For this Father’s Day, I think I’ll make my pops a pop-up card. When I was a child, I loved pop-up books better than any other kind of book. I have always been fascinated with pop-ups and the paper engineers who make them. I still buy the books and add them to my home decor. My father worked as an engineer, so he likes them as well.
Years ago, my dad would challenge me to make 3-dimensional boxes in various geometric shapes. He said that I had built-in geometry. My dad was a bonafide rocket scientist, and I think he really hoped I would become an engineer of some kind too, but I went in the opposite direction. I was more artistic than scientific, so I became a visual merchandiser and then a slipcover designer/maker instead. I have always been creative, and I have always been inclined to make the things I visualize in my mind’s eye. In my work as a visual merchandiser for department stores during the 1980′s and 90′s, I made props for displays, cut out lettering for the walls, built stage sets for fashion shows, and designed and built shop concepts for departments. This was back when department stores were owned by families and the creative freedom of visual merchandisers and the glitz and glamour of store windows and displays helped drive the market. It sure was fun.
Back to paper, art, geometry, and engineering. Now, my dad and I have nature in common. Plants, trees, and the birds we love, so I’ll make a pop-up Father’s Day card that I know he will appreciate. My parents live on a lake along the Tennessee River. They are big into birding, and they love to watch bald eagles, water fowl, and other resident and migratory birds. They feed the birds, garden for birds, and keep regular bird lists. I think maybe a bald eagle pop-up card will be just right.
I love the work of Robert Sabuda and of Matthew Reinhart, and it is nice they both have downloadable DIY plans on their websites. I am going for simple since this is my first attempt at making a pop-up card, plus I am a stubborn do-it-myselfer, so I will design my own card. I will glean tips and the pop-up basics from the Robert Sabuda site. If you want to be more adventurous, you can find Robert’s templates and directions here, or you can find Matthew’s here. If you want to get really snazzy with a design, learn all about kirigami and download plans from Easy Cut Pop Up.