Friday, October 20, 2017

Tall Box With Lid

Decorative or gift box can design measures 
approx. 9.25x4x4 has closely-fitted lid. 
Accent shapes can be used to add 
favorite print pattern panels to box and lid sides and top 
(box side accent panel that is shorter than lid overlap). 
Reinforcement interior top hollow "collar" 
and base insert shapes help make this box sturdy. 
Optional lid and accent shapes with center screw hole 
included to attach a purchased wooden ball 
(or other knob) as a decorative finial. 
This "decorated" version has fussy-cut panels
from specialty print card stock "Siri's Garden - Labels" (PDS5309)
from PION design.
(May be available here:
Siris-Kitchen--12x12-Double-Sided-Cardstock--Labels_p_115303.html )

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

With Hat With Bow Rocker Card

Flattened witch hat shape features brim folded 
at mid-line that slides over crown point to form card. 
Dimensional three-part bow 
(with or without mini brad) simply adorns center. 
Half-moon shape to place inside provides 
a sentiment space. 
Measures approx. 5" tall x 4.75" wide when closed. 
May also be suitable as a cello treat bag topper.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A hat brim   B brim/crown front
C crown back with bottom edge tab
D interior sentiment panel
E bow loops  F bow streamers  G bow center
2. Prepare the crown back by bending the bottom
flange tab forward.
3. Position and attach the crown back to
backside of crown/brim shape.
Lower edge flange tab remains unattached.
4. Prepare the brim unit by bending back at 
the side center perforation lines.
5. Prepare the join the brim to the crown/brim
assembly by first applying adhesive to the face side
of the tab flange, then . . . 
. . . slipping the brim section opening
(straight edge toward back)
over the crown point and sliding it down into
position, until . . . 
. . . crown bend edge is seated snug agains
crown unit edges, as shown here.
6. Position and attach the sentiment panel
on the inside back of the brim.
7. Prepare the look shape by adding curl to
the center of the loop extension on both left
and right. To do this, use a rod shaped tool
such as a round pencil shaft, with loop shape
between pencil and thumb. Apply pressure
as the loop is drawn across the tool edge.
8. Prepare the loop unit by bringing each loop
end "tab" area to center back in turn,
attaching first one side, then the other.
9. Position and attach loop unit over streamers
shape, matching punch circles at center.
10. Position and attach center only of center strip
over loop/streamer unit, matching punch circles.
11. Insert and attach decorative brad at center . . .
. . . bending back prongs, then . . . 
. . . bend back center strip at streamer edges,
first one side and then the other, and
attach in place.
12. Position and attach the bow in place
on the front of the completed hat
(quick grab glue recommended).
Here is the completed rocker card.

Witches Gather Swirl Card

A swirl of pointed hats around a bubbling cauldron - 
must be witches' night out! 
Uniquely-shaped edge Halloween card features 
lots of see-thru spaces, six witch hats, six tiny bats, 
center "witches' soup" layered bubbles hex ring, 
"Witches Gather" layered sentiment. 
Back of card matches front shape and center hex, 
with top portion perforation that acts as hinge. 
A back-of-card message plaque provides space 
for personalization - since the see-thru front 
makes it difficult to include much inside. 
Measures approx. 7x7 when closed. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card front with cutouts
B card base (back)     C bat overlays (6) 
D Hat overlay components (6 sets) including
hat, band and buckle or star
E center cauldron bubbles base
Bubble overlays (6 ea.): F sm, G lrg, H lrg partial
I optional back sentiment panel
J "jot" contrast for "Witches" word cut
K "Withes" word cut
L "Witches gather" word cut base
M "gather" contrast word cut overlay
(NOTE: During the building of prototype,
the color selections for J, K, M were changed
so the final card does not match these shapes)
2. Position and attach the bat overlays onto
card front where matching cut edges indicate.
3. Prepare the 6 hat units by attaching hat band
and star or buckle to hat cut outs.
4. Position and attach the hat units in the spaces
between window cutouts, centering bottom
straight edge and tip evenly between inner hex
and outer ring cut edges.
5. Prepare the "cauldron" bubble unit by
positioning the small bubble circle overlays
in the left position where cutout edges indicate,
as shown here. Then  . . . 
. . . position the partial bubble shapes below
and left of the small bubbles in the adjacent
sections (fit partial concave edge to small
circle edge), then finally . . . 
. . . position and attach the large bubble circles
next to the partial bubbles, fitting curved edges
into the concave edge of partial as shown.
6. The cauldron ring is an "underlay" that will
be placed at the center of the ring . . . 
. . . under the center hexagon cutout edge.
To do this, apply adhesive the the outer face edge 
of cauldron underlay, and to the backside edge
of the hexagon opening of card front assembly,
then place behind the opening, adjusting to allow
an even, narrow margin of the underlay hexagon
"frame" edge to show. 
7. Prepare the word cut unit by centering and
attaching the "Witches" overlay onto the unit
base, with contrast "jot" shape over 'i', then
 attaching "gather" overlay where edges will align.
(NOTE: these colors are different from those
selected for the final card version.)
8. Position and attach the word cut unit
over the front of the card assembly,
approximately centered top to bottom,
actually centered side to side.
NOTE: consider using foam squares to make
the word cut float above the cauldron slightly.
9. Prepare the card back by bending the upper
portion forward at the perforation.
10. Position and attach the above-perforation
portion of back to the top back of the card front.
CAUTION: adhesive applied uniformly across
the top back panel will result in unsightly glue
showing through the cutouts on the front. 
Take care to apply adhesive only where needed,
such as above perf lines on back, and on
backside of card front in visualized area needed.
11. Position and attach the sentiment panel
to the above-perf area of card back.
Here is the completed card
(with first-choice word cut colors), and here . . . 
. . . is the improved color selection.