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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 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Via Creative Greeting Card Ideas

 

 

 

 

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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Paper cutting and its history

Paper cutting is a type of craft aged hundreds of years, but it is still very popular today. The following brief description will generalize somewhat about the development and history of this art.

 

History of paper

Before the invention of paper, man has recorded the documents which are figures drawn in the caves or carved on clay tablets, and then in next period people used leather, carpentry to store the document. Since the Chinese invented paper in 105, paper began to be widely used in China, and until year 750, new paper production techniques spreaded to Samarkand through Chinese prisoners in a border dispute. Paper was brought to Europe from the 12th century through the cultural exchange between Western Christianity and Eastern Arabs as well as through Spain in Islamic periods.

 

Paper Cutting Art

 

With the introduction of paper, paper cutting art has appeared almost the same time. Soon it became very popular in China, especially in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The first artist is perhaps the members serving in the court; paper cutting has quickly spread and become a folk art, it was used bu Chinese for various reasons such as decoration for homes, lanterns, festivals, etc. The patterns made from paper are also used as decoration for sedan chairs, boxes, chests, and disk). The model for the Chinese paper cutting is mainly taken from Chinese mythology. Tissue paper (a very thin paper) and parchment are often used for this art.

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EUROPE

Follow the footsteps of merchants via the Silk Road, Chinese paper cutting art first came to Austria under the gift to the king in the 15th century and later spread throughout Europe. After being “exported” to Europe, it has become a popular traditional culture, especially in Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Switzerland and some other countries. The initial work is often “palm-sized” and include small landscapes and decorative floral motifs; paper cutting pattern at that time is often used to decorate the interior because it is cheaper than the traditional carvings. In 16-17th century, paper cutting art began to spread out and its name is different depending on the country.

In Poland (wycinanki) paper cutting peaked between 1840 and the start of World War I. The colorful works made with sheep shears. Even today Polish paper cutting is still made with raw sheep shears and mainly for home wall decoration. Most works have the shape of a wheel or square, roosters and hens, the fairy tale in which a number of common motifs. Some artists often use colors in their designs using multiple sheets of paper glued to each other.

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In German, paper cutting called Scherenschnitte. Scherenschnitte appeared in Germany in the 16th century and today remains a popular art in the German culture. The work is often inspired by the Bible, the poem, the romance story…

Papercutting art in the United States began with German immigrants in Pennsylvania, as well as others who have taken their craft to the US from Europe. Although this at has never attract large number of participants in the past, recently it has been a revival by paper cutting enthusiasts and collectors who are looking for ancient works .The paper cut Papercutters Guild of America (GAP – www.papercutters. org), is an association of the largest paper-cutting artist in USA with hundreds of members around the world. GAP members includes from amateurs to professionals, and from the beginners to the true artists. There are even a number of participants who do not not cut paper, but only engage in the collection to study tradition papercutting. There is no requirement for members. Everyone is encouraged to start with the talent they have, and develop skills and their art as part of a paper cutting community.

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IN OTHER COUNTRIES

Paper cutting in Mexico called Papel Picado, or “perforated paper” and originated in ancient Mexico. The Aztecs used berries and bark to make a rough form of paper, called ‘Amatl.’ In Mexico, during the mid-1800s, people had to purchase goods from “Hacienda” (a type of form as the subsidized sales in Vietnam) and here they begin to access the paper from China. In recent years, tissue paper has become primarily paper used for Papel Picado. Artisans will create 40 to 50 layers of different colors sheet of paper silmutaneously and they use fierritos (looks like the skew for kebab skewers), or opaque. When completed, the work is hanged on the wire to make long banners used for weddings, religious festivals, and other special events. Designs include birds, flowers, and animals. Skeleton is also used to celebrate the “Day of the Dead,” a special celebration in Mexico.

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Papercutting art has become part of many different cultures, including Jews. Traditional paper cutting of the Jews has been used for people to decorate ketubahs (contract prenuptial agreement. It is considered part of traditional Jewish marriage, Ketubahs outlines the rights and the groom’s responsibility, in relation to the bride) and holidays (Shabbat Mitzvah, and Passover, etc.); and is hanged appreciatedly as works of art in the homes of the Jews.

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Silhouette

silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. It is a form of paper cutting. The first silhouette in Germany has been made about 1631. For the first time, the shadow of your loved ones have been preserved. It reflects the desire to capture portraits of people using a simple paper cut.

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A silhouette portrait can be painted or drawn. However, traditional methods of creating portrait silhouette is cut from black cardboard light, and mount them on a light background (usually white). A portrait artist will cut the traditional silhouette portrait of a person within minutes.

JAPAN

Japan is one of the countries influenced by Chinese paper cutting art. But the Japanese have developed it into one of the national unique art and culture. The term of kirigami is commonly used for this art. In the Japanese, “kiri” means “cut” and “gami” means “paper. Typically, a kirigami work is started by folding into several parts, the artis would then unfold the paper after bearing the image of a snowflake, symmetric polygons, or the flowers… (the common is that they are symmetric through the center). Such works are called Mon-kiri.

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Mon-kiri

Mon-kiri, differ from the rest of Kirigami is Kirie, Kirie (切 り 絵) is an expression of an image to be cut with scissors or a knife in a black paper. Once completed they will attach the cutout on a white background to create a contrast, which gives the impression to viewers like a real painting. Kirie originally used in Catholic ceremonies in Japan. Today, Hina Aoyamal is the most famous artists of this art. She has published many books guiding Kirie, if you are interested can find purchase on amazon.jp

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Draw pattern sweet home pop up card in corel draw

Draw pattern sweet home pop up card in corel draw

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KIRIGAMI – Easy or Not ????? Level of players

What is kirigami?

Firstly, at the very beginning, let us show you some basic concepts of kirigami.

The term of “Kirigami” originally used in paper-cutting art of Japan (of which the main producing process is folding paper into sections, then trimming to create symmetrical cut paper pattern over 1 center). On 10/12/2010, the fanpage and club of 3D pop up card and paper cutting in VN was established on FB, using the term in refer to all type of paper cutting (perhaps because it is compact, rhyme and easy to read: D). Therefore, term of kirigami is commonly used at present, does not refer to paper cut art comes from Japan only. Because in fact, very few players in Vietnam followed trdiational Japanese style of kirigami (even Kirie – Japanese paper cutting painting, seems not very popular.)

 

In general, paper cutting art is basically divided into:

          -Bearly paper cutting: or ZERO degree kirigami. There are several sub categories in this type as silhouette, stencil, china paper cutting… This type is considered cornerstone for the latter development into other types.

          -Pop-up cards: 3D cards that can be folded into flat surface. There are several methods to creat 3D cards that can be opend in range from 0 to 360 degree. The content in such cards is ussuallly very abundant, basically devided into smaller groups:

               + Outline cutting: It is popular with cards designed by using triangle method combining slice form or multi layer. Glue is usually used to connect parts of card.

               + Pop up kiri (all motifs are created by cutting, color printing is limited or nod used). It’s common with slice form and multi layer, triangle style is relatively rare. Glue is not used. Latches or interlock links are usually used in such types.

               +OA (origami architechture) is presenting architecture on paper, often used sliceform (180 degree) or multilayer (90 degree). It is considered a typical group in pop up kiri.

So how to conclude? Is kirigami easy or not?

It’s hard to find out a general anwer for this question. There are many players said it’s easy, but no less than than say it’s too difficult, it depends on your own. Thus, this post is mainly to discuss the level of kirigami players, hope that it can be a reference to help you evaluafe your skill yourself. This ranking is for all categories that I presented before, because writer couldn’t have sound knowledge in all of them.

Level 1: Players that can cut based on available patterns.

In kirigami, the card are usually cut out and finished by the author, then there will be 1 cutting template (pattern) provided to people based on that; they then cut the lines on the paper to complete (0 degrees), or then fold to complete based on a sample of finished products (pop-up). It’s pretty easy for you to reach this level, because anyone can cut the lines on paper. Workmanship is classified based on the cutting speed and sharpness of line cutting, ability to folding 90 degree cards, OA, or attach precisely 180 degree pieces sliceform. Proficiency in this level, you have a clear understanding kirigami then. And it also decided your passion to kirigami, you’ll probably give up because it’s too boring, easily, because all you need is simply downloading pattern, printing on paper, then cutting and finishing, (nothing can be easier, right?). But there are also players who learn deeper in this subject, and move on to Level 2.

 

Level 2 refers to people who can redraw other’s work.

First of all, write would confirm that, redrawing a pattern is not a challenge, it does not require a professional drawing skill, or skillfulness. The only requirement is that the understanding of basic principle of kirigami, to explore the method used by the author, then finish the pattern is too simple. And to understand the principles, avoiding errors in the rendering process, they should have experience in cuttingand proficiency in cutting ability. Once player have mastered this level, usually forwarded to the next level, few people stop at this level without progress further.

 

Level 3 includes those modifying pattern of others into their style.

Based on available ideas and methods from their predecessors, players can change according to their own ideas. It requires greater creativity than just redrawing of others. With this level, players partly reflect their own self through work, and can also help distinguish themselves between many other kirigami fans.

 

Level 4: Realize your own ideas.

After redrawing the pattern of other authors, having ability to modify according to their own pattern, then gradually, players can also express their own ideas based on past experience. At this level, the individual mark is expressed most clearly, because it contains the whole idea as your understanding of kirigami, the auxiliary talents like drawing, matching, logic … to achieve this level, then you have one fairly broad understanding of kirigami, for each category, the simple, the complexity of each method, and choose the method and style appropriate for the charcoal. Once mastered it, you can flatten almost the whole world in your way, can produce your own style, his own image in the community kirigami. Among those who express their own ideas through works in kirigami, there is obviously some people that still keep the style  of the author before who they go under, and sometimes difficult to escape from that style, like a trail. But surely, there will be no doubt about love and passion for kirigami of those players 🙂

 

Level 5: Realize the idea of ​​other people

You may be wondering, why level 4 is not the highest level, which is the highest level. In my point of view, then at level 4, every work is customized to author’s style, thus no matter it’s beautiful or not, it’s still achievement of author. But at this level, on the other, to express the idea of ​​other people, other people’s mark is what left on the paper, combining author’s style and other’s idea into the design is not an easy task, especially when the idea was to not have a deep understanding of this subject. More importantly, when the work is created, others will be given, give damn it, the designer will have to accept this, like it or not. So surely it is harder in comparison with developing author’s own idea.

WAY TO SUCCESS – Pop up card pattern

 

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“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Do you take any risks in your life? Do you set your goals high, and then work hard to reach them? If not, how much progress can you be making? Of course, there is always a slight chance that you might fail, but you will have learned invaluable lessons along the way. So don’t be scared to have high expectations for yourself. If you have reached one goal, set another one, one that might be even more of a challenge. For example, maybe you want to run a marathon, but are too scared to make this your goal. You are allowed to start small. Start by just running a local 5k, and then a 10k. Smaller victories along your path will lead to greater ones.

We attach here a new pattern from author Tien Phuong. Hope that you will always keep your passion and strong desire to achieve success in the future.

The patterned is designed and drafted by Sketchup software

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Washi paper-Great material for pop up cards and craft.

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If you are looking for a material that looks traditional but still luxury with a variety of vivid color to add into your pop up cards, why don’t you take a look at Washi paper, a Japanese traditional paper that feels like cotton. Many origami player knows this type, but in fact, it can be used in other ways.

Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts. Origami, Shodo, and Ukiyo-ewere all produced using washi. Washi was also used to make various everyday goods like clothes, household goods, and toys as well as vestments and ritual objects for Shinto priests and statues of Buddha. It was even used to make wreaths that were given to winners in the1998 Winter Paralympics. Several kinds of washi, referred to collectively as Japanese tissue, are used in the conservation and mending of books.

1, Origin

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Washi (和紙) is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, themitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. The word “washi” comes from wa ‘Japanese’ and shi ‘paper’, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner. Washi is one of the UNESCO’s Intangible cultural heritage objects.

2, Production process

Washi is produced in a way similar to that of ordinary paper, but fewer chemicals are used. It involves a long and intricate process that is often undertaken in the cold weather of winter, as pure, cold running water is essential to the production of washi. Cold inhibits bacteria, preventing the decomposition of the fibers. Cold also makes the fibers contract, producing a crisp feel to the paper. It is traditionally the winter work of farmers, a task that supplemented a farmer’s income.

Kozo is the most commonly used fiber in making Japanese paper. The kozo branches are boiled and stripped of their outer bark, and then dried. The fibers are then boiled withlye to remove the starch, fat and tannin, and then placed in running water to remove the lye. The fibers are then bleached (either with chemicals or naturally, by placing it in a protected area of a stream) and any remaining impurities in the fibers are picked out by hand. The kozo is laid on a rock or board and beaten.

Wet balls of pulp are mixed in a vat with water (and, in some cases, neri, which is a mucilaginous material made from the roots of the tororo plant) and one of two traditional methods of paper making (nagashi-zuki or tame-zuki) is employed. In both methods, pulp is scooped onto a screen and shaken to spread the fibers evenly. Nagashi-zuki (which uses neri in the vat) produces a thinner paper, while tame-zuki (which does not use neri) produces a thicker paper.

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3, Characteristic

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Warmth. Literally warmer to the touch than Western papers made of woodpulp, washi feels soft and creates a feeling of warmth in the viewer. Its tactile qualities make it wonderful for invitations and books.

Body. Since the fibres are left long and pounded and stretched rather than chopped, washi has a deceptive strength. Pure-fibred washi can even be sewn and was used for armour and kimono-lining in earlier times.

Strength. The length of the fibres and the nature of the raw materials ensure that washi is highly workable when wet. Thus it is excellent for papier maché, and etching in which the paper must be soaked. These long fibres produce a luxurious deckle edge, the rough edge which marks a handmade paper.

Soft translucency. Kozo and mitsumata are naturally translucent fibres, a quality specific to paper from the East. As such, it is used regularly for the transmission of light.

Absorbency. The nature of the fibres creates a ready absorption of inks and dyes. Papers that are “pure fibred” and dyed will result in much denser and more vibrant colour when fabric or watercolour dyes are applied.

Flexibility. Since the fibres position themselves at random, there is no real grain to washi. This gives the paper a resistance to creasing, wrinkling and tearing – and means it can be used more like cloth, for covering books, or boxes etc.

Lightness. Washi weighs much less than other papers of equal thickness. As a paper for books, it can create texts of apparent weightlessness.

Low acidity. Traditionally-made Japanese papers are truly acid-free if they are unbleached and unsized. Examples of printed papers exist in perfect condition in Japan from 1000 years ago. Today, papers from the village of Kurotani are among the finest archival papers.

Decoration. For centuries, colourful designs applied by woodblock or handcut stencils have created vividly characteristic papers, for decorative use. Recently, silkscreened chiyogami (small repeated-patterned paper) is available in an unbelievable range and widely used by craftspeople. Although made by machine, the quality available is about 70% kozo and comes in hundreds of patterns.

These features bring washi advantage in decoration, especially in superfluity product where colorfulness is necessary.

 

4, Application/Usage

Until the early 20th century, the Japanese used washi in applications where wood pulp paper or other materials are currently used. This is partly because washi was cheaper, but also because the unique characteristics of washi made it a better material. The different uses of washi are too numerous to mention, but include the following:

  • Ikebana — the art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō

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  • Katazome — a method of dyeing fabrics using a resist paste

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  • Kitemaking
  • Origami — the art of paper folding

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  • Printmaking

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  • Sculpture
  • Sewing
  • Shibori — several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern
  • Shodo — the art of calligraphy
  • Sumi-e — the art of Ink wash painting
  • Sumingashi — a form of paper marbling
  • Ukiyo-e — a genre of woodblock prints
  • Washi eggs — covering eggs with washi paper
  • Chigirie  – using Washi for “painting” pictures
  • More than that, pop-up cards which is usually monotone, can make use of this traditional paper to bring an abundance of color and material, make pop up cards more vivid and close to real life

Which paper should be used in pop-up cards making?

I, Some concepts about paper in general

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Paper is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibers, typically cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. It is a very versatile material with many uses; whilst the most common one is for writing and printing upon, it is also widely used as a packaging material; in many cleaning products; in a number of industrial and construction processes, and even as a food ingredient – particularly in Asian cultures.

It and the pulp papermaking process is said to have been developed in China during the early 2nd century AD, possibly as early as the year 105 A.D., by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BC in China. The modern pulp and paper industry is global, with China leading its production and the United States right behind it.

Besides category by purpose; basically, paper is classified by name and weight:

Name: there are several kinds of common paper and specific paper which will be shown latter in this thread.

Weight: Is the weight of paper calculated by gram per square meter (g/m2). In Europe, and other regions using the ISO 216 paper sizing system, the weight is expressed in grams per square meter (g/m2 or usually just g) of the paper. In the United States, the weight assigned to a paper is the weight of a ream, 500 sheets, of varying “basic sizes”, before the paper is cut into the size it is sold to end customers.

Paper weight is usually variant from 80-300 gram depends on types of paper. Printing paper is generally between 60 g and 120 g. Anything heavier than 160 g is considered cards. The weight of a ream therefore depends on the dimensions of the paper and its thickness.

Normal paper used in photocopying or printing is usually 70-80 gsm.

The thickness of paper is often measured by caliper, which is typically given in thousandths of an inch in the United States and in thousandths of a mm in the rest of the world. Paper may be between 0.07 millimeters (0.0028 in) and 0.18 millimeters (0.0071 in) thick.

All size in the Series A, B and C are rectangle shape with the ratio of 2 sides is the square root of 2, approximately 1.414. The area of A0 paper is 1m².

– The 2 sides of A0 are therefore determined as 841 × 1189mm

– The size of the blocks are in the order determined backward, smaller size has an area equal to 50% of previous size (divided by cutting along the line parallel to the short side).

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II, Some common types/brand of paper (typically for pop-up cards making):

Various in weight and texture, paper is divided into several types, suitable for different kinds of pop-up cards:

1, Plain and thin paper (60-90gsm): Ford paper

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This type is very popular and mainly used to print the template/ pattern, or only to draw. However, pop-up cards with many details can use this one to make the process easier.

2, Plain but thicker (120-180gsm or heavier):

A, This type can be found easily in any stationery shop anywhere. Typically Kishu paper is most common with a huge range of vivid color and weight. Kishu paper can be bought in Korea or Japan. Due to the variety, this one is useful in almost types of pop up cards

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B, Canson also has plain paper products. This type is thicker and can keep the form very well. Thus this is usually used in cards making, no matter the price is a bit expensive. The surface of Canson is also suitable for drawing, sketching, therefore many artists choose this brand. Canson paper sometimes has veins which makes pop-up products look more luxury.

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3, Texture paper

A, Conqueror Paper, of which origin in London, England, is another popular brand. Characterized by veins along the paper, this type is good at form-keeping. Being thicker and having deeper color, it’s best fit the cover of a cards. Whilst, some light colors of this brand like cream color is a good choice when cardss made by white paper is becoming uninteresting. However, sometimes vein is the problem due to the fact that they makes your cut not precise.

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B, Thai Basil paper is also a special paper with vein along but thicker and heavier. The color is limited and mostly deep but when you need a thick paper to keep the form in 90 degree cards, it is still a good choice.  

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How to create snowball base in sketchup

How to create snowball base in sketchup – AOC Craft

 

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How to draw simple silhoutte pattern

A silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all. The silhouette differs from an outline, which depicts the edge of an object in a linear form, while a silhouette appears as a solid shape. Silhouette images may be created in any visual artistic media, but was first used to describe pieces of cut paper, which were then stuck to a backing in a contrasting colour, and often framed.

From its original graphic meaning, the term silhouette has been extended to describe the sight or representation of a person, object or scene that is backlit, and appears dark against a lighter background. Anything that appears this way, for example, a figure standing backlit in a doorway, may be described as “in silhouette”. Because a silhouette emphasises the outline, the word has also been used in the fields of fashion and fitness to describe the shape of a person’s body or the shape created by wearing clothing of a particular style or period.

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How to drawDraw pattern Tianjin Eye Bridge (OA 180)quilling pattern

Draw pattern Tianjin Eye Bridge (OA 180)

Draw pattern Tianjin Eye Bridge (OA 180)

Tianjin Eye is a 120-metre (394 ft) tall giant Ferris wheel built above the Yongle Bridge (formerly Chihai Bridge), over the Hai Riverin Tianjin, China. It is claimed to be the only such wheel to have been constructed over a bridge.

Construction started in 2007, with completion of the main body on 18 December 2007, and the wheel opened to the public on 7 April 2008.

At the time of its completion, only the 135 m (443 ft) London Eye, 160 m (525 ft) Star of Nanchang, and 165 m (541 ft) Singapore Flyer were taller.

Tianjin Eye is one of four 120 m Ferris wheels in China, the other three being Changsha Ferris Wheel (completed 2004), Suzhou Ferris Wheel (completed 2009), and Zhengzhou Ferris Wheel (completed 2003). The only Chinese Ferris wheel with a greater height is the 160 m (525 ft) Star of Nanchang, which opened in 2006.

Tianjin Eye is electrically powered and has 48 passenger capsules, each able to carry 8 passengers, and takes 30 minutes to complete a rotation, giving a maximum capacity of 768 passengers per hour.

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Download Pattern + Video – New idea for globe 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…

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Pop up card from idea to design

Pop up card from idea to design

Pop up card from idea to design

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Draw pattern dragonfly pop up card – AOC Craft

Draw pattern dragonfly pop up card – AOC Craft

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Draw koifish paper cutting

Draw koifish paper cutting

Learning it’s history helps to answer the question, “What do koi fish symbolize?”. By knowing koi’s long history, you can more easily understand why people revere this beautiful fish so deeply

Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include:

  • Good fortune
  • Success
  • Prosperity
  • Longevity
  • Courage
  • Ambition
  • Perseverance

Many of the above described symbolic meanings of koi fish stem from the Chinese legend of the Dragon Gate in which a koi fish swam upstream, through waterfalls and other obstacles to reach the top of the mountain. At the top of the mountain was the “Dragon Gate”. The legend says that when the koi finally reached the top, it became a dragon, one of the most auspicious creatures in Chinese culture.

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