I'm not a big fan of doing the same old song and dance, so when I sat down to brainstorm how to make a unique valentine I decided to start thinking with portals. This guide will show you how to make a unique card that will be sure to please fans of video games and science. When you open the envelope, a Companion Cube pops up, imitating the use of Portals in the game.
So let's get started! For science!
*special thanks to my spouse for letting me use her hands for the pictures, versus my ugly man-sized hands.
Step 1: Items Required for Science
1 Scissors - For cutting
2 Rubber Band - For banding...with rubber
3. Velcro - For Velcro...ing
4. Double Sided Tape - For creating a clean bond between paper and science
5. Scouring knife or other paper folding tool
6. A Marker
8. Paper. Two kinds. Cardstock and regular 'ol printer paper.
To save you time, energy and resources, I've gone to the trouble of acquiring templates for you. The templates needed are the attached PDF files. Simply download them and print them off. Don't worry, I'll let you know when to use cardstock or regular paper. Let's move on!
Step 2: Making the Cube
From there you're going to begin folding across the the dotted lines you've gone over already with the scoring knife. This takes a little work, but it's not too difficult. I've included pictures below to demonstrate how the folds come together. I've included a link that will take you to a YouTube video that demonstrates exactly how to fold it and put it together. ***Please note, this video is not mine. I'm including it as an additional resource because it's sometimes easier to see papercrafts in motion***
ProTip: If you continue to watch the video, you'll see exactly how the cube will operate upon the completion of the project.
Step 3: Making the Cube a Companion.
Step 4: Constructing the Hi Tech Envelope
Once the tiled template is printed out you'll need to make two folds. The best approach for getting the size right is to use the companion cube as a guide. The "top" of the envelope will need to be shorter than the bottom. If you're not sure how to do this exactly, don't panic. I've got pictures that can help!
Step 5: Adding GLaDOS and Some Portals
Cut out GLaDOS and the portals, then prepare to attach them to the envelope. I recommend positioning GLaDOS to the left of the card. You can position her so that it looks like she's descending from inside the envelope by placing the section with her wires just above where the top fold in the envelop will rest. I didn't do that for this one, but it's an optional touch.
You'll need to use the tape for her body, but don't tape her head to the envelope. If you're not sure what her head is, it has the big yellow light on it. Cut out a small piece of velcro and attach it to the back of her head, towards the top where it overlaps with the envelope. Use the pictures as a reference to how this should be done.
You probably don't have a portal gun, and that's okay. You've printed out some portals and they'll do just fine. You can decide which portal to attach to the envelope. I went with the blue as the orange seems to stand out better on the inside. The second portal needs to be attached to the center on the inside of the envelope. Almost there!
Step 6: Adding a Personal Touch
You can put the second part of the message anywhere on the inside. I chose to put it next to the portal. You'll note that the second part of the message is where GLaDOS' personality comes through. Her "compliments" are always back handed, so make sure you capitalize on that.
With your message completed, fold up the companion cube and place it in the middle of the envelope. Then fold up the envelope and use the velcro attached to GLaDOS' head to keep everything together. Give the card to whomever you had planned, then when they open it, the Companion Cube will "pop" through the portal, making a lasting impression on that special someone.
Play Portal 2.