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Not entirely a RoboCard but this is an unofficial official homemade holiday card that Instructables HQ would probably not send to its clients.

It is that time of year where we eagerly await the big guy to deliver the things you have been dreaming about all year. You also made sure that he didn't have to ban you for being naughty. But it's the end of the year and you hope he is still in a good mood.

In the true spirit of Christmas, Hannaukah, Kwanzaa and everything else, nothing brings home the message of crass consumerism at holiday time better than the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. In my take on a homemade holiday greeting card, here's a holiday message to jump start the global economy for a better new year.

Disclaimer: Any resemblance to real persons living or dead, robots, droids, or cartoon characters is purely coincidental. Blah, blah, blah...


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Step 1: Holiday trimmings...

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This project should really only give you a basis of how to create a homemade card. You should make the card so it reflects your individual tastes and sensibilities. This is a simple papercraft project that only requires:

- some printed pictures or photos

- portrait picture of your intended ~~victim~~ subject

- various colors of construction paper or cardstock

- glue in any form

- some sticky tape

- scissors or small utility knife

You can use the Instructables theme, use a holiday theme, or anything else you can think of.

Step 2: The sum is greater than its parts...

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For the front cover of the card, print out and use a picture that will fill out about half the page when the page is folded in half in landscape mode. You can use a ruler to estimate how large to scale up or down your images before you print.

You can find images of the Instructables Robot here.

Note that this card uses normal sized paper and will be folded in half to create the card. You can also vary the size with different papers.

Fold a sheet of paper or cardstock in half that will be your front and back cover of the card.

Decorate the front and back of your cover. I just used a gluestick to glue and layer on my different pictures and parts of pictures to make a holiday scene.

Use a magic marker to add any fine details that my be missing like shadow lines or to block out edges you might have cut off.

Step 3: A cut above...

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So, find a picture of a subject that will be animating your holiday greeting. It should be some kind of portrait taken with the face being centered somewhat. Wait, it looks like we have a volunteer...NOT. Oh well, it's a random picture I came across on this site. sarcasm only to be attempted by professionals, not intended as any form of stalking.

On the front of your random picture, find the centerline of the face. Crease and fold the picture along the centerline.

Hopefully the picture is centered exactly. If not, you can adjust the spacing by trimming to fit when it is placed and glued on to the outside cover page.

Cut a horizontal slit following the outline of the mouth.

On the back of the picture, reinforce the area around where the mouth is with several pieces of tape to ensure full coverage.

Step 4: Mouthing off...

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At the cut, fold back both sides of the cut at a 45 degree angle. Crease back and forth to get a sharp fold.

Open the picture. Now push or pull out the point of the newly formed triangular peaks.

At the same time, close the picture so that you can kinda squish it so the peaks will be flattened out between the pages.

You have now created the pop-up part of the card.

Step 5: Start flapping the gums...

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After you have creased your "mouth", cut out a piece of dark paper or a piece of scrap that has been darkened with marker. Glue or tape this to cover the mouth opening on the back of the picture. It will form the back of the mouth.

You are now ready to glue the picture onto the front and back cover page. Orient the card correctly so it opens up with the picture in its upright position. Line up the folds in the middle of the page and picture.

You can open and close the card to test animate the mouth. It works much better when two hands open and close the card.

Step 6: More stuff...

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Finish decorating the card and put your holiday message here.

Look, this one says:

Buy booK OR ELSe! aWESOmE!

and it has a miniature preview copy of the book...

and to all a good night...
lolrotf :0)!!
Bartboy6 years ago
Could you make a pfd of the card parts for lazy people?
Derin Bartboy6 years ago
chuckle
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Bartboy Derin6 years ago
?
caitlinsdad (author)  Bartboy6 years ago
I'm too lazy :)
Maybe he'd be happy with a scan of the card laid flat? (So would some other people...)
Bartboy Kiteman6 years ago
Well the pop-up does change things...
caitlinsdad (author)  Bartboy6 years ago
It is two flat pages glued together. The cut and the way you fold makes it a pop up. Nothing special but magical...
Yes.
caitlinsdad (author)  Bartboy6 years ago
I put up the scans/pdfs of the card. Edit it so that you don't waste a tank of orange ink. Print out and cut out the parts for your own design on colored construction paper.
Thank you!
NachoMahma6 years ago
. I'm not sure how I missed this when it was published, but here's a belated "Great job!" . And thanks to Shadow Ops for bumping it.
Nice.
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
You got out on good behavior?
???
caitlinsdad (author)  Arbitror6 years ago
Let's say he joined the Breakfast Club.
ewilhelm6 years ago
5/5 stars! (added to favorites.)
caitlinsdad (author)  ewilhelm6 years ago
wait a minute, you look vaguely familiar like I've seen you somewhere...Oh, it's you! Awesome!
awww, you artistic show-off!
caitlinsdad (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
But I didn't draw anything. I just rearranged the molecules a bit...
rearranging show off!
Keith-Kid6 years ago
Okay....this...cannot be topped......My hat off to you my good man, you've done it again.....
We shall see....
You shall see if he's done it again? You shall see if I take my hat off?
cannot be topped

we shall see :-)
Goodhart6 years ago
Awww. Ok, well, nicely done.....guess I will have to go another route with mine ... got it :-)
caitlinsdad (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Always take the road less travelled. It's more fun. I hope we will see something from you.
I hope I can get the materials together and the time to put it together. :-)
CameronSS6 years ago
Tee hee! i was hoping you'd enter something!
Der Bradly6 years ago
This is really cool! 5*!