Sunday, 13 June 2010

Hand-Made Cards - Pop-Up Card with Piano Keyboard

I've been very busy again, with my papercrafting - no sooner had I finished the Explosion Box than I had to forge ahead with Dad's birthday card ready for Tuesday. It didn't take me as long as I thought, and I finished it yesterday. Today I've been working on the video, and taking a few photos, and trying to find a way of uploading videos to Youtube without them complaining about a whole lot of stuff that is totally beyond me - if they don't want people to use certain formats etc. they should explain in layman's terms exactly what is required, in my opinion - I was left totally in the dark as to what to do.

I finally discovered that it could be converted to a flash video (.flv) for which I downloaded a free converter. The only trouble is, the resulting quality isn't nearly as good... I suppose it will have to do, though.

Here are some pictures of the card:

This is just after I finished the front:

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This is the pop-up keyboard inside, which also shows the music - it is the piano version of "Happy Birthday" and I inserted "Dad" into the relevant bit!

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Here's a closer view of the pop-up - you can also see the music a bit more clearly on this one:

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The next two pictures are of a side-view of the pop-up, showing how the cutting and folding works, and what happens when you close the card.

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Here are a couple of photos which show the card almost finished - all I had to do at this stage was add the final 3-D elements.

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These pictures show the inside with the floating music notes just after I'd made them:

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Finally, here are the pictures of the completed card:

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Now, here is the video. I decided this time to video the work in progress. It did make for some difficulties, because each step took me quite a while, and I was concerned about the light going before I'd finished, but it was OK in the end.




Here is the template for the keyboard pop-up. I made it to fit inside a folded A5 card, i.e. final size A6, which is a bit small, and it made it pretty fiddly to make. I'd suggest making it final size A5. I've saved this template as a .jpg, so you can paste it and enlarge it to whatever size you like. You can use your photo editor or desk-top publisher to substitute the name in the Happy Birthday music. I have made the fold lines on the black keys quite thick so they show up when printed. If they show on the finished project, simply go over them with a black felt pen.



I am hoping to go over on Tuesday and see Dad on his birthday. I hope he enjoys his card!

26 comments:

  1. Hi, just popped over to say "hello" and welcome to my Cupboard. Thank you so much for your comments, I always appreciate followers taking the time to visit and any imput is valuable. Whilst here I had a look at your work - you are indeed a talented crafter, and I also sorry to read of your problems with ME, hope today is a good one for you. Best wishes, ikki

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  2. Hi Ikki - thanks for the lovely message.

    I'm feeling much better today, thank you, and looking forward to taking the card over to my Dad today!

    I know I'm going to learn a lot about my Cuttlebug on your blog. I've only just scratched the surface so far.

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  3. I like the 3d music pages and acetate tabs to float the notes above the keyboard. Excellent!!

    Carol
    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

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  4. Love the piano pop up.
    Thanks for sharing great eye candy.

    Carol C
    Stampattack Art Stamps

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  5. This is an AMAZING card, Shoshi! It's funny that you visit my blog and call me "talented" because I stuck a sticker on my card, and then you have cards like THIS on your blog! LOL!

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  6. Hi Lynette - lol, lol, lol!!! I've posted a comment on your blog!

    Shoshi

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  7. Hi Shoshi. I love pop up cards. Thank you for the template. SO many good photos you have taken too. Lovely.
    Dr Sonia S V
    http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

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  8. wow !!!!
    you hav made beautigul pop up card
    i really lyk it <3

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  9. Thank you very much. i think' It"s fantastic for me" you have a great idea. if i don't understand about pop up card can you help me? .
    Thank you.

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  10. MPCY_BLUE - thank you for your comment. I'm afraid I can't access your blog or profile - not sure whether this is Blogger playing up again - but hope you come back here to read this. I am fascinated by pop-ups - the idea of creating something 3-D in paper which also folds completely flat is endlessly intriguing. If you want to learn how to make them, and to understand how they work, click on the link in my Blog List to the Extreme Cards and Papercrafting Blog and look for her pop-up tutorials. It's a great blog with loads of ideas and instructions! Happy crafting!

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  11. hi >> can u help me in making pop up bedroom card for my friend she suffer so much to make her room and i would like o make her happy..i try but faild can u help me??

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    1. Hi Hanaa hanaa - I cannot access your blog to post a reply there. If you can give me some contact details maybe I can help you. I recommend you visit the Extreme Cards and Papercrafting blog (see link in my Blog List in my sidebar) and look for her pop-up tutorials. Loads of ideas there!

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  12. I love the finished product but found it hard to fold up the keys once I had done it, your video was lacking in this area.

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    1. Sorry you had problems with the folding part, Anonymous. It's very hard to film that because of the manipulation involved and your hands get in the way of the camera! It's definitely the most tricky part of the project, and I didn't help myself by making it all too small. You need to follow the "mountain" and "valley" folds and fold them accordingly, and gently tease it to make the card go the way you want. After each of the pieces are going in the right direction, you fold the card flat to reinforce the direction of the folds, and work it back and forth to make sure it's all working properly.

      Not knowning who you are, I can't comment on your blog, so I do hope you return to read this. I hope you manage the folds all right.

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  13. Brilliant card!

    Robin L.

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  14. Thanks Robin. Glad you like it.

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  15. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing
    all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say excellent blog!
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    1. Sorry you experienced problems commenting, Anonymous - it seems that a lot of us are experiencing more than the usual run of problems with Blogger at the moment. It's a pain. Anyway, thanks for the nice comment, and glad you like my blog.

      Shoshi

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  17. I love the card will have a go at making one. I know its preference but I thought the black notes spoiled the over all effect. I probably would have used music note confetti but then that would be oh so fiddly. Thanks again for a lovely idea. Now I'll go look at all the other things you have since I am here. Lost on another tangent

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  18. Thanks for your comment, SurfinNan. Glad you like this card! Of course it's entirely up to you how you embellish it, if at all - anything goes! Hope you enjoy the rest of my blog.

    Shoshi

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  19. Oh my this card is fabulous! I am so impressed, you have done a wonder job making it. Thanks for sharing your template. Love it.

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  20. Thank you for the template. This will be the perfect card for my nephew´s birthday. He´s turning eight and loves his piano lessons.

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  21. What a creative and lovely card. Thanks for sharing as it is perfect for sister who loves to play piano. Look forward to following your posts. Thanks again!

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  22. Hi Silvermomma, so glad you like the card, and I hope you have great success making it for your sister! I tried to leave you a comment on blogger but you don't seem to have a blog to visit, so I hope you return here to read this. Sadly, my lovely Dad for whom I made this card, is now in hospital and if well enough, will go to a nursing home. He is now 90 and has dementia and heart failure and is very poorly. It's a sad time for us all.

    Shoshi

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  23. Hello Shoshi,

    on a Group on Facbook, i found a link to your blog an this Tutorial. Wooooooooow, it was sooooo great. I want to make it too and i've never seen such a nice Card before. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Your Projects are very, very gerat and i love to see the Tutorials. Because of your Blog, i can find soooo much Inspirations an new Ideas. Thank you very much for this.

    Now im a Follower to your blog, because i don't want to miss any Tutorials they will come.

    I wish you all the Best.

    Many Greetings from Germany and sorry if there little mistakes in the text.

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