Monday, January 8, 2018

Snowflake 3D Six Point Star Ornament

Dimensional "patchwork" points swirl at center 
of six-point snowflake-shaped edge ornament 
for Christmas or winter decorating. 
Stitching at pre-punched holes connects the base, 
point edges, and overlay frame 
(shapes without punch holes also included), 
with slightly offset back layer hiding 
the stitching backside. Punch-hole tab included 
for adding a ribbon or twine hanger. 
Measures approx. 5.35 wide x 6" tall. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A snowflake base
B snowflake ring
C dimensional points (6)
D offset snowflake back   E hanger tab
2. Prepare the snowflake points
by bending back on all perforation lines
except hole-punched flanges and bottom side
tabs, which are bent forward.
3. The construction and assembly of this 
six-point snowflake is very similar to the assembly 
of the 3D Patchwork Star Ornament.
Please follow steps 3-12 of that tutorial
by clicking on this LINK
4. Also follow step 13, except positioning
offset back snowflake may be best
done by placing the assembled unit
over the face side of the back shape.
5. Follow step 14 to prepare the hanger tab
then position it behind one of the snowflake points
with punch holes above tip. OR, position between
points at the "valley" as an alternate position.
6. Add soft silk-style (rayon) ribbon loop and
optional wooden bead to finish the snowflake.

Snowflake Dresden Card

Variation on a quilt classic design, 
the six points of this snowflake are composed 
of three sizes of "blades", assembled on 
"silhouette" sections, fitted around 
the center circle opening. 
Center completed Dresden snowflake onto 
horizontal panel across 5x7 card front, 
then attach to rounded-corner card base. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card main base    B accent front panel
C points assembly base (shows thru as short points)
D offset snowflake silhouette
E points unit base (6 - show thru as med. points)
F (6) tall points
2. Center and attach each tall point
on one points assembly (med. points) shape
as shown, taking care to align bottom edges,
and top point edges that match.
Complete 6.
3. Position and attach each of the six
3-point unit bases onto the points assembly base
shape (short points show-thru). 
4. Position (centered) and attach the shapes assembly
shape onto the offset snowflake silhouette.
5. Position (centered top to bottom) the contrast
front panel shape onto the front portion
of the main card base.
6. Position (centered) and attach the points assembly 
unit onto the contrast panel
to complete the card.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Snowflake 3D Slot Form Ornament

Seven layers (or thereabout) of card stock are layered 
and glued together to simulate the thickness 
of plywood shapes for center three cross arms and 
flourished arms main snowflake. 
Measures approx. 5.75" tall x 4.75" wide x 1.5" deep. 
Punch hole on top arm allows ribbon or twine loop 
for hanging and display. 
Card stock thickness test shapes also included. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
(see step 2 for information regarding
the quantity of shapes to cut for the build up
of the various shapes to resemble ply wood)
cut 5 middle layers, 
1 white front, 
1 rev. white back
of each (7 total layers):
Arm A (left center slot)
Arm B (left and right center slots)
Arm C (right center slot)
D main snowflake flourish shape

2. Before cutting shapes, perform a TEST using
the card stock selected for this project
to determine how many shapes need to be layered
to fill (but not be too tight) for the designed slots.
a. cut 7-8 oval shapes to represent the component
layers (5-6 interior "brown", 1 white front, 1 white back)
b. layer to represent the stack, and preview
the fit by simply holding stack together, then inserting
through the "window" opening 
c. glue up as a final check for correct number of layers.
3. Layer the cut shapes of each of the components
and glue together, taking care to align cut edges
as precisely as possible, paying particular
attention to the interior edges of the SLOTS
of Arms A, B & C, and the radiation SLOTS
of the main snowflake shape.
As the shapes layering proceeds or is
completed, press flat using a weight such as
this re-purposed free weight covered with fabric
to help keep the shape flat, avoid warping
and curling, until the glue is completely dried
4. Begin the assembly by fitting together
Arm A and Arm B in an 'X' form . . . 
. . . then turning the assembly upside down
to fit Arm C across the center of the 'X' . . . 
. . . and sliding the three arms together
so that front and back "peaks" are even
and slots are well "locked" together.
5. Working quickly, carefully apply a quick-dry 
glue dab next to the slots to help join 
the arms together, then  . . .
. . . adjust the star form to fit it into
radiating slots of the main flourish snowflake
shape before glue dries.
6. Slide the arms section through slots
until they are centered front-to-back . . .
. . . and extensions are equally visible
on each side of the flourish snowflake shape.
7. Apply a dab of glue at each arm tip
to help attach in place.
8. Loop a soft-style ribbon through top
hang hole to complete the 3D Snowflake.

Snowman Stitched Card

Easel-style cubby snowman with stocking hat 
measures approx. 4x6 when closed. 
Body silhouette includes hat shape 
and stitching punch holes. 
Complete stitching, with tails secured on 
body backside. Add hat silhouette, cuff, 
and tassel scalloped ball, eyes and carrot nose. 
Then tie a ribbon "scarf" around neck indentation, 
secure on card front inside face with optional snowflake "seal". 
Shaped offset front and back silhouettes 
join above back's upper panel perforation line. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A snowman body with stitching punch holes
B hat crown silhouette  C hat brim overlay
D tassel scalloped circle
E eyes, carrot nose, chest buttons
F card front base
G card back with perforation line
H optional snowflake anchor for ribbon
2. Add the stitching by cutting an 18-20" length of
perle cotton or soft twine and threading it onto
a fine tapestry needle that will fit through
punch holes.
3. Anchor the lead end on body backside
with a small piece of masking tape
 near one end of the punch line . . . 
. . . insert needle up through first hole,
draw thread through, then complete stitching
sequence up and down around shape . . . 
. . . until needle is inserted down through
final hole, trim to a 1" tail or so . . . 
. . . and anchor with small piece of tape.
4. Assemble hat brim overlay onto crown,
and attach to body shape. Add tassel circle,
eyes, nose, buttons, then center and attach
body assembly onto card front base.
5. Prepare 12" length of ribbon by centering
the snowflake attachment "seal" at center . . . 
. . . then position so that ribbon cross forward
at lowest indent below "head" area,
and tie into square knot across front.
Trim ends artistically.
6. Position front over back with backsides together . . . 
. . . then apply adhesive above the perforation
line on back, and join, aligning edges
that match up.
Here is the completed card.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Snowflake Lovin' It Vinyl Plaque

Winter sports fanatics and romantics love it!)
(Commuters and shovel-ers hate it!)
Either way, here is a vinyl design that celebrates SNOW!
Circular design fits on an 8.5" round plaque - 
or other foundation as desired. 
Intricate snowflake is focal point, with words ring 
that expresses "Snow" & "Lovin' It" with 
snowflake and dot cluster between segments. 
(Cut file includes a dot-for-cluster substitute version 
for simpler stencil painting.) 
Cut as vinyl decor, or use as "reverse stencil" 
to paint design and background as contrasting colors. 

This tutorial will explain the "reverse stenciling" process,
in which vinyl is cut and applied to project surface,
then a "seal" coat virtually eliminates over-paint bleed thru,
with vinyl removed completely for paint-only finish.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Prepare and cut the vinyl design.
2. Weed the non-design portions of the vinyl
from the carrier sheet, leaving the words ring,
snowflake design, and . . . 
. . . positioning guide ring in place.
3. Follow customary procedures to apply
transfer paper to the vinyl design.
4. Remove the carrier sheet, leaving
the vinyl design on the sticky side of
the transfer sheet.
5. The sample project is composed of a 8.5" mdf disc,
composed in a somewhat larger frame.
To make the disc appear to "float" in front of
the mounting surface, 1/4" to 3/8" shapes are
 glued in balanced positions to the disc backside.
6. Paint the disc face and edges with the paint color
that will show through as the letters in finished design.
Acrylic paint such as Delta Ceramcoat (Ivory used here).
7. Use a sanding block to lightly smooth out 
the paint and distress the surface as desired.
Allow to dry completely.
8. Prepare to position the vinyl design and
apply to the disc face surface . . . 
. . . which may more easily be accomplished
by turning the vinyl design face up on work surface,
and working to position the disc over the design
with EDGES of disc WITHIN the guide ring.
NOTE: If using a larger size disc or different shape,
etc., you may wish to leave the guide ring off
the prepared vinyl transfer; use cutting machine
software tools to change the ring's size to match;
trace the disc or other shape, then position
the trimmed transfer vinyl unit paper backside
over trimmed-to-size tracing to use as guide, etc.
9. Once positioned, use squeegee tool to
burnish the vinyl to help it adhere to disc.
10. Carefully peel away the transfer sheet
and guide ring, leaving only actual vinyl design
on disc.
Here is the model at this point in assembly.
11. To help prevent bleed of top contrast paint coat,
paint a light coat of the letter show-thru paint
over the entire face, including vinyl, and disc
side edges if not previously painted. 
Allow to dry completely.
12. Paint over the plaque surface with
the final color. (The sample disc has a white
side edge - masking of that edge does not
show in this image.) A single thorough 
but not too thick coat
of paint may be better than two coats.
Allow to dry completely.
13. Use tools and fingers to lift and peel the
vinyl away. NOTE that this will take more time
and patience than the regular peeling of vinyl.
14. If desired, lightly sand the final coat
to give the surface a distressed look.
15. Mount the disc in frame, or complete
other mounting arrangements.
Here again is the finished project.