Shark Pop-Up Card

We celebrated my husband’s birthday last week.  By celebrated, I mean we ran off to Las Vegas for a few days with friends.  We were back home before the big day, so when it arrived I wasn’t sure what to do.  How do you top this?

I couldn’t let it go by without some kind of acknowledgement, in spite of the fact that he would ignore it completely if given the chance.  I decided to make him a card.

I wanted to try a pop-up card,  but didn’t really know where to start.  Thanks to my ability to spell the word “Google,” I found a fantastic website full of printable pop-up cards with excellent instructions. 

Robert Sabuda is a very talented artist who specializes in pop-up books.  Apparently, he is also quite generous – there are 48 pop-up cards available to print.  He covers a wide variety of subjects, including several holidays, animals and an entire line of Star Wars characters.  They are labeled according to difficulty levels, which range from simple to advanced.

I decided on the shark.  I printed it out on white cardstock and proceeded to follow the directions.  I found it was helpful to read through the directions as I colored it, because some parts will show at the end and others won’t.  You’ll definitely want to follow his instructions on scoring the lines with a paperclip.  It would be nearly impossible to do some of the folds otherwise.

I think the hardest part of putting these together is probably the gluing.  It would be difficult to hold some of the pieces in place while they dry.  I got around that problem by using Elmer’s CraftBond Permanent Tape Runner.  It comes in a dispenser, which you just roll over the area you want to be sticky.  No dry time and it sticks really well.  I really hate waiting for glue to dry.  I will sometimes skip a project if it requires wet glue.  Patience isn’t my strong suit.

Here’s my disclosure:  the glue came in a kit I received from a website I participate in called BzzAgent.  They send me products to try.  If I like them, I talk about them.  Actually, sometimes I talk about them if I don’t like them.  It’s something I’ve been doing for several years now, but this is the first time they’ve sent me craft products!

I used the X-acto corner rounder too.  I like the subtleness of it.  Don’t try to cut more than one layer of cardstock at a time though.  I think it cried a little when I did that.

The part that took the longest was coloring, which I will proudly say looks like it was done by a kindergartener.  Aside from that, I love the card.  When you open it wide, his mouth closes.

The simpler of these would be really fun to do with kids.  I’m headed back to print Frankenstein!

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