Scrapbooking cards are layered cards made of design papers and cut-outs, and are seen mainly in design paper communities (I wrote about them in a previous post). The original term scrapbook refers to a memory book hand-crafted from special papers and cut-outs. The meaning has expanded over time and now refers to a technique, that can also be used to make paper cards, albums, boxes, etc.
To add dimensions, it is popular not just to fold the cards in half, but to fold them on several different levels. As a specific concept, there are tutorials for trifold (vertical) or step cards available. They have many different variations in shape and can be discovered on YouTube or Pinterest.
Popup cards remind me of books from my childhood, where turning the page, the images didn’t just appear on paper, but also popped up. These cards use cut-out elements that create a spatial effect when the card is opened. Some logical thinking and knowledge of geometry are needed here. I’ve always been a big math lover and I have taken up on the popup challenge for myself.
Shaker cards are my current favorite and have become quite standard in the scrapbooking community as well at the moment. As the name suggests, these cards can be shaken – they have the added effect of a transparent window with sequins, pearls or beads hidden inside. The referenced video presents 6 different options and tools to create this effect. I myself have started collecting transparent plastic parts of toys’ and electronics’ packaging, which can be attached to the card with double-sided tape and then decorated with cut-outs. I’ve gone a bit crazy with the contents of the window and have used too fine glitter for some cards – there’s a risk that it will find its way out of the tape or stick to the background picture, covering it too much.
Tunnel card is also a layered card, but instead of cut-outs they are created from the base cardstock. Several layers of card base with holes are placed on top of each other, and the edges or the backmost layer can be decorated with different cut-outs. When you look at the card, a visual tunnel effect is created.
Shadow cards are basically tunnel cards, but each layer is a separate visual element and when the layers are assembled, a complete composition is created. With a certain light or even a lighting element (such as LED lamps), it is a beautiful show of shadows.
In the examples mentioned so far, the base shape is usually a rectangle, but actually you don’t have to start a card by folding an A4 sheet. If you have die cutting machines or stencils, any shape can be cut out – a house, a ball, a shirt, a cup, a tree, etc. In the design paper communities I have also seen a 3D car, a table, a carousel and other objects like that, which are made completely out of paper. I personally like practical cards that also have a pocket or box to put a small gift in. In my opinion, this is something that is very characteristic of Estonian papercrafters.
If assembling paper elements is not enough for you and you feel confident in other arts, such as painting or modeling, you should discover mixed media techniques. As the name suggests, it uses more different tools to create effects.
I am looking forward to trying different card types. I wonder how much more it can all develop!