Saturday, May 23, 2020

Large Tag Oval Frame with Stitching

(Above is the decorated tag ensemble.)
Oversize display tag ensemble has scope 
for floral embellishments, featuring picot edge base tag,
stitched inner tag plus accent tag, vintage style open-back frame, 
double pointed “stamp sentiment” strip. 
Add other ephemera or trinkets as desired.  
Tag measures approx. 4.86” x 9”. 
Combine with “Flourish Arabesque with Butterflies Pair”
(separate design as shown above) for a uniquely beautiful creation. 
Optional tag backside base shape included
 with fold-out easel stand. 

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

Flourish Arabesque with Butterflies Pair

Large-scale lyrical flourish with oval center base, 
large and smaller butterflies can be the focal point
 of a floral ensemble, as a scrapbook page embellishment, 
or as foundation component for other large decorative creation. 
Flourish measures approx. 4” wide x7.5” tall; 
large butterfly approx. 2.85” wide x 2.3” tall; 
small butterfly approx. 1.72” wide x 1.35” tall. 

Designed as coordinated component for
 “Tag Kit Oval Frame Stitched”; see that project HERE.

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Princess Crown 3D Easel Card

A special dimensional card to send love or birthday greetings 
to a favorite princess. Round card base has underneath panel 
that bends to display the attached crown tipped, 
crown front upward, at an angle. 
 Add sparkly jewel embellishments at filigree intersections, 
on jewel points, and at base inside and out as desired.  
Dahlia flower design peeks from platform top layer
Attach the double-layer sentiment panel with “Princess Wishes” 
and star to provide the “stop” for the easel mechanism. 
Card measures approx. 5” x 5” x 2.625” deep when closed. 
Tuck the crown card inside a custom-fit 
container companion design (Box 3D Hex Swirl Top Crowns). 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card base two-part circle with perforations
B front card base circle  C back card base circle
D front offset accent with "jewel" cutouts
E jewel "fill in" shapes (opt. underlay ring also included)
F & G whole and half circle offset interior accents
H stop panel (2-3) I Princess Wishes word cuts
J star accents
K front crown with optional jewel add-ons (8)
L crown base 
M rim ring strip (crown attaches to this flange)
N crown base circle (with center hole for flower alignment)
O flower center, petals (12), hex top, top circle
2. Prepare the card base by bending the base circle
forward (face sides together) at center short perf
and mid-front long perforation line.
Become familiar with how the easel action will
configure, as shown here.
3. Position and attach the FRONT circle to the forward
half only of the front panel of the base circle.
NOTE: as shapes are attached, when using liquid glue
it will be important to press them flat under a heavy
weight such as a book, etc., while drying.
(See image in step 7.)
4. Position and attach the back bottom circle
to the backside of card base, face side outward.
5. Open the card assembly flat to position and
attach the whole and half circle accents inside.
6. Position and attach the front card offset circle
with jewel cutouts onto the card front. Then . . .
. . . position and attach the jewel shapes into the 'windows'.
(The alternative way to have accent jewels with less
fussiness or cutting is to use the contrast ring shape,
which for this project would be cut from the violet card stock.)
7. Layer and attach the 2 or 3 'stop' panel shapes
taking care to align the cut edges as precisely
as possible. A thick edge will be needed to help keep
the easel edge in place when the card is displayed.
It may be helpful here, and other places in the assembly
to use heavy flat weights placed on top of the glued-up
shapes to help keep them flat and avoid warping or
curling as liquid glue dries.
8. Layer the star shapes, then position and attach
the Princess Wishes sentiment and star onto the front
of the stop panel assembly. (Before pressing is advisable.
9. Position and attach the stop shape at the front edge
centered with a narrow offset, as shown.
Here is a preview of how the base card will function
as the easel display.
10. To begin the rim ring (flange) attachment assembly,
add some curl to the rim ring shape, face side outward.
11. Bend the edge tabs back.
12. Form the strip into a ring to overlap the straight edge
to the short dash cut line of opposite end tab,
align top straight cut edges, and glue seam.
13. Prepare the center circle by positioning and attaching
the shapes the create the flower. Begin with the center
flower shape, using the center circles to align. Then . . .
. . . Position and attach each of the 12 petals into
the 'V' shapes, tucking them in snugly.
Add the hex center, with tallest dimension on
the vertical center (points at a petal tip at top and
bottom), then add the contrast circle and the hear cutout.
14. Make sure the rim ring tabs are bent perpendicular
toward the center, then . . . 
. . . apply glue on the inside of the ring to 
the backside of the tabs so that . . .
. . . the flower center circle can slip inside of the ring's rim
and fill up the space fully, forcing the ring to conform
to the 'perfect' circle. 
Apply fingertip pressure to the edge where the backside
of the circle will attach to the glue-applied surface of
the rim ring tabs. NOTE: it may be helpful to search out
a household cup or mug, etc., that fits just inside the rim
to place (inverted) inside the assembly to help weight
the edge until the entire seam is completely joined.
Here you can see the underside of the assembly.
15. Position the flower/rim ring assembly onto the card front
and center it, then attach securely in place.
16. Prepare the crown layers by gently adding curl
to pre-form them into the circular shape that
will be needed.

Add curl to  crown base as well.
NOTE: a design dilemma is layering the tiara shapes
for strength, but getting them to wrap around the ring flange
without having the main shape come up short at the ends
(think racers on an oval track - those on outside run farther).
Adding curl will assist management of this fact.
However, if the two shapes are layered prior to adding curl
or simply trying to wrap into a ring form will usually result
in the adhesive to fail and the shapes to 'pop' apart.
Designing the main crown with 'open' bottom front,
adding curl the each shape, and attaching separately
are attempts to minimize the slight shortness of outer crown.
17. Position and attach the crown base to the rim ring
flange, beginning at CENTER TOP of card front, and
wrapping toward center bottom.
18. Position and attach the crown front layer over
the crown base, beginning at CENTER FRONT,
matching base edges, and encouraging the back
center edges to match up as base edges did.
(In this image, you can see how the crown is positioned
CENTER FRONT to the top of the card front.
19. Add the jewel cut out shapes over the pointed
jewel positions of crown front, if designed. OR . . .
. . . use purchased jewel studs such as these,
cut apart, to place over the jewel positions,
filligree intersections, crown inner and outer base 
edges. (See embellishments in next image.)
20. Display the card in easel form by raising front panel
and sliding the front edge to 'catch' at the stop top edge.
Close it flat for giving.
Here is the front high view of completed card.
Finish the special princess crown gift by building the custom
designed companion hexagon box.
Here are completed, closed crown easel card
with companion box, closed.

Box 3D Hexagon Swirl Top with Crown Panels

Hexagon dimensional box has petal-tipped latch arms 
that swirl together to close the box’s top, forming a flower. 
Side walls hold accent squares or crown stencil squares 
and hearts stencil panels, or mix and match with 
fun, pretty paper prints for plain panels. 
Interior bottom optional hexagon can hold a standard gift card. 
Sized to coordinate with “Princess Crown 3D Easel Card”, 
but large enough for many other gift-giving occasions. 
Measures approx. 5.125” wide x 6.5” long x 2.875” tall when closed. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A hull half shapes (2)  B & C inner & outer bottom hexagon bases
D optional interior contrast panel (this one is gift card option)
E hull side crown panels (6)
F hull side hearts base strips (6)
2. Prepare the hull shapes by bending back on all
perforation lines of side wall panels, top interlocking 'arms',
side and bottom flange tabs.
3. Position and attach the crown and hearts  'stencil' 
cut out panels, offset within each side panel, and pushed
together along the dividing straight edges.
NOTE that a plain rounded corner 'square' panel shape
is also included in the cut file to provide options for
decorating the hexagon box for other occasions.
4. Position the two hull shapes so that the plain straight
edge of one aligns and overlaps the opposite side flange tab
of the other, adjust so that bottom and top panel edges
are in line, then complete the first side seam.
5. Form the hull into a tube to align and join
side seam #2.
Apply fingertip pressure along the seam.
NOTE that the symmetry of the hull will allow it to be
laid flat for easier seam completion, if desired.
6. At hull bottom, bend the flange tabs inward.
7. Place assembly with fold edges down, then apply
adhesive to the inner (backside) flange surfaces, then . . .
. . . insert a base hexagon into the hull and slide down
so that it rests with each straight edge along a flange
crease. Reach in and apply pressure along each flange 
seam until firmly attached.
8. Position and attach the bottom hexagon onto
hull bottom, concealing the flange seaming.
NOTE it is advisable to use dry adhesive method
such as permanent double stick tape.
9. Optional: place loaded gift card hexagon on inside
of box, before inserting . . .
. . . the crown easel card or other contents.
10. To close the swirl petal box top 'arms',
begin with one arm, bending it to perpendicular
toward center, then working in counter-clockwise order,
bend arm #2 down over the top of #1.
Continue in similar manner to bend arm #3 into
position, noting that the petal tips will start to
configure into the flower shape, around the tiniest
of center 'holes'.
The fourth arm will begin the interlocking process,
where the 'hook' angled straight edge of the petal tip 
will need to slide under the edge of petal #1
as it is positioned, then eased into 'fully flat' position.
Repeat same under-lapping of arm #5, and . . .
. . . for final arm #6, with the additional requirement . . .
. . . that the angled edge of 'hook' will need to
be flexed slightly (and carefully) to slide under
the lead edge of arm #1. . . 
. . . before adjusting and easing
into fully flat position with petal hook on top . . .
. . . and all the petal tips evenly spaced to form flower.
Shown here are the custom hex crown box with
the closed crown easel card companion design.
11. To OPEN the box, reverse the process of closing
by assisting the first arm (choose any) petal the 'unhook'
from the flower configuration, ease slightly upward and . . .
. . .relatively outward until it clears the hook and can be
bent fully away.
Then continue working counter-clockwise to ease and
un-latch each successive arm and hook, which will
become increasingly easier until all are released
and bent away to reveal inner hull or contents.