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Sep 26, 2014

Sliceform Lattice Pumpkin Update

This pumpkin sliceform folds flat!

Updated template re-posted with full file set :
  Silhouette Studio, SVG, PDF, DXF

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Sep 24, 2014

Falling Leaves Spiral Card

I like the idea of spiral pop up cards, but sometimes the design gets a bit awkward looking as the loops get bigger.  My spiral pop up card features both an "invisible" acetate spiral, and a spiral that doubles back on itself to make it a bit more compact. 

(Wow, shiny paper is hard to photograph, isn't it?)

During the summer I made a butterfly spiral card like this which I gave away without blogging it, or even photographing it. WHAT was I thinking?

I finally got around to making an autumn design using the same spiral.  

How to make a falling leaves spiral card

card stock for leaf skeletons
double sided paper for leaf inserts 
heavy weight acetate for spiral
11" x 5" card stock for base card, and decorative elements as desired
low tack tape ("painter's tape")

Download cutting file: PDF, SVG (how to use my designs in Cricut Design Studio), Silhouette Studio, DXF.

Files download for free; pay what you wish.  Suggested amount for this design: $1.99.


Cut spiral from heavy acetate.  I used a piece salvaged from an old spiral bound report.  Overhead transparency is probably not thick enough.  You want the kind that you would make clear cards from ("clear cardstock").

Cut leaf skeletons and inserts. Remember to cut 2 skeletons for each leaf (front and back).  I used regular cardstock for the skeletons and Shimmer Sheetz for the inserts.

(Side question: does anyone have advice on a good adhesive for adhering the tiny cardstock frames to the Shimmer Sheetz?  I used Elmer's Glue Pen and it oozed all over the place.)

Glue skeletons and inserts together into sandwiches.  Let dry.

Cut base card.  Mine is 11" x 5".  Decorate the inside of your card base as desired.

Now for the fiddly part!

Using low tack tape, adhere one end of the spiral to the inside of the card.  Apply tape to the other end, closing the card to adhere.  Now open the card.  Check the placement and adjust until you're satisfied.  This took me a long, long time! 

Once you have the spiral in place, temporarily tape the leaves onto the spiral until you like what you see.  I like to start by settling in the end pieces, and covering the center where the spiral doubles back.  Then fill in.  (Be sure everything is hidden when you close the card, and the leaves float freely when the card is open.)


Using permanent adhesive, adhere one end of the spiral.  I like glue dots (cut down to fit the spiral) for this, but beware, they're once and done. 

Detach the tape from the other end of the spiral, allowing the spiral to flatten.  Place a glue dot on this end of the spiral.  Close the card to adhere.  (This is called allowing the pop up to "find its own place".  It ensures that the pop up will close!)

In the next photo you can see the two ends of the spiral adhered to the card.  One full glue dot is under the circle of acetate on the right-hand end.  A strip cut from a glue dot adheres the left-hand end.

Open the card.  Untape the leaves, one at a time, and adhere permanently.  I used 1/2 of a glue dot on each, trying to place them in inconspicuous spots.  You can barely see the adhesive on the oak leaf in the photo below.


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May 4, 2014

Little Red Schoolhouse Vellum House

This little paper schoolhouse is constructed much like the paper church

How to make a paper little red schoolhouse

Perfect for a 3d village on a shelf.  Can be lighted with a battery operated tea light.  This design was adapted from a template on Little Glitter Houses.  This building measures approximately 3" wide and 4" deep.

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

Cut out and score pieces.  Refer to the PDF if you are unsure of cut and score lines.  (Black lines are cut, red lines are score.)

Fold belfry into an open box and adhere with tab. Attach small roof to belfry.

Adhere belfry to schoolhouse roof.  The hole in the roof is to provide access to help you stick the tabs to the roof, and to allow light into the belfry from below.

Adhere schoolhouse wall pieces together with tabs.

Attach school roof to the building.


I made mine using 30 lb vellum paper from Jam Paper.

Any paper will work, however!

iconIf you plan to use vellum, bear in mind that it is difficult to glue--some glues don't stick to vellum after they're dry, most wrinkle the paper, most will be visible.

I used double sided tape to assemble the schoolhouse.

Disclosure: Jam Paper provided samples of vellum for this project.  I received no other compensation. 

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Oct 4, 2013

Leaf Edged Sliceform Torus Tutorial

This torus, unlike many sliceforms, does not collapse flat.

I was inspired by Yoshinobu Miyamoto, and Elaine Wolfe's scalloped edge torus.

sliceform torus

Download file set. Includes PDF, DXF, SVG, Silhouette Studio format. Cut 8 of each piece.

The assembly process is not complicated, just frustrating. You will spend a lot of time putting pieces back when they come undone. I plan to try painter's tape to hold things together temporarily.

Take a look at this video from dutchpapergirl for the basics. (Note that her torus has more pieces than mine. Assembly is the same.)

The most important concept is: like slot to like slot. In other words, when putting two pieces together, you are always matching the slots in the same position on the two pieces to each other. Be sure you are not matching a slot on one piece to the mirror image slot on the other piece.

The video doesn't show one crucial assembly step which may cause difficulty: joining the last few pieces and closing the circle.

For me, this happens when adding the last piece of one color, with a couple pieces of the other color not yet added. As you start matching the slots on that last piece, you will find that the torus wants to curl in to make a circle. Encourage it to curl in as you slide the slots together. Now look carefully to see where the remaining pieces of the other color need to go. It will be obvious very quickly if you try to put them wrong.

Finally, go around the piece, pulling the slots firmly together and checking for mismatches.


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Sep 27, 2013

Sliceform Apple Tutorial

sliceform apple

This apple sliceform is constructed in the same sequence as the lattice pumpkin.

Freewill contributions for files gratefully accepted.
(Suggested amount for this design: $1.99)

Download cut file template set, which includes PDF, SVG, DXF, and Silhouette Studio files.

Cut pieces. Put stem pieces aside.

Refer to pumpkin instructions to assemble. Some of the apple pieces are a little more difficult to place than the pumpkin pieces due to their elongated shape. Keep trying--they will go together!

Glue stem pieces in place, sliding the stem slot into the apple slot.

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Sep 17, 2013

Leaf Edge Torus

This sliceform torus is challenging to assemble. Seems like every time you get one piece in, another piece falls off!

sliceform torus

This design is a modification of a smooth torus sliceform designed by Yoshinobu Miyamoto . Thanks go to Elaine Wolfe for the idea of adding a shape to the outer edges of the pieces.

Tutorial and files are up!

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Sep 13, 2013

Pleated Apple or Pumpkin Box Tutorial

apple box from cardstock

Last week I made this in red as an apple box. In orange, it makes a pumpkin box. You may remember the similar six sided acorn box, from last year.

How to construct a pleated, eight sided round box with a lid

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(Suggested amount for this design: $1.99)

Download cutting files (DXF, Silhouette Studio, PDF). Cut on black lines, score on red and green lines.

The base and lid are constructed the same way.

apple box template

Crease all score lines. Mountain fold green lines, valley fold red lines.

apple box folds

apple box crease pattern

Working from the inside of the box, fold all creases in the direction that the top tabs are pointing. (To the right).

apple box creases

Flip down one tabbed top section (shown in the photo below), then fold it down again. Hold this in place.

apple box folds

Fold down the next tab section to the right--twice--on top of it. Glue this section down, securing the tab from the section that was to its left. Paperclip or clothes pin in place.

apple box folds

Continue around the rim of the box until you get to the first tab. Slightly lift that first section, stick some glue under there and slide the last tab into the glue.

apple box folds

apple box base

Glue the stem pieces back to back. Do not glue the bottom tabs. Slide the stem tabs into the slot on the lid, spread apart, and glue to the inside of the lid.

apple box base and lid

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Sep 7, 2013


Back to School! I made three apple projects this week.

My pleated apple box with a lid is a cousin of the acorn box.

apple box

The apple box has 8 sides rather than 6.

Apple box templates and tutorial are up!

I made a solid version and a lattice version of an apple sliceform.

apple sliceform

apple sliceform

If you've made my sliceform pumpkins, solid or lattice , you will have no trouble with the sliceform apples.

Files for the lattice apple are here.

pumpkin sliceform

pumpkin sliceform

Time to vote!

Which tutorial do you want to see first?

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Oct 3, 2012

Haunted House Pop Up Card

Another house pop up card! This Halloween house is a modification of the haunted house printable from PaperToys.

If you like this card you may also like these.

Gingerbread House Pop Up Card

pop up gingerbread house

Barn Pop Up Card

barn pop up card

Village Pop Up Wreath

pop up house

Lephrechaun House Pop Up Card

house pop up card

How to make a Haunted House pop up card

Print the pdf from PaperToys on card stock. Print the modification template pdf on regular paper. Black lines are cut lines. Red lines are score lines.

----Assemble the house----

Cut out the haunted house. Modify it as shown on the template. You will cut off all tabs except the far left tab on the side of house and the two small, horizontal rectangular tabs at the top of the house front. You will cut off most of the base of the house, creating glue tabs where shown.

Cut roof off the rest of the house. Cut the horizontal brown strip from the top of the roof piece.

Cut roof in half horizontally.

Cut a black or brown roof extension piece. Cut a roof prop from any scrap of card stock--it won't show.

Score house, roof extension, and roof prop, following red lines on the template.

Glue printed roof parts to roof extension, one of each side.

Cut house apart on each side of the front door.

Cut a piece of the brown strip that was on the roof to cover each of the small rectangles on the front door part of the house. Glue and trim.

Spread glue on uprights next to door and adhere under side pieces, matching vertical lines.

Glue house together at side.

----Attach the roof----

Glue roof prop into gable ends, matching top points, vertical center line and cut edges.

Glue roof prop into center fold of roof. (If you need more details about attaching the roof, click over to the Gingerbread tutorial.)

----Glue to base card----

Cut a base card 6" x 12" and fold in half.

Collapse house as shown. Check the tabs. The shorter set should be under the longer set and not visible.

Cut a 6" square of scrap paper. Fold in half on the diagonal.

Lay square on base card, aligning center folds.

Slide the tabs of the house under the top right-hand diagonal of the square, aligning the bottom edge of the house with the outside edge of the square. The left bottom point of the house should be right at the center fold. (I borrowed the next two pictures from the Gingerbread House tutorial).

Move the square and the collapsed house up and down along the center fold until the roof is not hanging off the top edge of the base card.

Check that the house is still aligned with the square and the point is still at the center fold.

Remove house and pencil the right hand diagonal onto the base card. Remove square.

Replace house with the point at the center fold of the card and the tab fold line--the bottom of the house--on the penciled line. Apply glue to the house tabs that are facing up.

Close card, flip over, glue the other set of tabs. Close card and allow to dry completely.

Trim base card and decorate as you like.

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