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Jan 27, 2015

Valentine Trifold Pop Up Card

open valentine card with conversation hearts



I've had this trifold pop up card sitting on the back burner for a long, long time.  It just wasn't going anywhere!

This was as far as I had gotten with it, years ago.

black and white valentine trifold card
 
trifold valentine black and white
 


I dragged it out last week and started messing about with it to make a print-and-cut, but I finally abandoned that.

It's boring, the colors are off, and I don't like that the white from the back of the card shows on the right-hand side.

print and cut prototype trifold valentine
 
 
 

It needed a border.  It needed jazzier colors.  It needed double sided cardstock.

I added lace around the edges and changed the size and tilt of the "valentine" heart to bring it out of hiding.  Much better!

finished valentine trifold card
 
 
How to Make a Valentine Trifold Pop Up Card

Materials:
--Two 12" x 6" sheets of cardstock, one for the lace and a double sided sheet for the card base. 
--Three small pieces of paper or cardstock for the hearts
--Scraps to back the words

Download the file set:  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.


Cut and score the base card. (Cut on black lines, score on red lines.) 
Cut the lace.

Adhere the lace to the left and top edges of the card base.

cut base card and adhere lace

Back the hearts with a contrasting scrap of paper.  Here are some I tried before settling on good old red.

hearts with cut out words

red backing paper conversation hearts

 

Be sure to save the ever so tiny inside parts of the B and the A and glue them into the letters.

cut out words with filled in letters

Adhere the two smaller hearts to the backing card, aligning them with the heart halves cut in the backing card. 

glue hearts to base card

Close the card and place the large heart so that the word "valentine" is still visible when the card is closed.  Adhere.
place large heart on pop up card

glue large heart in place


 
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Jan 23, 2015

Conversation Heart Accordion Flip Card

The devil is in the details of this conversation heart accordion card.  It's all about the embellishments!

conversation heart card open

heart card back


How to make a valentine accordion flip card 

Download file set: PDF, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, 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.


If you have never made an accordion flip card I suggest watching this video first.
Also see more detailed assembly photos of a similar card, the Egg Accordion Flip Card post here.  

Cut the pieces

Cut and score 4 base card pieces from card stock (mine is white). 

Cut 4 frame liners from decorative paper for the front:  you will need 2 sheets of 8.5" x 11" or 1 sheet of 12" x 12"(dotted).
Cut 4 frame liners from decorative paper for the back (striped).
--The liner file includes an inner heart.  You only need one set of 4 to cover the backs of the hearts.--

Cut the 4 conversation hearts from your choice of colors.  

Assemble base card

Crease all score lines.

Join the four panels using the long side tabs.  Do not join the hearts at their edges yet.

You will have an extra long tab on one end.  Cut it off.

Decorate

With the card flat, adhere the four conversation hearts to the front of the card. Be sure to glue in the tiny centers of the letters B and A, and the 4 Os.

Adhere the front frame liners to the front frames, and the back frame liners to the back frames.  Do not put the back hearts on yet.

Join Hearts 
 
Stand the card up and arrange it in a zig zag.  The center of the card should be a valley fold and the intersection of the side panels mountain folded.

Rotate the hearts by creasing  the score lines at the tops and bottoms of the hearts.

conversation heart card tabs


Start joining the hearts with the center two hearts (red and purple on mine).

Rotate the red heart clockwise and the purple heart counter-clockwise until their edges meet, in a mountain fold. Glue the tab on the purple heart to the back of the red heart.

Attach the green heart to the red heart by rotating the green heart counterclockwise until the edge meets the red heart, in a valley fold.  Glue the tab on the red heart to the back of the green heart.

In a similar way glue the blue heart to the purple heart by rotating the blue heart clockwise, and gluing the tab to the back of the purple heart.

You will have an extra tab on the green heart.  Cut it off.

Finish Decorating

Adhere the heart-shaped liners of your choice to the backs of the hearts, covering the tabs.

Collapse the creases to fold the card flat.  (You are seeing the back of the green heart.  The other three hearts are stacked under it.)

heart accordion card closed


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Jan 18, 2015

Valentine Pop Up Step Card

Step cards are cut so that the connecting parts form open boxes or steps.  This version has heart shaped steps.

Valentine step card front view


heart step card open

Step cards can have any number of steps.  See some other examples here and here.

How to make a heart step card with three steps

Download file set: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my 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 $1.00.

Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

Decorate as desired. 

I used 4 small squares of patterned paper, 2 large blue squares backing 2 heart lace cut-outs, 2 stars of plaid paper behind the photos (which are from sewing pattern envelopes), and white stitching drawn with gel pen.


Heart step card flattened
 
 



Fold the card by pushing the left portion of the card horizontally to the right.  (The hearts will valley fold where they connect to the right portion of the card and mountain fold where they connect to the left portion of the card.)


The card will be square when closed.


Valentine step card front view



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Jan 14, 2015

Flower Petal Valentine

This flower valentine is composed of multiple hearts that spring up into 3D petals.  Optional sentiment frames included.

flower heart valentine front


How to make the heart flower valentine

Download file set: PDF, DXF, 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.


 


flower petal valentine pattern


Cut flower petal front from one color (I used white) and base card from another color (I used red).  Cut sentiment frames if you wish.

Each petal consists of three parts: an small solid heart and two larger heart frames.  Bend up the solid heart and the outer-most heart frame.  Leave the medium-sized heart frame flat.

 


petal detail
 
 

petal details




Fold base card along center score line.

Glue flower front to front of base card.  Add sentiment frames if you wish.

 




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Jan 6, 2015

Lovebirds Snowflake

Another snowflake design, best for machine cutting.  This one has birds, hearts and vines.

hearts and birds snowflake




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

You may also like these snowflakes.

Snowman Snowflake


cutting file for snowman snowflake

Heart in Hand Snowflake

Shaker snowflake hearts and hands


Chihuahua Snowflake


chihuahua snowlfake with christmas trees and hearts


Seashell Snowflake

scallops seaweed and starfish snowflake



Files download for free; pay what you wish to support this site. Suggested contribution for each of these projects is $1.00.
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

Jan 1, 2015

Snowman Snowflake

This snowman snowflake is designed for machine cutting because it is not symmetrical on the vertical axis through the head of the snowman.






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

You may also like these snowflakes.

Heart in Hand Snowflake



Chihuahua Snowflake

 
 
 
Seashell Snowflake




Files download for free; pay what you wish  to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.
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Dec 23, 2014

Mixed Blessings Extreme Christmas Card

This year's extreme Christmas card theme is "mixed blessings," with our older child back home after graduating from college, and our younger one a sophomore.


Here is the front of the card with a selection of dubious gifts.

The border of presents is part of an Echo Park set called Happy Holidays.

The individual gift items were custom drawn for me by Erin Lux.

cover of extreme Christmas card


Here is the inside pop up house with one child leaving and one returning.


more blessed to give than to receive card



It IS more blessed to give than to receive. 

extreme pop up card





And the back, with the greeting.


The letter was printed on this paper.
Christmas tree stationery

Mailed in this envelope.


extreme Christmas card envelope



 The construction process

Cut out pieces, print envelopes and letters.  Print base card, trim and fold. 

(If you would like to make a pop up house card similar to this one, see this gingerbread house post.)



Glue house together.



pop up house assembly

 Add roof strut.


pop up house roof assembly

Glue roof to strut.


roof assembly on pop up house

Add kid flaps.

pop up house with elements attached



Christmas card about leaving home



detail of pop up house card

Use placement triangle to position the flattened house.

gluing template for pop up card


Glue one side, close the card, flip over, open the card, glue the other side.

gluing the house

Open the card to make sure it works.



another angle of pop up house card

Stuff the envelope and mail!  Now do this 90 times.


Then make 35 of the OTHER card.
Christmas tree sliceform from paper strips


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