Sunday, May 27, 2018

Faux Cupcakes Pair Large and Small

Two projects are separate designs.
Fourteen scallop segments form the cup 
with bottom platform in two sizes:
jumbo size will hold a bath time netting scrubber puff 
for a fun, personal gift;
regular size will hold a regular cupcake treat
or a serge-edged wash cloth 
rolled into the shape of a frosted cake.
Fold-over banners in two shapes, each with offset accents 
and "splash!" or "relax"word cut to attach to 
a plastic "stir stick" or bamboo skewer (painted) pole.
A pair or trio of mini brads (plus glue) holds the end 
overlapping segments together, and alternating mini tabs 
around bottom platform connect inside 
bottom edge of formed cup. 
Large measures approx. with 3" diameter base, 
2.375 wall height, 4.5" diameter width at cup upper edge. 
Modify size to hold jumbo muffins or cupcakes if desired. 
Small measures 1.75" diameter base with 
2" tall sides, 3.375" diameter width 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A jumbo cupcake cup main shape with attached bottom
B flag front/back base with front accent, "splash!"
C regular cupcake cup main shape
D flag front/back base with front accent, "relax"
Also included in this image are plastic stir stick post,
nylon mesh puff scrubber, washcloth for faux cake
2. Follow this LINK to view a previously post
for assembly images and description for creating
the cupcake cups.
Then return here for a more finishing information.
3. Each of the flags for the Pair being assembled
in this post has a different flag style - they are interchangeable.
Included on the shapes are small dash marks
that will help with aligning the inward edge of front
(and optional back) interior accent shape.
They also provide demarcation for the center area
where the flag shapes can have a bit of pre-shaping
 inward "curl". Add curl by holding the flag shape center 
firmly against a rod-shaped tool such as a narrow pencil
of a metal knitting needle, and applying pressure
with thumb or fingers as the shape is slid across
the rod tool, sort of like curling ribbon.
4. Position and attach the accent flag overlay
on the flag front (and optional back as desired)
using the dash marks to align the back straight edge,
and keeping an even-spaced margin all around
other edges.
 5. Position and attach the "relax" (or splash!)
word cut onto flag front.
6. Wrap the center of flag around post
and glue in place while gluing flag layers together
with edges aligned.
 7. Shown here is one good choice for the faux cake
washcloth that will work well for the regular size
rolled cloth cake/icing for the faux cake.
The pointing finger indicates the non-rolled - 
that is, serge overcast edge.
8. Return to the previous post at this LINK
and scroll to the end section to learn about
folding and rolling the cloth to create the faux cake,
and also about inserting the flag stick.
Finished projects, ready to be cellophane-packaged
(or otherwise presented) for a fun bath-time gift.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Congrats Grad Accordion Money Pocket Card

 This four-panel accordion card has "Grad" word cut 
and offset with mortar board hat shapes, 
accent panel on card front, bottom strip money pocket 
 attached behind on front interior panel. 
"Congrats" word cut panel is attached to 
offset interior back panel, with top-flange tab back panel 
that attaches behind Congrats panel. 
Unique and full of interest, this card makes 
gift giving extra easy. 
Card measures approx. 5x7 when accordion-folded. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main card front with inner front panel
B front accent panel
C "Grad" word cut with offset for word and hat
D grad cap shape
E money pocket
F interior front panel base (includes offset of "congrats")
G interior front panel overlay (includes "congrats")
H message panel    I card back panel with top flange
2. Prepare the card front by bending back along
horizontal center perforation line.
3. Position and attach the shaped accent 
front panel onto card front (lower half)
4. Position and attach the "Grad" word cut onto
the offset shape with hat. Then position and attach
this assembly onto card front accent.
5. Prepare the money holder panel by bending
back on all perforation lines.
6. Fold the "pocket" lower panel 
upward into position, with side tabs folded inward . . . 
. . . tuck side tabs between layers and glue in place
to opposite panel backside only.
7. Position money pocket as shown on the back
portion of main front panel, with the pocket fold
parallel to the long cut edge, centered.
8. Prepare the "congrats" base panel by
bending forward along flange tab perforation line.
Layer the "congrats" accent panel over the front
of the base panel, with side edges matched,
and with the upper corners aligned as indicated
by the pointing finger.
9. Position and attach the message panel
onto the assembly as shown.
10. Position the bottom of the front two-panel
assembly over the flange on the bottom of
the "congrats" panel assembly, adjust for
side-to-side alignment and glue overlapping
surfaces together.
11. Prepare the back panel by bending back
the top flange tab on the perforation line.
12. Position the back panel onto the backside
of the "congrats" panel assembly, and align
into position so that the top perf fold ends
are positioned even with the "corners" at ends
(see step 8 where pointing finger indicates corners),
and glue flange in position.
13. Position and attach a brad button accent
(or stud) at the grad cap punch hole,
and bend brad prongs back behind hat.
14. Position the grad cap either exactly over
the corresponding cap outline on word cut offset,
OR offset slightly, and glue in place.
The card assembly is complete.
Insert paper cash gift in the money panel
as shown.
Here the completed four-panel layout is shown.
Fold in accordion style as shown to fit into
a 5x7 envelope for mailing or giving.
Add additional studs and embellishments
as desired.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Summer Fun Ornaments for 3D Tree Display

A dozen small-scale ornaments to carry
the celebration through the summer months
as they are hung in rows on the arms of
the 3D Ornament Tree Display.
Mix and match favorites in varied color combinations,
or make one of each to fill the 12 spots on the tree.
Ornaments can also double as gift tags,
invitations for warm weather events,
scrapbook pages (omit the offset base with punch holes).
Decorate the top of the Ornament Tree with
the half-flower (shown above) or the sunburst finial, 
or with no decoration.
(See the tutorial for Tree design Here.)
Following is a description of each of the ornament designs
to help understand how to assemble them.
Follow THIS LINK (see Step 4) to learn more about
attaching twine hanger to ornaments.

1. Layer or assemble eye pupils onto eye whites; 
antennae partial head under mail long body shape.
2. Layer bottom wing lobe accent over interior shape.
3. Position and attach upper wing main shape to full body shape, 
interior shapes and dots.
4. Position and attach lower wing accents onto body
assembly under upper wing.
5. Layer and attach body over center
of wing assembly matching edges that should align.
6. Attach butterfly assembly onto ornament base
with offset margins at edges as shown.

1. Layer contrast circle under smallest
circle with seed cutouts.
2. Layer circles bottom to top:
 largest (dark green rind)
next lighter green (rind interior)
next transitional flesh (pink)
smallest/top (bright red)
3. Position watermelon disc onto
scalloped ornament base and attach.

1. Position and attach leaf overlay onto leaf base shape.
2. Position and attach the two petal shapes so that
the petals offset to fill in gaps all around.
3. Layer and attach the contrast circle under
the flower center circle.
4. Attach the leaf unit to the ornament base
with even offset margins at outer edges, then
attach flower overlapping leaf,
then center of flower.
1. Position and attach contrast show-thru
sprinkler shape under  the "chocolate" overlay
top shape.
2. Position overlay over top of ice cream main shape.
3. Position ice cream assembly onto "stick" shape.
4. Position and attach ice cream/stick assembly
onto ornament base shape with offset margin
even all around.
1. Position and attach rays overlay outline shape
onto rays base shape.
2. Position and attach center circle onto rays
assembly, then position and attach to
ornament base with offset margin even all around.

1. Position upper "ice pop" shape onto corresponding
portion of "stick" base shape.
2. Layer the narrow pop shapes (middle violet) 
each onto the left edge
of each main inlay pop shape (darkest violet).
3. Insert the inlay assemblies into
the hollows of the main ice pop shape
and glue in place.
4. Position and attach the ice pop assembly
onto the main ornament base with even offset
margin all around.

1. Layer and attach basket shapes:
largest (half octagon) on bottom,
cut diamond shape next,
rectangle side panel with button inlays.
2. Position and attach basket assembly
onto lower portion of whole basket silhouette
with handle.
3. Position and attach basket rim onto assembly.
4. Layer cloth shapes with 'T' marked shape on top,
with upper curved edges matched up,
and attach surfaces that touch.
5. Slot the cloth assembly shape behind
handle and slide down slightly into position
as shown and glue in place.
6. Position basket unit onto ornament main base
and attach with even offset margin all around.
1. Layer handle end and shovel end accents
onto main shovel shape.
2. Layer hinge circle underlay with
star cut out circle.
3. Layer handle overlay onto handle main shape.
4. Layer lower bucket shape over largest bucket
(includes interior reveal at top) shape,
then position and attach bucket rim.
5. Position bucket unit onto ornament base
with offset margin as shown at appropriate edges.
6. Position and attach handle, hinge overlay unit,

1. Position and attach plain circle background
to scalloped ornament main shape,
matching up the punch holes of each.
2. Position and attach contrast "highlight"
underlay behind the punch holes of
glasses (dark) lenses shape.
3. Position and attach the lenses assembly
behind the frame shape.
4. Position lenses unit with right end as viewed
from front positioned between the punch holes of base.
and glue in place.
5. Add upward curl to flower petals if desired.
Position each flower over base punch holes
and glue centers in place.
6. Attach mini brads through flower center holes.

1. Position and attach the hat base shape (black)
onto the ornament base with even offset
margin all around.
2. Position and attach the main hat (pink) shape
onto the hat base with even outline margin around.
3. Insert the under-brim shape into hat base "window".
4. Position and attach contrast dots into polkadot openings.
5. Layer hat bands, then position and attach across center
band area.
6. Layer bow end triangles over bow base and attach
in place. Then position bow end, knot over right side of band.
Shown above is the correct coloration for the sample,
and also shows the units and layering.
1. Layer front wing over back wing silhouette and attach.
2. Position and attach mouth underlay behind opening
of head shape, and antennae partial head shape
at top behind head. Add antennae tip ellipses.
3. Position bee body base shape (yellow) onto ornament base
with appropriate offset margins even.
4. Position and attach the body (brown) stripe shapes
where the edges align with body shape,
with even parallel spacing.
5. Position and attach wings unit, face/head onto
assembly. Insert eye circles into openings.
6.  Attach heart accent.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Bathtub Vintage 3D Container with Faucet and Flourish

Offer a special gift in a unique container shaped 
like the iconic free-standing soaker tub. 
Bath tub measures just under 9" long x 5.275" wide 
at rim edges, 4.75" tall at back and 3.75" at front. 

Hull is composed of wedges that fit together to form 
the oblong bowl shape. with fit-on rim that has 
inner scalloped flange tabs and outer fold-under edges. 
Interior panel accents provide camouflage for seam tabs 
and a chance to add some pattern flare. 
Inner floor overlay has drain cutout and contrast underlay. 
Tub is supported on triangle tube legs with outer leg covers, 
flare overlays and swirly crest and ball accents 
to imitate Victorian ball feet. 

Finish the authenticity by adding separate design 
"Tub Faucet and Spigot" dimensional design to 
tub front end or side. 
(Faucet assembly begins in Step 35.)

Add extra elegance with 
"Flourish Vintage Vine and Tulip" crest 
(reduced at 66%) on the side panel. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A hull bottom panel with attached center front
B-F hull back panel wedges
G & H hull side panels
I interior bottom accent panel
J drain grille and contrast underlay circle accents
K back half rim    L front half rim
M interior accent panels for back, front, sides
(lighter than card stock paper recommended)
N leg base shapes (4)  O leg posts (4)
P & Q front & back leg overlay bases
R leg overlay accents
2. Identify and cut the faucet & spigot shapes:
A stand pipe main interior layers (4)
B right side stand pipe outer layer (with tab)
C left side stand pipe outer layer (with tab)
D & E left, right spout pipe build up (4 each)
F knob (4 each) & G spigot handle (6 each) build up
H & I spout rim build up (4 each)
J rim bracket (2)
K & L bottom bracket build up (1 opt. solid, 2 punched)
3. Prepare the back hull wedge shapes by bending
back on all side tabs and segment perforation lines.
4. Prepare the hull side panels and bottom panel
by bending back on tabs and flanges,
segment perforation lines.
5. Position the center back wedge panel bottom tab
under the back center edge of the bottom panel
edge even with tab perforation line and centered
from side to side, and glue in place.
6. Position the right back wedge along the corresponding
side tabs of center back wedge, aligning center
segments as shown, straight edge overlapped
to opposite tab perforation line, and glue in place.
Bend the two joining edges to align the edge and
perforation line for the next segments above
and below, until all segments of the seam are
aligned and attached.
7. Position and attach the right side back wedge
in a similar manner, aligning the center segments
and attaching, then working upward and downward
until all segments are attached in place.
8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 to position and attach the
left back and left side back wedges to the opposite
side of the center back wedge.
9. Position the corresponding left or right side panel
(left shown here) in place along the corresponding
back wedges assembly edge, aligning the bottom
short segments first and attaching. Apply glue to
tabs, then align the top edges to be attached and
secure before adjusting the segmented side back
edge tabs perf lines to match up to the straight
side panel edge. (This is a little tricky.)
10. Repeat for the opposite side panel seam.
11. Adjust and join the short segment seams
at the side front "wedge" panels by overlapping
the straight edge to the adjacent wedge tab
perforation line. Complete the pair of "dart" seams
for both left and right side panels.
12. Bend the bottom panel into position so that
the straight side edges will line up with bottom tabs
of each of the facets of the hull assembly,
adjust and glue in place one or two segments
at a time.
13. Bend the center front (attached) panel into
position to overlap the corresponding tabs of
previous assembly, adjust and glue in place.
14. Since card stock thickness can affect accuracy of
 the "wrap" of the side seam joinings, scissor-trim any
 inconsistencies or mismatching along top rim edge.
15. Prepare the front and back rim shapes
by bending back on all scalloped inward flanges
and outer rim flanges, also bend slightly
at the small perf marks along the rim panels
and at back rim end tab perf marks.
16. Position the center back inward (scalloped edge)
flange on the interior surface of the hull assembly,
taking care to center side to side precisely along the
center back wedge upper edge, and glue in place.
17. Bend the side center back segment of the rim
into position so that the inward flange bend sits
snugly along the hull rim edge, and the rim bend
lines up with the peak of the hull rim edge
as precisely as possible, and glue flange in place.
18. Continue to bend subsequent rim sections
into position along hull rim, adjusting, then attaching
in place until all inward flange segments are in place
along both sides of tub.
19. In similar manner, position the center flange tab
of the front rim shape at the hull center front edge
segment, adjust for side to side alignment,
and glue in place.
20. Position, adjust, align and attach the flanges
around each front half of hull in similar manner.
When the final section of rim is being positioned
and attach, apply glue to the back rim end tab
then overlap and attach rim ends during the
attachment of final segment.
21. Bend the rim outer flanges under, beginning
at the back center side flanges, and glue
in place (back to back with rim).
NOTE: the flange widths are designed to be
very snug, so take care to work the inward
edge into place along the rim perf line bend.
This snug fit will help the rim stay rigid.
Once the side center back flanges are bent
and glued into position, bend the center flange
under and glue in place, then work around rim
until all are bent under and attached.
22. Prepare the interior bottom accent shape
by positioning the contrast circle on the underside
center, so that the hole punch is completely covered.
23. Position and attach the drain grille in
the circle recess.
24. Position the bottom accent into the hull
interior with the drain toward the narrower front,
and attach in place.
25. Prepare the interior accent overlays by
bending forward on the perforation lines.
Position each, offset approx. .1" in from
panel edges, with perforation lines matched
as closely as possible.
26. Prepare the leg base shapes by bending
back on the perforation lines.
Bend the straight "seam" edge into position
over the corresponding triangle tab perf line
and join the short seam. Complete 4 leg bases.
27. Prepare the leg shape by bending back
on panel and tab perf lines, bending top petal
tabs forward.
28. Form the leg shape into a tube to bring
the straight side edge to overlap the opposite
tab perf line, adjust top to bottom, and
join the seam.
NOTE it may be helpful to insert a narrow rod
tool such as a knitting needle or skewer into
the tube to provide a "press against" surface
to help join the seam.
29. Apply glue to the petal top tab backsides,
also to the inward pair of narrow panels, then . . .
. . . position the narrow panels into the corner
at the backside of leg base, with the top petal tabs
attaching to underside of base platform.
Bottom edges (shown here at top of image)
should be even.
Here is the complete leg base unit.
30. Position the leg on the hull bottom panel,
at the "seam" at each end of long side panel,
with center "bend" of leg base lines up at
hull crest as shown.
Repeat for remaining 3 legs.
31. Prepare the leg overlay bases by bending 
forward at mid perf marks, 
also bending the center tab
back, and lobe perf back.
NOTE there are two mirror image sets of shapes
which will be positioned in specific leg locations
as noted below.
32. Join the left and right halves at the center
edge and tab seam (lower half only is joined).
33. Position the leg accent overlay halves onto
the accent base, NOTING that there are
specific accent flourishes that correspond
to the accent base where the lobe bends.
Take care to line up the center straight edges
or edge with seam.
Position and attach the center-bended "ball foot"
accent shape at bottom of leg assembly.
34. Position each accent base leg assembly
over the leg base attached previously to hull,
so that the center cut edges spread to fit to
the hull lower segment shape, then . . . 
. . . glue all touching edges in place,
 bending the forward lobe
to also wrap around the hull's shape.
Here is the completed 3D tub.
35. Position each (4) of the interior layer stand pipe
shapes on top of each other, and glue in place
taking care to line up ALL cut edges as precisely
as possible, with particular attention to the front slot.
36. Position left and right top layer stand pipes
which include the bottom end attachment tabs,
over the interior stack, and glue in place . . . 
. . . (tabs stay unattached), taking care to align
all edges as precisely as possible.
NOTE: it will be helpful to press the glued up layers -
here and throughout the faucet assembly -
under a flat weight such as this muslin-covered
re-purposed free weight bar, or something similar,
for an hour or more, until liquid glue has completely
dried, to avoid warping or curling.

37. Prepare the spout pipe layers by layering
4 in a left stack, and 4 in a right stack,
aligning all cut edges as precisely as possible
as before, and pressing under flat weight.
38. Position and attach appropriate spout stack
over the stand pipe top.
39. Stack and join the remaining built-up components:
spigot knob - 4 each for left and right
spigot handle - 6 each for left and right
spout rim - 4 each for left and right
40. Position and attach the components
in appropriate positions on the stand pipe
assembly. Press flat while glue dries.
Here is a dimensional view of
the stand pipe built-up unit.
41. Prepare the neck bracket by layering
and attaching the two shapes.
Prepare the base bracket by layering
and attaching the 2 punches layers (shown)
with the optional bottom/middle layer
that does not include punch detail.
42. Position and attach the neck bracket
on the front center rim segment, with
extension away from hull interior as shown.
43. Attach the stand pipe unit bottom tabs to
the top surface of the bottom bracket rounded end
with punch holes lined up, hook of faucet pipe
toward the opposite end of the bracket.
44. Slot the pipe/faucet unit's neck notch into
position at the neck slot, then rotate the bottom
bracket into place under hull bottom . . . 
. . . so that the inner rectangle edge lines up at
hull bottom edge . . . 
. . . and centered as shown. 
Glue touching surfaces together.
45. Prepare and attach the side decoration
flourish if desired.
Here is the completed tub with faucet and flourish.