It’s the end of the school year for our elementary kids and I really appreciated the teachers who found ways to reach out and help my kid, who learns best by physically fiddling around with things, finish the school year digitally.
(The cheesy poem and primary color mixes are simple and bright because of the age group of the class )
I relied heavily on Somewhat Comprehensive Testing of Settings for Cutting Paper and Cardstock for establishing baseline settings on my Pro.
I also used the free svg files for the tree from Jennifer Maker at Pop-Up Apple Tree Card Tutorial (3D Sliceform on the Cricut) - YouTube. It is the same construction theory as the popcards that are popular, but of her own free-use design.
I could NOT have made something that is usually just an idea in my head into reality without the GF to do the intricate work…it was exponentially more difficult trying to make the tree than I expected because it had to be 3” tall or less… for scale you can see how much detail I was able to get on both the flowers and the hearts with all 26 kids’ names from class!
I used engraving for the flowers and names, cutting for the trunk and hearts.
I used cutting for the silhouettes, desks and other pop-outs but hand cut the mechanisms because it required a lot of trial and error to get proper function.
I didn’t realize how complex some very simple-looking elements of moving papercraft are!
I love the variety of materials I can use on this machine!