Sunday, December 23, 2007

Pop-Up Card Lesson: Dragonfly Pop-Up Card

I hope you enjoy this lesson for my Dragonfly Pop-Up Card. This pop-up was designed by me, Mary Beth Cryan. You can download the cutting lines in step number 1.




Directions:

1. Download the cutting lines by clicking here.


2.Print them out on plain typing paper.

3. Tape the cutting lines to your choice of patterned paper. This pop-up works well with the heavier type of scrapbook paper.




4. Make an indent in the paper on the dotted, fold lines. This will insure you fold in the exact spot. I prefer to use a "bone folder and a ruler. A ballpoint pen works well too.



5. Cut out the shapes. If you are having trouble with this step get your cat to help.


6. Fold on the indents you made earlier. See the picture to determine which direction the folds should go (mountain or valley).


7. Turn over the pieces. Slip the wings into the body and line up the middle creases exactly.


8. Cut a small rectangle of typing paper. Typing paper works best because it is thin. And glue it over the area where the two pieces meet. Tape does NOT work. I recommend NOT using a glue stick. Your card will eventually fall apart. I recommend "Jade 711" if you do not have that then use a white glue such as Elmers. Jade 711 is related to Elmers but dries faster. I love it. You can buy it here www.talas-nyc.com .


9. Cut a piece of paper that is 9" x 4.25". Fold in half and cut a decorative edge if you so desire.

10. Put glue on the indicated areas.



11. Line up the crease in the card with the crease in the middle of the butterfly. Hold the butterfly so the body is slightly raised in the middle and glue down. Before you glue you may want to experiment with how raised you want the middle of the butterfly to be. The more it's raised (folded up) the more straight up the wings will be. Try to find a happy medium between a raised body and a nice angle to the wings.




Congratulations, you're done with the pop up! Now decorate the front and add a greeting. I would love to see what you've done with the pop-up so don't hesitate to email me pictures of your pop-up creations.

And please check out the right hand column of this blog to see many other items I've illustrated and designed that are available to purchase online.  Thank you! 

Download the cutting lines by clicking here.


Click here to download the Dragonfly Pop-Up Terms of Use

5 comments:

Tehmina Khan said...

Wow you are so goooooood:-)

Rachel RKB said...

Love your, oh so helpful!, kitty. I have to say, your written instructions are excellent. I can actually understand what to do. I've searched A LOT on the Internet for paper folding and your explanations make it clear and easy to follow. No frustrations or taring up crumpled pieces of paper. Thank You

Rachel RKB said...

Love your, oh so helpful!, kitty. I have to say, your written instructions are excellent. I can actually understand what to do. I've searched A LOT on the Internet for paper folding and your explanations make it clear and easy to follow. No frustrations or taring up crumpled pieces of paper. Thank You

Rachel RKB said...

Love your, oh so helpful!, kitty. I have to say, your written instructions are excellent. I can actually understand what to do. I've searched A LOT on the Internet for paper folding and your explanations make it clear and easy to follow. No frustrations or taring up crumpled pieces of paper. Thank You

Mary Beth Cryan said...

I'm so happy to hear your enjoyed the tutorial and my kitty! Thank you for your comment.