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Baby’s First Mother’s Day Gift Idea

I recently had this idea to stamp baby’s footprint onto tea towels as a mother’s day gift, and now I am really wishing I’d made one of these with all of my newborns. Wouldn’t that be such a fun little collection to have?

Mother's day

Mother’s day

Since my baby boy isn’t here yet, my good friend Sarah was kind enough to lend me her darling daughter’s foot. We used my favorite thirsty, flour-sack towels. Brush the sole of baby’s foot with acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice. Carefully stamp onto a corner of the towel. We ended up stamping the two opposite corners on each towel just for extra fun.

By the way, I have done quite a few painted-fabric crafts (including these similar monogram tea towels) with just the regular, inexpensive, acrylic craft paint. I never pay extra for the stuff intended for fabric, and my projects have held up just fine.

Mother's day

Mother’s day

I’m thinking these are perfect Mother’s Day gifts for the grandmas. Download our free printable Baby’s First Mother’s Day Gift Band to package the towels up nicely for gifting. The template is setup to print in black and white on colored cardstock.

Mother's day

Mother’s day

10 Valentine’s Day Ideas For Your Loved Ones

10 Valentine’s Day Ideas For Your Loved Ones

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Idea for Valentine's Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

I know everyone has made a spiral card by now. But have you thought about what would happen if you made a spiral that didn’t start as a circle? And what if you made two spirals, and joined them above the card crease to make a card that could open 180°? Now that’s interesting.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

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If you have never made a circular spiral card, make that first as a warm-up.

How to make a Double Heart Pop-up Card

Step 1:

  • Download cutting files: PDF, SVG, Silhouette Studio, DXF.
  • Cut out the two heart spirals.
  • Place them with the spirals going in opposite directions: the hearts flipped both horizontally and vertically from each other.
  • See those yellow lines? They are highlighting the beginning of the cut on each heart. One cut heads toward the top left, the other toward the bottom right.

Step 2:

  • Score and crease each spiral at the bottom of the heart.
  • Slot the hearts together. (You can also omit the slots on the center hearts and just glue the centers together, one right on top of the other.)
  • Be sure the hearts can collapse flat. If not, switch how you have the hearts slotted together.

Step 3:

  • Spread glue on just the outside heart of one spiral (pink).
  • Place the heart, glue side down, at a 90° angle to the center crease of the card.
  • For the sample I placed the point of the heart about 1″ from the crease but I think this stretches the spiral out a little too much. I’d say somewhere between 1/2″ and 3/4″ would be better.

Step 4:

  • Spread glue on the outermost heart of the other spiral (purple). Check to make sure the hearts are still lined up exactly on top of each other, then close the card to glue it all together.
Idea for Valentine's Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

This one’s better – the points are a little closer to the center fold of the card.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

 

Entity Capacity

Legal capacity

  • Enterprise’s name: AOC Craft Vietnam Joint Stock Company
  • Transaction name in English: AOC CRAFT., JSC
  • Business registration certificate: No. 0106880308
  • Issued by: Department of Planning and Investment of Hanoi on date 16 June 2015 
  • Main activity area: Manufacturing, Trading
  • Taxpayer Identification Number: 0106880308
  • Charter capital: 1.800.000.000 VND
  • Address: No.14, alley 67/4, lane 67, Nam Du Street, Linh Nam sub-district, Hoang Mai district, HaNoi, VietNam
  • Number of employee: over 50 people

Production Capacity

Production Capacity

AOC CRAFT VIETNAM,.JSC, formerly known as an individual production establishment, was founded in 2010. During 5 years of operation, the company has gained many achievements in manufacturing, upgrading, improving product design as well as developing and expanding the consumer market. Currently, the company has cooperated with many domestic and international partners. Product pop-up cards of the company were offered in many countries around the world such as America, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Australia … With abundant human resources, advanced machinery systems and many years of experience we have made large orders with quantities up to 10-15 thousand products. By maintaining and developing quality products with the guaranteed delivery time, our company has built a good image in the eyes of customers both domestically and internationally.

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 At present, the company’s human resources with more than 50 workers, with productivity of 4-5 thousand products per month can meet the needs of any order. Raw materials are imported directly to ensure product quality as well as competitive price in the market.

Design capacity

During the past five years, the number of designs in the company has reached thousands. Each year company has put on the market about 100-200 new designs with many different themes such as festivals, architecture, film, scenery, love, anniversaries … and get many positive feedbacks from partners and customers. Aside from continuously refreshing product themes, improving staff skills, innovating new construction methods, the company is constantly changing in size, style product appearance and packaging specifications, labels to fit the needs in each market segment.

The production process

The production process

Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card – Kissing Couple

Hi all! We guide to making the Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple.

This pop-up card features a boy and girl in the center of the card, surrounded by a bouquet of flowers.  As you open the card, the boy and girl move toward each other and kiss.  This is a very cute card because it actually moves as you open it, which makes it a very unique and impressive card.  It’s always been one of my favorite cards to make.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

Here is an animation of the pop up card.  You have to see the card in action to appreciate the moving pieces.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

Instructions

Step 1:

 You need download pattern, then print out the pattern on color paper.  Use the pattern to cut out all the parts out of card stock. Fold the “boy” and “girl” at the dotted lines and insert the bottom tabs into the slots in the inside card as shown in image 1 above. 

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 1

Step 2:

Fold the “bouquet” of hearts at the dotted lines.  Note that there are two sets of tabs at the bottom or inside of the piece.  Look for the smaller, connected tab as shown in image 2 and insert it in the inside card in front of the couple.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 2

Step 3:

Image 3 shows what the smaller tab looks like after it is inserted into the inside card.  Insert the larger tabs into the opposite slot.  The tabs are separate so you will need to carefully push them together, in order to fit them in the slot.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 3

Step 4:

Fold the inside card down the center. Tape the tabs down as shown in image 4.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 4

Step 5:

At the ends of the “bouquet” of hearts, fold the hearts down the center along the dotted lines and slot the two hearts together as shown in image 5.  Make sure that the heart halves are on the inside of the ring.  You can glue these heart tabs down if you like.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 5

Step 6:

Insert the corners of the inside card into the outside card as shown in image 6.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 6

Step 7:

Image 7 shows the card fully assembled with all corners of the inside card inserted into the outside card.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 7

Step 8:

Finally, glue the extra hearts around the “bouquet” of hearts as shown in image 8.  You can alternate from solid and outlined hearts.  Then you can glue the “Happy Valentine’s Day” text at the top of the card.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 8

Step 9:

Open and close the card to make sure the couples kiss in the center.  You can adjust each person by bending them slightly forward or backward so that their heads/lips meet in the center.

Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make the Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple.

How to make Vietnamese school girl Pop-up Card

How to make Vietnamese school girl Pop-up Card

This is a video tutorial created cards with images floating Vietnamese inside bicycle

How to make Vietnamese school girl Pop-up Card

How to make Vietnamese school girl Pop-up Card

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3D BIRTHDAY BANNER

3D BIRTHDAY BANNER

3D BIRTHDAY BANNER 

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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Materials:

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

3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

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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DIY POP UP CARDS

DIY POP UP CARDS

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.

Via at http://ohhappyday.com

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother’s Day Card

INTRODUCTION

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

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PATTERN 

download free pattern here

MATERIALS

  • Text-weight paper

  • Glue stick

  • Double-sided tape

  • Card stock

STEPS

  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.

    Via at: http://www.marthastewart.com

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.

Via Creative Greeting Card Ideas

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

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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. 

 

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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! 

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Designing Origamic Architecture: Exercise 5

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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.

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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.

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