Thursday, February 27, 2014

Of course, I need one for every occasion

I have a friend that is from Ireland. She is a firm believer in leprechauns and fairies. Leprechauns are usually depicted as old men, at least in Ireland, or so I am told. However, my daughter is enamored with the wee bit o' the Irish in her background and she didn't want an old man. I hope this will do for both of them for Saint Patrick's Day.

The card is a tri-fold card with a popup that says "Rub me for Luck" above the gold coin. If you would like to try making one yourself, I have shared the files below.

MTC Digital Cut File including graphics

SVG Digital Cut File including graphics

He may not be authentic, but maybe he'll bring you some good luck. Happy, St. Patty's Day!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

More popups

I closed my studio at the end of December to my art and pottery classes and have been enjoying being able to do whatever I want, or not. Make-the-Cut released their new software, Popup Card Studio, at just the right time for me to have the time to play. I am having so much fun.

A friend of mine is hosting a country breakfast at her family reunion this summer. She really likes the popups I have been doing lately and asked if I could do one for her invitation. Although she is a friend and I don't mind, I do NOT want to turn another hobby into a job or something I have to do. But, I agreed to design and complete one if she would do the rest. I am glad she did agree because I need to go back to kindergarten and take a remedial course in taping and gluing.
This is what the inside of the invitation is going to look like.

I create my graphics in a number of ways. I draw and color them digitally from scratch, I create them from photographs that I take, like the wood, gravel, and dirt textures on these, or I crop them from something that I have painted in the traditional manner. This chicken was first painted on a ceramic bowl with fired ceramic color which works a lot like watercolor. The Subway Art background was created in Photoshop. I used 4 or 5 different fonts and blended a couple of different textures with the background to give the sign an older look. My husband helped me think of all the words to put on it and I used some Photoshop custom shapes to fill in the blank areas.

Here's a 300DPI version of the Hen

Here's a 300DPI version Of the Subway Art Background

This one was a homework assignment given out in one of the webinars. Make a bench popup. Completely pressure but I loved the one that Susan at Susan Blue Robot did and wanted to try.
While I like the concept of my bench, I do not like the execution. It is poorly made and much too fragile. So now I get to do another one or figure out how to correct the one I've already done. This is not a bad thing. I really enjoy what I consider to be my more successful ones, but I certainly learn more with my mistakes.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Keeping it Simple

I am still working on learning the basics of simple popups. Even the simplest ones are fun and I really enjoy doing them. Everywhere I go, I see things that give me inspiration for doing another one.

There are many very complicated and sophisticated popups out there. Origami Architecture or Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper rather than just folding it. Some of the popup examples I have seen are magnificent. That is a goal but I am nowhere near reaching it.

In the mean time, I will keep trudging along with my simple ones and, hopefully, improve my skills so that I can reach that goal. A bonus...I have been able to use some of the graphics that I had already created in another fashion.