The origin and creation of the pop-up card

The origin and creation of the pop-up card

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What is a pop-up card?

People regularly come across beautiful pop-up cards in Vietnam. It is really a tradition there, it is a true folk art.

Pop-up cards can be sent as a greeting card and when expanded they are special creations. Upon opening, a 3D figure unfolds automatically, such as an animal, a vehicle or a famous building.

Each pop-up card is first devised by a designer, after which he or she manually creates a test model. After a test model has been approved, the various shapes to be cut out are programmed in a computer. This computer controls a precision laser, which burns the extremely finely detailed details from the various sheets of cardboard with a delicate hot laser beam. Fine and detailed cutting is only possible with a laser. A separate sheet of colored cardboard is often used for each shape. Hardly any colors are printed, by combining the different colors of cardboard a colorful whole is created. When all shapes are cut separately, the card is assembled by hand and with the help of glue machines. Ready to pleasantly surprise someone!

How are pop-up cards made?

It starts with an idea for a good pop-up card. That can be anything: A ship, a flower, an animal or a famous building.

Then you need a designer who can think three-dimensionally well. He needs a lot of experience with pop-up cards and makes a three-dimensional test with a special computer drawing program that he knows is technically feasible. This test can be adjusted and finally approved.

A programmer can then construct the flat cardboard parts. From the three-dimensional model, the various flat cardboard shapes to be cut out are programmed with the computer.

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Cutting the cardboard with an advanced laser

With the aid of a computer-controlled laser, the flat cardboard parts are cut per color with the utmost precision by means of a delicate laser beam. Fine and detailed cutting is only possible with a laser. A separate sheet of colored cardboard is often used for each shape. Almost no colors are printed.

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The pop-up is then sewn with thread on the inside of the card, after which the outside is glued on the inside.

The cards are checked piece by piece and then slid into a protective cellophane sleeve with an envelope. Ready for shipment. Ready to pleasantly surprise someone!

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