Friday, July 21, 2017

Mama Kringle Card

Detailed folk-style figure of Santa's favorite lady, 
wearing festive dress and lacy pinafore 
presenting a swag of gingerbread men cookies, 
on an arched "iced gingerbread" base. 
Highly detailed and including many 
small cut shapes which layer onto 
face & hands fleshtone base. 
Arched base has back panel with upper perforation 
that allows it to hinge back to reveal message space. 
Fits into a 5x7 envelope. 

(This tutorial is under construction.
Please return soon to view
the completed assembly guide.)

Vintage Stove Shaped Card Assembly

Highly detailed kitchen stove evokes 
the feel of ol' time Christmas baking. 
Cut and layer details (compartments with panels, 
hinges, gauges, shelves, burner, footed base, 
side extension coal compartment and more) 
plus layered tea pot for a fun card for Christmas 
or for a favorite cook. 
Shaped offset front matches card back 
which hinges away to reveal message space. 
Fits into an A7 (5x7) envelope. 

(This tutorial is under construction.
Please return soon to view the completed
assembly guide.)

Christmas Cookie Cards Assembly

Two shaped Christmas cookie cards evoke
the smells of the holiday kitchen.
Lattice Holly cookie card and
Pretzel Holly card each fit into a 5x5 envelope
and are top-hinged.
Large, basic shaped speed construction.
Pretzel top layer is cut in sections, joined,
then "dough" arms weave over-under
to hide seams.

(This tutorial is under construction.
Please return soon to view
the completed assembly guide.)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Flip Flop Ornaments with Sunburst Tree Finial

Change up the Ornament Tree 
(Egg ornaments or Star ornaments) by substituting
the layered Sunburst Finial (with modified arm in cut file)
and four versions of summer flip flop ornaments:
bow, layered flower, simple (offset) and layered star.
Left and right sandals are included in each separate file,
so you can make pairs, some left and some right,
or prepare a double ornament for each
of the twelve tree hanging positions.

Use the Ornament Tree file (either Stars Ornament Tree 
or Egg Ornament Tree) and follow the tutorial
for that project (click here). 
Then use some brightly patterned papers
to make the flipflops extra fun.
Flipflops measure approx. 3.125" (plus hanger top) x 1.5" wide.

ASSEMBLY:  1. Identify and cut the shapes
for the sunburst finial that can be added
to the top of the Egg Ornament Tree.:
A sunburst base (2)
B modified back arm for tree (with alignment center hole)
C pole top hexagon
D sunburst accent base
E & F sun centers
G sunburst rays for contrast
2. Layer the centers, smallest over larger,
then position and attach at sunburst center,
aligning cut edges and punch hole.
Also position and attach contrast ray shapes.
3. Position and attach the assembled sunburst
over the base shape with edges offset as shown.
4. Position (centered) behind the modified arm shape
with punch holes aligned . . .
. . . and base edges aligned,
and attach in place.
5. Position and attach the tree's top arm built-up shape
over the top of the pole, center marks of arm 
lined up with post crease ridges, 
bottom of arm shape aligned at pole's alignment dash.
6. Position and attach the top back bracket strip
as instructed in the tree display tutorial . . .
. . . and position and attach the hexagon
cap on top of the pole.
Here is what the tree looks like with
sunburst finial in place.
Following are basic assembly steps
for the flipflop ornaments.
7. For the single flip flop, either left or right,
cut 3 base shapes (includes top punch holes
for hanging twine), accent base shape,
offset accent shape (this shape is included
in the "Simple" flip flop design file,
but is interchangeable with the other designs),
8. To prepare the "left & right pair" version,
cut the shapes listed above (shown left), plus also
 cut the left accent shape (no top punch holes) to match
the base paper of the left sandal (kraft brown in this sample), 
accent  shape and offset bases.
9. Position and attach the base shapes together
with all edges lined up as precisely as possible
to prepare base build up.
10. Position and attach the accent base
with corresponding cut edges lined up,
then position and attach the offset interior shape,
taking care to line up the strap punch holes of all.
11. For the "pair" version, repeat the layering
for the base shapes (no punch holes for twine), 
accent shape and offset contrast shape.
12. Optional: Score the ends of strap shape a scant 1/8" 
in from end, then . . . 
. . . bend forward slightly to provide
a gluing surface.
13. Add some downward curl to the strap ends
using a rod-style tool such as this spatula.
Also add a little upward curl at the center point.
14. Position the strap over the flipflop assembly
with punch holes aligned, and attach the center
tip in place.
Also position and attach the ends
at the edge of the flipflop shape.
15. Position and attach a contrast
regular size brad at punch hole.
16. For the "pair" ornament, position
the left (or right as your design suggests)
"no holes" shape under-lapped and tipped
as desired for best presentation.
Glue the overlapping edges.
Here is the left single, and "left" pair ornaments.
17. To prepare the dimensional bow, bend side tabs
back, also center knot wrap shapes and tab, then . . .
. . . add some downward curl at the center
of the loop portions of shape.
18. Curl the side loops to position tabs over
the center punch hole and glue in place.
. . . then wrap knot shape over center, and end tab
around opposite end, and glue in place.
19. Position the bow over the strap
and glue in place, then attach decorative brad.
20. For other ornaments, position and attach:
two stars and tiny scallop, two flowers, etc.

Place Cards Print N Cut with Faux Embossing

Dress up the banquet table (or other events)
with cards that have space below printed name
to add a sentiment. 
Includes two styles of place cards: simple top fold, 
and wrap-to-back base with point that tucks 
into back slot. 
Two styles include print & cut narrow black frame 
rectangle or arched rectangle.
Give the cards an "embossed" look,
either by preparing the included "jig" 
that will hold the printed card in place
while embossing the frame with stylus tools.
Card face measures approx. 4.25" x 2.75". 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A (printed & cut) simple front-back card, rectangle frame
B (printed & cut) tent latch arched rectangle frame
C "faux" emboss frame for arch printed frame card
D embossing "jig" base (2)
E embossing "jig" frame, interior shapes (2 sets)
NOTE: use a piece of temp tape such as masking
tape shown here to keep the interior shapes together
until needed to be glued inside the frame
(see step 9).
2. Follow the regular procedures for the Silhouette
Cameo "Print & Cut" card of choice.
(Find a tutorial for this process HERE.)
If you understand how, prepare and position
the "guest names" for each card being cut.

If you do not have understanding or
equipment ability to accomplish
the name preparation with the "Print & Cut" process,
follow these steps:
A. In a regular word processing program such as
Microsoft Word or equivalent, set up the names to be
printed, adjusting selected font and type style, then
audition name(s) by printing in the approximate center
of regular "waste" copy paper sheet.
B. Set up one name in the approximate center of
"carrier" copy paper sheet, and print.
C. Position the "Print & Cut" blank card
over the printed name, centering the card,
and placing the name squared with the printed frame,
and as high as desired.
Use a lightbox set up (like a window) to help
with alignment, then use temp tape
(masking tape used for this sample)
to secure the card in place.
NOTE: the lower remaining portion of the frame
will be left for sentiments written by guests.
D. Place the carrier with attached card
into the paper tray as if it were a blank sheet,
making sure that the printing will happen on
the side that holds the card.
For this Canon printer, the carrier sheet
is placed face down and top first.
E. Print the name in the same fashion as
was done to produce the carrier sheet.
Shown here is the carrier sheet as it landed
in the "out" tray of the printer.
The place card is now ready to emboss
or attach "faux" embossed frame.
3. For "real" embossing, skip to step 6.
For "faux" embossing, position the frame cutout
offset evenly around the rectangle (for rect. style)
or evenly around the sides and bottom rectangle
and with appropriate edges matched up
at printed arch edges (for arch style),
and glue in place.
4. Prepare the tent style card by bending back
on all horizontal perforation lines.
5. Bend the tent style card into shape as shown,
wrapping the bottom back pointed panel
around the back panel lower edge,
tucking the point into the arch slot.
(Also apply a pair of glue dots - one at each
side corner - for added security.)
Here is the completed tent card style from back . . . 
. . . and as viewed from front.
6. Layer and glue together the two base rectangles.
NOTE: use a large flat weight such as heavy book
volumes to help keep the layered shapes flat
during liquid adhesive curing/drying time.
7. Layer and glue together the two outer frame
shapes (use weight as described in step 6).
8. Position frame over base, align edges,
and glue frame in place (use weights to flatten).
9. With interior large rectangle, narrow frame,
and interior small rectangle joined/arranged
with a piece of temp tape (masking tape),
apply adhesive to the edges of:
small interior rectangle
larger rectangle with frame widow cut out
then . . . 
. . . position interior unit inside frame and
apply pressure . . . 
. . . to make sure it is seated snugly.
Use blade tool to lift the small frame,
and remove.
(This is the area that will be pressed down
as embossed detail.)
10. Position printed and cut card face down
inside the jig frame.
11. Use a rounded tip stylus to press down the area
within the frame area to cause paper to round
downward and create recessed frame.
The stylus set used for this sample has several
different gauge tips. You may wish to begin with
the largest available to start the indentation,
then work toward the smallest to get more definition.
Here is the completed embossed frame
place card.
Two styles of place cards, showing
(left) embossing and (right) faux embossed frame.