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I often get asked "How did I make ________ (insert Paperpoké model)?".  I would have to say that it is pretty much practice and patience.  I've been papercrafting for about 5 years, now - more so in the last 12 months than at any other point in time. And I really believe that you learn from making mistakes.  

I often rebuild models 2-3 times, just so the are just right for publishing on our website.  It's relatively easy to make a template from a model, but it's not so easy to make a good template that others can follow with ease, and that doesn't waste too much paper.

But making a good model is not simply about the work that papercrafter designers do, you also need the correct tools to create a good papercraft.  This is a fact that is often overlooked, but is actually crucial.  You really only need a few things to get great results:

1. Use decent paper - (NOT regular 80gsm printer paper) find some that is about 120gsm in weight

2. A good pair of sharp scissors
eg: Honey Bee non-stick precision Scissors…

3. An used-up ball point pen or craft stylus to score fold lines with
eg: Pergamano small ball stylus…

4. A little metal ruler - metal doesn't get damaged or dinted like plastic.

5. Decent acid-free paper glue - importantly it needs to be fast setting
eg: Power Pritt Multipurpose Extra Strong Gel… or Aleene's Original Tacky Glue…

6. Tweezers - preferably non-stick

7. A tooth-pick (wooden cuticle stick) for getting into those hard to reach places

8. A scalpel which has replaceable blades…

9. A large self-healing cutting mat…


1. Score/emboss the fold lines of the template piece before you cut it out of the card stock. Otherwise you'll end up trying to keep fiddly pieces of paper still with one hand while trying to score/emboss with the other - it never end well.

2. If you chose to do a "lined" template, once you have embossed/scored and cut out the piece, DO NOT fold them.

Instead, just glue it as if it were flat and unscored. This way, you allow the paper to bend naturally along these lines, and the result is a much smoother build

3. The only exception to the above rule is if you have a fold that creates an angle that is <45º.

_______________ Solid Lines are for cutting

- - - - - - - - Dashed Lines are for Mountain Folds

— - — - — - — - Dashed/Dotted Lines are for Valley Folds
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Plume-Rouge Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
hum well thanks again !!

I'l off to see how log it takes to empty a ball point pen so I can scor like a pro XD
Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahaha! Have fun :D
Plume-Rouge Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Took me 4 hours DX ... I need a new arm ...
Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Show me!!!
Chartodileon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
I'm a little confused here O-o You said use a ball point pen to score? Does that really work? I've been using my knife to score all the folds. That might be why my builds have so much white areas x_x
Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah. A USED UP ball point pen make a terrific stylus.

And yes, if your are using your knife to actually *score*, rather than *emboss*, then that is why you see so many white lines.
Chartodileon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
So I should use a pen instead of a knife for the fold lines?
Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think the only time using a knife is best, is when you are using thick cardboard.

If you are just using 120-200gsm paper, then embossing is the way to go.

But that is just my personal opinion. ;)
Objsolid Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Nice thanks for all the great tips.. I got to get a self healing map and something decent to score with
Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are most welcome.
Those items will definitely be a benefit to your papercraft.
scribblin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
good tips in here :icongreatjobplz:
Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, mate!
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