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. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A stove front silhouette to build on
B upper back base (show thru for accents)
C back mid assembly - frame, wall, tiny bar accents (4)
D top assembly - front panel, inner panel
E deck assembly - contrast for burner, deck, rim
F main front panel with bar accents
G left side door assemblies with contr, hinges
H large door assembly with handle, hinges, gauge
I side shelf assembly with overlay, drawer front, knob
J legs assembly with three-part contrast under-lay
K card base front    L card base back
M teapot assembly: grip, handle, base, knob,
show-thru accent, front
2. Assemble the deck by attaching the show-thru
contrast shape (top) behind the main deck strip
on the left end with edges matched, attaching
the rim strip at the bottom edge.
3. Position and attach the front panel below
the attached desk, matching left and bottom
edges that correspond.
4. Assemble the back mid section by layering
and joining the window shape with back panel.
5. Center assembly from step 4 at bottom
of upper back base, matching bottom edges.
NOTE that side "rims" will show.
Also attach tiny bar accents into their slots
(use a "Pick Me Up" tool if available).
6. Prepare the main front  and left side shelf 
details (doors, panels) as shown, placing 
lighter contrast shapes behind frame shapes,
attaching hinge shapes, handle, bar shapes,
layering circle gauge, drawer panel with circle knob.
7. Prepare legs assembly by positioning
and attaching the contrast shapes behind
the main leg shape. NOTE that the file includes
a single contrast shape as an alternative.
8. Position mid back panel onto silhouette base
above deck assembly.
Position top assembly above.
9. Fit each detail "door" into its window and
attach in place.
Position and attach side shelf with drawer panel.
10. Position and attach legs assembly at bottom.
11. Position and attach the completed front
silhouette onto the front card base, with
.125" offset margin all around.
12. Prepare the card base back by bending
the top "hinge" section forward at perforation line.
13. Position back base over backside of front base
with top edges aligned, and attach the "hinge" portion.
14. Assemble the teapot by layering the contrast shape
onto the silhouette/spout shape,
then position and attach front, knob,
(optional) handle contrast and grip.
15. Position the teapot on the deck of the stove
and attach.
Here is the completed vintage stove card.

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.