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Apr 17, 2014

Using Extreme Cards SVG files in Cricut Design Space

How to open and use Extreme Cards and Papercrafting SVG files with cut and score lines in Cricut Design Space



Download SVG file.

Open Cricut Design Space.

In Design Space choose Upload Image. Browse to the SVG file and select it.

After the SVG uploads, select it from the bottom of the upload page and click Insert Image.

The SVG will appear in your design window. If the layers panel is open on the right, great! If not, open it by clicking Layers near the top right of the page.

Each component of the cut file will show up as a separate layer.

Scroll down to the bottom of the layers panel and click Ungroup.

Now for the tedious fiddly part!

First, you need to be able to see the cut and score lines that are not outline (shape) cuts. Depending on the file, sometimes all of the score lines are hiding under these large pieces.

Move anything filled-in with black to the bottom of the layer. Do this by clicking the layer, then click Arrange (at the top of the page) and Move to Back. When you have moved the filled-in shapes to the back, the score lines and separate cut lines should be visible on top of the black shapes.

Determine which lines are score lines and which are cut lines by checking the color of the line. In my files I use red and green for score lines, and black or blue for cut lines If you're still unsure, download and open the PDF file and double check the line colors.

Once you have identified a score line, click the scissor icon on that layer and change it to score. In Design Space score lines have "no color". This is helpful as you can see which ones you have changed and which ones you haven't.

Save and cut!

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

Apr 12, 2014

Butterfly Accordion Flip Card

I'm still exploring the possibilities of these accordion flip pop up cards!   If this is your first accordion card you may want to review the more comprehensive instruction on the Easter egg card tutorial.


I went through numerous butterfly body designs before settling on this one.


Here is an earlier one.  I didn't like the antennae, and the head was too big.  Good color combination, though.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card


How to make the Butterfly Accordion Flip Card
 

Download cut file set: PDF, Silhouette Studio, SVG, DXF.

Determine the number of panels you wish to use.  Cut required panel pieces.

For 2 panels use: piece C.
For 3 panels: pieces A and B.
For 4 panels: pieces A and C.
For 5 panels: 2 of piece A and 1 of piece B.
For 6 panels: 2 of piece A and 1 of piece C.
For 7 panels: 3 of piece A and 1 of piece B.
For 8 panels: 3 of piece A and 1 of piece C.
etc.






butterfly accordion flip pop up card

Cut panel liners if desired.

Cut butterflies.  If you wish to underlay your butterfly with a different paper, use butterfly liner pieces.

Note: I cut my blue textured card with the texture side face down, and did not mirror the pattern pieces (it's not necessary--they work either way), so depending which side of your card is your "good" side, everything may look horizontally mirrored as you assemble your card.



butterfly accordion flip pop up card


Crease pivots (fold lines at tops and bottom of butterflies on panels), butterfly tabs, and panel tabs.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card

Adhere butterflies to card.  IMPORTANT!! the butterfly head and tail are only glued to the shaped, rotating half of the head and tail hinge NOT the stationary part of the hinge.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card



butterfly accordion flip pop up card

Adhere panel sets together with long side tabs. Adhere panel liners if you are using them.

Decorate the back of the card if you wish.  I used butterfly liner pieces.


butterfly accordion flip pop up card


Fold the card so panel A butterflies come forward and panel A creases to the back.  Zig-zag fold the remaining panels.

Adhere butterfly wing tips using tabs.


butterfly accordion flip pop up card

The picture below shows the tabs adhered to the back, although I had the butterflies flipped the wrong way when I took this picture--whoops.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card

Collapse card, maintaining the pivot on the butterflies.  You should see the front of the butterfly when the card is closed.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card























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Apr 4, 2014

Star Accordion Flip Card

Last week I made an Easter egg version of this accordion flip card.  This week I tried a star shape, which was much more challenging to design. 

3d star accordion flip card


How to make a Star Accordion Flip Card

Download files: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG, DXF.

Decide how many  pop up card panels you want.  Use the chart below to determine which pieces you need. You will assemble the numbered panels in the order given, from left to right.

2 panels: pieces 1,2
3 panels: pieces 1,2,3
4 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4
5 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4,3
6 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4,3,4
For longer cards keep adding additional pieces 3 and 4 to the right-hand end of the card.

Cut panels.  Cut panel liners and star liners as desired.

Lay out the panels in order.  Glue panels together using the long vertical panel tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion


Decorate the panels with panel liners. (I didn't use any.)

You can add some of the star liners now. Cover all of the star fronts. Cover the backs of the stars on the far right and far left panels.  Hold off adding the other star liners until the star tabs are adhered so the liners will cover the tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion
Front of Card

3d pop up card star flip accordion
Back of Card


Fold the card into a zig zag, creasing at the panel joins. The crease between panels 1 & 2 should come forward (mountain fold) and the crease between panels 2 & 3 folds to the back (valley fold).


 Pre-crease the swivel folds at the top and bottom of each star. Crease all star tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion

Glue the single tab connecting the stars on panels 2 & 3.  The tab is glued to the back of panel star 2.

Front of Card


Glue the double tabs connecting the stars on panels 1 & 2, and 3 & 4.  Again, glue the tabs to the backs of the stars.  Repeat as needed if you have more than 4 panels.

Back of Card

Cover the remaining star backs with star liners.

Need more detailed instructions?  Check out the Easter egg version for more photos, and a link to video instructions.








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

Mar 28, 2014

Easter Egg Accordion Flip Card Tutorial


Inspired by the Sizzix 3d circle accordion flip card, I created a similar design with an egg-shaped  cut-out, perfect for Easter.

Easter egg accordion card


Easter egg accordion 3d pop up card



















The Easter egg decorative cut files are adapted from designs by Bird's Cards.



How to Make a 3D Easter Egg Accordion Flip Card

Download the files: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG .

I also have a circle shaped one here.

You may want to preview this assembly video (for a slightly different card) for help gluing together the panels.  The assembly part starts about 7 minutes into the video. (The beginning is mostly die cutting and gluing decorations on the card).  I suggest changing the order, however, and gluing the decorative eggs on after tabbing together the egg-shaped accordions, so the glue tabs are hidden under the eggs.

How to Assemble the Card

Cut out panels, as many as you like (I have 4).  Watch your paper grain!  I cut mine sideways and got cracks on the panel creases (oops!).  You want the grain of your card running vertically, parallel to the crease on the long tab of the panel.

Cut out egg shaped liners.  Cut out panel liners.  I used 8 egg liners (front and back of the eggs: red, blue, orange, green) but only 2 panels liners (That's the paper with the leaves and flowers, which is visible on the front and back of the card when it is closed.  I thought it was too busy to cover the entire card with it.)

Glue together the panels, using the long side tabs.  You will have an extra one at the end of the card that you won't use.  Cut it off.   Photo below shows the tabbed together panels.

Accordion card glue tabs


Mountain and valley fold the panels to form a zigzag. Pre-crease the small vertical creases at the tops and bottoms of the eggs.






The eggs need to zigzag in folds opposite of the panel folds.  See that the red and blue egg join comes forward while the card goes backwards?  The blue and orange tab join is behind the panel fold (which comes forward) and the orange and green join is, then, to the front (as the panel folds to the back).



Easter egg accordion card




Adhere the little side tabs on the eggs. In the photo below you are seeing the finished card.  Glue the tabs before adding the decorative eggs, so they are hidden underneath. There will be an extra tab at one end, which you don't need.  Cut it off.


Pop the eggs creases into a zigzag that is opposite of the card zigzag.  Close the card.  The top and bottom tabs will collapse on the creases as the eggs turn, allowing the accordions to fold flat.

Open the card and add decorative eggs and panel liners.



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

Mar 27, 2014

Egg Frame Accordion Card


We were talking about the Sizzix 3d circle accordion flip card on Card Making & Paper Crafts with Silhouette and it inspired me to create a similar design with an egg-shaped  accordion.

Easter egg accordion card


Easter egg accordion 3d pop up card



















The Easter egg decorative cut files are adapted from designs by Bird's Cards.

It's not hard to make, although there's quite a lot of cutting and some fiddly gluing to tab the eggs together.

Tutorial is up!




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

Mar 18, 2014

Daisy Hexagonal Card in a Box Tutorial

A card in a box doesn't have to be square!  Any shape with an even number of sides can be folded flat for mailing.

This daisy petal pop up card is 6 sided. 

daisy pop up card


How to make a Hexagonal Card in a Box

Download file set: PDF, Silhouette Studio, DXF, SVG.

Daisy card in a box


Cut box and strut from card stock. 

Cut liners from decorative paper as desired: 6 squares (cut twice to cover inside and outside of box) and petals (cut 6).  I did not line my petals.

This green paper is on the outside of the box.  The inside is lined with yellow.

inner lining of pop up card



If you are lining the inside of the box leave the left-most liner unglued on its left edge.  This allows you to hide the box tab when you put the box together.

Outer lining of pop up card


Construct inside strut: fold the tabbed strip on the score lines, curl strip into an open rectangular box, and adhere the tab end to the inside of the other end of the strip.



pop up card strut
(Note: when I made and photographed this card I had a semi-circular shaped top on one long side of the strut.  I didn't like it, so I cut it off.  Pretend it isn't there!)

Adhering the Strut

The strut is adhered to the box before the box is constructed.

Lay the box piece open, wrong side showing.

On the second box to the left from the tab, measure in from the crease edge of the box 3/4" and mark a vertical line. (This is the vertical midline of the box.)  Line shown in dark grey.

Collapse the strut and lay it on the card as shown, to figure out placement.  Make sure one of the short sides of the strut is visible on the left, and the other short side is underneath, on the right (where the arrows are pointing).

Adhering strut to pop up card

Lift the strut, flip it over, and apply adhesive to that short side that was hidden.   Flip the strut back over and adhere it, re-aligning  the right-hand creased edge of the strut with the grey line.



Apply adhesive to the other short side (on the left-hand side), shown in red squiggles below.


Adhering other side of strut to pop up card

Close the left side of the card, folding at the second crease from the left (right under the t of the "extremecards" watermark).  This adheres the second short side of the strut to the inside of the card. 

Gluing the Box Together

If you lined the inside of the card, spread adhesive on both sides of the box tab on the right.  If not, spread adhesive on the tab only on the right side. 

(This picture, with the green paper, is showing the right side of the box tab.)

Daisy pop up card construction

(This picture, with the yellow paper next to the tab, is showing the wrong side of the box tab.)

Daisy pop up card box adhesive


Close the right-hand side of card, adhering the tab to the inside (the wrong side) of the card, sliding the tab under the inner lining if you used it.

Finish adhering pop up box

 The card will only fold flat one way--the way you constructed it.  If you try to fold it across the other diagonal the strut will tear off.
 

You may notice that the strut does not sit exactly straight across the hexagon.  It can't.  (Without deforming the opening into a rectangle.) 

See how the strut is closer to one corner than the other?  You can't "fix" it.  That's the way the geometry works.


When I was making this card, that's why I cut off the semi-circle on the strut.  It seemed to draw attention to the skew in the strut.


Daisy pop up card with butterflies, bees, ladybugs

I bought the butterflies and bugs from the Silhouette Store.  On sale this week for $.50 a file!
Most are glued to the struts or each other.  A few are glued to thin strips of acetate cut from some old overhead projector sheets I had lying around.



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

Mar 17, 2014

6-Sided Daisy Card in a Box Prototype

A card in a box doesn't have to be square.  It can be any shape with an even number of sides.

This pop up daisy card has six sides. Some of the insects and butterflies are glued to the interior props and some are supported by strips of acetate. The top flaps are cut in petal shapes to resemble a daisy when it is open.



Files and tutorial are up.




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