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DIY Pop-Up: Valentine Card

DIY Pop-Up: Valentine Card

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 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.

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Step 3
Use a ruler or a straight edge and a paper clip to score all the black dotted lines.

Step 4
Next use scissors to cut out all the pieces along the black solid lines. (Do not cut the ‘inner’ hearts just yet).

Step 5
Now take the heart piece and fold it away from you along the center dotted line. Do not unfold.

Step 6
Next take your scissors and cut along the solid black lines.

Step 7
Now fold the second heart towards you and away from you.

Step 8
Next fold the third heart towards you and away from you.

Step 9
Next fold the bottom part of the heart piece along the dotted line (Tabs A and B) towards you and away from you.

Step 10
Unfold the heart piece.

Step 11
Now push the second heart away from you as you start to fold the entire heart piece. Fold the entire heart piece completely. Unfold.

Step 12
Next fold the third heart towards you as you start to fold the entire heart piece. Fold the entire heart piece completely. Unfold.

Step 13
Now fold Tabs A and B towards you as you start to fold the entire heart away from you. Fold completely and unfold.

Step 14
Take the card piece and fold it towards you along the dotted line. Fold completely and unfold.

Step 15
Next put a small amount of glue on the ‘Glue A Here’ grey shape.

Step 16
Next take the heart piece and line Tab A with ‘Glue A Here’ grey shape. Make sure both center dotted lines line up. Press firmly and let dry.

Step 17
Next put a small amount of glue on the ‘Glue B Here’ grey shape.

Step 18
Now line up Tab B with the ‘Glue B Here’ grey shape. Press firmly and let dry.

Step 19
Next close the card completely and re-open it.

Step 20
You’ve made your own Valentine’s pop up card!

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Our friend Courtney Watson McCarthy brings M.C. Escher’s graphic art into pop-up 3D splendor in this beautiful coffee table book from BlueRed Press Ltd (2011). The book includes descriptions of the artwork and quotes from Escher himself.

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“Human Body: An Interactive Guide to the Inner Workings of the Body” by Steve Parker (Barron’s 2008) has fantastic photos, illustrations, pull-tabs, pop-ups and other interactive features (engineered by Alan Brown and Zerina White). There’s a lot to discover here for kids of all ages. I liked opening the skull with the brain inside!

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18/01/13 News

Matthew’s Process for ‘DC Super Heroes’

Matthew goes over his process in ‘DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book’!

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10/01/13 DIY Pop-Ups , News # , , , , ,

DIY Pop-Up: Ark

DIY Pop-Up: Ark

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. 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.

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

Step 4
Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted lines of the card piece.

Step 5
Carefully cut out the pop-up piece for the ark following the solid, black lines.

Step 6
Carefully cut out the card for the ark following the solid, black lines.

Step 7
Flip the pop-up piece over (so the dotted lines no longer show) and color using markers or crayons. You need to color the pop-up now because you won’t be able to once it is attached to the card.

Step 8
After you are finished coloring, flip the pop-up over so you can see the dotted lines. Fold the tab on the side of the ark’s roof and crease with your finger.

Step 9
Continuing in the same direction, fold the roof of the ark in half and crease with your finger.

Step 10
This is how the ark’s roof should now look. It peaks up in the center the way a roof should!

Step 11
Open the roof back up and return all the folds to their original positions. Fold the small tab shown inwards and crease with your finger. Return the tab to its original position.

Step 12
Moving to the opposite end of the ark, fold over and crease along the dotted line right next to the giraffe. Open this piece back up again to its original position.

Step 13
Starting at the far end near the bird, fold the end piece of the ark inwards and crease with your finger.

Step 14
Continuing in the same direction, fold over the end of the ark and crease.

Step 15
Continuing in the same direction, fold over the next piece of the ark with elephant on it and crease.

Step 16
Continuing in the same direction, fold over the final piece of the ark and crease.

Step 17
Fold back one of the tabs (shaped like water waves!) at the bottom of the ark and crease.

Step 18
Flip the pop-up over and fold back the other tab shaped like water and crease.

Step 19
Open the pop so you can see all the dotted lines. Put a small amount of glue in the area below the elephant’s head marked “Glue here.”

Step 20
Pick up the pop and bring the tab (on the side with the giraffe) towards the glue area.

Step 21
Lay the pop down and press the tab into the glue.

Step 22
Put a small amount of glue on the remaining area marked “Glue here.”

Step 23
Fold that piece over onto the remaining tab on the ark and press the glue. Let dry!

Step 24
Fold the card in half along the dotted line and crease. Open the card.

Step 25
Put a small amount of glue on the area marked “Glue here” on the RIGHT SIDE only.

Step 26
Pick up the pop (with the bird at the top) and fold the RIGHT water tab backwards so it matches the position of the glue area. Look carefully at this picture and the picture in Step 27 so you’ll understand how to attach the pop to the glue area. Press the tab into the glue area.

Step 27
Flip the pop-up over and fold back the other tab shaped like water and crease.

Step 28
Put a small amount of glue on the remaining area marked “Glue here.”

Step 29
Making sure the pop is laying completely flat against the card, begin to fold the card closed.

Step 30
Close the card completely. Press on the card to make sure the glue area on the inside is adhering to the tab. LET DRY! Don’t open the card right away or the pop-up will come unglued!

Step 31
Your pop-up ark is finished! Happy sailing!

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Our friend and fellow child-at-heart Johan Olander has a great new book, My Robots: The Robotic Genius of Lady Regina Bonquers III (Amazon Publising, 2012). It’s a collection of sketches and notes from the (fictitious) Lady Regina revealing her brilliant (and funny) designs, including the Slobot (a sewer cleaning robot) and the Babysitter Bot. We think it will inspire young artists and writers to keep on sketching and imagining.

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