Sunday, February 18, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Ornament Tree

Transform the ornament tree (separate design) into 
a St. Patrick's Day tree for March holiday decorating 
with this "St. Patrick's Day" arch finial. 
Measures approx. ­­­­­­4.8" wide x 4.125” tall. 
Decorate tree with a dozen mix-and-match 
St. Patrick's Day-themed ornaments from 
other cut files available. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A layer 1 (back) shamrock stems & shamrocks
B layer 2     C layer 3   D layer 4
E layer 5      F layer 6    G layer 7
H welded word cuts
I word cuts offset base
J arm shape (specific to this finial) (3)
K front bracket   L back bracket
not shown: post top hexagon "cover"
2. The ornament tree stand is NOT included as part
of the finial or ornament files downloaded as
separate designs from Silhouette America's
online store. The basic tree will need to be purchased
separately (
Jump over to separate tutorial that shows tree
assembly by following this LINK, steps 1-25, then return
here for St. Patrick's Day finial assembly guide.
3. Attach shamrock shapes to matching positions
on Layer 1 stem tops.
4. Position Layer 1 behind layer 2 arch base shape,
matching lower straight edges and punch holes,
and attach areas that touch.
5. Position and attach Layer 3 on top of assembly.
NOTE: it is advisable to use a heavy flat weight
placed over the progression of assembly layers
to keep the finial flat, and to avoid curling
or warping.
6. Position and attach the remaining layers
in order. 
7. Position and attach each of the 3 welded
word cut shapes onto the offset base.
8. Position and attach the top arm along bottom
edge of finial arch assembly according to
similar Egg Tree project.
9. Position and attach word cut unit (centered)
above the arm upper edge.
10. Position and firmly attach the arm/finial unit
to the top of the post, then attach back bracket
and top hexagon (as needed), steps 30-34 following
the Egg Tree tutorial instructions.
11. Prepare 12 ornaments and hang onto
the three arms as described in
Egg Tree tutorial, step 35.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Heart Ribbon Tied Candy Box

Heart-shaped front and back panels 
have boxing strips attached, 
with side tabs to seam panels together. 
Boxing extensions have slotted ends to interlock 
as top closure to contain the candy compartment. 
Punch hole pairs at mid top of heart panels 
are used to tie sheer or soft ribbon bow. 
Embellish front with scalloped & plain edge offset overlays. 
Measures approx. 8" wide x 7" tall x 1.125" deep. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A & B front and back body shapes
with attached latch "lid" strips
C scallop accent heart
D plain edge inner accent heart
2. Prepare the two body shapes by bending
back on all perforation lines.

3. Layer and attach the two accent heart shapes
together, then position onto the front body shape,
offset with approx. .5" margin. 
Take care to line up the punch dots of body
with the corresponding area removed at 
scallop heart cut edge, as indicated.
4. Join the front and back along one side seam
edge by overlapping the heart straight edge
at the side tab perforation line, adjust so that
top and bottom of edge and tab line up,
then glue in place.
5. Bend at perforation side edges to form the box
shape, bringing the remaining free side edge
and tab together, and tucking in the point end tab,
then glue in place.
NOTE it may be helpful to insert a "press-against"
surface such as a dowel or rod tool behind
the seam to allow pressure to be applied
along the seam.
6. To close the "lid" strips, bend toward center
at inside of heart, flexing the box slightly
to allow the hook slots to line up and
interlock as shown.
Here is the closed latch.
7. To completed the filled heart box, 
insert a length of ribbon, tie knot.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Rose Shaped Card with Banner

Shaped card has silhouette layers that stack 
to produce beautiful rose in bloom. 

Card base is offset, with reverse back that has 
perforation to fold away at bud base for message space, 
with message oval plaque. 
Great for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, anniversary, 
sympathy, friendship and more. 
Top slot included to thread narrow ribbon through 
as bookmark-style closure. 

Add coordinated "Banner Love You" and 
other sentiment designs to add message to front. 

Use coordinated Rose Cutout Flap Env 
companion design. 
Measures approx. 5.125" x 7.5". 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card front base     B card back base
C oval sentiment panel
D rose blossom silhouette 
(shows thru as back petals)
E bud unit: base, top, swirl rim
F middle petals left & right, base offset
G front petal with offset base
H sepal overlay  
I stem silhouette, leaf base and upper shapes
2. Bend forward on back base perforation line.
3. Position and attach oval sentiment
space onto space above perforation
on back base shape underside.
NOTE: oval can be placed at end of
assembly, or even attached behind front
card base as desired.
4. Apply adhesive to the stem area of
back base underside, below perforation line,
then . . . 
. . . position front base over back base,
adjust for perfect edge alignment, then
apply pressure to secure gluing.
5. Prepare bud unit:
position bud top shape with swirl
rim onto top of bud base,
with matching edges lined up,
and glue.
This is completed bud unit.
6. Position mid petals onto base shape
(shows thru as bend accent) with matched
edges, and glue in place.
7. Position front petal onto its base as shown
with offset edge, and glue in place.
8. Position and join whole leaf, upper half leaf,
then . . . 
. . . position over the matching area of stem
silhouette and attach.
9. Position and attach blossom silhouette
over card front, with narrow margin offset,
and glue in place.
10. Position bud unit over card front,
matching edges with front offset edges,
and glue in place.
11. Position middle blossom unit where
front card base dictates, and attach.
12. Position front petal onto assembly
where matched sepal area edges
indicate, and attach.
13. Position and attach sepal over
silhouette of front petal.
14. Position stem unit onto card front.
To secure closed card,
use narrow ribbon threaded through
top slots of closed card,
then wrap with thick thread or twine,
in bookmark style.
15. Optional: select an arched banner
sentiment that can be attached to the
front of the card.
There are several positioning options --
here across blossom, or . . . 
. . . across leaves, or . . . 
. . .  below sepal, or . . . 
. . . vertically.
Here is the completed sample card.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Candle Pillars Heart Cut-Out

For Valentine, wedding, table decor. 
Tall and shorter pillar boxes have 
dimensional half heart "window" cut-outs - 
when side by side, the whole heart takes shape. 
Top of pillars includes a drop-in recess to hold 
standard size LED tea lights or votives. 
Together measurements: 
6" tall x 2.5" deep x 4.75" wide. 

ASSEMBLY:  1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main hull shape with accent shapes
B candle recess "cup"  C top accent shape
D cup opening cover
E base tray shape
F heart cutout boxing panel
G left & right heart boxing edges
Also retain the leftover "weeded" octagon shapes
from the top panel, when removing from cutting mat.
These will be used for the optional base tray 
opening covers.
NOTE that Large and Small pillar construction
is identical, except that opposite face is rotated
toward front prior to attaching the pair.
2. Prepare main hull shape by bending back
on all perforation lines and tabs or flanges.
3. Position and attach the accent shapes,
offset at approx. .1" in from panel edges.
NOTE that this image shows correctly that
"center" panels that will be attached together
when pillars are completed do not need accent
shapes. Top accent shape is attached near
the end of the assembly process.
4. Form hull into a rectangular box shape 
bringing the upper side edges of side panels
to match up with top panel, and join at tab
seams. Back panel remains open for
finger access.
5. Prepare the heart cutout boxing panel
by bending tabs back, bending forward at 
panel segment perforation lines as shown.
6. Position the first heart edge shape to align
with longest segment of boxing, straight inner
edge of heart aligned at tab perforation line,
ends adjusted to align, and glue in place. 
Continue to align and attach each of the
boxing segments with each inner edge
of the heart shape until all are attached.
7. Repeat for the other side of boxing.
8. Insert the boxing unit into the interior
of the pillar so that the heart edges begin
to line up with hull heart cutout edges, then . . .
. . . position top tab under the inner wall edge,
align and glue in place.
Repeat with the lower tab at lower
inner wall edge to attach it, while at the same
time, positioning heart boxing edges with
hull cut out edges and attaching in one step.
9. Close the "back" panel by tucking
in the long side flange tab, as well
as the top tab, and gluing seams.
NOTE it may be helpful to insert 
a "press-against" tool such as a dowel
or rod behind the seam to help
apply pressure to seam(s).
10. Prepare the base "tray" unit by bending
back on all perforation lines.
11. Repeat the main hull assembly procedure
to position and attach side tab seams, then . . . 
. . . swing final wall into place to position and glue
remaining long seam and short wall seam.
12. Insert base into bottom of hull, then apply 
adhesive near bottom at each side edge,
and slide base fully in until bottom edges are flush.
13. Prepare the recess "cup" shape by
bending forward on all perforations for walls,
wedge tabs, and base edges, and
bend back on all edge tabs, as shown.
14. Join at tiny seams all around cup by
overlapping short straight edge at adjacent
wedge tab perforation line, holding in place
and applying pressure until each seam is secure.
15. Apply adhesive to the underside of each tab,
then fit the cup into the top panel octagon window,
and apply pressure at tabs until secure.
16. Position and attach the top panel cover.
17. Position and attach the top panel accent.
18. Position and attach the bottom cover.
19. Position the tall and short pillars
with inner faces together, then use quick-grab
glue or hot glue to join, taking care that
bottoms are flush.
Here is the completed two-pillar project
with LED votives placed in the recessed cups.
Embellish as desired.