Turn to twinkle cards

I had a lot of fun making a batch of cards based on an idea I saw by paper engineer Shawn Sheehy.

Mine are made using Tetra Pak left over from the rocket project, so they were already cut open flat. The tringle stand up design utilises the panels already there and are similar to last years cards. and they have a peeled foil design.

I wanted to avoid using glue or tape so I thought I was onto a winner by making two slots for the disc. My prototype worked, but sadly the cards I made didn’t – they were too tight and wouldn’t turn with one hand. I sent them anyway – with instructions and an apology!

Perhaps the difference lay in the materials. I used carton with plastic coating on my first attempt and cereal box card for the discs of the rest. I need to have another go and see if i can make it work.

Out of the patterns of the discs we found that the spotty design worked best, followed by the stripes, but this may be partly to do with using felt tips that weren’t running out so the colours were brighter….

Cards from dis-cards

I’m always looking for ways to make cards from packaging and recycled materials – and ways to recycle old cards.

Many of my cards are made the night before they’re needed which explains their ‘thrown together’ qualities. I really like making them (there’s nothing like a deadline to give you focus). Many are made from frozen pizza boxes (we tend to have a lot of them), the card is similar to cereal boxes but comes in squares. I often use wood glue (PVA) to glue them together and I like to look for ways to make them 3D and interactive. These large ones are for immediate family so we don’t need to post them. We store them in boot boxes (bigger than shoe boxes) and they’re lovely things to rifle through when you’re feeling sentimental. The biggest impact my card making has had is to inspire my kids to make creative cards themselves – we’ve now quite a collection!