Friday, March 22, 2019

Violin 3D Form

Stylized, decorative miniature violin can be decorated 
and used as solo display, or featured as 
focal element of a centerpiece, etc. 
Violin is built of Lid (front) and Base (back) with 
boxing strips attached, then fit together to form 
hull sound box. Front and back “face” panels 
are thickened with built-up layering. 
Dimensional neck is built as hollow structure, 
then fit into front hull cutout. Details are added for realism, 
including strings bridge, end pin, tuning pegs and 
scroll overlay accents. 
Measures approx. 16.75” tall x 5.5” wide (at base) 
x .875” deep (hull) or 1.75” at neck scroll end.

(This tutorial is under construction.
Please return soon to view
the completed assembly guide.)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Twisted Blossom Quilt Block Card

This traditional quilt patchwork block looks a little like 
a four-leaf clover, but can be “pieced” together 
in a color scheme of your choice. 
Composed on a background square with four quarter “petals” 
that have overlays joined to base patch shapes, 
plus center square overlay. 
Mix and match favorite paper and card stock prints 
for fun pattern play. 
Contrast offset card base layers create a narrow borders. 
Measures approx. 6x6 square when folded.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card front base   B offset card front middle layer
C main card base
D "contrast" background triangles
E center triangles squares base background
F center patchwork triangles
G color #1 patchwork petal base shape with
 left & right curved overlay patches (2 sets)
H color #2 patchwork petal base shape with  
left & right curved overlay patches (2 sets)
2. Prepare the petal units by positioning the left
and right curved edge patches onto corresponding
areas of the petal base.
Prepare 2 of color #1 and 2 of color #2.
3, Locate the center guide marks on the card front.
Position the first petal unit at one corner location
so that the interior cutout shape of base lines up
with the same shape window in the petal unit,
with the center point aligned at center guide mark
cross hairs, and glue in place.
4. Position the second petal unit (from color #2)
in the next corner, align and glue in place.
5. Repeat to position the final two petal units
in alternating color arrangement.
6. Prepare the center triangle patchwork by
first locating the guide marks at the center of
each side edge.
Position the four triangle patches with the square
corners at the center, and the narrow edges at
the guide marks at side edges, and glue each in place.
7. Position the center patchwork unit over
the middle petal unit points so that the points of
the square match up with the window inner corners,
and glue in place.
8. Center the front panel assembly onto the contrast
card front with even margin all around.
9. Fit each background triangle into the recessed
window of the front assembly layers,
and glue in place. 
NOTE: you may wish to position the triangles into
the windows of the main background shape
before or any time prior to step 9, and use
small pieces of cello tape on backside
to hold them in place until step 9 when they
can be glued into place.
10. Prepare the main card base by bending back
on the center perforation line.
11. Center the card assembly onto the front of
the main card base with even margin all around,
and attach in place.

Friday, March 8, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Impossible Cards Trio

This style card gets its “impossible” name from 
the one-piece base that “twists” to “impossibly” create 
the platform with pop-up center from a single cut shape. 
(Use card stock for base that is the same on 
both sides for the proper effect.)
"Unicorn Shamrocks" version offers TWO measures of luckiness for
a special recipient. (Assembly of this card will be shown first.)
"Leprechaun Torso" features the pint-sized
magical fellow with his usual bowler hat and bow tie details.
(Assembly steps of this card begin in Step 17.)
"LUCKY Shamrock Arches" layers arches with letter cutouts.
(Assembly of this design begins in Step 28.)

Each begins with the same 5x7 base size and similar
starting assembly steps, with variations
on the flat height measure depending on extension details.

Unicorn Card 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main base shape   B 'L' accent shapes (2)
C head base   D ear accent underlays
E nostril accent underlays
F eyelashes   G shamrocks array  
H contrast underlay for center shamrock
I horn base    J horn overlay crescents
K back head partial shape   L shamrocks position guide
M cloud bridge base (2)   N cloud overlay (2)
2. Prepare the card twist base by bending the center
pop up panel forward along the horizontal perforated line.
Next, take the left front corner and rotate it down
and back until . . . 
. . .  the narrow back part rotates above the top of card
to the position previously occupied by the wide corner.
This is the "finished" arrangement of the twist base.
3. Position and attach each of the 'L' accent
overlays over the corresponding base areas,
with slight offset around the edges as shown.
4. Prepare the two cloud bridge units by
positioning and attaching the smaller cloud over
the larger base, with parts of the outer left end
edges aligning as shown.
5. Prepare the attach the bridges across the gaps
between the 'L' shapes, which will stabilize
the twisted bases, by placing on a flat work surface,
and lining up the front straight edges along
a straight edge such as plastic ruler shown,
or on a gridded mat, etc. Once aligned and
straightened, retain in that positioning, until . . . 
. . . the bridge can be centered side to side
and front to back over the gap, and attached
where the surfaces overlap.
6. Prepare to assemble the horn unit by laying out
the horn base and the crescent overlays.
Begin at the bottom partial shape to align 
lower and side edges that correspond,
 and attach in place.
Continue to position and attach in upward order
until all shapes are in place.
7. Prepare the head shape by bending forward
along the center horizontal perforation line.
8. Position and attach each ear underlay behind
the head ear openings. 
Position and attach each nostril underlay behind
the nose openings.
9. Locate the eyelash tip guide mark cuts on
head front, then . . . 
. . . position and attach the eyelashes
in place with ends aligned inside the guide corners.
10. Position the head assembly over the pop up
panel with corresponding edges aligned, and
the bend aligned at the bottom of the pop up panel,
then attach the upper head half to pop up panel,
and the lower part of head where surfaces overlap.
11. Position and attach the back head shape
behind the pop up panel.
NOTE that the horn foundation will now be in place.
12. Position and attach the horn assembly
over the horn foundation portion of the head back,
with lower end of horn overlapping the head front,
and corresponding horn edges aligned as closely
as possible.
14. Prepare the largest shamrock by positioning
and attaching the contrast petal shape behind
 the openings.
15. Prepare to attach the shamrock array by
positioning the guide shape over the flattened head
pop up, using the interior angle edges to align 
with ear-to-head edge transition, centering,
then holding in place . . . 
. . . then positioning and attaching the largest center
shamrock through the guide center window.
Position and attach both end smallest shamrocks
through corresponding openings, then . . . 
. . . carefully lift and remove the guide shape,
making sure that the attached shamrocks stay in place.
16. Position the middle shamrocks in between
the others already in place to complete the array.
Here is the completed Unicorn Impossible Card.
Leprechaun Card Assembly: 
17. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main card base    B accent 'L' shapes
C bridge base shapes (2)   D bridge accents (2)
E face    F head (ears)   G smile
H eyes contrast panel
I hat brim, crown, band and shamrock accent
J beard with cut slit to accept head unit bottom edge
K bow tie base and knot
L lapel overlay   M jacket shoulders
18. Refer to steps 2 & 3 to prepare the base
and attach the 'L' accent shapes.
19. Prepare the two bridges by layering
the front accent panel over the base shamrock
cutout shape, and attaching in place.
20. Refer to step 5 to align the card base legs,
then center and attach the bridges in place.
21. Prepare the pre assembly of hat, lapel/shoulders,
and bow tie by layering or positioning overlay shapes
and attaching in place.
For lapel and jacket shoulder shapes, bend
forward on the perforation lines before assembling.
Here are the units assembled.
22. Prepare to assemble the face/head/beard
by laying out the shapes. Then . . . 
. . . position and attach the face over 
the head/ears shape, and attach the smile
over the lower portion of face.
Reverse the head/face assembly (face down)
and slide the eye contrast shape into the recent window
and glue in place.
23. Assemble the head with the beard by
positioning in front and toward top of beard,
then . . . 
. . . slip the bottom edge of face through slit
and move down as far as possible, adjust
to be centered, then glue the overlapping surfaces.
24. Position the lapel/shoulders unit at the pop up
transition with perforation bends lined up,
and corresponding edges aligned, and glue in place.
NOTE: bend the pop up panel forward to
help align bends. 
25. Position and attach the bow tie unit at center
lower front edge of lapel/shoulder assembly,
making sure it is completely below perforation bend.
26. Position and attach the head/beard unit
over the center of pop up with corresponding
edges aligned.
27. Position and attach the hat in place where
edges will align.
Here is the completed leprechaun card.
Shamrock Arch Card Assembly: 
28. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card base    B 'L' accent shapes
C shamrock bridge (2)  D shamrocks (4)
E arch scallop base
F loopy edge arch layer 2
G shamrock edge arch layer 3
H plain edge arch - letters base
I "LUCKY" letters
NOT SHOWN: folding easel shape
29. Prepare the twisted base.
For this version, begin by bending the center
pop up arch portion forward on the perf lines.
Then, as in step 2, twist the front left portion downward
and to the back. 
NOTE that this variation has NO connection
at the very center, so handle with care.
30. As with the other two card designs in this trio,
position and attach 'L' accent shapes onto base.
Use straight edge or grid to line up front straight edges,
and secure in place until . . . 
. . . assembled shamrock bridge units can be
positioned across the gap and glued in place.
31. Prepare to assemble the arch by laying out
the shapes, then . . . 
. . . layer the base, layer 1 and layer 2
with inner arch and bottom straight edges aligned,
and attach together.
32. Prepare the front arch with letters by
positioning and attaching each letter in radiating
orientation where the bottom inside arch edge
indicates the letter bottom shape will fit.
33. Position the letters arch on top of the previous
arch assembly, and attach in place.
34. Position the arch assembly over the pop up
panel where some of the edges will align,
and glue in place.
35. Prepare the easel shape by bending the bottom
tab forward, and the side triangle panel back.
36. Position the easel behind the left arch, with
the lead upright edge next to the arch,
and the bottom tab a tiny margin away from
the pop up perforation. Hold in position until . . . 
. . . the easel can unfolded into flattened
position to check that tip will not extend
beyond card side edge, then glue tab in place.
Here is the completed shamrock arch card.