Your Last Papercarft Piece !
The dreaded last piece of your papercraft has got you frustrated?
Here is an amazing trick! *refer to the images below for a visual.
On our patterns there are some notes that help you orient yourself as you make your Papercraft. One of the note will say last piece. It will also sometimes say something like ' cut a hole so you can reach inside for easier assembly' This always helps as you can actually reach inside to glue your last few tabs however depending on your preferences, yo might want to have a fully 'closed' Papercraft. This is where this trick will be your new best move!!
Where it says last piece, print the piece twice. (If you received your Papercraft Kit already printed by mail, just keep the remaining left-over pieces of same color cardstock aside.)
Cut your first last piece so you can finalize your make and then using the second piece (which should not have any tabs) just glue in place on top! (if you have remaining same color cardstock instead just cut a piece similar to the hole you made but a big bigger and glue on top of your hole).
Recently you might have seen some of the results of my experimentation with AI (artificial intelligence). I put together some new books using my AI Art. See here !
I started using AI at the end of 2022 when an craft and art platform (called Creative Fabrica) that I really like and am member of, started offering this new tool. I debated a bit at first as there are some opposing opinions about the ethics behind AI. However, after learning more about what the tool actually does and how the final art is created I found that, for myself, if I was not using 'prompts' (I will explain what that is below) that would specifically target other peoples art by name, I was able to create completely new, never been seen unique styles of Art pieces.
To be able to produce good AI pieces, it took me some practice and I needed to learn how to use these new tools, just like I would with any other design tools. Part of the learning is knowing how to create prompts that will work with AI. What are prompts you may ask? Prompts are essentially the language (words or a sentence describing what art you want the AI tool to spit out for you) that is used when you are asking the AI tool to produce something you want. There are lots of work being done and tools created just for prompts alone as it is essentially the motor of AI Art since you need to know how to use words to create Art.
I learn a bit more recently about how AI uses its data bank to create new images using prompts. In a very simplified way of describing it, it basically scrambles images and re-draws using the 'noise' left by the scramble. You can read more about it in the article recently posted by Make
I feel I have still so much to learn and experiment with, as a maker and designer this is very exciting!
For now, the next phase of this adventure, is to use the images generated to create real life DIY 3D papercraft patterns!
Can you tell which is Artificial Inteligence and which is our real pattern image?
Ultimately I want to see if I can use these AI generated paper art pieces to inform and inspired my next 3D papercraft pattern collection.
You probably already guessed that the image on the left is AI and one the right is ours but as far as creating a cute plant creature, I am thrilled with this first result!
Normally, I get inspired by what I see and experience around me combined with my imagination. When I started playing with AI, I could actually put down into words what my imagination was telling me and I created prompts telling AI what I was seeing in my head. I was able to generate really cool 3D papercraft graphics that I wanted to share hence why I published the inspiration collection books mentioned above.
Now, one step further, I am actually just created my first AI 'imagined' piece in real life! To celebrate this new adventure and collaboration between 'Artificial Intelligence' (AI) and 'Sofs Intelligence' (Sofs I) (hahaahha) I want to offer you my first AI inspired pattern ! If you ever end-up making it, please share your makes on insta with #Sofsinspirations
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If you're looking for a way to add some wow factor to your home, our collection of faux 3d embossed textured wallpapers are a great option. They can be used to create a variety of different looks, and can add a touch of luxury to any space. What's also awesome is that you can get matching fabric to make your coordinate your home decor.
Squirrels post halloween glory!
You know the days... It actually starts right when the pumpkins get put outside! Time for the squirrels to get their fill and get big enough to last during the freezing winter months. Halloween contributes to the survival of our beloved Canadian squirrels!
To ease off our Halloween buzz, here is a fun post-craft celebration activity, free for all you little ghouls, witches and monsters! We need to keep our hands busy so we don't eat al our candies at once.
Here is a video tutorial on how to use our 3D papercraft patterns with your Glowforge.
glowforge magic discount code
When I bought my Glowforge laser cutter I didn't know about the discount 'codes' can you believe it!? I could have saved 500 bucks. Well, just so you don't make the same mistake, here is a code for you!
If you purchase your laser cutter through this link, you'll get pretty great discount and I'll get a little treat! Let me know how you like it! I feel like I am still discovering the magic of my machine...its awesome!
Oh and to get you started here is a free laser cutting template pattern to play with!
Have fun making stuff,
Much love from Sofs
Making a Massive Paper Polar Bear
In the world of papercraft we see all kinds of things, and we also see giant things! If you’ve wanted to try to make a bigger size papercraft for a long time, but weren’t sure how to, here are some tips.
Here is my journey: Little by little I researched the ways to do it and especially the necessary tools and materials. The rest is easy.
When I say easy, let me explain: Once I've equipped myself with the right paper (130 lb cardboard) and a large format printer, the rest is a matter of DIY.
You can use our Kits (already printed on the right size and thickness paper). Here is what you will need to get you set-up!
Construction of the beautiful 6-foot bear:
And so here is what I needed: template (see here) Polar Bear
A blade about $12 (I bought at staples)
A self-healing cutting mat that cost me about $45 (staples)
Gluing Method #1 :
Also, lately I changed my technique and use double sided tape with a
double sided tape dispenser. It's a bit more expensive with a value ranging from about $50 to $75. I also bought 'heavy duty' tape.
For most projects, regular double side tape works but bigger needs stronger tape. The cost of the tape is significant and I bought that at uline.ca
Gluing Method #2:
On the other hand, a stick of glue at $4 does the trick too! My favorite is the red, the pritt. Here you will have to tape your seams once the glue dries (from the inside with packaging (clear) tape). This is the less expensive method and it takes a bit longer but works!
And that's it, the rest is manual but simple. You have to do a little every day or set-up a weekend aside. The pattern pieces are cut and 'scored ' (I take the back of the knife with a ruler and I slide on the dotted lines.) By the way, scoring the lines to fold is an important part.
A bit annoying but folding will be much better!
The rest, well, it's like a mix between making a puzzle and painting by number. Just find the numbers that go together, so 1 with 1, 2 with 2...and glue them!
HERE is the result: breathtaking every time!!
Stuffing for your 3D Papercrafts
Wanna have your 3D Papercraft last ? You have young ones that like to touch and play with your Lowpoly Paper models? NO PROBLEM! They are sturdier then you might think.
You can harden your models with resin epoxy ( see our other post) but you can also stuff them like you would a plush fabric toy. You can use plush or you can also use crumbled newspaper to add strength. In the photo below, I added polyfill to the legs of my flamingo. It stands without but some of the models will be used as model displays so I reinforce them.
A visit to my old blog
A visit to my old blog has reminded of all the years I have put in to this ‘Sofs’ adventure. Such a fun trip. I wrote about many fun projects like how to make a tunic with your photos! Go check it out —> http://sophiemarcoux.blogspot.com/
I want to give you joy!!
Remember last year we offered a santa hat box? (scroll to find the free pattern!) Well this year we want to offer you this free Giant (24 inches tall) Candy Cane 3D Papercraft! It just feels right...I think we all need the bright and whimsical colors around. Enjoy! If its your first time at printing the patterns, head over to our how to pages for some support. (for starters, you just need to click the image to get the pdf pattern or click here!)
Much love, Sofs
Maker, owner, diy enthusiast, designer, artisan... Sofs is actively engaged in the pursuit of making it happen.