Tuesday, March 31, 2009

From UTube to Blog

This week I have removed all my card videos from Utube. I'm not much of a videographer, and only put some on Utube for the benefit of some customers who wanted to see a card in motion. There were no new videos posted there since I discovered a while ago that videos could be added to Blogger.

So now I have added a link in the left column called "card videos", where you can view the UTube versions, added to my original posts here on my blog.

There are more to come, as its taking me time to find the original matching posts. The waterfall style card above and the cemetary card below were made awhile ago, and I can't seem to find a matching older blog post for them.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Miniature Paper Lily Cross Tutorial

Get your tweezers and toothpicks ready, this is tiny work here (1:6 scale). You will need some quick drying tacky glue, cardstock, typing paper for the petals, upholstery thread (red, black, or yellow), glitter pen, leaf, starburst, and heart punches, and ribbon for a bow. Plus maybe a magnifying glass :)

I've created this tutorial so that you can double click (enlarge) on the two pages, or you can print them out as two pages. All the instructions are right there next to the picture.

Have fun!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Busy Bee(s)

Detoured again! My hot air balloon pop-up was supposed to be finished by now :( Instead, this little bumblebee card jumped to the front of the list. The best part of this one is that those bees hover on paper springs. The slightest little movement causes them to buzz around! Simple and effective.

Simple instructions for this one: use an egg-shaped punch for the body, a heart-shaped punch for the wings (cut in half from vellum), two jellybean- shaped pieces for the heads, add antennae and some coiled paper springs cut from a circle-shaped punch. You're all set!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

From Paper to Veggies?

A lot of the same design techiniques that go into my cards also applied to this vegetable flower basket. I even used cookie cutters as "punches".

Monday, March 16, 2009

Not a Pop-up Card...

I seem to be midstream on a number of designs for pop-ups, indecision about what to work on first has set in, and so I made baskets instead :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Paper-pieced Lilies

I just couldn't find the perfect punch for Easter lilies, so these are hand-pieced, each petal is cut, scored, and rolled. The stamens are made of thread.

Monday, March 9, 2009

A big WOW for me!

Forgive me for 'tooting my own horn' here but this is my first ever item in Etsy's gift guides! (Top left) Wahoo!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bridge to Nowhere!

Well, "Australia" certainly is a long movie - this is what I made while watching it last night....

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Raves for "The Elements of Pop-Up"

A bit of personal info here... like most pop-up makers, I first started by reverse engineering other pop-up cards and books, not by purchasing a how-to book. Most of the pop-up books I have are children's stories, and most of them have been the damaged display books that all the little kids have opened and closed a thousand times. I would buy these at a discount (yea! because pop-up books are pricey), repair them, and leave the cello wrapped ones for the collectors out there. When looking for a book to buy, I'm not necessarily looking for different pop-up mechanisms, but more for ideas on how to express movement. What's the best way to showing something jumping, flying, stretching?

Back to David A. Carter and james Diaz' book. I threw all my preferences out the window, and purchased a new, cello-wrapped, not-on-sale, sight-unseen book about pop-up mechanisms, and was not disappointed! This is a fairly comprehensive book, complete with clear and concise examples of the geometry behind paper engineering. I was even happy to see that the pages were bound by sewing them in, not gluing them in! Kudos for having the forethought to realize that this reference book will be opened many times.

This book is not for the person who wants step-by-step instructions with print-out patterns, so you're going to have to use your imagination while applying these mechanisms to your own ideas. No pre-conceived notions, I like that!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Smaller, but not Easy!

These six minibaskets gave me some grief, I tell ya! The ultra tiny radius was difficult to work around. But it was a great way to use up some smaller pieces of cord that had been accumulating.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Snow Day

Snow in March is for the birds!