Sunday, September 16, 2018

Drac Peeking Cascade Card with 31 Medallion

This tall cascade card features interlocked zig-zag walls 
that hold a haunted house at back, 
rickety fence sections, 
pair of bats suspended on clear vinyl wands, 
layered dracula head with torso 
and hands resting on plank fence, two-layer headstones. 
(Separate design pointy medallion 
with "31" numbers can be attached to 
front panel as finishing touch.) 
Make it colorful with varied Halloween paper prints. 
Card walls accordion forward as self stand. 
Card measures approx. 5" wide x 10.25" tall when flat. 

ASSEMBLY:  1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A & B left card base with accent panels
C & D right card base with accent panels
E front accent panel
F back accent panel
G haunted house with add-on window & chimney caps
H contrast (show-thru) haunted house panel
I wall accent overlay   J wall base panel
K Drac base shape
L Drac parts: hair, face, eyes, fangs, mouth underlay,
ears/head, eye contrast, hands, collar overlay
M left and right bat with clear acrylic strip "wands"
N grave stone bases and accents
O left and right fence sections
2. Prepare the left (shown front) and right base
cascade panels by bending forward the end flange,
then joining to back end add-on panel with seam.
3. Bend the card bases into zigzag formation,
then preview how they fit together into the cascade
layout by fitting the two together at the top-down (left)
and bottom-up (right) slots. 
Slide the two sections together until bottom edges
align to allow the card base to sit flat on surface. 
When fully together, the card bases will
accordion apart as shown.
4. With the base panels together temporarily,
preview-position the accent panels into their positions
as shown with shortest in the "front-most" second 
panel position (sample: orange square on point),
the middle tallest in the second outer position
(sample: fleur de lis), the tallest accent inside 
the second diamond
cavity (sample: white dot on orange).
5. Move the panels and make notations with pencil
or chalk pencil near panel centers (where
the accents will cover marks) to help remember
where they will be positioned.
NOTE: a matched set of markings should be
penciled onto the mirror position so that
both left and right base panels have marks.
6. Un-assemble the base panels and attach
the panels to both LEFT and RiGHT base walls
in the positions noted with pencil.
(Shown here is the LEFT panel which holds
the short and tall accent panels as pencil-noted
in the preview image above.)
7. Re-assemble the left and right panels by
aligning slots and fitting together, with
bottom edges even. Now the paired accent panels
can be seen in their adjacent positions.
8. Position and attach the front panel to
the "blank" area on front of the assembly.
9. Position and attach the back accent panel
onto the assembly back.
10. Attach the contrast back panel behind
the haunted house panel.
Also attach the optional window overlay
and chimney caps if desired.
11. Spread the back "walls" slightly to allow
the bottom slot of house to fit over the center
intersection of back 'X' . . . 
. . . then push house fully down,
straighten so that half circle cut symbols
near sides align near back wall top edge,
and glue together between the surfaces
that touch to secure the house in place.
12. Position each fence section behind
the second-front-back cascade wall
so that a small margin of "ground" below
fence cutouts shows above wall edge,
and glue in place.
13. Attach each bat to top of the appropriate left or
right clear acrylic strip "wand" using
an adhesive appropriate to attach to acrylic.
14. Tuck bottom wand end behind the "fleur
de lis" wall, push down so that bottom of wand
is even with card bottom (or adjust as preferred)
with want strip approx. 3/4" in from side,
and attach in place.
(Sample uses clear adhesive pads to attach
at bottom and near top of wall where
wand falls.)
15. Prepare the wall base by bending back
the side flanges.
Position and attach the wall overlay on front
of wall base.
16. Prepare the Drac unit.
A) position and attach collar shape over base shape
B) attach hair to top of face shape (with eye openings)
C) Tuck the fangs shape top edge under top edge
of mount opening  . . . 
. . . and adjust to be centered, with curved edges
lined up; glue in place.
D) Position contrast mouth behind mouth opening . . . 
. . . and glue in place to face unit backside.
E) Position and attach head/ears shape onto
base/collar assembly
F) Position face unit over head shape and attach.
G) Position and attach eye pupils inside eye openings.
H) Preview ONLY where the two hands will go
(these attach to wall later in assembly - DO NOT attach here.)
17. Position Drac unit behind wall, center, and . . . 
. . . approx. 1/8" above the wall bottom edge.
18. Position and attach hands onto wall front as shown.

19. Insert wall unit into front "diamond" opening of cascade,
centering, and tucking down until bottom edges
are even; glue flanges to cascade wall.
20. Layer the gravestone fronts with
bases. Tuck behind front wall
at desired height, and glue in place.
21. If desired, position and attach
the separate design 
"Halloween 31 Pointy Medallion"
onto front panel. 

Dracula Peeking cascade card is complete.
A separate, custom sized envelope is available
for gifting this hand-made card.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Chicken 3D Large Form Heart Wing

Build a wedge-shaped vessel, attach the dimensional
 heart "wing" (to front only), add two-part beak, 
Tail, wattle and comb that are layered for thickness, 
glue some metal washers in the "hold" back half 
for ballast to keep hen from overbalancing. 
Farm yard character will be ready to add 
to your country decor. 
(Panel openings in back hull allow finger access 
to assist assembly.) 
Measures approx. 9.75" long x 8" tall x 2.75" wide. 

ASSEMBLY 1. Identify and cut the shapes: 
A front body panel (includes wing box slots)
B front accent
C back body panel (includes trap doors)   D back accent
E & F wedge boxing panels
G top boxing shape with front & back top segments
H top body accent
I internal support (2)
J beak upper and lower   K eye contrast underlays
L trap door connector circle tabs
M wattle front and back tabbed shapes, build up (7-8)*
N comb front and back tabbed shapes, build up (7-8)*
O tail front and back tabbed shapes, build up (7-8)*
* quantity is determined by thickness of paper -
see Step 2 for thickness test info
P heart box main structure
Q add on top boxing strip
R heart accent overlay
2. To determine how many wattle, comb and tail
build up shapes are required, layer the 7 or 8 build up
shapes of comb, then compare to the paired slots
on the top boxing shape slots.
When the tabs of front and back shapes will
fit properly into the slots, the correct thickness
and quantity of build up shapes is determined.
3. Prepare build up stack of comb by positioning
and attaching each of the determined quantity
one on top of the next, taking care to align all
cut edges as precisely as possible.
It is recommended to use a flat heavy weight
such as this muslin-covered free weight bar or
equivalent (many household flat objects may
serve the same function) placed on top of
the build up shapes. This will help the stack
remain flat and smooth, avoiding warping or
curling while liquid adhesive dried completely
(can require a few hours).
4. Bend the tabs of front and back comb outward,
then . . . 
. . . position on corresponding top or bottom of
stack and glue in place.
Use weight to press the stack with tabbed shapes
attached until dry.
(NOTE also use weight for all stacked shapes,
though the instruction will not be repeated.)
5. Repeat the stacking process, and the
attaching of front and back tabbed shapes
for tail . . . 
. . . and wattle.
Take care that all stacked units have tabs
which remain un-glued and unattached.
6. Position and attach eye contrast circles
behind each body accent shape.
7. Position and attach front only accent shape
on the face side of the front body shape,
taking care to match up the heart slots exactly
(The back accent shape is attached at the end
of construction. See Step 37.)
8. Prepare the dimensional heart box structure ("body")
and add-on strip shapes by bending back on all
perforation lines, except bend outer tabs forward.
9. Position and attach the accent shape
on top of the dimensional heart box main structure.
10. Position the add-on strip at top angle edge
of main structure, with strip's top tabs under
heart straight edges, align straight edge of body
overlapping strip's tabs to perforation lines,
and join the two angle edges.
11. Bend add-on strip ends inward to align
tab perf edge with next main structure straight edges
while tucking end tab under "boxing" edge,
and join top and tab seams.
12. Continue to form the dimensional heart structure
by bending boxing sides back to align short seam
straight edge to overlap adjacent wedge tab
until all segment seams have been completed
and the heart platform is done. 
13. Position and insert heart wing tabs into
corresponding slots, work fully in so that heart
boxing edge seats next to body surface.
On backside, bend wing tabs outward and
attach in place.
14. Prepare the two wedge boxing shapes by
bending back on all cross perforation lines,
and also bend tabs back.
15. Position center seam edges together,
then overlap straight edge over opposite tab
to perforation line, adjust and join seam.
16. Begin to join the boxing to body by aligning
the bottom body segment straight edge
with the boxing center tab perforation line,
then join tab to body backside.
17. Continue to bend boxing into position
to align and join the next tab to the next
segment of body until each segment is
joined in place.
NOTE it will be helpful to invert the assembly
onto a flat surface to enable finger pressure
to be applied along the tab seam area.
18. Identify the front end of the top boxing accent
by locating the half-circle notch on the front end edge.
19. Position the accent strip in the center of
top boxing, taking care to orient the accent front
end toward the top body boxing strip end
where the beak slots are located. 
20. Add the front end of top boxing strip by
overlapping straight edge over tap, and joining.
21. Bend top segment to align with body top front
edge and join.
22. Position, align and join top boxing and front
panel edges.
23. Bend final segment into position to align
side edge flange tab with body edge segment
and also aligning boxing end edge with top tab
of bottom boxing strip, and glue both edges in place.
24. Prepare the beak shapes by bending back
on perforation lines.
25. Form the lower beak into a pyramid shape
by bending and tucking the tab under adjacent
straight edge and gluing seam.
26. Insert tabs of top beak shape into front body
boxing strip. On backside, bend tabs outward
and glue to inside boxing surface.
27. Position and attach lower beak directly
under upper beak, with inner edges close together.
28. Insert the comb stack tabs into the top boxing
slots, then . . . 
. . . on the inside, bend the tabs outward
and glue in place.
29. Insert the tail TOP tabs into the top body back
end slots, then pivot into position to insert back tabs
into back slots. Push the tail into position
until it is fully seated next to boxing. On the inside 
bend the tabs outward and glue in place.
30. Prepare the interior support shapes by
bending side and bottom tabs forward.
Position shapes back to back and attach
the body portions only  together.
31. Apply glue to inner side tab pairs, then . . . 
. . position support into body cavity and
insert bottom tabs pair through bottom slot.
Straighten the support into its perpendicular
position to attach inner side tabs to backside
of front wall. Top edge should align at top boxing.
Secure inner side tabs in place.
Also bend bottom tabs outward on outside bottom
boxing and glue in place.
32. Add dab of glue under the top boxing flange
to attach it to top of upper support tabs.
33. The chicken will not sit upright without some
weight added.
Secure some kind of weight materials such as
these metal washers that are used for the model.
34. Place a number of washers into the
back hull half and quick-glue (hot melt glue for example)
them in place. NOTE approx 8 washers were used.
35. Position the back body panel into position
to attach edges to wedge boxing strip tabs in
the same manner as the front panel was attached,
using . . . 
. . . the trap doors to allow finger access in order
to make adjustments of tabs to edges
and apply necessary finger pressure.
36. To help trap doors attach in closed positions,
position and attach a circle halfway under
the bottom edge of opening, then . . . 
. . . close door and glue door edge to connector tab.
37. Position and attach the back body accent
over the back body panel.
The Chicken Box Form is completed.