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Dec 10, 2014

Five Pointed Origami Star Cutting File

I have created a new cutting file set for the five pointed origami star made from a pentagon. This is an older project that previously had only a PDF printable pattern.

You can cut it from plain paper, double sided paper, sheet music, book pages, wrapping paper....

Here are some origami stars I made.  The blue and red are double sided origami paper.  The next one is cut from a Where's Waldo book, and the last one is sheet music.


5 pointed origami star from pentagon



five pointed origami star













origami star ornament





















Download file set: Silhouettte Studio, SVG, DXF.

Files download for free; pay what you wish. Suggested contribution for this cutting file is $1.00.


File can be scaled to fit any paper size.  Adhere your paper to your cutting mat with the right side up!  Note that the file is mostly score lines so it does take a while to cut.

Follow the directions from this origami star post.  It's much easier to fold with the crease lines started for you! 

 
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Dec 4, 2014

Sliceform Christmas Tree from Paper Strips


inside of sliceform Christmas card




This is a sliceform Christmas tree pop up card design I've been muddling around with since last year, when I constructed a more elaborate version, shown below, which you can read about here


large white sliceform tree
 
I think I like the smaller Christmas tree better!

While drafting this smaller sliceform I realized I needed to alternate some of the slots to make the tree strips stay in place securely.  I found that the large one, as made, tends to fall apart!  The last thing you want is to send a card that arrives semi-assembled.

How to make a paper strip sliceform Christmas tree card

Download cutting files: PDF (suitable for hand cutting), SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, Silhouette Studio.
Files download for free; pay what you wish. Suggested contribution for this file is $1.00.


Cut the file.  Separate the strips into pairs by size. 

Slot together the longest pair at the top slot.
Crease the feet on the score lines at the bottom of the strips.

how to assemble the first set of strips
 
Add the next pair of strips, with 5 slots.  First slide together the end slot of the new strip to the second slot of the footed strip.  Then do the same for the matching strip on the other side.  Last,  cross them and slide their second slots together.  Lift one up, and one down, as you gently criss-cross them, to get those last slots to go together.

how to make a sliceform Christmas tree


Continue adding pairs of strips, in decreasing length, until you have used all of them. Here the 4 slot strips have been added, first on each side, then working across to criss-cross what was already in place.

strip sliceform Christmas tree
 

The 3 slot pieces have been added.

sliceform Christmas tree
 
 

And the two slot pieces.

complete slice form Christmas tree


Make the 3D tree into a pop up card

Create a base card from two 8.5" x 3" rectangles, hinged together with a small strip of paper (my hinge is 1" wide by 2" tall). 

Here is just the front.

snowflake embossed card front

Flatten the tree and lay it on the right-hand side of the open card.  The feet are to the left, toward the hinge.  The exact placement is not critical as long as the top of the tree (at the far right) is not hanging outside the card. 

Mine is approximately where the horizontal centerline would be, but again, it does not have to be precise.

glue the first foot
 

 Spread adhesive on the foot you can see.

glue on sliceform Christmas tree

Close the card, flip it over, and spread glue on the other foot. 

Close the card.  Weight the card or pinch it with your fingers (you can feel where the tree ends and the feet begin) until dry.

close the card




open up slice form tree
 
 

Fits in a #10 business size envelope!
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Nov 13, 2014

Vintage Dollhouse Paper Houses Part 2


Here is a second 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 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 17, 2014

Bonus Haunted House Cards

I have added a set of traditional flat cards to the Halloween haunted house accordion card files.  Re-download the file set to get the bonus files!

5 card set of Halloween cards


I made the templates very tiny to fit them on one page.  Be sure to enlarge before cutting.  


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Oct 13, 2014

Haunted Houses Accordion Card

This accordion of Halloween haunted houses can be a 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.
 
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.