Hi! My name’s Rich. I’ve been making pop up cards since 1993. My biggest influence is from Masahiro Chatani. I learned paper architecture from many of his books. He is truly gifted. Almost all of my pop up cards were given away so I have very few of my past works to show. Over the years, I’ve made cards for family, friends, and even companies I’ve interviewed for. I am an engineer by trade so I am intrigued by the mechanics of pop up cards. Therefore, I try to create cards that have interesting mechanics, but are easy to assemble. I try, but it’s not always the case.
I started a youtube channel (reallyrich92) back in 2007 to show some of my pop up cards to my friends and family. I didn’t realize that so many people would actually watch my videos. Because of all the positive feedback I received from viewers, I decided to start this blog. I also created a new youtube channel, creativepopupcards, which is a more intuitive name than my previous channel. I have recreated some of my old designs, but not all of them. I apologize to the viewers who are disappointed that I don’t have tutorials on all of my cards, but I just have so many new ideas in my head that I would like to create.
So, how do I design my pop up cards? When I first started, I drew my designs out on graph paper and made many cards through trial and error. Sometimes I would use a copy machine to shrink or enlarge shapes. These days, since I’m an engineer, I actually use a 3D computer assisted design (CAD) tool to create my cards. This allows me to make a lot of tweaks to my designs, without wasting any paper. The software I use costs several thousand dollars and is used to design jet engines, and is probably overkill for pop up cards, but it gives me a lot of design flexibility.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy making these cards!