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Oct 31, 2012

50 Rocks! Pull Tab Pop Up Card

50 Rocks, and inside, fifty rocks. (Go ahead, count them!) A 50th birthday card for a geologist.

How to make a pull tab card
The mechanism is from one of my favorite books on pop up cards, Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture by Duncan Birmingham. I cut all the borders with my Perfect Layers rulers. (Seriously, I can't believe how often I use them.)

Cut the base card and pull tab from a 12" x 12" piece of heavy card stock.

Recommended, but not required: to have the strongest pull tab possible, determine the grain of the card stock and turn the card stock so the grain is running in the vertical direction.

Cut the card stock in half, vertically.

From one half, cut the pull tab using the measurements shown in the picture. The other entire half is used for the base card, constructed using the measurements shown. Or download PDF template.

Crease the pull tab and the base card, where shown, on dotted lines.

Cut the slots on the base card.

Fold in and glue the little side tabs on the pull tab.

Fold the base card in half and cut a finger notch in both layers. I used the circle from my Perfect Square (also from Perfect Layers). You can use a circle punch or a compass or whatever you have.

Thread the pull tab through the base card, on the inside of the card, as shown below.

VERY IMPORTANT!!! The little tabs and the crease of the pull tab should be on the inside (wrong side) of the base card.

Gather your design elements for the front and inside of the card.

The size is really up to you. The inside piece needs to fit between the slots. You will want your front piece to be just a tiny bit larger than your inside pieces, so that the front flap covers the inside completely when the card is closed.

Glue the card front to the front of the pull tab, leaving a little space between the top of the card front and the slot so it can swing open properly.

Trim off the pull tab even with the card front bottom. (In the next photo, showing the open position, the bottom of the card front is actually at the very top of the photo.)

Glue a backing to the back side of the card front (shown here as light green).

Check that your inside piece (the rocks with a black border) fits comfortably between the slots. Glue the inside piece to the inside of the card.

Return the card to closed position. Trim the remaining piece of the pull tab even with the bottom of the card. Add an arrow if you like.

Glue the base card closed to hide the mechanism. Spread glue around the edges, but not all the way up to the fold. (The little tabbed part on the inside needs room to flip-flop for the card to work and gluing the card all the way around pinches 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.

Jul 25, 2012

Polaroid Camera Pop Up Birthday Card

A polaroid camera pop up card that was on Photojojo a couple years ago has been making the rounds recently. It's pretty cool, but it's just a picture of a camera glued to the front of a simple box.

I went a step further and made it more of a camera model, although I admit it still has no sides!
A fun Happy Birthday card for those of us who are on the "vintage" side.

Tutorial is up!
(And free cutting file templates)

Also available: a Valentine's Day version using these graphics.

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

Oct 4, 2010

Cupcake Cake Pop Up Card

cupcake pop up card

This cupcake cake birthday pop up card is constructed on an origamic architecture base of square steps. (By the way, a cupcake cake is a "cake" made from a pile or group of cupcakes. Some people really hate them!)

You can see the similarity of the base to that of a card I made previously, the retro toy shop card.

toy shop pop up card

How to make a cupcake cake pop up card

Cutting file templates:
Download cupcake base card template: PDF, SVG, Studio, DXF.

Click here for tutorial for using my files in Cricut Design Space.

For this particular file in Cricut Design Space:  set all horizontal lines to score, set the yellow rectangle to no cut--it is a guide for placing the cut on the 8.5" x 11" page.
cupcake cake base card

Cut and score by hand or machine. Black lines are cut lines. Red lines are score lines.

Pop the steps forward. Work one tier at a time, starting at either the top or bottom. Use one finger on the back of the card to push a step forward, creasing the score lines as you push. Keep pushing, creasing, and easing the steps into position. Eventually you will be able to collapse the whole tier forward and crease the score lines well.

cupcake pop up card

Glue cupcakes to the front of each block.

For the cupcakes I used a free template from Melanie of MeFlick Cricut and More. Resize the cupcakes to fit on the blocks, which are .75" square. I made mine a little wider than the block, and tall enough for the cake part to be just above the top of the block. (This keeps the cake top from bumping into the adjacent block.)

The base card is brown. I backed it with a flowered paper which you can see peeking through behind the cupcakes.

cupcake pop up card

cupcake pop up card

cupcake pop up card

Yes, it folds flat!

Belen used PostalPix for her card.

This one was sent to me by Carolyn. Here's what she says about this card: It is for my Dad's 85th birthday (and, yes, there are 85 candles). The candle stamp is from a Stampabilities set and also includes a cupcake exactly the right size to use. I am going to make another card with candles for a friend's 76th birthday with a "76 Trombone" theme. I also have die that will cut a "present" exactly the right size too. I think that will be for my Mother.

cupcake cake

This one is by Donna.

Here's Shelley's with Hanukkah candles and her SCUT file.

Hanukkah candles pop up card