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3D Pop Up Greeting Cards Cards – November 3, 2006
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About the Author
KEIKO NAKAZAWA is a talented and well-known origami artist in both Japan and the United States. Her work was exhibited at a show entitled, "Origami Architecture," at the American Craft Museum in New York City in 2001.
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I looked at several other books before choosing this one. I finally bought this book after reading several reviews on Amazon. Well I must say I'm satisfied and happy (and trust, the two don't always go hand in hand with me) and can't wait to get started. Every single card shown is easily applicable to everyday card-giving, unlike in another book I bought (which has utterly beautiful designs, but I can't see myself giving some of them to anyone as anything other than a decoration or novelty, because some of the cards are so abstract that I have no idea what to give them for, or what words to put with them).
For me (personally) the instructions on how to make each card are easy to read and understand. The TEMPLATES however, are not as simple to understand, because some of the images overlap, so I'm confused just looking at them. I have the time and the patience, however, to work it out, and I'm sure that I only have to successfully make one in order to understand the rest.
Anyway, as I said, I love every single design in this book. The cards are unusual (to me at least) and so different from your everyday "pop-up" that I want one just to have one and can't see myself throwing it away ever- which. should be your goal as a card-maker, to make memorable cards that people want to buy and find them hard to dispose of. They are not, however, so far-fetched that you find yourself wondering "hmmm, what am I really saying with this one?" Or "Who can I possibly give this one to? And what POSSIBLY do I give this for???" The book provides loads of inspiration and the templates are clear enough that I think I can branch off into designing and making my own cards, which was what I hoped for when buying the book in the first place. I'll have to let you know though
I would 100% recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in card-making.
One note: Notice I said SERIOUSLY interested. If this is a passing interest, or you're a beginner looking for something super fast and easy just to pass your time, don't buy this book. There are other, simpler card-making books on Amazon that will suit your needs just fine and give you beautiful cards (trust me, I've browsed many). I haven't even done any of the projects as yet, and I can already tell that they're time consuming, and some of the projects, despite being easy to understand, are quite complex to CREATE. This book is for people who have enough time and SKILL (triple underlined and in bold!!!) to make the cards properly. If you have neither, or just one, and are not willing to put in the effort to improve, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. You will be disappointed, I am telling you. You will find the projects too complex and/or time consuming and probably give up altogether.
If you think you're up to it, however, or are a novice or advanced card-maker looking for some awesome designs and ways to advance your craft, then BUY THE BOOK, you won't regret it- I haven't- yet :-D