If you ever wanted to know how things really work in a pop-up card factory…well, this probably won’t help you. But it does provide a whimsical interpretation of the process we go through in my home every year to make about 100 crazy holiday cards for our family and friends. At some point, this greeting card developed into a small carousel book. In this case, the carousel is arranged into four equal rooms when it is fastened together. That seemed to provide the right amount of space for the narrative I had in mind. Unfortunately, making something like this is very labor intensive and my wife and I do these mostly by ourselves in the ample free time we have leading up to Christmas. So after an unprecedented and anguished onslaught of hand assembly work over the last month, we’re finally finished with this small production. I’m going to do something much simpler next year …or I’m probably going to have to explain to my son what “trial separation” means. But this one has it all – more rhymed couplets than Shakespeare , more symbolism than The Catcher In The Rye, more hidden images than those Highlights magazines you see in pediatrician’s waiting rooms. (That was part of my pitch to my unwavering wife once she was faced with helping me glue over 3,500 parts.)
After I developed the general idea, I made a very rough paper mock up.
I was inspired by some old carousel books I’d seen which featured images of happy families and rhymed verses. I always try to put a humorous twist onto things so I stated writing all of these facetious rhymed verses to accompany the illustrations. I haven’t really had the patience to do any illustrating lately but I will occasionally dabble in digital art in order to get the job done. Normally I use a lot of photography on these cards but I’ve fully illustrated at least one of these card designs before. This step took me a lot longer than I’d planned and I was already late to start the project so unfortunately some of these probably won’t reach their recipients until just after the holiday. They’re also a little bulky in their envelopes so I hope the industrial shredders they use to sort mail at the USPS wont destroy them all.
Anyway, I’m glad to have completed this project and I hope it brings joy to whomever sees it. I wonder what I’ll do next year. I’m going to put more thought into the schedule and have a firm plan in place by August. [He said without conviction.]
Bonus fact: muffin tins make great organizers for those times when you have designed about 50 individual parts to be glued onto each card!