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Apr 10, 2015

Lantern with Petal Swirls

This intricately cut paper lantern with filigree swirl petals and flowers is another version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.

Small, it's a candy holder; large it's a pretty table decoration or centerpiece for a wedding or party.





tea light lantern or candy box

See this previous post for a Christian version with a cross in the center panel of the lantern.

cross lantern or candy box


The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top is closed with a ribbon threaded through slots.

Mine is much larger (just under 4" on a side) than the sample I saw for sale, which was laser cut. I cut mine with my Silhouette Cameo at a size that was easy to weed!

I lined mine with vellum (template not included in the file set, you'll have to wing it) and lit it with a battery operated tea light.

How to make the petal lantern

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, 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 $1.99.
Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

If you are using Cricut Design Space:
-- Resize to 8" wide.
--On each page, once you have ungrouped the pieces, set the top two pieces in your layers menu to score.  (Change the color of the large (black) outer edge cut to white so you can see everything.  That piece is down near the bottom of the layers menu.)

Assembly is pretty much self-evident.  This is the order of assembly I used.

If you're planning to use vellum backing squares, adhere them now.

Crease all score lines.

Adhere the lantern pieces together, using the long vertical tabs.

Close the bottom as shown on the daisy tea light lantern post.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the slots at the top and tie a bow.

Hint: When you turn your tea light on and off it is easier to open the bottom than to untie the top!

Mar 27, 2015

Filigree and Cross Lantern

This fancy paper lantern with a cross on each panel is my version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.  It would make a pretty table decoration for a christening, Communion, or Easter celebration.

You could also use it for a candy box or treat box, with or without lining the panels.

Christian cross tealight lantern


The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top is closed with a ribbon threaded through slots.

Mine is much larger (just under 4" on a side) than the sample I saw for sale, which was laser cut.  I don't know whether the Silhouette Cameo could cut the design that tiny, but I do know I did not want to try to weed it!  If you cut it successfully at a smaller size I'd love to know.

I lined mine with vellum (template not included in the file set, you'll have to wing it) and lit it with a battery operated tea light.

How to make the cross lantern

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, 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 $1.99.
Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

If you are using Cricut Design Space:
-- Resize to 8" wide.
--On each page, once you have ungrouped the pieces, set the top two pieces in your layers menu to score.  (Change the color of the large (black) outer edge cut to white so you can see everything.  That piece is down near the bottom of the layers menu.)

Assembly is pretty much self-evident.  This is the order of assembly I used.

If you're planning to use vellum backing squares, adhere them now.

Crease all score lines.

Adhere the lantern pieces together, using the long vertical tabs.

Close the bottom as shown on the daisy tea light lantern post.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the slots at the top and tie a bow.

Hint: When you turn your tea light on and off it is easier to open the bottom than to untie the top!

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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Jun 13, 2014

Cake Slice Pop Up Card

This origamic architecture  pop up card of a slice of cake can be made in white; or in any colors you choose, as a print and cut.

slice of cake pop up card open


Relatively easy to hand cut if you don't have a cutting machine!

How to make a cake slice pop up card

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






slice of cake pop up card pattern
numerals for cake slice pop up card




Download cutting files: pdf, svg (can be used with Cricut Design Space), dxf, Silhouette Studio.
 
 Adjust colors as desired, or select and delete the color-filled objects for a more traditional all-white origamic architecture look.

The Silhouette Studio file already has registration marks.




Cut numerals as desired.  If you are using a single digit, delete one set numeral slots and move the other set horizontally to be centered on the cake slice.

Crease at top and bottom of each numeral, and across the strut as indicated by red lines.





Cut and score the cake.  Cut vertical lines, score horizontal lines.  Cut the horizontal slots for the numeral pieces.

Folding Hints

From the back of the card, pinch along the two horizontal scored lines on either side of the cake piece.  This prefolds the crease that will form the center fold line of the card.

Pinch along the long top crease.

With the card partially folded shut, and working from the back, start pushing the little slices forward.  Encourage the card to collapse, pushing each little section to coax each crease to fold.

Open the card to 90° and insert the numeral tabs into the slots.  Tape or glue the tabs to the back of the card.

slice of cake pop up card numeral slots







Leaving the card open to 90°, dry fit it into a backing card.  Identify the parts of the card that touch the backing, and those that do not.

See this post for more information about gluing this kind of card into a backing.

Spread glue on the back of the card, around the edges of the folded part, on the parts of the card that touched the backing when the card was at 90 degrees.  No glue should be on the back of the colored parts that pop forward to form the cake slice.

Insert the card into the backing and adhere.

Answering Lynne's question from the comment section: here the card is open 90° and placed with the left side of the card on a table.  You are looking down on it. (Under the card is a piece of white paper, under the white paper is the black table surface.)  The sides of the cake are made up of a series of slats that you can see through when the card is sideways.



I made a quilt square front from a variety of origami papers, some of which I ran through my embosser.

origami paper quilt collage card front

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Aug 13, 2012

Oak Leaf Wine Glass Place Card


I'm smitten with place cards that hang from your glass. Are these name cards new? I've just noticed them used them as wedding place cards. Maybe I'm the wrong demographic--long past my own wedding and not yet to kids' weddings.)

Even though I used an already-drawn swirl file from Ars Grafik, and my already-drawn oak leaf file, this took a surprisingly long time to work out.
How to make the wine glass place card
Download cutting file DXF or SVG or PDF and machine cut.


Fold in half on the score line and slip each half onto the rim of your glass.



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Oct 8, 2011

Filigree Wedding Card

wedding card

I cut this card from a file by Elisabeth Eder.

wedding card

Warning: I tried to cut the PDF with Corel and it froze trying to send the file to Craft Robo. I was able to cut the GSD from RoboMaster. I tried reducing the number of nodes, but each cut line is composed of hundreds of tiny line segments, each a separate object. I would have had to join up those segments end to end first. Two at a time. Hundreds of times. Not going to happen.

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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



Jul 5, 2010

Origamic Architecture Wedding Cake

origamic architecture cake
This is the consolation card I made for my friend who got the non pop up card for her wedding.

Obviously I cave to peer pressure.


It's a straight-forward origamic architecture design.

This video shows how to fold each tier. It's a house pop up , but the roof is folded exactly the same way as a cake tier. (Start watching at 2:40).


The flowers are my old favorites from the seven flower pop up.

Download your choice--the file set includes the cake with wavy uprights and the one with straight uprights. I like the wavy one better because it looks more like icing.

Be sure to check out the gorgeous straight-sided ones made by Chris.
Isn't it fabulous in chocolate?

pop up cake

Download files for cake with straight cuts or wavy cuts: 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 $1.99.




origamic architecture cake
origamic architecture cake

origamic architecture cake

Here's one by Cathy of Scraps of Life.



Cut on black lines, score and fold on red lines.

origamic architecture cake

The scallops are separate overlays cut out and glued to the tops of the layers. The inspiration for these came from Monica's laced frame #31.
Scalloped overlays are included in the file set.

There is a sizing rectangle on the scallops file drawn to match the outline rectangle of the cake file. I set mine to 9" tall and constrained the width to height ratio. If you change the size, make sure you change both files.

The front is a custom portrait by my daughter, who draws caricatures at a theme park).

origamic architecture cake

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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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Aug 9, 2009

Building a Better Pop Up Cake : Part 1

Pop Up Cake With Center Post Mechanism

I made a pop up wedding cake card before Sizzix came out with the pop up cake die, and swore never to make it again. The method I used had little room for error and took forever. Too many little tabs to line up, too much bulk from the center I-beams. Too much drying time between steps.

wedding cake pop up card

The introduction of the Sizzix die has created a surge of interest among paper crafters to improve the cake design. The center post mechanism of the design piqued my curiosity enough to convince me to give the pop up cake another try.

I've made about a dozen prototypes of the design. This is the best result so far. I am especially pleased with how well it opens. Yes, after it had been folded! The card base is regular card stock (not chipboard) and there is nothing holding the card open except gravity.

pop up cake

See, the Sizzix design is not without its faults, which designers are starting to address: difficulty getting the card to pop open completely, almond shaped cake sides, tilted cake tops.

The designer of the die, Karen Burniston, stresses the importance of paper choice and suggests strategic reinforcement of the center post. For die users, Karen's excellent suggestions are your best bet as you can't alter how the pieces are cut. Except, I do not care for the idea of reinforcing the largest tier with paper fasteners (brads). I would add slots to the pieces (coming in Building a Better Pop Up Cake: Part 5).

If you're willing to cut your own pieces, there are some simple changes you can make that vastly improve the "pull" of the center post mechanism. Here's a clue: slots.

As far as adhesive goes, you may notice that Karen uses tape. I tend to use glue for its forgiveness factor (also know as the fudge factor). I usually end up nudging the pieces a little bit to get them right where I want them. Tape is too once and done for me! However, having made up this cake many, many times in the past few days, I think I'm going over to the dark (tape) side. At least partially.

Now I'm sure you're asking, "So where's the tutorial??" Next post. Promise!

Oct 3, 2008

Wedding Cake Pop Up Card

Yay, it's done!

I borrowed the idea for this card from Hiroko at Canon's Creative Park.

Here are all the pieces, cut out. The bottom cake layer is 4" in diameter and the top one is 2.5".

Don't the pieces look like they're floating? Here I was shoving the flowers around on the plain paper model to see where I wanted them.

Cake sides glued into rings.

Marking the placement of the cake on the card, arranging the cut-out hearts, and a peek at the front.

Putting it all together.

The front of the card (sentiment not inked yet).

And the back. The heart covers the tab that pulls the side of the bottom cake.

Hours later...I don't think I'll ever make this one again!

pop up cards papercrafts