Sunday, November 17, 2019

Reindeer Mini 3D Place Card Holder

Cut five layers of component shapes, 
glue into stacks to replicate the thickness of tag board. 
Fit legs and antlers onto body, glue together if preferred. 
Or disassemble and store flat for keeping between holidays. 
Add tiny bell tied around neck or other embellishment. 
Prepare name tent using “Print and Cut” software
(or print names with enough space to trace 
the included tent tracing template and hand cut). 
Reindeer measures approx. 4.25” long x 5.9” tall x 
2.5” wide (antlers) when assembled. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
(NOTE: the exact number of shapes that you will
want to cut will depend on the layering test that you
will perform in Step 2; those listed are intended to be
a guide quantity, as was used for the model project
with textured card stock paper)

A main reindeer center body shape (1)
(NOTE the sample project uses the optional
bodies with the raised back)
B right body shape with eye (2) 
C left body shape with eye (2)
D nose shapes (2)
E & F leg assembles for front and back (5 each)
G antler shapes (5)   H test slot square with strips
2. Use the test slot shape to determine the "built up"
quantity of layers needed to have thickened components
that will slot together and remain assembled,
then slide apart for storage and use later.
Begin by layering and holding together five layers
of the intended card stock strips into a simulated stack.
(Can be glued together, but if so, begin with
four layers of strips then add the fifth if needed
for the snug fit that is aimed at.)
Insert the simulated stack into the slot to see if it
fits in and fills the slot snugly. If not, add a layer
and re-test. Or remove a layer and check that.
Once the target quantity is determined,
modify the number of shapes of body (add 1 middle
layer, for instance), legs, antler.
3. Begin layering the body by positioning and
attaching one side body over the middle (non-eye)
body shape, taking care to align ALL cut edges as
precisely as possible. Add the second matching side. . .
. . . then repeat for the two opposite side bodies.
If using liquid glue (recommended), use a flat
weighted object such as this fabric covered,
re-purposed weight machine bar to flatten
the glued-up shapes for a few hours until
completely dried and not cool to the touch.
4. Position and attach the two leg stacks in
a similar manner to the body. Press the stack
with a weight until completely dry.
5. Position and attach the antler shapes in
the same manner. Press the stack
with a weight until completely dry.
6. Position and attach a contrast nose on each
side of the body, corresponding to the silhouette
edges for the nose. The sample project uses red
for the traditional Rudolph look.
7. Also position and attach the contrast eye punch dot
into the eye recess, if desired. Or, use a fine tip felt
marker or similar inking tool to fill in the eye socket.
8. Fit the reindeer components together by
slotting together as shown at perpendicular angle
until the slot depths are fully pushed in.
NOTE this should be a snug fit and no glue
is needed, but can be glued if desired and stored
in its assembled form between seasons.
9. Position and fit the antler shape on
in the same manner.
10. Prepare the name card tent using the "Print & Cut"
method described by Silhouette America in
a tutorial such as THIS ONE.
(An optional tracing method is offered in Step 12)

As an overview, the steps involve:
a) opening the "Registration Marks Window" and
selecting the letter size paper that can be printed
on your household printer, and selecting the system you use.
b) bringing the tent shape to be printed onto
the cut-able area defined.
NOTE: the steps shown here position only ONE
name; you can fill the page between the registration
marks and crossed-out margin in shapes; 
just don't overlap any.
c) using the Text tool to type the name of the guest
onto the end (or rotate text copy and position 
on both ends) using the desired text style.
d) use the Fill tool to color the words as preferred
(my preference is NOT to use any line outline)
e) send the page to the printer, which will print
the names, but not the tent shape, and also include
the registration marks that will tell the Cameo optical
eye where to cut around the printed name.
f) position and smooth the printed sheet onto
the cutting mat as was pictured in the first image
of this step, to prepare to cut it out.
g) adjust the cutting settings for the paper selected,
then load the cutting sheet into the machine
and send to be cut.
h) the Cameo will see the registration marks
as it first begins, and complete its "reading/seeing"
protocol before the blades engage, so don't be
startled if you are not familiar with the routine.
i) once the shape(s) are cut, remove the cutting sheet
from the cutter, remove the tents from sheet,
11. Bend/fold the tent in half along the two perforation
guide lines (score with tool and straight edge lined up
with these cuts if stock is thick).
12. An alternative to the "Print & Cut" option is
to cut the tracing template with its window.
Prepare a regular printed page job using usual
text/type program such as Word to print the names
needed for guests, taking care to leave enough space
between/around the printed names.
(This may take some trial, error and adjusting.)
Center the name is desired in the window
and trace the outer edge as hand-cutting line.
Also mark the position of the top bends/folds.
This image shows the tracing completed.
13. Cut out using hand scissors or straight edge
and rotary or straight knife.
Position a straight edge connecting the marked
lines on each side at center then score to assist
folding, crease along lines.
14. Add bell or other embellishments as desired.
Position the tent over the back of reindeer
and it's ready to adorn a festive holiday table.
Or print buffet dish identification and use
the reindeer to help diners know what they are eating.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Thanksgiving Rocker Side Step Cards

Round-edged rocker-style cards, each available
as separate design files, have either 
right side bends that create a pair of “steps”
on one side, or single steps on both sides 
for a more symmetrical look . 
Scalloped doily and faux-stitched overlay panels 
add interest to base. Upper half-circle of card bends back 
to form a self stand. Double layer bracket frame panels 
displays either folk art wheat stalks with 
layered quilt star hanger ornament or 
pair of wheat stalk curls. 
“Thankful” or "Gather" welded word cut card fronts. 
Each card measures approx. 7x7 flat. 

Gather Wheat Curl design will be described first,
followed by the Thankful Quilt Block design at Step 11.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card base   B front scallop shape   C front faux stitch shape
D back scallop shape  E back faux stitch shape
F & G left and right side scallop and faux stitch shapes
H frame whole base  I frame accent  J frame front
K Gather word cut  L wheat curl base silhouette
M shorter wheat curl overlay
N optional additional Gather word cuts for layering
2. Prepare the card base by bending back at "mountain" folds
perforation lines across center portion, side back
and side front, and bending forward at 
"valley" fold lines at mid sides . . .
. . . following the diagram.
Arrange and adjust folds so that the card is folded into
its roughly half-circle form.
Use folding tool or finger tips to ensure crisp folds,
including those beneath the top layer.
3. Layer the contrast scallop shapes with corresponding
faux stitch shapes: front, back and sides.
Use straight edges to align layers then join.
4. Position the front layers onto the front portion
of the card base, aligning the top straight edge
at the top fold, side cut edges, and lower side
fold lines, then attach in place.
NOTE: it may be easier to accomplish this positioning
while the card base is open and flat on the work surface.
5. Repeat to position the back accent assemblies . . . 
. . . and the side assemblies as shown.
NOTE that the side pieces should be snug up against
the back shapes at cut edge which will allow
folding space at the valley folds.
This is how the card assembly will look at this point.
6. Prepare the frame assembly by layering
the front frame with the accent margin middle layer . . .
. . . then adding the back whole layer behind.
Secure all layers together.
7. Position and attach the frame assembly on card front,
centered side to side, and just high enough that
the side edges being indicated will still hide
the corner of the first step.
8. If you have chosen to use multiple layers of
the "Gather" word cut, stack, carefully align,
and glue those together at this point.
If using liquid glue, consider using a flat weight
to press during the glue-drying process.
9. Prepare the wheat curl layered shape by
positioning and attaching the shorter overlay
on top of the base silhouette, aligning cut edges.
10. Position and attach the wheat curl unit on top
of the frame, then position and attach the Gather
word cut on top.
Here is the completed card, in folded position.
Here card is shown in its flat position to slide into
an envelope for mailing or giving.
11. Prepare the card base by carefully folding along
perforation lines as shown, bending back as
"mountain" folds on the left side center fold,
at the top, bottom and center left folds.
Bend forward as "valley" folds on the remaining two lines . . .
. . . according to the diagram as shown.
NOTE that it is a little tricky to fold in different directions
on the same round shape, and will require a little
manipulation to allow portions not being folded to extend
away as the folds are bent.
With folds started, force the side steps into their finished
positions . . . 
. . . and apply pressure with a folding tool or
finger tip pressure to ensure crisp folds.
Here is the "arial" view.
12. Layer and attach the front and back contrast scallop 
shapes with corresponding faux stitch shapes, using
straight cut edges as alignment guides
13. Position and attach the front assembly onto
the front panel of the case base, using straight 
cut side edge or perforation lines to align accurately.
NOTE it may be easiest to position and attach
these assemblies as the card base is flat on work surface.
14. Position and attach the back unit in similar manner.
15. Position and attach the side contrast shapes into
corresponding step panels, using upper cut edges
to align with panel perforation or cut edges.
16. Assemble the frame by layering the front frame
over the contrast margin middle layer, using
outer edges to align, then . . . 
. . . position and attach to the whole frame base.
17. Assemble the wheat stalks unit by layering
and attaching the middle unit on top of the base unit 
(with square) and then the front unit . . . 
. . . using straight 
edges to position and align.
18. Assemble the quilt square by layering and
attaching the star cutout shape over the base shape . . .
. . . with the frame on top. Take care to align
the hole punches of each layer.
Position and attach the pentagon shape
over the star cutout.
19. Position and attach the quilt square over
the square base of the wheat assembly.
20. Thread thin twine or perle cotton thick thread
through the punch holes, and tie a knot and bow.
21. Position and attach the wheat/quilt square assembly
over the center of the frame unit.
22. Position the frame assembly over the card front
with the side tip aligned at the mid fold 
on the left, and . . .
. . . the lower right curved edge barely hiding
the step-to-cut corner on the right, and glue in place.
23. Position and attach the stars and circle punches
onto the back step edge where the accent panel
indicates with cut outs.
24. If you have chosen to use a built-up "thankful"
word cut, layer and attach the shapes into a stack
and press under a flat weight until dry.
25. Position the word cut onto the front step . . .
. . . aligning it so that the drop portion of the 'f'
clears the front fold and . . .
. . . end 'l' does not extend beyond the side edges.
Here is the completed card in its rocker folded shape.
Here the card is shown in its flat position for
inserting into an envelope for sending or giving.