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10 Valentine’s Day Ideas For Your Loved Ones

10 Valentine’s Day Ideas For Your Loved Ones


In the past we have had some gear-like jewelry, a pixel pop-up card and even a mechanical greeting card. Who says you can’t be creative! As the infamous Valentine’s Day draws near and proves to be a special occasion, for some, I have decided to feature some various works that you can either DIY (do it yourself), purchase online or just sit back and admire. Also featured below is a video of the image above. ENJOY!
I Love You – Quilled Illustration by Adolfo Correa via I Heart Love
Beautifully quilled paper illustration by the talented Adolfo Correa


3D Valentine Pop-Up Card by What Leather
Pop-up card is 100% handmade and using high quality water-lined paper. More like a gift than a card. Also comes with an envelope.

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Easy DIY Honeycomb Heart Decoration via Minted
Lovely wall decoration made with 8 triangle honeycomb tissued diamonds, which are then affixed to the wall.


Papercut couple on bike by Joe Bagley
A detailed paper cut silhouette of a couple kissing while on a bike. This is the first ever pin on Pinterest and would be nicely framed.


DIY Origami Heart Love Note via Eat Drink Chic
A sweet origami heart idea for an engagement invite or even just to surprise your sweetheart.


Amour en fleur a paper cut heart by Marine Coutroutsios
Hand cut unique three dimensional paper heart that can be mounted and comes signed and framed.


DIY Piñata Love-Gram via Studio DIY
This is a no-box-required craft, you just ship the piñata as is, filled up with treats for the sweet recipient on the other end!


Romantic Rowing Boat Papercut Or Print by Mimi and Mae
Beautiful folk art inspired ‘Life is but a dream’ rowing boat paper cut (or paper cut style print) in a classic archival mount.


DIY 3D Origami Hearts via How About Orange
Creative origami hearts that can be left as is or strung together to form a garland.

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3D Pink Ombre Butterfly Heart by Ron and Noy
Hundreds of 1” butterflies in shades of pink come together in flight to form a heart. Butterflies are made from quality cardstock, and have been attached one by one with professional, strong double sided tape to an artist’s canvas painted white.

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Pop-up Cards

Distinguish Greeting Cards

Greeting cards is an illustrated piece of card or high quality paper featuring an expression of friendship or other sentiment. Although greeting cards are usually given on special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas or other holidays, they are also sent to convey thanks or express other feelings. Greeting card, usually packaged with an envelope, come in a variety of styles. There are both mass-produced as well as handmade versions that are distributed by hundreds of companies large and small. While typically inexpensive, more elaborate cards with die-cuts or glued-on decorations may be more expensive.

In Western countries and increasingly in other societies, many people traditionally mail seasonally themed cards to their friends and relatives in December. Many service businesses also send cards to their customers in this season, usually with a universally acceptable non-religious message such as “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings”.

The Greeting Card Association is an international trade organization representing the interests of greeting card and stationery manufacturers. John Beeder, former president of the Greeting Card Association, says greeting card are effective tools to communicate important feelings to people you care about: “Anyone feels great when they receive an unexpected card in the mail. For me, there’s nothing like a greeting card to send a special message. I’m proud to be a part of an industry that not only keeps people connected, but uses both imagery and the power of words to help us express our emotions.”

Types of greeting cards 

Counter cards:

Counter cards

Greeting cards that are sold individually. This contrasts with boxed cards.[1]

Standard Greeting Cards:

Standard Greeting Cards

A standard greeting card is printed on high-quality paper (such as card stock), and is rectangular and folded, with a picture or decorative motif on the front. Inside is a pre-printed message appropriate for the occasion, along with a blank space for the sender to add a signature or handwritten message. A matching envelope is sold with the card. Some cards and envelopes feature fancy materials, such as gold leaf, ribbons or glitter.

Photo Greeting Card

Photo Greeting Cards

In recent years, photo greeting cards have gained widespread popularity and come in two main types. The first type are photo insert cards in which a hole has been cut in the centre. A photo slides in just like a frame. The second type are printed photo cards in which the photo is combined with artwork and printed, usually on a high-end digital press, directly onto the face of the card. Both types are most popular for sending holiday greetings such as Christmas, Hanukkah & for baby showers.

Personalised Greeting Card:

Personalised Greeting Cards

Websites using special personalisation technology, such as Moonpig, allow consumers to personalise a card which is then printed and sent directly to the recipient.

Reusable Greeting Card:

Reusable Greeting Cards

These are greeting cards for the budget conscious. There are two common formats for reusable cards. Firstly there are cards with slits in them positioned to hold pages. Secondly there notepad style cards where pages stick to the back of the cards. The pages that have been used for reusable cards can be removed after being received and fresh pages can be used to reuse the cards.

Risqué Greeting Card:

Some companies offer risqué greeting cards, with adult-based humor and cartoons. The humor in these cards can sometimes be offensive to more conservative parts of the population.

Musical Greeting Card:

Musical Greeting Cards

Recently greeting cards have been made that play music or sound when they are opened. They are commonly 3D handmade birthday cards which play traditional celebration songs such as Happy Birthday To You.

Electronic Greeting Card:

Electronic Greeting Cards

Greeting cards can also be sent electronically. Flash-based cards can be sent by email, and many sites such as Facebook enable users to send greetings. More recently, services have launched which enable users to send greetings to a mobile phone by text message or use mobile app for this purpose such cards are called Mobile E-cards or MCards. Many of these electronic services offer open or anonymous chat, to enable further discussion.

Pop-Up Cards:

Pop-up Cards

Pop-Up Cards are normally cards that, once opened, have a picture coming outward, giving the reader a surprise. Pictures and printed messages in greeting cards come in various styles, from fine art to humorous to profane. Non-specific cards, unrelated to any occasion, might feature a picture (or a pocket to paste in a personal photograph) but no pre-printed message.

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Business Greeting Cards Etiquette

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette

Sending greeting cards to business associates, clients and employees is a long-standing practice among many businesses. In fact, sending greeting cards dates back to the late 1700s! Any business that benefits from personal relationships (and what business doesn’t?) will benefit from sending greeting cards on appropriate occasions. However, knowing exactly what greeting cards are appropriate when and sent to whom can be a little confusing. Not everyone celebrates the same holidays and special occasions, and offending one of your recipients with an inappropriate card can harm your business relationships as much as the proper card can help them!

Here are some basic points to keep in mind when sending greeting cards for your business:

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette - Holiday

Holiday Greeting Cards

Almost every office is bombarded with “Season’s Greetings” cards around mid-winter. This is a well-established tradition, and fairly easy to handle appropriately thanks to a wide variety of available non-denominational greeting cards. Other holidays, however, can pose a bit more of conundrum. Here is some basic advice and information:

• When sending individual cards, verify the religious affiliation (if any) of the recipient before choosing a card! You don’t want to send the wrong card to a religious person, however many people will appreciate the correct religious card more than a generic “Season’s Greetings”.

• Muslims celebrate two feast holidays during November and December (check for exact dates each year): Eid ul Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and Eid ul Adha, the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. Both holidays are ‘greeted’ with the phrase “Eid Mubarak” which means “May the Lord make it a blessed feast.”

• Hindus celebrate Diwali during the winter months. This holiday usually falls during October or November. Greeting cards and small gifts are appropriate at this time.

• Other winter holidays include Yule, a winter solstice celebration for pagan religions (which usually falls on December 21), and Kwanzaa, a relatively new holiday celebrated by many African-Americans from December 26 to January 1.

• Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate any holidays, so even a generic card would be inappropriate.

• If you’re sending a holiday card addressed to a business, on the other hand, stick with generic “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Greetings” type cards. Also, avoid sending any group cards for strongly religious holidays such as Easter, unless you are sending them to a religiously oriented organization, which observes the holiday.

• If you want to send cards for major holiday seasons other than Christmas, try sending general seasonal cards rather than holiday cards: a springtime card instead of Easter, for instance.

• Cards for national holidays are appropriate for any citizens of the country celebrating.

• If you do business internationally, take time to research the major holidays in the countries you do business with. Not only may your international associates take holidays off (you’ll save your time trying to contact them on such days), but sending appropriate greetings will set you apart from many of their other international business contacts.

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette - Birthdays and Special Occasions

Birthdays and Special Occasions

Clichés about asking a woman her age aside, birthdays and other personal occasions offer opportunities for greetings and congratulations that many businesses do not take advantage of. However, it can be especially tricky to not offend your recipients when sending congratulations to individuals you do not know well. Some of our suggestions:

• Jehovah’s Witnesses and devout Muslims do not observe birthday celebrations.

• It’s best to send general birthday greetings that don’t mention the recipient’s age, unless you know them well.

• Have a staff member check the birth and wedding announcements in the newspaper for opportunities to congratulate business associates or major clients.

• Generally speaking, if you do not receive an announcement or invitation in regard to an event, you’re not obligated to send a greeting.

• If you do not receive an announcement/ invitation, and there is no public notice in the newspaper, it’s best to send congratulations only to individuals you know on a first-name basis. A relative stranger or formal acquaintance taking an interest in their personal life may offend some people.

Birthdays and Special Occasions - Condolences and Get Well

Condolences and Get Well Cards

Perhaps the most sensitive subject for greetings and correspondence is when something unpleasant has happened. Stories abound of faux-pas such as birthday cards arriving for deceased individuals. In many cases, if may be safest and most appropriate to leave such occasions to the individuals and their friends and family. However, for close business associates, employees or long-standing clients, the following guidelines are advised:

• If someone is ill, make sure to verify the nature of their illness before sending a “Get Well” card. It may be an incurable or terminal condition, in which case such a card would be highly inappropriate.

• A “Thinking of You” card is a good choice when you either can not ascertain exactly what illness or injury has occurred, or when the recipient is not expected to recover.

• Leave the humorous “Get Well” cards for personal friends and family. In a business context, it is neither appropriate or worth the (significant) risk of causing offense.

• The death of a beloved pet is an appropriate occasion for a condolence card, if you know the recipient.

• A “Get Well” card is most often sent to the recipient’s home, unless they are going to be in the hospital for an extended period.

• If you personally know the recipient, it might be best to hand-deliver the card.

• If you do not know the recipient well enough to have their home address, you can send a “Glad You’re Back” card to their office when they return to work.

Business Card Etiquette - General Pointers

General Pointers and Guidelines

No matter what the occasion, here are some basic suggestions for getting the most out of your greeting card mailings:

• Take the time to hand-address each card, as well as hand signing it. Printed mailing labels make the card look impersonal, and will negate most of the potential positive impact. (This is especially critical for personal event or condolence cards!)

• If your recipients are in a close geographic area, or are well networked, do not send everyone an identical card, unless you’re having a custom greeting card design printed for your company. Taking the time to choose individual cards shows you value the recipient’s business relationship enough to invest individual time in it.

• Even if your cards have a pre-printed message inside, take the time to write a quick sentence by hand. Greeting card networking is ALL about the personal touch!

We hope these guidelines have proven helpful in your greeting card marketing plan. If you have any suggestions for other guidelines you’ve encountered in your own business correspondence, please let us know at:




A long time ago, I pinned this beautiful cake I’d come across by Sarah at Signe Sugar. I loved it so much, it inspired me to create this paper banner version. I had no idea how to go about it, so I just jumped into cutting, bending and gluing. Once I got the hang of it, it came together pretty quickly. And, if you mess up, it’s just paper – –  so just cut another piece and keep moving forward!

3D Birthday Banner

3D Birthday Banner

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  • Card stock or heavyweight paper
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutting knife
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Mini hole punch.

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Step 1: Begin by cutting several strips of 8″ x 3″ paper.  To create tall, narrow letters, keep the inside pieces small. For example, for the “H,” begin with two 8″ x 3″ strips, and cut a 2″ x 3″ piece for the inside center piece.

Step 2: Draw a line of glue on the 3″ side of the small center piece.

Step 3: Attach it at a 90 degree angle to one 8″ x 3″ piece, about 2″ down from the top. Hold for a few seconds until the glue sets.

Step 4: Draw a thin line of glue on the top of the 3″ center piece, and gently attach another 8″ x 3″ strip, matching the first 8″ x 3″ strip. Continue in this way for the H, A, Y, I, T, H, A, and Y.

3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Step 5: For letters that have curves, begin with your 8″ x 3″ strip. For the “P,” take a second strip approx. 7″ x 3″ and, with your bone folder, gently score a crease 1/2″ from the top. Fold gently 90 degrees. Flip this strip over and score 1/2″ down from the other end.

Step 6: Apply glue to the top of the creased strip.

Step 7: Glue the creased strip to the outside top of the flat 8″ x 3″ strip.

Step 8: Apply glue to the inside of the second creased 1/2″ fold. Gently bend the “P” shape and attach to the 8″ x 3″ strip about 3 1/2″ inches from the top of the letter. Press and hold for a few seconds. Continue in this way with the B, R, and D.

Step 9: Punch holes 1/2″ down from the FRONT top of each letter, on both left and right sides of the letter.

Step 10: Punch holes 1/2″ down from the BACK top of each letter, on both left and right sides of the letter.

Step 11: Line up your letters and thread string through each FRONT top hole of every letter.

Step 12: Thread string through each BACK top hole of every letter.

Step 13: Carefully hang the banner, adjusting the letters and the string to get the right tension and placement of the letters. Enjoy!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of pop-up cards around the web lately, all using very intricate, sometimes complicated folding and glueing techniques. Since I’m really more of the simple-diy-lover, I’ve put together a quick and versatile pop-up card tutorial. The idea is that you can use one basic technique for an endless amount of different pop-up cards.

Start with a simple card and fold it in half. Then cut parallel lines (in pairs of the same length) into the middle fold as shown in the picture. The cuts should be max half the length of the card (otherwise they’ll stand out when you close it). Push the flaps forward until your card looks like in the bottom picture.

Now start crafting the bits and pieces to display in your card. I made some balloons and a Good Luck sign for this one. Stick these with paper glue onto the front (not top) part of the folded out flaps. Now when you close your card, it’ll look like in the bottom left picture. Just take a 2nd card and glue it on to cover the outside.

Stick some more balloons, or whatever it is you’re crafting, onto the flaps and voilà – you’re done. You could still add a background to the top and bottom halves. Stick on some clouds in the top part, some grass in the lower one for example.

In the same way you can also create text cards (Happy Birthday), fields of flowers or rows of trees. These would be great for birthday’s, graduation, Father’s Day or really just about anything.

All photos by Michaela for Oh Happy Day.

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Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother’s Day Card


For moms near and far, this gorgeous greeting card makes for a special flower delivery. A flat card blooms into a three-dimensional arrangement that’s much more unexpected than a vase of roses. It looks intricate but takes only some snippets of paper and cleverly placed tape to create.

This project may seem complicated at first glance, but once you follow the instructions here, you’ll realize just how easy it is to re-create.

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

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download free pattern here


  • Text-weight paper

  • Glue stick

  • Double-sided tape

  • Card stock


  1. Cut seven 4-inch squares of paper in desired colors. Fold a square into quarters. Fold down 1 flap diagonally; flip the square of paper over and fold down the other flap, forming a triangle as shown. Print petal template; trace it onto the triangle, and cut out. Unfold, and cut 1 petal from flower; close gap by overlapping petals on either side and securing with glue stick. Repeat with other squares. 

  2. Attach pieces of double-sided tape to petals, as indicated by dots. Start sticking flowers to one another: Flowers B and C each overlap a petal with A; then flower D goes on top, completely overlapping A.

  3. Attach flowers E and F to the stack to overlap B and C.

  4. Attach G to the top, overlapping D. Cut out some freehand leaves from green paper, place double-sided tape on the bottom, and attach them to the flowers.

  5. Cut a piece of card stock into a 10-by-6-inch rectangle, and fold in half to form a card. Place the folded flower stack inside of the opened card as shown. Place a piece of double-sided tape as shown; close card, and press firmly to adhere. Open card and repeat, attaching the other side of the flower stack to the inside of the card.

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A Brief History of the Pop-Up Book

Books contain tremendous power. They captivate our minds, change the way we look at the world, and transport us to faraway lands. It seems hardly possible to make books any richer than they already are. However, through the beauty of illustrations and the mechanics of pop-up books, readers of all ages can find an even greater appreciation for literature.

The Beginnings of Paper Mechanics


The first “pop-up” was more of a machine than book. It was invented by Ramon Llull (ca. 1232-1315), a writer, theologian, and mathematician, who later became a martyr in the Roman Catholic Church. Called a “Lullian Circle,” the device was composed of several revolving, affixed circles each annotating an ideal. The separate paper discs featured their own specific category such as: knowledge, verbs, and adjectives. The circles were cut out and fastened together so that they could rotate upon each other as needed. According to Llull, there were a finite number of truths in all areas of knowledge. He believed that the various combinations in the Lullian Circle would reveal truths in all areas of inquiry. 

The fourteenth century saw a rise in movable books, particularly the “turn-up” style. These volumes became especially popular for medical students learning human anatomy. One of the most highly praised was printed by Andreas Vesalius in 1543. In his book, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Librorum Epitome, Vesalius not only shared his immense anatomical knowledge with readers, but displayed a beautiful regard for illustrations which continues to be upheld to this day.


It was not until much later—the late 1700s—that books were introduced solely for children’s entertainment. With the creation of children’s literature by John Newbery, publishers were encouraged to find new ways to appeal to their younger audience. In 1765, Robert Sayer created a movable book known as the “lift-the-flap” style. In this method, a paper was folded into four parts with each section illustrated. Then, at the top and bottom of the initial sheet, was a glued sheet containing text and pictures. This top sheet was then cut horizontally in the middle so that the picture beneath would be exposed after lifting the flaps masking it. The popularity of these books quickly grew and acquired different names depending on the content or composition of the illustrations. These names included: “metamorphoses”, “harlequinades”, and “toilet books”.  

In the 1800s, readers were introduced to a new style of book in which the illustrations could be removed. Most common were paper dolls that could be dressed up or down in accordance with the story, or pages that could be removed and propped up while reading. During this age, novels that were originally written for adult audiences, such as Gulliver’s Travels (1726) and Robinson Crusoe (1719), were being illustrated with a younger audience in mind as publishing houses sought to expand their markets. 

By 1860, movable books began to be produced on a mass scale. Dean & Son publishing company was the first to do so. They hired several artists to create new kinds of movable books and pictures. This led to the newest – and perhaps greatest – movable method, utilizing ribbons as a buttress to hold the images up on the page and project the scene–making it come alive.


It is also important to acknowledge the genius of Lothar Meggendorfer who made an appearance at the same time. Meggendorfer is highly honored for his incredibly complex animations. He made it possible for the pull of a tab to animate an entire scene, for example a dinner party’s eyes, jaws, arms, and legs could move all at once. Meggendorfer is credited for engineering and illustrating over 200 works, including the scene above. 

A Modern View of Pop-Ups

The 1900s saw the creation of yet another kind of movable book, one very similar to the pop-up books of today. With the expertise of S. Louis Giraud, the simple action of turning a page brought illustrations alive, visible from all angles. Another feat was the increase of affordable pop-up books through the use of mass-production and inexpensive materials. By the 1940s, Blue Ribbon Publishing of New York had made its name and coined the phrase “pop-up book.”


In the mid-1900s, the publication of pop-up books was on the decline until artist Voitech Kubasta designed pop-up books for his employer in Prague. Kubasta’s beautiful books did not go unnoticed; however, the Warsaw Pact prevented the United States from importing the books from Czechoslovakia. Not wanting to miss an opportunity, American publisher Waldo Hunt began his own company, Graphics International, and manufactured his own pop-ups. He was so successful in revitalizing the genre that Publisher’s Weekly named him “the father of the modern pop-up book industry.” His firm, Intervisual Communications (ICI), creates many of the movable books sold in the present day.


How to make New Year Greeting Card

How to make New Year Greeting Card

Here’s a fun way to make a creative New Year greeting card with threads. And, by the way, there’s no sewing involved

Another new year is around the corner. So it’s best to start working on that new year greeting card project sooner than later.

How to make New Year Greeting Card

Either way, this time, wouldn’t you like to set off the coming year by putting together a cool and creative card?

If so, then, for this card, use the Spirelli string art technique. Yes, it’s possible to sew a little with this technique, However, there’s no sewing on this card.

Apart from this, there are different colors and types of threads used in putting this new year greeting card together.

Which colors and types would you use in creating yours?

New Year Greeting Card Messages from Fireworks Theme

A cool card like this gives you an opportunity to add humor by relating the greeting card message to the card’s art or theme. For instance:

Have a Happy Sparkly New Year!

  Tools and Materials

  • 6.5” x 9” maroon cardstock paper
  • 4” x 6” black cardstock paper
  • 5.5” x 8.5” black cardstock paper
  • Multicolored metallic thread spool
  • Metallic gold and copper colored thread spools
  • Rayon red, light blue, light green, and pink colored machine embroidery thread spools
  • One ¼” white acrylic jewels
  • Four ⅛” acrylic jewels of assorted colors
  • Gold pen
  • White pen
  • Drawing pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Zigzag shape edge decorating scissors
  • Circle template
  • Sliding paper trimmer
  • Metal ruler
  • Scoring stick
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft cutting knife
  • Paper masking tape
  • Glue

Instructions – Step by Step 

How to make New Year Greeting Card       

1. On the 5.5” x 8.5” black cardstock paper, use a pencil and circle template to draw a 2” diameter circle.

2. On this same black cardstock, draw four other 1.5” diameter circles about 1” apart from one edge to another

How to make New Year Greeting Card  

3. Use the zigzag decorative edge scissors to cut out these five circles.

4. Erase the pencil marks on these circles. Or use these pencil marked sides as the bottom faces.

5. On the 2” diameter circle, use the multicolored metallic thread to wrap around the grooves of the zigzag cuts.

After the first turn, go through another turn but this time with a different offset.

How to make New Year Greeting Card  

6. On the first 1.5” diameter circle, use the multicolored metallic thread to wrap around the grooves of the zigzag cuts as well.

7. On the second 1.5” diameter circles, first, use the metallic gold thread around on the circle grooves. Then use the metallic copper thread at a different offset.

How to make New Year Greeting Card  

8. On the third 1.5” diameter circles, first, use the light blue rayon thread around on the circle grooves. Then use the light green rayon thread at a different offset.

9. On the last 1.5” diameter circles, first, use the pink rayon thread around on the circle grooves. Then use the red rayon copper thread at a different offset.

10. Put all the circles in place just to know their approximate locations on the 4” x 6” black cardstock paper. Don’t glue them down yet.

11.On this same cardstock, write “Happy New Year!” with white pen on the bottom right corner.

How to make New Year Greeting Card  

12. Use the gold pen to trace out a square-like pattern that looks like square rooftops at a distant horizon. Draw this just above the white lettering.

13. Use the gold pen to randomly trace out the fireworks path from the distant roof top horizon to the circle locations.

How to make New Year Greeting Card  

14. Score the 6.5” x 9” maroon cardstock paper right in the middle and fold into a 4.5” x 6.5” card

15. Glue the completed 4” x 6” black cardstock right in the middle of the folded maroon cardstock. This leaves a ¼” margin all around the black cardstock paper.

How to make New Year Greeting Card  

Glue all the circles in place on the black cardstock. The biggest circle shifts out about 3/16” from the edge of the black cardstock. And the other circles shift out ⅛” from the edges as well.

Glue the acrylic jewels at the center of the finished circles. Use the biggest jewel for the biggest circle.

 And with that last step, the card is finished.

Hope you’ve decided on the colors and types of thread to use in creating your own new year greeting card.

From the pictures above, there were a few other metallic strings that did not make it into the card. They include silver and yellow gold colored metallic thread spools.

Apart from these, there are many more options in the craft and sewing stores.

So the choice is yours. Have fun with the hunt and decision.

And, at the end of the day, may you have a new year that’s as fun and vibrant as this new year greeting card depicts.

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Base for origamic architecture design

Designing origamic architecture is not hard, but it does take a lot of time and patience. The art form has as many possibilities and your imagination is the limit. This mini lesson will take you through the beginning steps of designing origamic architecture.

Most common in OA are houses and buildings: these are easy (relatively speaking) in that they are linear. Cutting straight lines with an X-acto knife and a ruler is straightforward. Be careful though, X-acto knives are sharp and you wouldn’t want to hurt yourself or slice too long a line.

OA which have domes, curls, or swirls are made the same way as linear cuts. However, they are more challenging because you need to manage your knife with good control. In many ways, you are like a surgeon. This mini lesson will not address these rounded cuts, but you may try them yourself.

Designing Origamic Architecture: Exercise 1


To begin, let’s try an easy pop-up card that you can make with scissors. Fold a piece of paper in half and cut two notches (step 1). Valley fold and then unfold the flap of paper (step 2 & 3). Open the paper and push the flap inwards so that it lies in between the folded sheet (step 4). Make sure that the flap folds along the crease made in step 2. 

There you go, your first pop-up box! An OA expert would draw the pattern as shown on the right.

The black line across the middle of the sheet represents the fold line: this is where the paper is folded in half to make the card.
The vertical black lines represent the places where you cut.
The blue line represent valley folds.
The red line represent mountain folds.
Other artists may use slightly different notation, but the idea will be similar.

Designing Origamic Architecture: Exercise 2

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Let’s add another box on top of the box pop-up made above. To do this, cut two notches on the edge labeled A. Only cut the top folded sheet (if you cut all 2 layers, you will get three boxes). Repeat the folding sequence as in exercise 1. The result is a box on top of box.

The upper box will always be a little smaller than the bottom box. You can repeat this process to get stacks of boxes. The pattern (or diagram) is shown below.

Examine it carefully and confirm that the valley folds and mountain folds are as described. Be sure to understand the pattern because in the next exercises, we will no longer show the detailed instructions. All information will be compressed in one image: the pattern.

Designing Origamic Architecture: Exercise 3

ex3 Let’s try the same thing again but with the inner edge labeled B. Make an easy pop up box as in exercise 1. Open the card slightly, jam scissors between the sheets and cut two notches in the inner folded edge B. Valley fold and unfold this new flap. Push the small flap towards the back of the card.


Now it looks like a chair with wide armrests. The pattern is shown on the right. If you repeat the exercise using the edge labeled C, you will get a small box in front of the original big box. This is the same as the result of exercise 2 flipped over. 



Designing Origamic Architecture: Exercise 4

There are other variations you can try, but let’s move away from the boxy pop-up. Imagine that you want a box that is flat like a shirt-gift box. Namely, it is short and deep.

ex4 To make the box short, the cut above the fold line (A) should be short. And, to make the box deep, the cut below the fold line (B) should be long. Because the lengths of the cuts above and below the fold line are not the same, you can’t use scissors anymore. Time to move on to the X-acto knife.

ex4.1 Make the cuts with an X-acto knife and push the flap so that it lies in between the folded paper. You will need to make valley folds at the blue lines. In order for the pop-up to look like a gift-box, the height at the front of the box (H) must be the same as the height of the cut above the fold line (A). Since you can measure A, you can determine the exact location of the mountain fold (red line)

An OA expert would proceed this way: – draw the lines where cuts and folds will occur, – make the cuts, – make the necessary folds one by one, and then – collapse the pop-up into its final shape.

Turn this pop-up upside down. Now you have a building found in many OA designs. Make a dome roof, cut out windows and doors: congratulations, you’ve made your first building! 


Designing Origamic Architecture: Exercise 5


Consider the shirt gift-box above. Let’s make this box skinny so we have room to add other elements in the pop-up. Let’s make a few more boxes beside it. Let’s make it exciting my making the other boxes bigger and bigger. Better yet, let’s push the boxes side by side. Now it looks like a staircase.

ex5.1 The pattern for the staircase is show on the right. Copy this onto your paper, make the cuts using an X-acto knife. Use a creasing tool to help you make all the valley and mountain folds. Collapse the model and you have a staircase!

Careful examination of the staircase will show that you didn’t need to cut each step all the way down to the base of the paper. You can modify your pattern and make a more sturdy staircase.


Ideas for Valentine’s Day Window Cards

Ideas for Window Valentine’s Day Cards

A slight variation from stencil cards is window cards.  Instead of cutting a shape in a stencil, you can cut the shapes or text directly on the front cover of the Valentine’s Day cards.  You can decorate your card behind the mirror in a number of ways, such as putting sentimental photos, some patterned paper, or even some meaningful words.  We made a variety of window cards with different shapes and patterns.  Here’s a look at the cards we made:

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Window Cards

Ideas for Window Valentine’s Day Cards

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The cards in the top row have heart windows that we filled with pictures of our baby daughter. The bottom row has simple elegant rose cut out windows.

These are the 3 simple instructions on how to make window Valentine’s Day cards.

Step 1:

Draw the heart shapes on the front of the card using a pencil (draw lightly as you will need to erase any pencil marks that remains after cutting).  You can also use stencils to draw your heart. 

Follow the first step of the instructions in the Stencil Card section above to make your own stencil.  You can also draw other shapes such as flowers, balloons or square windows.  If you do not want to draw directly on your card, draw your pattern on a sheet of paper, and use this as a template to cut through your card. 

Tape or use repositionable glue to attach the template to your card.

Step 2:

If your pattern is large enough, you can use scissors to cut the window out.  If your pattern is small or complex, then you will want to use an X-Acto knife to cut the shapes out.  I’d recommend cutting your card on a self-healing mat or something you don’t mind cutting up (old magazine, stack of paper, phone book), so you do not damage your table top.

Step 3:

Finish the card by decorating the card behind the window.  Here are some creative ideas of things to put behind the window:  a photo; patterned paper, text, stenciled shapes, chocolate hearts or kisses.

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Stencil Cards

Using stencils is a great way to create hearts on the front of your card.  There are two general ways to use stencils.  You can cut a hole and color inside the hole, or cut a shape and color around the shape.  You can be very creative with the way you color inside or around your stencil.  You can use almost any media such as spray paint, spray inks, markers, pastels, acrylics, watercolor, glitter…the possibilities are endless!  Try experimenting on some scrap paper to see which media you like best.  We had some fun making cards with stencils.  We made the cards below using stencils and spray paint.



We also used acrylic paint and stencils for a very simple brushed look.


Using a stencil heart, we created the cards below with a marker (left) and glue and glitter (right).


Here are instructions on how to use stencil techniques to decorate your Valentine’s Day card.

1. Create a stencil by cutting out your desired shapes in a piece of paper or card stock.  To make hearts, fold your cardstock or paper in half and cut half a heart along the crease.  Now you can use the heart hole or the heart itself as a stencil.  If you’re using the heart hole as a stencil, then make sure that the entire stencil is larger than your card so you don’t get any of your colors where you don’t want them to be.  I find that using a paper stencil works better than cardboard.

2. This step is optional but I find it helpful.  Use repositionable glue or spray (Krylon Easy Tact Spray) to attach the stencil to your card.  This helps prevent colors from getting underneath your stencil, especially if you use a spray paint.  You can also use some double-sided tape, but you want to be very careful not to tear your card while removing the stencil.  To reduce the stickiness of the tape, I sometimes stick it to my clothes to get some lint stuck on it first.

3. Use your chosen media to color inside or around your stencil.  Make sure you do not color underneath your stencil.  This may take some practice to get the perfect look.  You can even try to mix different media: acrylic and glitter, spray paint and pastel…etc.  You can even use both the window or shape stencil together with different sized hearts.

Here are other examples of stencil cards using acrylic paint from Bless This Mess and spray inks from Artful Kids.  The Crafty Crow used a very unique technique with Q-tips and stencils to make a Valentine’s day card.

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day Cards With Cut Out Hearts

The simplest way to decorate your card is to glue hearts to the front cover of your Valentine’s Day card.  The hearts can be different sizes, shapes or colors.  They can be placed in random, or a pattern.  Here are examples of simple cards we made decorated with cut out hearts.



These are the 4 simple steps to decorate your card with cut out hearts.

1. Create a template for your hearts by folding a piece of card stock or paper in half and cutting out half the heart along the center crease.  You can also cut the hearts out directly using this method if you don’t mind a crease down the center of your heart. This may take a little practice to get the shape of the heart just right.  If you are good at freehand drawing or if you want to make asymmetrical hearts, then just draw the hearts by hand and skip to the third step.

2. Use the hearts you just cut out to trace heart shapes on the paper you want to make your hearts out of.  This is assuming you don’t use your heart cut outs (with the crease down the center) directly on your card.  The paper you trace the hearts on can be as simple as construction paper or colored card stock.  You can also be creative by using custom patterned paper from an art store such as Michaels.  Try using different textured papers to not only give your card contrasting colors, but also contrasting textures.  My favorite papers are the rough unfinished papers where you can see the fibers, and sometimes embedded flower petals.  If you don’t have an art store nearby, you can also use paper around the house such as wrapping paper (which sometimes have a nice shiny finish), card board, newspaper/magazines, sheet music, or even recycled junk mail.

3. Cut out the hearts that you traced.  Another variation is to tear the heart shapes so the edges of the paper are rough.  This works best with textured paper that has a lot of fibers.  This will take some practice.  You can also fold the paper in half and tear the outline of half the heart along the crease so that the heart is symmetrical.

4. Glue the hearts on the front cover in a creative pattern.  You can glue one simple heart in the center or you can glue many hearts in a set or random pattern.

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day Pop up Cards

I may be a little biased, but pop up cards are the most impressive types of Valentine’s Day cards to make for someone. That’s why my Rich makes them for me, because he’s always still finding ways to impress me! I find it so sweet!

The 3-dimensional nature of the card often surprises the person receiving the card when he or she opens it.   Pop up cards are more complex to make than normal cards, and requires a little more effort to make, but definitely well worth it as it tends to give a higher WOW factor! Within the category of pop up cards, there is a wide range of designs with varying levels of difficulty. The two most common Valentine’s Day pop up cards are the simple “Center Folded Heart Card” and the “90 Degree Stepped Heart Card”.   If you have children, these pop up cards are simple enough to make with them. They are wonderful craft ideas!

Center Folded Heart Card

This is what the “Center Folded Heart Card” looks like.


The cards on the left and center are made from 2 sheets of colored card stock.  The card on the right was made with one sheet of printed card stock.  To make the cards shown above, watch Rich’s tutorial below.

Here are step by step instructions on how to make the “Center Folded Heart Card”:

1. Fold a sheet of card stock in half.

2. Cut the shape of half a heart along the folded edge, leaving the edge of the heart furthest away from the center fold uncut.  The uncut section should be parallel with the center fold.

3.  Unfold the card and reverse the folds of the heart so that the center of the heart folds inwards when the card is closed.

4. Glue another piece of card stock to the outside off the card.

90 Degree Stepped Heart Card

The second most common Valentine’s Day pop up card is the “90 Degree Stepped Heart” card.  This is what the card looks like:


There are several different versions of this card.  Here is Rich’s video on how to make this card:

Here are step by step instructions on how to make the “90 Degree Stepped Heart Card”:

1. Fold a sheet of card stock in half.

2. Cut two slits of the same length perpendicular to the folded edge.

3. Unfold the card and reverse the folds of the “step” so that it folds inwards.

4. Cut out a heart shape from another piece of card stock and glue it to the “step” of the inside card.

5. Glue another piece of card sock to the outside of the card.

If you want to make a pop up card that is guaranteed to impress, then try making one of the unique pop up cards below!  Just click on the image for the tutorial.



After making such an impressive Valentine’s Day pop up card, you may be wondering how one would go about decorating the front cover of the card?  You can use some of the designs from the following cards to decorate your pop up card.  These designs are also great to make as a standalone card, with your personal message in the inside.


How to Make a Step Pop up Card and Mechanism

Step 1: Supplies and Prep

You’ll need two card blanks of the same size for the card face and the pop up card mechanism. The pop up card mechanism is made separately and is glued inside the card face. It’s best to use card blanks of the same color to camouflage the pop up mechanism somewhat.

To make stamped pop up elements you will need white cardstock and colored cardstock for mats.

Gather a variety of paper and cardstock that coordinate with the colors used in your card.

Step 2: Make Card Face

Use one of the card blanks to make the card face. The card face can be made using any technique you like; however, it is important that the card have a horizontal aspect to make the most effective use of the step pop up. Set aside the completed card face while you make the pop up.

The sample birthday card features serendipity squares that make good use of your paper scraps.

Step 3: Make pop up Elements

pop up elements are glued to the pop up steps/platforms. Anything that is flat and will fit inside the folded card can be used. For the sample card, a stamped, matted message card and a stamped cutout are used. Your matted message card should be about 1¼” to 1½” by 3¼” to 3½”. The cutout can be up to about 2″ square.


  • Use felt-tip markers to color the stamped image and tiny rubber stamps to decorate the message card.

Step 4: Make Step pop up Card

Use the second folded card blank to make the pop up mechanism. To form the pop up steps/platforms, you will cut parallel slits from the folded edge of the card blank.

First, use the pencil and ruler to draw a line 1½” from the folded edge and parallel to it. Next, draw two vertical lines from the first line to the folded edge—they should be about 2½” apart and parallel to each other. The left line should be about ¾” from the left edge of the card blank.

About ¾” to the right of the first step, draw a second step. Draw a line 1¼” from the fold with vertical parallel lines that are ¾” apart.


  • For a simpler pop up, only make the first step. It can be drawn anywhere along the fold, but no closer than ¾” from either side.
  • Skip the measuring by using templates. See the side bar to the right for details.

Cut on the vertical lines from the folded edge to the drawn horizontal line.

Fold the cut steps on the horizontal line between the cut lines. Unfold.

Open the card blank and push the steps through to the other side. With the pencil lines on the outside, fold the card blank at a 90° angle. You will be gluing the pop up elements to these steps/platforms.

Step 5: Test pop up Card

Test your pop up mechanism by making sure it folds flat. Also, use repositionable tape or glue to attach the pop up elements to the pop up steps. Fold the pop up flat and make sure the pop up elements do not extend beyond the edges of the folded card.

Make any adjustments needed before proceeding.

Step 6: Glue Together

Glue the pop up mechanism inside the card face, being sure to align the edges. Apply glue to one side of the pop up, avoiding the step, and slip it inside the card face. Apply glue to the other side and fold the card face over onto it.

Open the card and allow the glue to dry.

Step 7: Glue pop up Elements and Finish Card

Glue the pop up elements to the steps. Decorate the card behind and around the pop up steps. You might stamp more images of the cutout, add a greeting or write a message. Use your imagination!

That’s it! Your pop up card is done!


Sliceform basic

1, What is sliceform?

Sliceform is a method of modeling a 3D model by piecing the pieces together. The pieces are tied together by many groove. It is used in many works by pop up artists like Yee design, Marrivi, Hiroko…

Here are some sliceform models:

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The images above is just basic geometric model and couldn’t show all beauty of this method, artist usuallt add more detail and modify them into delicate productions like following:

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2, So who invented Sliceform?


Sliceform techniques derived from a mathematician called Olaus Henrici who taught in London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He used the cross-section model of quaternary surface, which is similar to a spherical, or oval, or parabolae hyperbolae.

That day the method used to create these models was not fully exploited, however initial application of sliceform is to hold fruit …; D

But then, Sliceform started being used in geometry simulation teaching. Science Museum in London still retains Sliceform models from the 19th century until now.

3, Getting Started with Sliceform

The following models are simple sliceform models for beginners to guide you how to assemble and attach to the card. They seem to be so simple and do not take much time, so some people might think they’re bored. But actually it’s totally a misconception. Just try them before challenge yourself at higher level.

Sliceform tetrahedron


_Sliceform Super-egg


_Sliceform hyperbolic paraboloid


The patterns of these models can be found here

You can find more advanced patterns on website

4, How to attach pieces to form sliceform modeling?

In most cases, you should cut 2 pieces which will be paired together, then cut the grooves and assemble them. Some models have numbers in the diagram to display the order of the pieces assembled.

Some Slideform pattern is accompanied by assemnble diagrams which helps us easily imagine the structure of the card so that it can be folded easily.

A typical assemble diagram:

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When cutting the slideform pattern you should cut carefully; especially grooves, as if cutting unevenly between grooves can make them not fit together. In addition, it can make the card inflated. A well-cut pattern when folded will fit completely and the card will be flat.

Another important tip is that when cutting the grooves, you should cut them wide enough to fit the thikness of the paper. If they are too large, the model will collapse easily, especially when building complex patterns. In contrast, too small grooves can make folded form blocked.