Extraordinary gifts you'll make by hand

by Fred Showker

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Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book

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coverElegant and accessible, this interactive handbook teaches crafters of all ages how to create kinetic paper art. The projects are complete with examples, formulas, and the essential instruction that allows them to be constructed directly from the book with simple materials on hand: paper, scissors, and glue. Pop-ups are grouped by type -- 'box or triangle -- 'and as the chapters progress, the techniques are combined and layered for more dramatic effects. With its thorough explanations and inspiring ideas, this book will bring color and motion to crafters' cards, scrapbooks, and invitations.
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Simple and Stunning : Handmade Art Nouveau Cards

coverOrganic and ornamental shapes -- 'typical of the Art Nouveau movement -- 'are used with the help of this craft book to create nifty greeting cards that look both historical and contemporary. All the required special papers and other materials are included, and the craft techniques -- 'stenciling, metal embossing, glass painting, and the creation of three-dimensional effects -- 'are shown using clear, step-by-step photographs. Finished cards feature such elements as lilies, dragonflies, a rosebud arch, grape vines, or a flower maiden.
      Judy Balchin is a lettering artist who designs titles for book jackets and television shows. She also designs craft kits and conducts workshops on silk painting, glass painting, and painting on porcelain.
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Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide

coverDazzle your friends and loved ones with the one-of-a-kind projects in Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide. A few simple cuts and folds are all it takes to create over twenty cards and envelopes with moveable parts. From pop-up trees to flipping leaves and sliding message panels, the mechanism that make these cards spectacular are easy to re-create or adapt to whatever suits your fancy!
      Everything you need to get started is inside, including clear instruction, easy-to-follow patterns and introductory information on tools, materials and techniques. And every card featured is designed to fit inside a standard A-2 or #10 envelope, so mailing is as easy as sealing, stamping and addressing. Tips, tricks and ideas for personalization help you create unique cards that their recipients will remember for a long time to come.
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The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Making Pop-Ups & Novelty Cards: A how-to guide to the art of paper engineering, featuring over 100 techniques and ... 1000 fantastic photographs and illustrations

cover Learn the mechanics of pop-ups and be inspired to create your own individual cards, gifts and books.
      Trish Phillips is an author, illustrator and paper engineer. She studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Art in London, where her interest in paper engineering was inspired by tutor Paul Jackson, a well-known paper sculptor. She is the author and illustrator of many pop-up books published by Little Tiger Press. Ann Montanaro is the founder of The Movable Book Society, a world-wide organization with nearly 400 members that has been promoting pop-up books since 1993. Her two volumes of Pop-Up and Movable Books: A Bibliography document the history and publication of English language mechanical books.
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Fred Showker

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