Friday, September 12, 2014

Artfully Sent Details: Pop-up Cards

I'm so excited that the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge is finally available and can't wait to have it in my hands. For now, I thought it would be helpful to share with you some details about how to make the various types of cards on this cartridge.

Today, I'm going to to start with my favorite, the pop-up cards. There are 50 of these interactive cards. They are designed to be cut as 5" x 7" cards, but you can resize to get larger or smaller cards. Just remember the ratio of length to width will remain 5:7 unless you modify in Craftroom or Design Space. Each card has an element that will pop-up in the middle of the card when opened.

You will first cut the card base using the "pop-up" function key. These bases may have a sentiment, shape or border cut directly into them to add to the design.

For each pre-designed card, you can cut the inner lining using the "pop-up" function and the shift key. Most of these liners have images cut into them that will pop up once you score and fold them.

Once you cut the pieces, you will find small tic marks that indicate where to fold. I suggest that you line these up and score using the grove on your paper trimmer before folding. This insures that you have a nice, neat straight folded line.

It is very important that you score and fold these lines in the right order. First, score the center card crease only on the outer edges, skipping the center tab portion. Use the tic marks for accuracy. 

Next, score the folds at the upper and lower edge of the tabs. These folds are where the long tab slits end as shown below.

Sharply crease the main and tab folds --- the main fold will close the card and the tab folds will be the opposite direction. As you close the card, guide the center of the tab to find its natural center and sharply crease that fold as well. 

Now you can attach the liner inside the card base. When you open the card, the tab should pop upwards and outwards away from the card base.

Some of the folds are more complicated, like this Christmas Tree card. In this case, the score lines for each pop-up element are not in a straight line. You will need to score each branch separately. Using the tic marks will really help you figure out where to place the folds.

For some more intricate designs, a series of tic marks or performations are placed close together to act as guides to make it easier to score and crease these detailed pieces. Performations are also used when the fold is close to an edge to prevent tears.  

Most pop-up cards require four cuts: a base, liner and 2 icons. The icons will includes sentiments and images that coordinate with the base and liner. These images will not have tic marks so that you have flexibility to use it in other places on the card. However, these images may need to be scored and folded to use as intended on a pop-up card.

All of the images used for a pre-designedpop-up card are linked. This means that you set the size dial once and everything will cut at relative sizes to fit together perfectly. If you are using an images on another project, use the real dial size to cut it exactly the size that you wish.

I hope this Pop-up card tutorial has been helpful. I'll be posting information about hte other types of cards on the cartridge soon.

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As always, keep creating!

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