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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 January 2016
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213864
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $36.99
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Paper Cut Cards


30 stunning handmade cards with eye-popping 3D designs by Emily Gregory

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Book Description

At the heart of pop-ups lie a few simple mechanisms, and no matter how complex the design, the pop can be achieved using one of the basic techniques. Paper Cut Cards covers all these techniques, such as essential folds, creating slots and tabs, as well as rotating discs and springs.

The aim of the pop-up card is to surprise or delight through the act of movement. Be it the rocking motion of a sprung vintage jack-in-the-box or the widening toothy grin of a smiling crocodile inside a birthday card, pop-ups can add a sense of whimsy to any occasion. They can be sophisticated too. Intricate papercuts of the likes of Rob Ryan can be carved from delicate box folds to create pop-up paper ornaments, and tab mechanisms can be used to mimic a cuckoo in a wall clock.
At the heart of pop-ups lie a few simple mechanisms, and no matter how complex the design, the pop can be achieved using one of the basic techniques. Paper Cut Cards covers all these techniques, such as essential folds, creating slots and tabs, as well as rotating discs and springs. Simple step-by-steps will guide any novice from paper crafter to paper engineer. Each technique is followed by a selection of projects that demonstrate its use, so crafters can build up skills and become confident enough to begin making their own pop-up designs. Templates for each project at the back also mean crafters can get stuck in straightaway if they want to. Whether you just love crafting or you want to make something special for an occasion, Paper Cut Cards has something for you. The 30 inspirational projects included offer a range of card designs for birthdays, weddings, and celebrations, as well as ornamental projects to put on display or gift to family and friends. Each design has been carefully thought out by one of the leading paper artists contributing to the book, following a successful collaboration on the papercraft book Send Something Beautiful.

Offers contemporary designs, including ever-popular paper cuts, that utilize classic pop-up mechanisms
Features full-size templates and easy-to-follow steps
Bridges the gap from papercraft to paper engineering


The Papercraft Post

If you are looking for an ace 3-D cardmaking book with designs contributed by a talented bunch of international paper artists – you’re in the right place. This book contains projects of graded complexity – but even the simplest designs are hooky and original. This is a go-to title for getting your paper engineering skills in gear.

The feats of paper engineering magic are divided into three sections – Cuts & Folds, Tabs & Slots, and Discs & Spirals. So – you’ve got your standard pop-ups and fold-ins, plus mechanical cards. All the projects are handmade (but they could certainly be adapted for digital cutting if you are so inclined).
Star projects include Pot of Flowers (Freya Lines) – a simple papercut with a colourful backing  so both the design and the background pop; Fiesta (Freya Lines) – Mexican papercut-inspired pop-up; Bird Box (Whispering Paper) – a pop-up kraft paper shadowbox with a delightful papercut bird, Knight’s Fortress (Lynn Hatzius) – a spectacular concertina castle that is deceptively easy to make. In the second section, Carousel  (Tina Kraus) would make a splendid birthday surprise, Snail on a Leaf (Rosa Yoo) is a super dimensional pull-tab pop-up. In chapter 3, Bird in a Cage (Kyle Orman) impresses (as the name says, it is a paper cage card - pull the string to reveal the lattice cage).
These cards are all-singing, all-dancing – in many cases, you will have to rely on the description to use your imagination to create a mental gif of the card action. As you would expect, step-by-step how-tos accompany each project.
Outstanding features of the book include a picture gallers "Project Selector" and capsule bios of the contributing papercrafters. Nice.
There’s a template section at the back of the book – due to the nature of the cards, enlargement is necessary in most cases.
So – a pleasing round-up of all-occasion interactive cards.

Rachel Hyde -

If you are a card maker that finds flat cards a bit flat, give your hobby a new dimension with this book full of pop-up creations. There are thirty cards in here and here is the best news; despite their intricate and professional appearance they cost very little to make, and you probably already own all the materials!

Just the usual cardmaker's kit of glue, scissors, craft knife and lots of colored card is all you need to make these impressive and contemporary cards. No die cutter or expensive machinery apart from the use of a computer printer or photocopier for the patterns. Instead, this is a book that gets back to the nuts and bolts of papercraft with papercutting projects and lots of folding, scoring, and even tracing. After the introduction, there are three sections of cards to make comprising of the simplest cuts and folds, more intermediate tabs, slots, and layers and finally the more advanced discs and spirals. All these projects are about precision in cutting and measuring (although the latter is mostly done for you with templates), but if you are new to papercutting, it is not too daunting as, in good Search Press style, there are plenty of staged photographs. Not every project needs many, but where required, they are present. Overall, this is an attractive book too, with pages tinted in mostly pastel shades and the usual rectangular photographs have been replaced by either green mats with work on them or other shapes. There are lots of pictures of the work in progress and completed in jolly bright card making it all look fun to do in contrast with many other books about paper engineering which are often rather stark. Turn to the useful project selector to choose from various florals, buildings, views, animals, and words. There is a wedding card, Christmas tree, Valentine heart, dragon, robot, penguin, two castles, and my own favorite of a fox on a hillside to name a few. I think that these represent a good mixture for men, women and children and a variety of occasions. These are the work of an international group of artists whose short résumés appear at the end. If you want to learn papercutting and pop-up skills, this is a great place to start.

Machine Knitting Monthly

April 2016

If you enjoy making cards take it one step further using essential folds, creating slots and tabs, as well as rotating discs and springs. There are full-size templates and east to follow steps to bridge the gap from papercraft to paper engineering

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