Year of the Rat Pop-Up Card

This is how Jean created her Year of the Rat (2020) pop-up card.

She started with an idea of a scholarly rat in a study surrounded by books, screen, chair and humorous rows of mice with a nearby cat. She then drew all images that she wanted to use in her design.

1. Jean's paper cut outs and drawings for Year of the Rat pop up card
1. Jean's paper cut outs and drawings for Year of the Rat pop up card
2. Year of the Rat pop up card work-in-progress by Jean Tori 2019
2. Year of the Rat pop up card work-in-progress by Jean Tori 2019

Jean then combined all the cut-out images and worked out all of the engineering details to create a three-dimensional pop-up card.

Once Jean was happy with her final design, she then went on to paint each of the elements of the pop-up card individually.

Jean Tori painting the screen for Year of the Rat pop-up card 2019
Jean Tori painting the screen for Year of the Rat pop-up card 2019

Jean then made copies of the original paintings so that she could cut them up and reassemble them.

Jean Tori paper pieces for the Year of the Rat pop-up card 2019
Jean Tori paper pieces for the Year of the Rat pop-up card 2019

Here’s Jean cutting out the various images for her Year of the Rat pop-up card.

Jean cutting out images for the Year of the Rat pop-up card in her studio
Jean cutting out images for the Year of the Rat pop-up card in her studio

And in her art studio, reassembling the card.

Jean Tori cutting out Year of the Rat pop up card 2020
Jean Tori cutting out Year of the Rat pop up card 2020

This is the final version of Jean’s Year of the Rat pop-up card for 2020. Cat for added humour dimension included.

Year of the Rat pop-up card by Jean Tori 2020

For more about Jean's artwork visit www.jeantoriartwork.com