Saturday, May 04, 2019

Paper Stereoscope Tutorial and Downloads

Are there things, objects, that you can't help but feel drawn to? I love old clocks, wooden crates, books. I've also always wanted a stereoscope.

I've wanted to make my own for a while and finally got around to looking into how to make one.

Graphic 45's Olde Curiosity Shoppe—Deluxe Collector's Edition seemed the perfect paper choice!

And I'm so pleased with myself because the stereoscope works like a charm!

Most of what I read suggested 3x lenses. I tried a few different magnifications and ended up using a pair of 4x's magnification reading glasses. Maybe it's because my eyes are a little weak that they worked better for me? Not sure, but I popped the lenses out of the frames, and simply glued them in place inside the viewer. Perfecto!

I didn't add many embellishments to this piece. I wanted to keep it looking like a usable object rather
than a decorative item. There's a restrained trim, a couple of Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads. But how perfect is that graphic from the Optical Oddities page of Olde Curiosity Shoppe?

Those stereocards? A vintage story of love told in a series of public domain images from a museum collection. 

Because I think everyone should be as excited about stereoscopes as I am, I've put together a big fat tutorial for this project with three parts.

The pattern

The cards

Here are all the other bits you'll need to create this project:
Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads
Olde Curiosity Shoppe—Deluxe Collector's Edition
Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Dark Cashmere
Cheap reading glasses 3x's (I used 4x)
Thick card
White Glue
Glue Stick

Thats it! Just a handful of things to make a really neat something :)

Now all I have to do is figure out how to make my own stereoview images...


  1. Love all your work Nichola! Binge watching your videos! So creative and fun!

  2. thank you so much for sharing I can't wait to start making one. I love vintage stuff like this.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Just love this.

  4. Gorgeous AND it brings back so many memories of all the hours spent at Grandma’s with cousins, talking about all the exotic places we would go when we were adults.

  5. Love it so unique and creative.

  6. Thank You! This is just a fabulous creation.

  7. This is just fabulous! It's a lovely replica of an old stereoscopic. I have my grandfather's stereoscope that he had as a lad, and a big stack of picture cards that go with it. It's amazing the depth those pictures have.

  8. What a fun and unique project! Thank you.

  9. This is so cool! Looks like I have a weekend project.

  10. This is a very creative and amazing project with this G45 collection! So magical...and they really work!!

  11. This is an amazing project!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Is there a link to the pictures there is no way to print them

    1. Click on the picture to open the full sized image. Right click to save.