Magazine article Sunset

Family Pop-Ups

Magazine article Sunset

Family Pop-Ups

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Pop-up photographs add delightful dimensions to homemade Christmas cards. Whether you start with individual portraits or family groupings, they can be made into something special when you cut them out and mount them to either of the simple shades we show here.

Each card starts with a flat piece of paper that you cut, score, and fold so it becomes a three-dimensional, stair-like shape. You add the cut-out photograph to the front of a "riser" so it stands away from the back of the card.

We give a basic pattern, but the finished card's size will vary with the width and height of the cut-out photograph. To determine the overall width, add 1/2 to 1 inch on each side of the cut-out image. The card's height depends on both the image height and the location of the riser it's glued to. The colored dotted lines on the sketches show that the card's bottom half must extend beyond the image.

You'll need a craft knife, a metal-edged ruler, and glue for mounting photographs. To support and stiffen photographs, make the card with sturdy paper. We also backed our cards with contrasting-color construction paper. This layer masks the gaps and--since the cards are apt to be odd sizes that won't fit envelopes--makes an exterior for addresses. …

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