slide together.

Once those are hooked it will look like a big mess.  Courage!  Handle it gently, and start looking for obvious places that should slot together.  Look for matching pieces that are near each other and join them.  Resist the impulse to pull things apart and start over.  Most things are still either slotted in the right place or nearly so.


Here is my big mess sitting in my lap.  You can see most of my bunnies have slipped apart, but not completely!  They are still in the correct place, just need tightening.


Work around and around, finding unused slots and matching them up.

For example, here you can see the green and blue tulip are matching up, and behind that the smallest green tulip will slide into the pink. 







Work around and around the circle, joining anything that is still loose. Eventually it will all come together.



 Pull all the pieces until the slots are tight.  Be sure to turn the wreath over and do the other side.






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Mar 8, 2013

Easter Rabbits Tent Card

The cutting files for this Easter pop up card are new and improved.  The new SVG should work better with Cricut Design Space.


easter pop up card

You may remember the Christmas tree tent card I made about a year ago, with the slotted tree on one half.

Christmas pop up card

This Easter pop up card is an adaptation of that design, featuring bunnies and flowers.

easter pop up card

I pulled out all my papercutting idea files and borrowed a snippet here and a motif there to make this card. The large flowers on the back are "tattered", inspired by Tim Holz. The small flowers on the bunny side may originally be from a Topp book. I don't know for sure--I drew them from a picture, which you can view here among other places. The rabbits are also drawn from a picture. There is a nice selection of paper cutting photos on that site, but be aware it's all in Russian!

How to make the bunnies and flowers pop up card

Download cutting files: PDF, Silhouette Studio, SVG (How to use my 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 $1.00.




Cut the file by machine.

Glue the cut-out into a base card following the instructions from the Christmas tree pop up card tutorial. (Skip the parts that refer to slotting the tree parts together.).



Mar 31, 2012

Improved Easter Rabbits Foldover Card



Here's another layered Easter foldover card. I didn't like the eggs on the card I made yesterday so I swapped them out for a pot of tulips.

Download NEW (2018) file set: Silhouette Studio, SVG, PDF. 

How to use my files in Cricut Design Space

Set the vertical center fold line of each card to score, or dotted cut.

In Cricut Design Space: the file imports at the correct size.   Click the one large black rectanglar piece and change to a different color.  This allows you to see the cut lines.

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


Assembly instructions here.

Do you think my card was the inspiration for this design from the Silhouette Store?  Just maybe.