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Friday, November 24, 2006

Pop-up cards (horizontal fold)

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Materials:
  • 2 sheets of 8.5" x 11" cardstock or construction paper
  • X-Acto type knife
  • glue (stick-glue or white glue or rubber-cement)
  • template with measurements (PDF file*) or template without measurements (PDF file*) (use this legend to decipher the folding symbols)
  • things to decorate the card (such as markers, pencil crayons, stickers, stamps, cut-outs etc)

Instructions:

  1. review the template with measurements (PDF file*)
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  2. print out the template without measurements (PDF file*) to transfer the pattern to your desired material or print it out directly on the card stock as a practise run (be sure to check the specifications of your printer before printing on unusual media -- using "out of spec" materials can cause permanent damage to your printing hardware)
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  3. Cut along the indicated lines with an X-Acto knife.
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  4. Make "mountain" and "valley" folds as indicated on the template.
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    cph_photo04 (viewed from the right)

  5. If you're using a sticker or a cut-out to decorate, get it ready.
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  6. Affix the decoration to the 2"x3" rectangular "pop-up" portion of the card.
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  7. Fold the card in half.
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  8. Take the second sheet of cardstock and fold it in half lengthwise. This will form the outside of your card.

  9. Place the "inside" of the card (the pop-up part) over the outside of the card and glue them together.
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  10. Voila! You now have a pop-up card!
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With practise and experience you can scale the template to make different sized cards, cards with multiple pop-ups and different sized and shaped pop-ups!

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(*) When printing out PDF documents, be sure to set "Page Scaling" to "none" (you'll want the document to print at 100%). You may need to adjust the template on your paper depending on your printer's "offset" settings.

Pop-up cards (vertical or horizontal fold)

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Materials:
Instructions:
  • have child decorate the ready made pop-up card

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Pop-up cards (vertical fold)

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Materials:
  • 2 sheets of 8.5" x 11" cardstock or construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue (stick-glue or white glue or rubber-cement)
  • template with measurements (PDF file*) or template without measurements (PDF file*) (use this legend to decipher the folding symbols)
  • things to decorate the card (such as markers, pencil crayons, stickers, stamps, cut-outs etc)

Instructions:


  1. review the template with measurements (PDF file*)
    card_popup_vertical

  2. print out the template without measurements (PDF file*) to transfer the pattern to your desired material or print it out directly on the card stock as a practise run (be sure to check the specifications of your printer before printing on unusual media -- using "out of spec" materials can cause permanent damage to your printing hardware)
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  3. Cut along the indicated lines. The pieces you remove may be discarded.
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  4. Fold the paper in half, lengthwise.
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  5. Orient the paper so that the "flap" is positioned in the lower right corner.
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  6. With the paper oriented as above, fold the lower right hand "flap" up at a 45 degree angle.
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  7. Undo the fold made in the previous step.
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  8. Turn the project upside down, with the "flap" resting on the upper right hand corner as shown below.cpv_photo07

  9. Fold the "flap" along the same 45 degree angle fold that was made previously. (This time we're folding in the opposite direction).
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  10. Open the project up and crease the protruding rectangular bit along the "mountain fold" line right up until it meets the "valley fold" crease in the middle of the page.
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  11. Decorate the protruding rectangular bit. Be creative, use stickers, markers, cut-outs etc. This is the "pop-up" part of the card.
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  12. Fold the card up.
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  13. Take your second piece of cardstock and fold it in half lengthwise.
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  14. Take the "pop-up" insert and glue it into the full sized sheet of cardstock. Be sure to glue it so that the top of both pieces of paper line up. (When the card is opened, the "pop-up" piece should be above the top of the card.)
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  15. Voila! Your very own pop-up card!
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With practise and experience you can scale the template to make different sized cards and different sized and shaped pop-ups!

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(*) When printing out PDF documents, be sure to set "Page Scaling" to "none" (you'll want the document to print at 100%). You may need to adjust the template on your paper depending on your printer's "offset" settings.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Methods for transferring patterns from paper to paper

[Carbon paper, Impressions, Light box, Pin points]

Carbon paper:

  • get a piece of carbon paper (if you can find it anywhere!) and place it between the original and the paper on which you wish to copy the image
  • outline the image on the original, using a firm object (like a ball point pen) and a little extra pressure
  • the image should then be transferred onto the desired surface

If you can't find carbon paper, rubbing soft pencil (2B) or crayon on the
back of a piece of paper will often do the trick.

Impressions:

  • place several pieces of paper under the paper on which you wish to have the image transferred
  • place the original on top
  • outline the image on the original, using a firm object (like a ball point pen) and a little extra pressure
  • an impression of the image should then be visible on the desired surface

Lightbox:

  • put the original on top of a light box
  • put the paper on which you wish to have the image transferred on top of the original
  • trace the image
If you don't have access to a light box, you can hold the paper up against a
window during daylight hours.



Pinpoints:

  • place an old magazine (or several pieces of paper) under the paper on which you wish to have the image transferred
  • place the original on top
  • use a push-pin, needle or compass point into select areas outlining the image to be copied
  • you should then be able to "connect the dots" on your page to recreate the desired pattern

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pinecone Hedgehog

from http://kiddley.com/2006/11/21/make-a-pinecone-hedgehog/ care of http://mylittlemochi.typepad.com/my_little_mochi/patterns_tutorials/index.html

Materials:

  • Pinecone
  • (All of the materials below, can be substituted with Playdough for younger kids / less effort -- no baking / painting required)
  • Tan polymer clay for face, ears, legs
  • Black polymer clay for nose
  • Large (4 mm) black beads for eyes
  • Powder blush/rouge
  • Small paint brush
  • Drinking straw for mouth
  • Toothpick for details
  • White tacky glue

Instructions:

Monday, November 20, 2006

Christmas pinecone

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Materials:


  • pinecone (and open one is the most effective, but any one will do)
  • white glue
  • glitter (and tray or bucket or newspaper to work over)
Instructions:


  • put a small drop of white glue on each outter section of the pinecone
  • hold the pinecone over a tray (for catching the glitter) and sprinkle the glitter liberally over the wet glue
  • let dry over night

Makes a wonderful Christmas tree decoration or table decoration!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Scratch board art

A variation on resist paintings.

Materials:


  • Paper
  • Coloured crayons (Neon colours look amazing!)
  • Black or dark coloured poster paint mixed with a dash of soap (to help the paint adhere to the wax)
  • Jar of water (for paint)
  • Brushes (for paint)
  • Popscicle stick or pen cap (to scrape the paint off the paper)

Instructions:


  • Use the crayons to cover the entire sheet of paper with colour. Use stripes, designs, random scribbles!
  • Paint over all of the crayon with dark coloured paint.
  • Wait for paint to dry.
  • Use a popscicle stick or pen cap to create a design by gently scraping the paint off the paper!

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Resist paintings

Modified from http://kiddley.com/2006/11/17/wax-resist-painting/ and http://whipup.net/2006/10/07/resist-painting/

Materials:

  • Paper
  • White crayon or white candle stick
  • Coloured paints (watercolour or dilute poster paints) or water based markers (like Mr. Sketch)
  • Jar of water (for paint)
  • Brushes (for paint)

Instructions:

  • Use the white crayon or candle to draw a picture the paper
  • Paint (or marker) over the design to reveal it! It's magic!

(The same principles can be applied when colouring Easter eggs.)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Paper dolls

Resources for making paper dolls (kids, bears etc) and paper doll houses / playhouses.

Materials:

  • paper
  • computer, internet connection, printer
  • child-safe scissors
  • tape, glue-stick
Instructions:

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Rubbings

Materials:

  • textured objects (coins, keys, leaves, toys etc.) AND / OR
  • textured surfaces (brick walls, driveways, patio furniture etc)
  • paper (20 or 24lb -- not too thick)
  • crayons, pencil crayon or chalk

Instructions:

  • arrange your objects on your working area
  • place paper over the objects or surface (you may want to tape the paper in place)
  • using a crayon (pencil crayon or chalk) on its side and rub it over the paper covered objects to create a wonderful design on the paper

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Paper Folding Legend

These symbols have been adapted from various Origami resources.

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For a PDF version of this document, go to http://NSCcards.com/craftday/CraftDayPaperLegend.pdf (30 KB)