Monday, December 7, 2009
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This week I have removed all my card videos from Utube. I'm not much of a videographer, and only put some on Utube for the benefit of some customers who wanted to see a card in motion. There were no new videos posted there since I discovered a while ago that videos could be added to Blogger.
So now I have added a link in the left column called "card videos", where you can view the UTube versions, added to my original posts here on my blog.
There are more to come, as its taking me time to find the original matching posts. The waterfall style card above and the cemetary card below were made awhile ago, and I can't seem to find a matching older blog post for them.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I've created this tutorial so that you can double click (enlarge) on the two pages, or you can print them out as two pages. All the instructions are right there next to the picture.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Detoured again! My hot air balloon pop-up was supposed to be finished by now :( Instead, this little bumblebee card jumped to the front of the list. The best part of this one is that those bees hover on paper springs. The slightest little movement causes them to buzz around! Simple and effective.
Simple instructions for this one: use an egg-shaped punch for the body, a heart-shaped punch for the wings (cut in half from vellum), two jellybean- shaped pieces for the heads, add antennae and some coiled paper springs cut from a circle-shaped punch. You're all set!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Back to David A. Carter and james Diaz' book. I threw all my preferences out the window, and purchased a new, cello-wrapped, not-on-sale, sight-unseen book about pop-up mechanisms, and was not disappointed! This is a fairly comprehensive book, complete with clear and concise examples of the geometry behind paper engineering. I was even happy to see that the pages were bound by sewing them in, not gluing them in! Kudos for having the forethought to realize that this reference book will be opened many times.
This book is not for the person who wants step-by-step instructions with print-out patterns, so you're going to have to use your imagination while applying these mechanisms to your own ideas. No pre-conceived notions, I like that!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Assemble your elements; for this card I've created 6 buildings, five that will be layered and have a 3/8" flap on the bottom. Double click on any pics to see what I'm talking about. The 6th doesn't need a flap, since it will be glued flat to the card.
On the back of the lining, very lightly draw guidelines to determine your spacing. For this card, I'm using 1/2" spacing. In this picture the first element is glued in: always start with the one closest to the crease of the lining, and work outward. A slit was cut on the guidline, and the flap/tab was pulled thru to the back and glued. This is called hidden tab construction, and makes for a neater view on the front. Tabs should also be glued towards the crease of the card.
Here all five elements have been attached....
...and this is what the front should look like so far.
Now you have to add more hidden tabs. Again start with the one closest to the card's fold. Since I am using 1/2" spacing, the tab will have to be 1/2" as well. Placing of this tab should take into consideration the size of the element, and whether it will be seen easily from the front. You'll want to hide it as much as possible. Make the slot for the tab from the back first, then glue it to the element second. Check placement for each element's tab immediately by opening and closing the card completely. If you don't do this you could wind up with a card that won't close right! Move on to the next element only after the glue is dry.
If you did it right, all elements will be parallel with each other :)
A view from the top, and then you can finish the card as you would any other card. And here is the finished product: