A Card for Mother’s Day but Not Necessarily A Mother’s Day Card

Since Mother’s Day is coming for many readers, here’s a card project that might be suitable for the day, but could be used for any occasion.

Some of you have made slider cards before, but for those who haven’t, here are the steps. Print out the pdf and score between the vertical pink guides and across the lower edge of the wide part. I have shown the score lines in green below.

Cut out the card, and cut out the circle in the middle of the yellow star.

Place the card printed side down, then fold back the two side flaps.

Fold the left end up and back so that the yellow star is on top.

Flip the card over. Gently bend the score line closest to the red lettering and firmly fold the score line closest to the green hands.

Pick up the card and gently slide the end that says U R A Star inside the pocket made by the flaps on the other end.

When you push down on the upper edge of the card the message will show.

If you would like to create your own card, you can use this one as a template. Just remember that the distance between the outer edge of the end with flaps and the circle

should be the same as the distance from the fold above the pointy fingers to the area holding the message.

The simplest way to make your own is to cut and fold a blank card, then decorate it after.

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I experimented a little more with interlocked squares this week.

I played a bit with scale. The blue squares in the form below are about half again as big as the white ones. (Both shapes are made from six squares.)

Here’s a shape built from eight squares, shown from the side.

This one is built from ten squares.

You can see that the forms are becoming flatter. I tried a twelve square form, but the bend angle at the side became too acute. The squares couldn’t curve sharply enough.

Then I tried combining a top of six squares with a nine square bottom. All the joins and curves worked, but I don’t like the shape. (It reminds me of a bedpan.)

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Some exciting news: I have had two works chosen for Small Quirks, the upcoming exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery. The first is Everything Connects, which only happened because I fell down a wormhole on the internet and followed it.

The piece is made from backed handmade paper and measures 18 cm/7 in across.

The second accepted work was the one I intended to make. It combines paper folding and paper cutting with digital printing,

The construction is one of Tomoko Fuse’s paper quilts, but flipped over so that I could cut designs in the flat back surfaces. Including the little projecting locking units, the work measures 60 cm/23.5 in across.


In other book arts news:

Something more local this week: if you are interested in this class you can find more information on the CBBAG Saskatchewan website.

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And in other news:

Spring has officially arrived. The prairie crocuses —Pasqueflower, Pulsatilla patens— have been open about a week, and the day that David took this picture we heard our first Meadowlark. We also have a pair of Mourning Doves in residence.

If this comes true, the daytime highs will be silly by Thursday.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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