Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Interesting and Intricate Card

Just a quick post today - I wanted to share a beautiful and complex card that I bought in Virginia when we were at the wedding last month.

This is the front of the card.  Aside from the beautiful red handmade paper it is rather plain and boring.

However, when you open up the card this amazing structure appears.  It is an incredibly detailed paper cutting of the Library of Congress.

The design is actually a flat piece of paper with many tiny cuts and lots of scoring.  I tried to get it flat for this photo so you could see how everything fits into the background.  There are only a few places where paper is actually removed from the page.

Here is the view from the top - some of the red hand made paper shows to accent the design.

Here is a side view - the folds are done so various parts fold out at different depths.

This is cut by a laser.  Some of the cuts are extremely fine.  The folding is all done by the artist by hand.  In her statement she says she can finish 200 - 300 cards a day!

Here is the back of the card with some information.  The artist is Joyce Asta and this type of work is called origami architecture.   Many more samples and information can be found on the website liveyourdreamsdesigns.com.  Here is a LINK.

I think this work is fascinating and I would love to be able to create something like this.  Maybe it is possible to do something similar, but less complex, with the Cricut - I'll have to add that to my list of things to try...

I am sure you will like the surprise that will be posting Wednesday. I have had fun trying out the items that arrived in the package that came yesterday - lots of creative possibilities with these...

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  1. I bought a card similar to this in Paris last year. It has a beautiful pop up of the Eiffle tower. I'll have to email you a few pictures.

  2. Wow, is right! I've never made a pop up card before, but this one sure takes the cake. Will love to see what you come up with. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  3. Wow, that's just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Wow what an amazing card, so so much detail and to be able to make that many in a day is outstanding.
    Kim xXx

  5. lol, i knew before i got to comments you would be giving this a go...i've had similar cards in the past also, but this is a little 'out of my league'. i'll leave this detail to the lasers. good luck on yours, i'll be waiting and watching!


  6. I love these kind of cards too & would love to be able to make something like that with the cricut/gypsy.

  7. These are awesome, I went to the website and I am going to order the Washington D.C for my daughter I am sure it will come in handy for school in the future on one project or another.
    Thanks for sharing
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

  8. WOW!!! This is amazing. You would definitely have to have lots of patients for this type of work!
    The end results are amazing though.

  9. Wow!! That is one AWESOME!!! card!!! TFS

  10. wow!!!!!!!!!!! how can she make 200 a day.


  11. Diane
    That is an amazing card.
    There is a great blog called Extreme Cards and Paper Crafting that does svgs for pop up cards. She has a great blog.

  12. this is wicket cool - I love pop outs. I did buy a few books on the idea... very intricate! Perhaps PC can design the Cricut to cut some idea sheets.


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