Introduction: Fractal Popup Christmas Card
Runner Up in the
Homemade Holidays: Holiday Card Contest
This is my first Instructable, so please be kind!
I will show how to build a Christmas popup card that features a Fractal decomposition of images. You can fit your personal photos and pictures, so that the whole renders as a Christmas tree.
It takes about 1 hour to prepare the card (I did it on PowerPoint, and the file is available if you want to start from something already half-done).
For each card the cutting/folding is about 10 minutes per card. I sent about 12 of them, only one fooled up.
Step 1: The Powerpoint Template
I did the card mostly using PowerPoint. Once the basic template is done (you can download a blank one without pictures here) it is very easy to make it yours, and add you own photos to it.
Step 2: Preparing the Pictures
You have to select prepare some photos, pictures or whatever you want to put in the card.
You will need:
2 large pictures
6 medium pictures (half of the large ones size)
18 small pictures (half of the medium ones size)
All the pictures must be squared (use a photo editing program such as GIMP to do so). Resolution is not important, you can keep high-quality photos, but should be at least correct.
Also ensure that all the images fit together: They should share the same darkness level, colors should be pleasing when viewed altogether...
Step 3: Adding the Pictures to the Ppt File
To add the pictures in the "boxes" of the powerpoint template, you will have to double-click on a given box, And change the "Filling" for the box (depending on your PowerPoint version, this should appear as "Color").
You can see on the attached screenshot what appears on my Powerpoint: Sorry it is a French version, and it is quite old, but you should find your way out as big boys huh?
Changing the color of a box to an image is clunky on Powerpoint, at least on my version. It may be better on more recent versions.
Step 4: Printing the Cards
Here is the result of the edition for me.
Now just print it on hard paper, and use a sharp cutter and a ruler and open (cut) all the horizontal borders of the boxes.
Now just fold the card you just cut. It takes few minutes again, and check on the image below the folding order.
You are done!
I think it may be nice to build the card in vertical mode so that the Christmas tree is higher.
Also you can staick the card on a stronger leaf of paper or cardboard so that it has a nocer look.
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