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Day 150(2 days late): Pop Up Birthday Card

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

Way back in January when I first decided to do this 365 project, I wrote a note on facebook describing it to my friends and family and asking for support and suggestions for projects. My friend Josh said, and I quote, “june 18th is my bday, so you can make me a silly bday card!! a pop up card would be killer!” So, a couple of weeks late due to craziness and not wanting to pay to send the larger that normal card, I kept my promise and made him a pop up birthday card!

This took a lot longer than I thought it was going to… Most of the tutorials I found online were really simple and the sort of things a 5 year old could do, so I kept searching for something a bit more complex until I found a tutorial which showed how to make pop up stairs. The dialogue is a bit awkward, but she really does help you get the basic idea of how to do it… while also making it seem waaaaayyyy easier than it actually is. So I started making mine out of an miss-printed cover I had made for a portfolio because I thought it would be good and sturdy. I ended up having to carefully measure each cut or it wouldn’t line up right, so that took awhile, and then with each step, it added more and more folds which affected the stability of it… but I kept forging on until I ended up with “stairs” that looked more like a tiered pyramid. I then cut out a pop up part surrounding the “stairs” because I wanted to make that sort of like a banner. I then cut out shapes from brightly colored paint chips that were sort of like spills and wrote the words “More awesome at every stage of” on them and attached them to the banner thingy, and then I cut out abstracted letters to spell LIFE and stuck them to the base. I attached another half sheet of the portfolio paper to the front cover for extra stability and a piece of poster paper to the back. I wanted to make the background paper a little bit brighter, so I took the same bright green sample jar I used in the last post (which I ended up giving to another friend as a much belated birthday present today… he loved it :) ) and did a light dry brush coat over the outside and the base in the inside, then I swirled around a bit on the top with a fan brush. I painted the “steps” with a heavier coat on every other one to make them stand out more. Finally, I traced some silhouettes I found online of people in action, like jumping, break dancing, or skateboarding (which Josh does a lot), cut them out and stuck them to the various stages. I was going to print out pictures of josh doing many of these actions, as well as a hilarious one of him in his Yellow-Bellied Sap-Sucker costume from Beaux Arts, but I was have some serious technical difficulties and was running out of time, so I just made do with tracing some similar pictures. So here’s the front cover.

Not very exciting because I wanted the inside to be even more surprising! Sorry it’s a crappy pic because I was in a hurry, but it just says “Shaffes! (his nickname) Happy (super duper late) Birthday! You Are…” And here’s the Pièce de résistance… the inside:

And at an angle so you can see the pop out effect better.

I think it turned out pretty awesome, especially considering this is my first time doing something like this! I will definitely try this technique again and refine it now that I know more about it.

And he loved the card, by the way! :mrgreen:

Anna Grace

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