Sunday, September 8, 2019

Rectangle Twist N Pop Cards

Surprisingly easy to assemble, these top fold action cards 
have internal ‘arms’ mechanism that holds accordion-folded panel. 
Lift card front to open and see panels spread wide. 

Offset accent shapes provide scope to use coordinated prints and panels. 
Large rectangle card, above, measures
approx. 4.5" wide x 5.75" tall when closed
(requires 12x12 cutting capacity).
It includes special patchwork classic star optional panel 
which can decorate pop out panels if desired 
(four panels can alternately be decorated with stamps 
or sentiments, or as a story board for specialty prints). 
Small rectangle card, below, measures

approx. 3.5” wide x 4.5” tall when closed. 

Add embellishments, dimensional foam to 
front accent panels, then tie to close 
with encased ribbon. 

Shown here below is the small rectangle card using
the included, optional front accent panel that may be
suitable to cameo a "postcard" style panel
from specialty print paper.
(This one is from "Authentique" Twilight 8x8 bundle.)

These two cards have nearly identical assembly steps.
The large rectangle card will be thoroughly described,
with the basics of smaller card shown after
beginning with Step 18.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main card base   B card front panel (2)
C front accent base   D front accent panel
E pop mechanism shape   F interior accent panel
G four-panel "arms" base strip
H patchwork star accent 'squares' for arms (4)
(plain whole squares are also included in file)
2. Prepare the shapes by bending on perforations:
a. 'arms' four-panel strip by bending
at the perforations in accordion style.
NOTE: in its final configuration, the folds 
will  be re-directed to form 'W', but to begin,
the 'M' form is best.
b. bend card base at perforation, then open flat
c. bend the pop mechanism forward on horizontal
center perforation - (mountain fold), and also . . .
. . . fold as mountain fold on each of the diagonal
perforation lines.
3. Now configure the mechanism so that is can
fold up as needed, by assisting the cross fold 
indicated here . . . 
. . . to fold inward directly toward center, as . . . 
. . .  the diagonal folds engage, causing the 'arms'
at each side to continue to move in to meet
at center.
When the mechanism is fully closed, as shown
in this frame, it resembles a classic house block shape.
Apply ample pressure through the layers along
the areas where the perforation edges are laying
underneath. Press from one side, then reverse
the folded shape and apply same pressure again.
Also, apply pressure along the 'crest' diagonal
perforation edges to ensure a crisp crease.
4. Audition the position the mechanism in its
folded form on the back card base panel interior
face, with the point tip exactly at the center of
mid perforation line, with bottom corners offset
within base edges.
5. Apply adhesive (double-stick permanent hold
tape is recommended over liquid here) to the first
face of the folded mechanism, then re-position
on the interior back face of card base as shown above. 
NOTE to ensure that the point
self-adjusts to move down slightly to allow the card
to fold appropriately and close, wait to apply pressure
to permanently affix mechanism in place until
the card can be closed, then apply pressure.
6A. Apply adhesive tape to the front 
of the mechanism . . . 
. . . then fold the card front down into position . . .
. . .to align the front and back base corners 
for best match . . . 
. . . and apply pressure through layers to affix.
Demonstrate how the mechanism now installed
functions: lift the card front . . .
. . . to see the arms begin to spread open, until . . .
. . . they open fully to lay nearly flat on each side.
6B. Position the interior accent panel, slightly offset,
on the lower portion of the mechanism, as shown.
7. Position each of the accent squares onto
a segment of the 'arms' strip, centered.
8. Position the arms assembly to prepare to attach
in place on the arm extensions of the mechanism.
The center fold should be aligned at the intersections
of the mechanisms' perforation lines, and also . . . 
. . . be centered from top to bottom on
the horizontal perforation line. Pointing fingers
in this frame show that the angled margins at
the inner end of arms should be equally revealed
to help indicate the centered position.
9. Apply adhesive to the UPPER SECTION
of the right arm, keeping glue ONLY about 3/4
in from right end as shown here.
10. Un-fold the arm panel carefully without
un-adjusting, re-check that it is still squared up,
then apply pressure to affix in place.
11. Fold the left half of strip out of the way
to repeat the 3/4 only glue application to
the LOWER SECTION of the left arm, as shown.
12. Un-fold the panels strip to position and apply
pressure to the arm end, checking
for perpendicular alignment in relation to
the card base edges.
13. Bend the arms in very slightly to re-configure
the bending direction of the panels to the 'W' form.
Continue the bending in, to direct the unattached
 arm ends: DOWN and TOWARD CENTER for
right arm, and UP and TOWARD CENTER
for the left arm.
In this frame, those unattached portions are
being fingertip-grasped to pull them in
the directions outlined above, until . . . 
. . . the panel begins to ease itself into folded
position with panel squares beginning to stack . . . 
. . . with the front and back covers moving
together to enclose the squares.
NOTE: it may take a little patience to fold
the initial time, but after that, it will fold as designed.
Apply pressure through all layers to ensure
that everything inside as locked into best position.
14. Cut a 22-24" length of ribbon, locate the center
of both ribbon and card, then . . . 
. . . glue the ribbon in place within approx. 1/4"
 of each side edge.
Position and attach the backside accent shape,
enclosing and affixing the ribbon between.
15. Use dark colored foam squares to add dimension
to the next panel-attachment steps.
Or, if preferred, set up a multi-squares cutting
job on your die cutter. Those used in this example
are approx. 1/2" square. Cut approx. 9 per 1/8"
thick dimensional square (multiples of 9 for
each square desired).
Layer and glue the squares together, taking care
to line up the edges as precisely as possible,
and apply pressure to the stack.
(If possible, press the stacks under a heavy weight
while they dry completely.)
16. Position and attach the dimensional squares
behind the accent panel/base, then . . .
. . . position and attach the accent panel onto 
the front of card.
17.  Finish the card by tying the ribbon and
trimming the ends.
Add jewels, nail head studs, etc, as desired.
Here is the sample completed card
ready to give.
18. For the Small Rectangle card version,
Follow steps 1-16 in this tutorial,
substituting the fussy-cut portrait mini postcard
as the front accent panel. Then complete
step 17.
Identify and cut the shapes: 
A card base   B front and back accent panels (2)
C front accent base   D front offset accent panel
E optional fussy-cut accent panel
F mechanism for twist and pop
G interior accent rectangle
H 'arms' panel with 4 sections
I 'arms' accent shapes (4)
19. Position and attach the front accent panel
onto the front accent base.
Complete the card as described in previous steps.

Optional: fussy-cut the desired panel,
adjust size if necessary to cut accent base panel,
then position and attach.
As reference, this is the "Authentique" 
Twilight 8x8 bundle from which the panel was cut.
Here is the completed card using
the specialty paper panel.

Twist N Pop Cards Leaf and Pumpkin

These action cards are surprisingly easy to assemble. 
Leaf card above (see video below), 
has mirror-image front and back leaf shapes 
that join to back leaf panel at tip.
Pumpkin card (see second video)
has layered front shapes and stem 
that join to back panel near top. 
For either, internal ‘arms’ mechanism holds accordion-
folded panel that provides the action. 
 card front to open and see panels spread wide. 

Offset accent shapes provide scope to use coordinated 
prints and panels (four panels can alternately be decorated 
with stamps or sentiments or 
as a story board for specialty prints). 

Add embellishments, then tie to close 
with encased ribbon. 
 Leaf card measures approx. 6.5” wide x 6.75” tall when closed.
Pumpkin card measures approx. 5” wide x 7” tall when closed.

The assembly of these two designs follows closely
the rectangle version of the twist and pop cards
which can be studied in that tutorial here. The steps that
are unique to these designs are shown in this tutorial,
with Leaf version shown first, Pumpkin version 
beginning with Step 8.

1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card base front (includes tip perforations)
B card front accent (includes tip perforations)
C & D card front accent base and accent rectangle
E card base back  F card back accent
G twist and pop mechanism
H interior accent panel
J 'arms' accent rectangles (4)
 I 'arms' base strip
2. Prepare the card base FRONT shape by bending 
forward at the very short perf line near top tip.
3. Position the front card base and back card base
shapes back-to-back, align edges and glue the tips
together so that . . . 
. . . the card base can hinge open as shown here.
4. Refer to the "Rectangle Twist and Pop Cards"
tutorial Steps 2-4 to prepare the 'arms' strip shape
and interior mechanism shape, 
then prepare to position and attach it
to the inside face of the Leaf card back by locating
the center of the 'seam' that joins front and back.
5. Position with mechanism tip at the perf/seam . . .
. . . and square the lower edges up by aligning
with the tiny corner guide marks near bottom,
then attach in place, as shown in Steps 5 and 6. 
6. Position and attach the front accent shape so
that the tip perforations nest together.
7. Refer to the "Rectangle Twist and Pop Cards"
tutorial, Steps 6B through 17 to add interior accent
panel, prepare and attach the 'arms' panel with accents,
add front panel accents, back ribbon and accent leaf,
and to complete the card with tied ribbon.
Here is the sample completed card.

8. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card front base (with perforation along top)
B card back base
C card front accent pumpkin
(NOTE: in final design, stem portion is removed)
D card back pumpkin accent
E front center pumpkin segment   F stem
G twist and pop mechanism   H interior accent rectangle
I front accent base    J front accent rectangle
K 'arms' panels strip   L 'arms' accent panels (4)
9. Prepare the front base shape and accent shape
by bending forward at the upper perforation lines.
10. Position the front base and the back base
together back-to-back so that edges line up,
and glue together ONLY the upper portions
above the perforation line on front.
11. Position the front pumpkin accent over front base
so that the perforation fold edges nest together.
12. Position and attach the middle front
segment in the same manner, matching
the perforation lines, and centering the shape.
Make sure that all of the glued-together front
accent shapes and base will easily bend 
to open with perforations all lined up.
Add and attach the stem above the center segment.
tutorial, Steps 2 - 3 to prepare the 'arms' strip
and also the mechanism shapes. 
14. Position the folded mechanism on the interior face
of the back base shape, centered, with the top tip
just under the perforation 'seam', with the bottom
corners lined up at the small corner guide marks . . . 
Take card that the point tip does NOT interfere with
the card's ability to fold closed, then add adhesive
and fold the card front into position to join mechanism
top face to front interior face (see Step 6A).
15. Position and attach the interior accent shape
on the lower portion of the mechanism.
16. Refer to Steps 7 thru 17 to complete the assembly
of the Pumpkin Twist and Pop card.
Here is the completed sample card.