Archive for September, 2010

Inspire me NOW!

Here’s a cool and simple trick I found at Cathe Holden’s Just Something I Made blog – a simple way of enlarging small everyday objects, and giving them a new, whimsical context. It’s the kind of things you would wonder- how haven’t I thought of it by myself?! Cathe gives a short how-to explanation at the Family Economics site.

You can use anything from a key to gum wrap, or add a vintage flare with old stamps, library card or monogrammed napkins. This idea can be used in different techniques and on different materials, so take this inspiration and make it your own!



Coffee and Cream

This card was made in such a rush, I had so little time this week and wanted to make one so very badly… I tried another challenge, to get me going. This time I turned to Paper Play Challenges on their 38 week challenge– Coffee and Cream. The only restriction was to create an all brown card. Now, I love brown, I match it as an accent color with pink, green, blue… you name it. BUT I never use it all by itself. So there’s a real challenge for me right there.
To make it just a little more challenging, I used a sketch as well – from the Just Add Ink site, on their 36th challenge.
In addition, I submitted the card to the Carisma Cardz Challenges blog, on it’s challenge #38- Anything Goes.

The card base is craft card stock, and on top of it I’ve layered several textured card stocks. The ribbon is a deep velvety brown shade, gathered at the bottom of the card. The tiny butterflies are also made of craft, as I wanted a very delicate and light decoration on that side. The Stampin’ Up! stamp says: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”. Hmmm… There you go – some (kitsch) philosophy for the road…

Have a great week

Step up!

This card is based on the asymmetric box mechanism, taking it to the next level. I made this card for a friend’s 30th birthday, the colors are a bit more “boyish” and the card is clean and basic.
It’s so easy to make, and has a great impact. I wanted you all to be able to do this one, so I made you a template! just download the Step Up template, and make your own!

Step up Template- Press here!

Save the template and follow these instructions:
1. Use a bone folder to score along the dash and dot-dash lines.
2. Cut along the continuous lines. Notice that all the continuous lines that you cut are perpendicular to the center fold of the card- while the dash and dot-dash lines are parallel to the center fold.
3. Gently pinch the folds that you’ve scored: the dash lines are valley folds, the dot-dash lines are mountain folds.

You can decorate it as you please, just notice that the template is for the paper you will use on the inside of the card. You will need to add another cardstock for the outer side. I chose a very calm palette here, but using a popping color on the back can be really cool – it’ll peep through the steps of the card, emphasizing it’s dimension and depth.



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Pop-up tutorial #2: Asymmetric box fold

The asymmetric box fold creates a “shelf” or a few “shelves”, that are non-symmetric in height and depth. This technique is the base of many elaborated and impressive cards, all you need is to practice a few basic principles. Follow the next steps for an easy- yet potentially impressive- pop-up card.

1. Select the paper that you intend to use on the inside of the card and, using a pencil, lightly mark it’s center fold. I used a scrap of printer paper for this demonstration, but a card stock or heavy-weight paper will provide you with a sturdier mechanism.

2. Draw one or more rectangles of any size, located anywhere on the card. There is a rule you must follow: The depth of the rectangle is the same as the distance of the rectangle’s base from the center fold (in the photo below you can see I’ve marked it: x = x, y= y). If you don’t follow this rule, the rectangles will be distorted, the angles at the corners will not be 90 degrees.

3. For each rectangle, cut along those sides which are perpendicular to the fold (marked with a red solid line). Score the lines that are parallel to the center fold, DO NOT cut along them (marked with a yellow/blue dash line). Fold gently along the center fold, wherever there are no rectangles. Push the boxes gently inwards, noticing the “mountain” folds and the “valley” folds. Pinch the corners of each box to set the fold into its new direction.

4. Carefully close the card, making sure to flatten the creases you initially scored.

5. And there you have it! Note that the box is asymmetric- the height and depth are not the same. Therefor, the same fold can look and be used differently when positioned in various directions. You can use the boxes as a base for glued-on decorative images, or even use them as the main popping element of the card.

On the next post I’ll be showing you how to make a far more complicated asymmetric-box card, easy to do and very impressive 😉


Inspire me NOW!

This post is the fist of many, in which I wish to share with you a link to some amazing paper artist, a crafty wizard or any other inspiring web site.
For a start, check out this thrilling burst of color, sculptures solely of colorful paper. I love it!!!

The artist is the talented Jen Stark, check her out at her formal site:

Have a lovely, inspired day!

Sharon’s tale

This little pop-up book was a birthday “card” for my close friend Sharon. We are four childhood friends, who always make sure to celebrate each other’s birthdays in some intimate, special way. Ruth, the talented writer of the quartet, wrote a funny story, for which I created these pop-up illustrations. The story tells of the birthday girl, Sharon, traveling away from her life in the city, searching for a new place to live in.

I chose to use a monochromatic scheme throughout the book: washed-out turquoise, sandy-beige, chocolate brown and white. I scanned a french Elle magazine from the 50’s (which I happily bought in Paris :)), and used the printed text as an extra “color”. Some of the pop-ups are based on Robert Sabuda‘s tamplates. I love the way it came out.

I warmly recommend watching the video at the end in high quality – just choose 720p on the movie quality selector at the bottom of the video window.
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Shana Tova to you all!

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