bear thank you pop-up card

bear popup card cover

bear popup inside

Thank you card for invitation to a cocktail party.

8.5 X 11 card stock with 2 inches trimmed off both sides, so that would be 6.5 X 9 then folded in half resulting in 4.5 X 6.5 inch card . An envelope was fashioned with the same card stock sealed with an identical fish sticker, except much smaller.

Both bear arms are cut directly onto a "V" mechanism glued across the central fold that works as a broad upward scoop. So the arms are in the down position when the card is closed and they lift up as the card is opened. Fir is scribbled on both sides of the arms. The fish is glued at two points, one glue spot on each paw and the fish is placed at a slightly different angle from the arms which forces the paws downward slightly when the card is fully opened and the whole fish slightly up off the bear's arms, tilting toward the viewer more than the arms do.  It really does look like the bear is passing off the fish. The viewer is supposed to notice the fish has a bite taken out. It's rather like being handed a piece of pie with a big ol' chunk missing and obvious teeth marks.

A personal message of warmth is written on the bottom right, not shown.

Another description here.

All pop-up cards here.


Sympathy card, condolences to a friend. My friend's mother's name is Dot.

Same pictures except bigger, plus more info here. 

Tons more popup cards here. 

snail town pop-up card

These are three identical cards for birthdays that coincide at the end of the month. It is a single page pop-up that depicts a snail town under a tree. There isn't much going on. Snails apparently lead perfunctory existences. There is no envelope. The priority mailer will have to suffice.

card 1/4 opened

card 1/2 opened

card full opened

full opened

left side

Comments? Remarks, complaints, japes,
bon mots, observations, feelings, well wishes, condemnation? Compliments? Calumny?

Contact boureATcomcastDOTnet

This is the zippy zap recap page for viewers with very little interest or perhaps attention deficit disorder. Here is a much more interesting page that describes the mess behind all this -- the triumphs and the failures, the blemishes and the scars, the blood and sweat and tears as it were, the glue and the paint and the scissors and the XACTO blades.

Update: I do not always get feedback on my cards, less so in writing, but I tell you, I sure do appreciate it when I do. No doubt my two sisters-in-law will comment in general terms, but this time my sister emailed.

Do not read this. It's private!

Hi there
Sis here
Took the sweet snail card to church today and you would not believe the response. Every adult that I showed it to thought that it was amazing how well all the parts did just what they were supposed to do. The kids however were amazed by the art and the pop-up parts. I bet they opened and closed that card 50 times, I'm surprised that the card held up so well under all the pressure. But then since I'm sure you took all those possibilities into consideration in the making of the said card I should not have been surprised at all.
Thank you for thinking of me and all the wonderful thought you put into your project. I had a great birthday that I spent helping a friend from church move. Jason needed to make something to take for a potluck going away meal for one of his coworkers, so he and I worked together to make scalloped potatoes & ham. Guess it was pretty good cause there wasn't much of the very large batch that we made left.
Anyway thank you again for thinking of me I loved the card.
love you too

thank-you pop-up card

thank you pop up card cover

This is a one-page thank-you note. More on this card here.

More pop-up cards here.

Faiyum boy with a frog pop-up card

Faiyum boy with a frog pop-up card

Roman period Egyptian boy with a frog, a three-page pop-up card. More on this card here.

Many more pop up cards here. 

Nile crocodile pop-up card

Nile crocodile pop-up card

Nile crocodile, four-page pop-up card. More on this card here.

A lot more pop-up cards here. 

Astromoths pop-up card


Astronaut moths, a four-page pop-up birthday card. More on this card here.

Lots more pop-up cards here. 

pinecone soccer

pinecone sooccer animated GIF

Pinecone source pic from Althouse blogspot, here.
Girl being pounded lifted from a video hosted on, here.


Jack in the Pulpit, animated GIF

Original photograph from, here.

one-eye Susan

one-eyed Susan, animated GIF

Source pic nicked from Professor Althouse's splendid photos, here.

roses color swap

roses color swap

Animated GIF. Source pic from, here.

broken buzz

mah dadgum buzz is broke, animated GIF

Source pic from Althouse's Bee Café where readers are encouraged to keep the buzz going.