20 January 2016/ ISBN 9781782213864
How-To / Papercraft
by Rachel A 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been replaced by either green mats with work on them or other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.
If you cannot find a good range of card making materials locally
for a list of suppliers.
|UK Reviewer: Rachel
Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular
Crafts and other magazines.