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I made this pretty pop-up card a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait until it arrived with its recipient before I could post about it!

lotus blossom pop-up card

lotus blossom pop-up card

It’s a lotus blossom that we featured on Folding Trees last year – such a pretty design! You can now see my review of the process of making the card, below.


Tutorial Review: Lotus Blossom Card

This review was originally published on my old papercraft site, Folding Trees.

In progress

Cutting the template pieces:lotus flower card

Finished piece

The finished card, open:lotus flower card

And from the side:
lotus flower card

Notes on this tutorial

The template comes on 2 pages. Unfortunately it’s designed for 11.7″ long paper, so for folks with letter-sized or A4 paper, the template is slightly too long and a couple of edges will be cut off. I didn’t realise this, so I had to draw the missing bits back onto my printouts by eye before cutting them out. You can avoid this by making sure “Shrink to Printable Area” is selected in Adobe Reader when you go to print.

I found it slightly annoying to have to cut everything out twice (once on printer paper to make the templates after printing, and then again on the coloured cardstock after tracing the templates), but you could save and reuse the printed paper templates, so you only have to do that step once. You could print directly onto your cardstock, but as each piece is cut from a  different colour, you’d waste a lot of cardstock that way.

The card came together easily enough – the directions are very simple. The stamens were a bit fiddly to cut and to attach; I’d advise that you treat them gently so you don’t bend them.

The finished card is stunning and the pop-up effect works well. You could modify the idea with different coloured cardstock, or, if you’re feeling very creative, change the shape of the petals to make a different type of flower. If you haven’t checked out the tutorial yet, I recommend you take a look!

Level of difficulty

intermediate

Time

moderate

Cost

low (recycle away)
 

Link

The original tutorial is available here.

14 Comments »

  1. Ooooo pretty!!

  2. Jana said

    Wow, June! Beautiful! I MUST try doing some of these paper crafts! 😀 I will be looking for your book at Barnes and Noble when I go home! I WILL be in my hot little hand when I return to Saudi!

  3. June said

    Jana, wouldn’t you prefer to buy a signed copy directly from the author? 😉

  4. Reba said

    Hi! I love the card and all of your crochet patterns. I would also like to own your book.

  5. June said

    Thank you, Reba! I’ll announce it on the blog when my book is released – not long now 🙂

  6. Kira said

    Wow all of your crafts are beautiful no matter what you do! I need to buy your book! Great job I love it all 🙂

  7. Da-daaaaaaaaa!

    June, thanks so much for your crochet patterns and tutorials, I’ve made three things and am so happy as they were my first ever crochet projects, I’ve blogged them so you can see my efforts!

    Thank you!

  8. Simply gorgeous!

  9. Simply beautiful! Kindly tell me how you did this awesome card. May be a step-by-step guide?

    • June said

      Chandrashekhar, there’s a downloadable template – the details are included in my review at Folding Trees (linked to in the post above) 🙂

  10. Ish McCormick said

    OMG i love this. is there anyways i can see how to make this ?

    • June said

      Yep! The link to the original template etc is at the very end of my review, above 🙂

  11. cheryl said

    do you have a link for the cutout please,,the original site does not work

    • June said

      The link is at the very end of my post (above). I’ve just checked it, and it still points to the correct page with the link to the template, so please try again!

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