DIY Instructions for Beginners ★
As a beginner to pop-ups, the V-fold and box fold techniques are likely to be the ones you will be using most. Here is a list of the most common mechanisms used in pop-up creation: - V-Folds: These can be cut and folded directly into the main piece of card, or can be created by adding an additional section of card for the pop-up shape. V-folds are very versatile and are where, simply enough, a V shape is created with the pop-up section. - Box folds (also called Interval Stands or Layers): These are created with vertical or horizontal folds and cuts in order to produce 3D box shapes. - Mouth folds: Mostly used to create the effect of an opening and closing mouth. - Tabs and Slots: This is a slightly more complicated mechanism which you can add onto a card to produce a sliding movement. - An X Mechanism: Created by cutting slits into two identical shapes so that they may then slot together, and then placing this ‘X’ onto a box mechanism on the base card.