Discovering the pop-up world

When I was writing about different types of cards, I wasn’t very familiar with pop-up cards yet. I had seen mainly pop-up books and some layouts in design paper inspiration groups, but I was under the impression that it is a complicated mechanism.

Now that there are several kids birthdays coming up, I figured I would take up the challenge and try something new. I was browsing through different tutorials on Youtube and I found one which got me hooked – The Pop-Up Channel. Already after the first video I pulled some papers from my printer and started testing around. I have been watching more of the videos and the second one also has some useful information to get the logic right – but after those two you can already start creating some simple pop-ups! I love this channel because the tutorials show the basic rules, different variations of pop-up folds and there are always many examples from books for inspiration.

Once I figured out the base, I started digging through my papers to find suitable pictures to pop up. I discovered some papers I had actually bought specifically considering children – Scrapboys “Fairy Land” (I have the sheet 1 and 5). Once I was playing around with the images, I started to regret I didn’t have the whole set. But I found another sheet from a Scrapboys collection – I think “Dream Garden” made a good match in this case. I also had some cut out butterflies, but I don’t know where they came from anymore.

Pop-up folds
Pop-up folds

Ironically the harder part was to figure out the outside of the card. Since the focus was on the pop-up design on the inside, I wanted to keep the cover simple. I also decided to add a ribbon to keep the card closed – due to the many layers it is quite thick and doesn’t close on its own. I ended up using another sheet of design paper on the cover to have a clean finish and cover up the ribbons.

Pop-up card cover
STAMPERIA 20.3 x 20.3 (8″ x 8″)
House of Roses

As you can see from the pictures – while I was writing the post, another card was born.

Fairy pop-up card

Pop-up maailma avastamine

Kui ma kirjutasin erinevat tüüpi kaartidest, polnud ma pop-up kaartidega veel eriti kursis. Olin peamiselt näinud pop-up-raamatuid ja kompositsioone disainpaberi gruppides, kuid mul oli ettekujutus, et tegemist on keerulise mehhanismiga.

Nüüd, kui päevakavas on mitu laste sünnipäeva, mõtlesin, et võtan väljakutse vastu ja proovin midagi uut. Sirvisin Youtube’is erinevaid õpetusi ja leidsin ühe, mis mind köitis – The Pop-Up Channel. Juba pärast esimest videot tõmbasin printerist mõned paberid ja hakkasin katsetama. Olen rohkem videoid vaadanud ja teises osas on ka kasulikku infot, et loogikat paika saada – kuid pärast neid kahte saab juba looma lihtsaid pop-up’e püsti panna! Mulle meeldib see kanal, sest õpetused näitavad põhireegleid, pop-up-mehhanismide erinevaid variatsioone ja inspiratsiooniks on alati palju näiteid raamatutest.

Kui ma alustalad paika sain, hakkasin oma pabereid läbi kaevama, et leida sobivaid pilte, mida lisada. Avastasin mõned paberid, mis olin tegelikult ostnud spetsiaalselt lapsi arvestades – Scrapboys “Fairy Land” (mul on lehed 1 ja 5). Kui ma piltidega mängisin, hakkasin kahetsema, et mul pole kogu komplekti. Kuid leidsin Scrapboysi kollektsioonist veel ühe lehe – ma arvan, et “Dream Garden” sobis antud juhul hästi. Mul olid ka mõned välja lõigatud liblikad, aga ma ei tea enam, kust nad pärit on.

Pop-up voldid
Pop-up voldid

Iroonilisel kombel oli raskem osa hoopis kaardi väliskülje kujundamine. Kuna fookuses oli pop-up tüüp sisekülg, tahtsin kaane lihtsana hoida. Kaardi suletuna hoidmiseks otsustasin lisada ka paela – paljude kihtide tõttu on see üsna paks ja ei sulgu iseenesest. Lõpuks kasutasin kaanel veel ühte disainpaberi lehte, et oleks puhas viimistlus ja paelad kaetud.

Pop-up kaardi kaas
STAMPERIA 20.3 x 20.3 (8″ x 8″)
House of Roses

Nagu piltidelt näha, sündis kirjutamise ajal juba veel üks samas stiilis kaart.

Haldjateemaline pop-up kaart

Amigurumi spring bunny by lilleliis

I haven’t crocheted anything in a long time. Lately, I’ve been rustling in my pile of papers. When I saw this rabbit on social media, I immediately attacked my yarn box – you can’t miss out on such a cute thing! And what’s better – this pattern is available on lilleliis‘ website for FREE.

This time I made the cutie for my little one. She is always watching me with great interest when I make something for others and I wanted to surprise her with that bunny egg. She observed me again every evening and occasionally provided me some feedback. At her request, I tried to make the bunny smile because she said that there was a grumpy rabbit in the original picture of the guide. Since I haven’t had much success with pompoms and they tend to break, I decided to leave out the tail and gain more space for flowers. I also changed the flowers more to my liking. Instead of embroidering, I crocheted small six-leafed flowers, which I attached to the body with a few stitches and pearls. The flowers I made without a pattern:

  • magic ring,
  • first round with 6 single crochet,
  • second round in each single crochet: 1 slip stitch, chain 2, 1 double crochet, chain 2.

For a change a nice project, which can be a good target to invest ending yarn. My my little one is in 7th heaven and ready for Easter!

Amigurumi spring bunny
#lillelis

Amigurumi kevadjänku lilleliisilt

Ma pole juba ammu midagi heegeldanud. Viimasel ajal sahistan pigem oma paberihunnikus. Kui ma sotsiaalmeedias seda jänest nägin, läksin oma lõngakasti kallale – nii armsat asja ei saa ju tegemata jätta! Ja mis veel parem – see muster on tasuta saadaval lilleliisi kodulehel.

Seekord tegin loomakese oma tibule. Ta vaatab alati suure huviga, kui ma kellelegi midagi meisterdan ja selle jänkumunaga tahtsin temale üllatuse teha. Ta elas jälle iga õhtu kaasa ja suunas mind vahepeal. Tema soovil proovisin jänku naeratama panna, sest tema ütles, et juhendi originaalpildil on kuri jänes. Kuna tutid ei ole mul seni väga õnnestunud ja kipuvad lagunema, otsustasin saba ära jätta ja säästsin sellega ruumi lillede jaoks. Lilled muutsin ka käepärasemaks. Heegeldasin tikkimise asemel väikesed kuuelehelised õied, mis paari nõelapiste ja pärliga keha külge kinnitasin. Lilled tegin ilma mustrita:

  • võluring,
  • esimene ring 6 kinnissilmusega,
  • teisel ringil igasse kinnissilmusesse 1 aassilmus, 2 ahelsilmust, 1 ühekordne sammas, 2 ahelsilmust.

Vahelduseks väga mõnus projekt, kuhu saab edukalt ka lõngalõppe investeerida. Tibu on seitsmendas taevas ja Lihavõteteks valmis!

Amigurumi kevadjänku
#lilleliis

Computer shaker card for birthday

This card started from the idea to make a computer. My other half’s son decided to build a computer for himself, and since we also contributed with parts for the birthday, I obviously wanted to create a suitable card to go along with it. I hope the “computer” is recognizable in the picture. I think it looks pretty simple, but I’ve used a lot of different materials there.

  1. The card base is a stronger A4 paper – I folded it into three so that the “screen” could stand with the support of the “keyboard”.
  2. The background picture is design paper from the Piatek Trzynastego “Beyond the sea”.
  3. Around the picture I built a frame from cardboard strips to fill it with beads and sequins for shaking.
  4. After filling the frame, I covered it with a transparent plastic rectangle. I have started collecting plastic packaging for shaker cards, but it is possible to buy acetate sheets for it.
  5. For the keyboard I managed to use an impulse purchase – I finally put my mosaic pieces to good use.
  6. Cricut helped me with the chrome elements – I cut the letters and frame out of self-adhesive vinyl.

I used to think that it is very hard to make cards for males, but recently I have had better ideas and results for men.

Helmestega arvutikaart sünnipäevaks

See kaart sai alguse sellest, et tahtsin arvutit teha. Mu teisepoole poeg otsustas endale ise arvuti ehitada ja kuna ka meie panustasime sünnipäeva puhul osadega, tahtsin sellele muidugi vastava kaardi kaasa teha. Loodan, et “arvuti” on pildil äratuntav. Minu arust see on peale vaadates üsna lihtne, aga ma olen seal kasutanud päris palju erinevat materjali.

  1. Aluseks on A4 suuruses tugevam must paber – voltisin selle kolmeks, et “ekraani” saaks “klaviatuuri” toel püsti panna.
  2. Taustapilt on disainpaber Piatek Trzynastego komplektist “Beyond the sea”.
  3. Ekraanile ehitasin papiribadest kõrgema raami, et sinna sisse kõristamiseks helmeid ja litreid panna.
  4. Helmestega täidetud raami ja pildi katsin läbipaistva plastikust ristkülikuga. Mina olen seda tüüpi kaartide (shaker) tarbeks hakanud koguma sobiva kujuga plastpakendeid, aga selle jaoks on võimalik osta atsetaatlehti.
  5. Klaviatuuri moodustasin kunagisest impulssostust – lõpuks leidsin rakenduse mosaiigitükkidele.
  6. Kroomelementidega oli mul abiks Cricut – lõikasin tähed ja raami välja iseliimuvast vinüülist.

Mulle tundus varem, et meesterahvastele on väga raske kaarte teha, aga viimasel ajal on mul nende osas just mõte paremini jooksnud ja tulemused õnnestunud.

Easel card with photo camera

This is a simple card where design paper and Cricut came together. I don’t know exactly where this idea came from. Recently I’ve been somehow “locked in my head” and haven’t created much, but I actually have a lot of different ideas. I’ve been watching different step cards in crafting groups lately, because it seemed to me that you could add dimensions with a simple touch. I also planned to make this card with multi-level folding, but instead I decided to keep the camera in focus and solve the matter more easily – in the form of an easel card.

The first elements I chose were the little pictures I put on the photo film. I recently ordered new design papers and was cutting out the pictures. Stamperia’s “Forest” collection contains very beautiful pictures for nature lovers, and since my father is a hobby photographer and he likes to go discovering in the forest, thinking of him, these pictures turned into a photo film in my head.

STAMPERIA Paper Pad 10 Sheets 20.3 x 20.3 (8 x 8 Inches) Double-Sided Forest

As a card base I used a stronger A4 color paper and folded it twice – first in half like a traditional card and then one half again. As this provided me the dimensions, I started looking for a film and a camera for Cricut to cut out. I’m not going to elaborate on my journey with Cricut Design Space software here, but the film was very easy to find and cut out. For the camera, I decided to try layering to add more effect. There was a large selection of pictures on the Internet, and I picked out a beautiful camera, which I then disassembled in the software and cut out of different colored paper.

I taped the finished elements to the card base with double-sided tape. I used thicker tape under the photo film so that it was high enough to hold up the camera. Attaching the camera, I made sure that only the lower half was taped – otherwise the card could not be folded as shown in the picture.

I sent the card to my dad as a retirement gift – he loved it. Apparently the camera is taking good pictures (I am still working on mine).

Easel card with photo camera

Toestatud kaart fotokaameraga

See on selline lihtsam kaart, kus said kokku disainpaber ja Cricut. Ma ei tea enam, kust see idee täpselt tuli. Ma olen vahepeal kuidagi “lukus” olnud ja pole eriti midagi uut meisterdanud, aga peas keerleb mul tegelikult väga palju erinevaid mõtteid. Ma olen viimasel ajal erinevates disainpaberi-gruppides põhiliselt jälginud erinevaid trepikaarte, sest mulle tundus, et nende puhul saab lihtsa liigutusega dimensioone lisada. Ka seda kaarti plaanisin teha esialgu mitmetasandilise voltimisega, aga otsustasin hoopis kaamera fookusesse jätta ja asja lihtsamalt lahendada – toestatud kaardi näol (easel card)

Esimesed elemendid, mis mul käes olid, on need väikesed pildid, mis ma filmilindile paigutasin. Tellisin endale hiljuti uusi disainpabereid ja lõikasin pilte välja. Stamperia “Forest” kollektsioonis on väga ilusad pildid loodushuvilistele ja kuna mu isa on hobifotograaf ja talle meeldib metsas ringi mütata, arenes temale mõeldes nendest pildikestest välja fotofilm.

STAMPERIA Paper Pad 10 Sheets 20.3 x 20.3 (8 x 8 Inches) Double-Sided Forest

Kaardi aluseks võtsin tugevama A4 värvipaberi ja voltisin kaks korda – esialgu pooleks nagu traditsioonilise kaardi ja siis ühe poole veel pooleks. Kuna see andis mulle mõõdud ette, hakkasin Cricutil väljalõikamiseks otsima filmilinti ja kaamerat. Ma ei hakka oma võitlusest Cricut Design Space tarkvaraga siin heietama, aga filmilinti oli väga lihtne leida ja välja lõigata. Kaamera puhul otsustasin proovida kihtide moodustamist, et efekti lisada. Pildivalik oli internetis suur ja ma valisin ühe ilusa kaamera välja, mille siis tarkvaras kihtideks lammutasin ja erinevat värvi paberist välja lõikasin.

Valmis elemendid kleepisin kahepoolse teibiga kaardipõhjale. Filmilindi alla panin paksema teibi, et ta oleks piisavalt kõrge, et kaameraga poolt kinni hoida. Kaamera puhul jälgisin seda, et ainult alumine pool oleks kinni – muidu ei saaks kaarti püsti asetada, nii nagu pildil näha.

Saatsin kaardi Isale pensionipõlve alustamise puhul – talle väga meeldis, pidi hästi pildistama (mina veel õpin).

Toestatud kaart fotokaameraga
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