How to Make Flush Mount Stereo Cards
written for the stereosite by David Kuntz, USA
Here is a step-by-step guide to making flush mount stereo cards. Flush mount means cards in which the artwork extends all the way to the edge of the card itself, as shown in the photos.
For better understanding I’ve recorded the tutorial as a video. This video assumes you have already created and printed the artwork for both the front and back sides of your stereo card, although there is brief mention of some of the considerations involved in doing this. Then, it guides you through the process of:
- Cutting and gluing your photo to the card
- Cutting and gluing your back side artwork to the card
- Trimming your card to its finished size
While this demonstration involves the use of a high quality paper cutter and glue dispensing machine, no specialized equipment is actually required to make stereo cards. You could produce them with a pair of scissors and a glue stick, or double-sided tape. It really depends on the results you want to achieve, and how much time you’re willing to devote to the process.
I would say that for cutting, an X‑acto knife would give substantially better results than scissors, and probably represents the entry point for cutting. A paper cutter won’t necessarily yield better results than the X‑acto knife, but it would be quite a bit faster. Similarly, there are all sorts of adhesives and adhesive dispensing methods. But, these all produce essentially the same results, so the only differences between them are in cost and ease-of-use.
So, don’t be put off by equipment or technology. Making stereo cards is easy, and I hope this short video will give you the information you need to get started.
David Kuntz (Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA)
I started in 3D photography with a Stereo Realist camera in 1978, and have been an active member of the LA 3D Club (Stereo Club of Southern California) since 1980. I’m also part of the Support Panel of this website. If you would like to know more about me visit the Support Panel page.