Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New Trick: Fun with paper

Last week I learned a new card making trick, a fancy kind of pop-out card in a box.
Paper cutter, scoring board, scissors, super sticky  tape.

My directions called for a piece of card stock, 9" by 5".  Maybe I am just not big on following directions, but that seemed a.) wasteful of paper and b.)involving too much math and measurements using fractions.

I used a piece of card stock that was 8.5 inches by 5 inches.

I scored at 2", 4", 6" and 8"--much less margin for error.  Then score a lengthwise perpendicular line at 2.5".  I did not score through the last line but it does not matter if you do.

Cut off half of the 1/2" section, then cut on just the top halves of the vertical lines.  Fold and crease the in tact scores.   Attach the 1/2" tab to the inside of the
right hand section with double sided sticky tape.  You end up with an open box:

Cut a 2.5" square of card stock.  Score a .25" line on either side, then cut in half on the horizontal.

 These two pieces will go inside the box like this:

If your paper is plain, as shown here, you can cut decorative pieces.
 I used a light and a darker lavender.  Ten of 1.75"x2.25" pieces in the darker and ten of 1.5"x2" of the lighter, textured paper.  I also cut a 4.75" by 1.75" and a 4.5" by 1.5" for the back panel.
In the process of being taped on.

This time, I used purchased embellishments and 49 strand jewelry wire to make the pop out decorations.

No, I could not stop at just one.

I made the paper flowers to embellish this one.

The inside, too.

Will you try it?


  1. Wow! Those are very clever and quite beautiful. Very cool.

  2. Oh my gosh, that's the sweetest card I've ever seen! So talented!

  3. They are adorable and you are so clever. I have trouble folding a napkin.

  4. Love them! I don't think my hands work well enough to try them, but I love looking at them. This would have been the kind of project I used to love to do.

  5. How delightful! A fabulous project! I'm a bit busy this week.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  6. Aren't you clever? Wow. I'm impressed. I'm like Arkansas Patti. I have trouble with folding a napkin.

  7. You are so darned talented!! I am not....

  8. Oh my goodness! Sooo pretty! You are very talented.

  9. I could not even make decent mud pies as a child but I am going to try this. Those are the cutest ever!!

  10. Well - I know my grandkids would love to make them. So pretty!

  11. Wow, that is so incredible, Olga. Fascinating! Sounds too complicated for me to replicate, though.

  12. I am having trouble finding the time to breathe these days, but maybe this fall, because these look like fun!

  13. Oh, what beautiful, precise work you do. Just lovely!

  14. Good grief! You are so very creative and artistic. These are absolutely gorgeous! Wow!


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