Happy Holidays! We've been very busy here in Seattle.
Over Thanksgiving I traveled to Paris, France to check out a craft show.
It was packed! Although the French prefer crafting with textiles over
paper, I'm still considering doing the show next year. Also, our
new dies are selling very well. One last thing. As I suggested in
1 of The Paper News, please email
me questions, article suggestions, or pictures of your creations.
This newsletter is for you, after all! - Sandy Jackson.
This fabulous card was created by Gale Barbieri of San Jose, California.She
added little birds and ornaments to the tree, and incorporated a pop-up
sofa with pictures of her grandchildren. Thanks, Gale!
love the dies for your miniature models! When will I be able to buy
dies for your full size models? We're working on it.
If we do offer dies for the full size models, they will not work on
the smaller personal die cutting machines (the QuicKutz or the Sizzix).
Even if the machine can handle the larger dies, they still might
not be able to generate enough pressure to cut through thicker papers
(as you probably know, the more complex a die pattern, the more force
is required to cut it out). We're researching this now. If we do offer
them, they will be expensive. Stay tuned.
When will you update your catalog? We are
planning to update the catalog and expand the handbook sometime
in early 2005.
As an alternative to stamping, have you considered selling
templates or stencils that could be used to trace the shapes for your
models? We're working on this, also. Let
us know if you would like stencils, and for which models.
How many different Tree products do you offer? There
is a large
tree stamp set, a small
tree stamp set, a miniature
tree earring stamp set, and the tree
die set. The small tree stamp set is also included as part
of the Ornament
stamp set. Finally, we also sell precut
tree kits. As you can tell, our customers just love trees!
I've seen a snow globe model. Is there a Snow Globe stamp
set? A snow globe is one of the projects that can be
made with the Ornament stamp set. Take a look at the picture
on the web site.
Crafting a pop up card with our
models is a familiar
project. Crafting a model that opens like a book is
but well worth the effort. With the exception of the
SAR model can be constructed to open like a book.
The procedure is
the same in all cases. You need to craft each half
of the model and
then glue the two halves to a sheet of paper that
will act like the
binding of a book. This project can be done with our
die cut kits,
our stamp sets, or our new miniature dies. However,
the smaller the
model, the more challenging it will be. (If you're
able to complete this project with any of the smaller sets, let us
If you hold up a completed and open
model and look into it, you will see two sets of pieces at right
angles to each other. Put another way, one set of pieces is horizontal
and the other set is vertical. When crafting
a half model, select either the horizontal or
vertical set. On each piece, score a line
along the center and cut one length of tabs to one
side of the
score line. These tabs will need to be trimmed,
over, and glued down.
You need to make sure that the pieces you score
and cut all lie in the same plane in the completed model. For the
Heart this is simple because the pieces are either heart shaped or
teardrop shaped. For the Tree or Bottle, you will have to be more
cautious in selecting the pieces you score and cut.
You don't have to craft a model that opens up in the
center. But since that is the simplest case, it will be covered here.
If you craft a model that opens up to the right or left of center,
the mechanics are the same: score a line on one set of pieces, and
cut a tab to one side of that line.
First, prepare two
complete sets of pieces for
the model you are building. To the right
is a picture of the
pieces that will be assembled to create
the half heart in
the next picture. The heart pieces have
been left whole and the teardrop pieces have been scored in the center
and a tab cut off to the side.
The Heart, Tree, and Bottle are all symmetrical
models (i.e.: both the right and the left halves are the same
shape). If you are crafting a Pear, you need to make sure
you don't craft two right or two left halves.
Assemble each half of the model.
This is half of an assembled heart before the
tabs are folded over and glued down. In this model, the teardrop
shaped pieces were scored along their centers and one length
of tabs cut off to the side of the score line.
This picture shows half of an assembled heart
before the tabs are folded over and glued down. In this model,
the heart shaped pieces were scored along their centers and
one length of tabs cut off to the side. If you make a heart
such as this, you will have to trim more of the tabs before
you glue them down.
Most crafters prefer cutting the teardrop pieces,
but this picture better illustrates the result of scoring
the center of a piece and cutting off tabs to the side of
that score line. Once you understand the mechanics of this,
you will understand this project.
Here is one half of a heart with the tabs glued
down. You will have to trim the tabs so that they don't fold
over the heart shape. In this picture, the tab to the right
of center still needs to be trimmed.
This half of the model will be glued to the
binding of our book.
Select a durable paper for the binding and make sure you fold the hinge with the grain of the paper. The model will last longer if the hinge folds with the grain.
the binding, use the outline of the largest pieces you cut out from your
preparation stage. Trace two overlapping halves of this outline and cut
it out. If you are using the die cut hearts, save the back paper, cut
off the strips on the largest heart, and trace the binding with this
outline. This produces a slightly smaller heart shape which is perfect
for the binding.
After gluing each half to the binding, you will
need to trim one of the pieces that extends beyond the hinge so that the
model opens easily. This will be obvious when you try to open your model.
This one opens up on the teardrop shaped pieces.
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