Adding Some 3D Life to Paper..............................................
If you like greeting cards, you may like to start in Chapter 5 with one of the simple projects. Make sure the ruler lines up accurately along the full length of the line. I use the front of the mat for cutting and then flip it over and use the back of the mat for sticking.
You can overcome the harsh lighting problem by having two or more lights or by reflecting the light off a white surface such as a wall or ceiling. This plastic chipboard cuts beautifully and can be made in any color or pattern.
A model that looked good in white paper suddenly looks fantastic. Stray glue on the project immediately attracts dirt and spoils the clean look of your project. Paper makes a great building material — you can easily fold, bend, tear, and cut it, and sticking the parts together requires nothing more than a bit of glue. Here, I also help you shop and find the paper, and I include some ways to be friendly to the environment.
Before you glue everything down, check through the peephole to make sure the scene looks good. Consider the following types of bulbs for your workspace: Table 2-2 shows this comparison. What a way to ruin a project!
In that case, you can skip this step. You may already have most of the basic pieces of hardware that are useful for paper engineering.
Not too much of a stretch: In fact, the leaves on the project had paper on one side and cardstock on the other. In front of the background of the card is one or more layers of pictures that are parallel to it. You can combine them for a fantastic effect.
For example, you obviously need a knife to make cutouts in the middle of shapes. Keeping everything clean and in order................................................. Figure 3-1: