“Lenticular” Papercraft for a Moving Image Effect

I call this project “lenticular” papercraft because it takes advantage of different viewing angles to display different, related images to the viewer. The effect it produces is like that of lenticular printing, popular in the mid-20th century, where an image printed on plastic appears to move or change when the card is tilted back and forth.

For this card, I chose two sets of related images, but you could choose any two images that you wanted to relate thematically. The pairs I chose were Exercising Woman 3 and Exercising Woman 4 for the first set, and Exercising Woman 5 and Exercising Woman 6 for the second set.

You will first need to create a base, or scaffold for your card. Take a sheet of paper or thin card stock, and score it with parallel lines every 1/4 inch. If the paper is thin card stock, you might want to score the other side as well so that the paper bends easily at each scored line. Next, accordion fold the paper along the scored lines. If you plan ahead, you can trim your card to size before you fold, but if not, relax the folds, and trim before the next step.

Next, stamp your images, and trim them to be the same height as your accordion-folded card. Trim the images in 1/4 strips, top to bottom. Try to keep the strips in order at this point because it will make the next step easier. Now, with both images trimmed, interleave the images so that a strip from one image is adjacent to a strip from the second image. Keeping all of the strips in order, lay all of them out in this way.

Now take the accordion-folded scaffold, and coat it well with spray adhesive. Taking one strip at a time, lay them sequentially on the scaffold so that all of the strips from one image are on one side of the folds, and the all of the strips from the other image are on the other side of the folds. You should now have something that looks like this:


When you hold the card at one angle, only one of the image will be visible:


And when you tilt the card in the opposite direction, the other image will be visible.


If your images are very similar, like the ones I used, you can create an effect of movement by tilting the card back and forth. If you use very different images, the effect will that of one image turning into the other. You can use either effect to your advantage when creating a “story” for your card.

The scaffold can now be mounted on another piece of card stock, which can be used to display your greeting, or anything else you choose.

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