25/10/12 DIY Pop-Ups , News # ,

DIY Pop-Up: General Grievous

DIY Pop-Up: General Grievous

For this DIY Pop-Up you will need:

  • Cardstock or heavy construction paper
  • Scissors
  • ruler
  • paper clip, or ballpoint pen that has run out of ink, or a knitting needle
  • crayons, colored pencils, markers

Steps 1 and 2:
Right Click (control-click on Mac) on the two links below to save the PDF templates to your computer. Be sure to choose “Save Link As” to select the PDF (not “Save Image As” which downloads the small thumbnail image). Print the PDF out at 100% size (no scaling) on a heavy paper, such as cardstock. Color all of your pieces with crayons or markers before scoring and cutting.  If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer, the file should open. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, you can download it here.

DIY_Grevious_01

DIY_Grevious_02

Step 3
Use a ruler and the rounded end of a paper clip to “score” (press along) the dotted lines.

Step 4
Carefully cut out the pop-up pieces and card along the solid black outlines.

Step 5
Take the card piece and fold along the dotted black line towards you.  Unfold and set aside.

Step 6
Take the big piece with Tabs A and B.  Take Tab A and fold it in half along the dotted black line away from you.  Unfold.

Step 7
Fold Tab A towards you.  Unfold.

Step 8
Fold Tab A away from you, but keep it folded.

Step 9
Now fold the small black dotted line away from you.  Unfold completely.

Step 10
Fold Tab B towards you.  Unfold.

Step 11
Fold Tab B away from you, but keep it folded.

Step 12
Now fold the small black dotted line away from you.  Unfold completely.

Step 13
Take Tab A and start to fold it towards you again.  As you do this, push the “Glue D Here” parts towards you as well.  This should fold inside Tab A.  Unfold completely.

Step 14
Take Tab B and start to fold it towards you again.  As you do this, push the “Glue F Here” parts towards you as well.  This should fold inside Tab A.  Unfold completely. And set aside.

Step 15
Take the arm piece that has Tab D and Tab E.  Fold Tab D towards you along the black dotted line.  Unfold.

Step 16
Next fold Tab E and fold it towards you along the black dotted line.  Unfold.

Step 17
Now fold the piece along the middle black dotted line away from you.  Unfold and set aside.

Step 18
Repeat Steps 15, 16, and 17 on the arm piece with Tab F and Tab G.

Step 19
Take the card piece and put glue in the “Glue A Here” area.

Step 20
Take the big piece and line up Tab A with “Glue A Here” area.

Step 21
Press firmly and let dry.

Step 22
Lift up Tab B and put glue in the “Glue B Here” area.

Step 23
Press Tab B on the “Glue B Here” area.  Make sure that this piece lays flat.  Press firmly and let dry.

Step 24
Put glue on “Glue C Here” area.

Step 25
Take Grievous’s head and line up with the “Glue C Here” area.  Press firmly and let dry.

Step 26
Put a small amount of glue on “Glue D Here” area.

Step 27
Take the arm piece with Tab D and Tab E.   Line up Tab D with “Glue D Here” area.

Step 28
Press firmly and let dry.

Step 29
Lift up Tab E, and put a small a mount of glue on “Glue E Here” area.

Step 30
Press Tab E on the “Glue E Here” area.  Make sure this piece lays flat.  Press firmly and let dry.

Step 31
Put a small amount of glue on “Glue F Here” area.

Step 32
Take the arm piece with Tab F and Tab G.   Line up Tab F with “Glue F Here” area.

Step 33
Press firmly and let dry.

Step 34
Lift up Tab G, and put a small a mount of glue on “Glue G Here” area.

Step 35
Press Tab G on the “Glue G Here” area.  Make sure this piece lays flat.  Press firmly and let dry.

Step 36
Slowly close the card shut.  Press firmly.

Step 37
Open your card and watch out!  Grievous is ready for battle!

 

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25/10/12 DIY Pop-Ups , News # ,

DIY Pop-Up: Anakin Skywalker

DIY Pop-Up: Anakin Skywalker

For this DIY Pop-Up you will need:

  • Cardstock or heavy construction paper
  • Scissors
  • ruler
  • paper clip, or ballpoint pen that has run out of ink, or a knitting needle
  • crayons, colored pencils, markers

Steps 1 and 2:
Right Click (control-click on Mac) on the link below to save the PDF template to your computer. Be sure to choose “Save Link As” to select the PDF (not “Save Image As” which downloads the small thumbnail image). Print the PDF out at 100% size (no scaling) on a heavy paper, such as cardstock. Color all of your pieces with crayons or markers before scoring and cutting.  If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer, the file should open. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, you can download it here.

DIY_anakin_01

Step 3
Using a ruler and a knitting needle, or a paper clip’s rounded edge, or a pen that has run out of ink, score all of the dotted lines.

Step 4
Next carefully cut out all of the pieces along the solid black lines.

Step 5
Take the card piece, and fold in half towards you.  Unfold and set aside.

Step 6
Take the big piece that has tabs A and B.  Fold Tab B towards you.  Unfold.

Step 7
Next fold Tab A towards you.  Unfold.

Step 8
Now fold the piece away from you, along the middle line.  Unfold.

Step 9
Next fold the “Glue E Here” tab towards you.  Unfold and set aside.

Step 10
Take the small piece that has Tab C.  Fold the tab towards you.  Unfold.

Step 11
Take the “Glue D Here” tab and fold it away from you.  Unfold and set aside.

Step 12
Now take the card piece and put a small amount of glue on the “Glue A Here” area.

Step 13
Pick up the big piece with tabs A and B.  Line up Tab A with “Glue A Here” area.
Step 14

Once lined up, press the tab firmly down and let dry.

Step 15
Next lift up Tab B and put glue on the “Glue B Here” area.

Step 16
Place Tab B on the “Glue B Here” area.  Make sure that this piece lays flat on the card piece.  Press firmly and let dry.

Step 17
Put glue on “Glue C Here” area.

Step 18
Take the small piece with Tab C.  Line up Tab C with the “Glue C Here” area.

Step 19
Press firmly and let dry.

Step 20
The tab that says “Glue E Here” should be folded towards you, so the glue goes on the UNDERSIDE of the tab.  Put a small amount of glue on this tab.

Step 21
Put glue on “Glue D Here” tab.

Step 22
Take Anakin’s podracer piece and line the back with the “Glue E Here” tab and the front with the “Glue D Here” tab.  Press firmly and let dry.

Step 23
Slowly close the card, making sure Anakin moves towards you as you close.

Step 24
You’ve now finished your card and now you can finish Anakin’s race!

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I want to send out a HUGE thanks to all the young readers of Port Washington, New York who welcomed me during my visits to Guggenheim Elementary, Sousa Elementary, Daly Elementary and South Salem Elementary schools.  What a way to celebrate the release of my new Star Wars pop-up!  Also, I’d like thank the incredible folks from the Dolphin Bookshop for arranging all of the events last Wednesday – the day would not have been possible with you!

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24/10/12 Events , News # ,

Looking for signed books?

Looking for signed books?

For anyone interested in getting signed copies (with a little extra sketch inside, too) of my new book STAR WARS: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure, please stop in, give a call or send an email to Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California. The helpful folks there should be able to accommodate anyone with shipping to just about anywhere!

telephone – (626) 449-5320 or
email – email@vromansbookstore.com
store address – 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101 USA

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Been very much into street art these days – here are a few snapshots from my excursions so far…

-MR

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23/10/12 DIY Pop-Ups , News #

DIY Pop-Ups: Frankenstein

DIY Pop-Ups: Frankenstein

For this DIY Pop-Up you will need:

  • Cardstock or heavy construction paper
  • Scissors
  • ruler
  • paper clip, or ballpoint pen that has run out of ink, or a knitting needle
  • crayons, colored pencils, markers

Steps 1 and 2:
Right Click (control-click on Mac) on the two links below to save the PDF templates to your computer. Be sure to choose “Save Link As” to select the PDF (not “Save Image As” which downloads the small thumbnail image). Print the PDF out at 100% size (no scaling) on a heavy paper, such as cardstock. Color all of your pieces with crayons or markers before scoring and cutting.  If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer, the file should open. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, you can download it here.

DIY_frank_01

DIY_frank_02

Step 3:
Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted lines of the pop-up pieces and card.

Step 4:
Carefully cut out the pop-up pieces and card following the solid, black lines around the OUTSIDE of the shapes ONLY.

Step 5:
Take your card, fold it in half and then open it. Set it aside.

Step 6:
Take the body piece and fold it in half and then open it.

Step 7:
Fold the bottom left edge of the coat up to the right arm and return it.

Step 8:
Now fold the bottom right edge of the coat up to the left arm and return it.

Step 9:
Hold the left arm in one hand and the left pocket in the other and bend towards you at the dotted line.

Step 10:
Hold the left shoulder in one hand and the chest in the other and bend towards you at the dotted line.

Step 11:
Hold the right arm in one hand and the right pocket in the other and bend towards you at the dotted line.

Step 12:
Hold the right shoulder in one hand and the chest in the other and bend towards you at the dotted line.

Step 13:
Press the left shoulder to the chest and hold while you fold the left edge of the coat up to the right arm and then return them to the original position.

Step 14:
Press the right shoulder to the chest and hold while you fold the right edge of the coat up to the left arm and then return them to the original position.

Step 15:
Set the body piece aside. Pick up the monster’s head and fold it in half and then open it.

Step 16:
Fold the left bolt towards the face along the dotted line.

Step 17:
Fold the right bolt towards the face along the dotted line.

Step 18:
Pick up the card with the legs on it. Place a small amount of glue on the grey areas marked “glue here.”

Step 19:
Align the pockets of the body piece over the matching grey areas. Make sure that the line down the middle matches the line in the card. Press firmly and be sure let the glue dry.

Step 20:
Place a small amount of glue on the grey areas marked “glue here” on the shoulders.

Step 21:
Align the bolts of the head over the matching grey areas. Make sure that the line down the middle of the head matches the line in the body. Press firmly and be sure let the glue dry.

Step 22:
Now carefully close your card and press firmly.

Step 23:
Open the card and watch Frankenstein’s monster rise up and give you a big Halloween hug!

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