Friday, 19 September 2014

3D Pop up Christmas Cards - an unusual activity for a sunny Autumn afternoon!

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Sitting outside in the mellow September sunshine surrounded by multitudes of 3D Christmas cards is my idea of a distinctive day! It sounds rather quirky and whimsical, but it is actually a very busy time of year for card orders and I'd rather be working outside in the fresh air than indoors.
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Winter Wildlife 3D pop up Christmas card Squirrel Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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Birds sing among the trees - an appropriate background as I pack my Wildlife range of  squirrels, swans, stags and foxes - though it is more rare to see penguins and polar bears here in our North East UK landscape!
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Winter Wildlife 3D pop up Christmas card Penguins Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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We do have plenty of garden sheds though - both in gardens and allotments ...
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Winter Wildlife 3D pop up Christmas card Robin on Spade with Garden Shed Allotment type scene suitable Xmas Card for people who like gardening Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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Personally I prefer to leave thinking about Christmas until around mid December - but retailers displays begin very soon, and for those in search of the ideal Christmas card for a loved one, I guess one cannot start too soon. Three-dimensional cards are often marketed as luxury Christmas cards, the kind of 'bring-out-every-year' collectible cards that become Xmas decorations.
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Victorian Market traditional historical market scene with Victorian costumed figures in snow  Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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There is a lot of work involved in creating 3D cards. Each card is a highly intricate piece of paper engineering. From the original theme, for instance, a Victorian market encircled by a Christmas wreath, I have to design not just the visual look of the card,  but also ensure the components fit together for it to look good flat in the package as well as fully popped open. The cards are fitted together using tab and slots, interlocking to make a fully three dimensional Christmas card. A fraction of a millimetre out, and it won't stand up!
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Victorian Market traditional historical market scene with Victorian costumed figures in snow and Xmas wreath encircling scene Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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Once the paper engineering has been worked out, I work on detailed paintings in water colour - usually 4 or 5 separate paintings for each card, which all have to be scanned and printed, then die cut. And then assembled ...
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Victorian Skaters Wreath traditional historical snow scene with church and Victorian costumed figures skating Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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The cards featuring Christmas wreaths such as the Whimsical Woodland range or the Traditional vintage style range are the most complicated. The Fairy Christmas Tree was also quite a creative challenge as it has a squarish structure that can be seen from lots of angles, so there has to be a point of interest from each view and lots of little scenes built into one..
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Woodland Presents whimsical woodland creatures including squirrels badger hedgehog rabbit around Christmas Tree giving presents in snow scene with woody Xmas Wreath encircling scene Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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I love to sit surrounded by all the cards. It's like being in a winter wonderland - yet basking in the golden autumn sunshine. I hope it is as warm in December! 
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Winter Wildlife Swan set in snow scene in historic type of landscape garden with seasonal plants and ivy foliage and winter sun Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists

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You can view all the 3D Christmas cards by visiting my Greeting Cards site.
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Durham artists North East UK Ingrid Sylvestre Art
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4 comments:

Mark and Gaz said...

Fantastic pieces Ingrid!

visualnorway said...

One can hardly say that you are "all thumbs" - you can't be with such lovely and intricate work.

PS I have moved to ="http://visualnorway.wordpress.com/">

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Mark and Gaz!

Phoenix C. said...

RuneE, thank you. Cutting the drafts of the cards certainly gives one sore thumbs!

I look forward to visiting the new blog.