Saturday, January 25, 2014

Unique Christmas Cards: Japanese Pop-Outs

This card has side tabs (pink at edges) that you pull
to open the window and show the landscape.  I always
think this is Kyoto in cherry blossoms.
A lovely very small (3"w x 2.5" t) pop-out
card from friends Asayo and Tom Toyota.
Side view to illustrate how it's
put together.

I love the cards that my friends send me, especially those that are unusual and colorful.  My friends in Japan often send what are called there "pop-up" cards.  These generally now are multiple layers of 100s of Santas (definitely wouldn't be done in the US) although back in the 80's and 90's my former husband and I received some that were of landscapes and birds.  Some day I'm going to try my hand at making some pop-up cards like the first two above---my favorites!

As you can see I hang many of these over my slider door on ornament hangers from the top section so they can hang in pop-out form.  Most of the cards I hang on a wide cotton lace piece around  my dining room window and the overflow get taped to my front door (inside, of course!)