Monday, August 12, 2019

Back to School 3D Gift Cartons

Back-to-school themed gift cartons can hold a treat 
for educator or student. 
Two sections join at side seams with 
interlocking bottom panels for quick assembly. 
Bend along diagonal side top panels for 
the classic milk carton look. 
Thread 1/2" or slightly narrower ribbon
through top shaped flange slots that
line up on front and back.
Choose from three assembled front
decorations that bend to align with
carton contour.
Each measures approx. 3” wide x 3” deep 
x 5” tall when closed. 

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

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A and B carton shapes
Pencil decoration shapes:
C pencil base with D eraser & E carbon tip
F shaft shape, G band base and accent bars
2. Prepare each of the hull shapes by bending on
the perforations as shown, as "mountain" folds
for all except the diagonal roof folds,
and the top flange perforations, which 
are folded as valley folds.
To fold the diagonal folds, it may be necessary
to turn the shape face down, and isolate
the diagonal folds away from the rest of hull.
3. Position and align the two hull shapes side by side
to overlap the straight side edge of one (on left here)
over the adjacent side tabs, adjust for top-to-bottom
alignment, then attach to join the side seam.
4. Form the hull into a box tube to repeat the side seam
alignment and overlapping, then join side seam #2.
NOTE that the hull can be flattened to allow
fingertip pressure to be applied along the length
of the side seam if desired.
5. Identify the tiny numbers cut into the bottom
flanges of the hull (shown here before the side
seams are joined). These will assist in the configuration
of the bottom interlocking arrangement.
A. Fold the front/back #1 flange under.
B. Fold the side #2 flanges in toward center.
C. Fold the #3 front/back flange under and . . . 
. . . distend the flanges inward until . . . 
. . . the #3 tab end clears the #1 slot edge,
then allow the flanges to re-adjust to be flat.
6. To prepare the top for closing, push the diagonal
side panels inward, then push the front/back flange
panels inward so that the flanges and slots
line up. Re-open to place contents inside,
then re-close and apply temp adhesive to
one flange to join them securely together.
Thread ribbon through slots.
7. For the Pencil decoration, bend the base
back slightly along the perforation as shown.
Attach the eraser and carbon tips shapes.
8. Attach the bands to the base, then position
between the perforation line and the bottom
of the eraser shape.
9. Position and attach the shaft shape below
the band shape, allowing the perforation to
continue to bend to match the angle of the carton.
10. Position over the bend of the carton, and attach.
Here is the completed pencil decoration version.
11. For the Apple decoration, prepare the leaf
and flesh half heart units by layering and attaching
the components as shown.
12. Bend the apple main shape and the slice shape
back slightly on the perforation lines.
13. Position and attach the main shape and slice
shapes by aligning the perforation lines,
while lining up the inner cut edge on the vertical
center line.
14. Position and attach the half heart accent shape.
15. Attach the other shapes, then position
and attach to the carton front by aligning the perf

Here is the completed apple decoration carton.
16. For the Books Stack decoration, cut the shapes:
A offset base alignment guide  B books stack base
C bottom book "cover"
D middle book "cover" with E opt. contrast pages shape
F upper book "cover"
G apple with lower perf line
H leaf base and lower contrast shape
I stem   J letter A
17. Position and attach the apple over the offset
base with bent perf lines aligned.
18. Position and attach the accent "cover" shapes
over the books stack base.
19. Position, insert and attach optional contrast pages shape
in between the middle "cover" shape arms.
20. Position and attach the books stack unit
over the offset base, below apple, with offset
margins even all around.
21. Position and attach the accent shape over
the front of the carton, lining up the bends of
the perforation lines.

Here is the completed books stack version.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Whimsical Fish Shaped Stitch Card

Moderately detailed cartoon-y fish has edge-outlined 
fins and tail, wavy dorsal panel with stitching holes 
to add dash outline details 
(or omit with optional no-stitch body shape), 
and fin-shaped side body accents. 
Full silhouette build-upon shape is included. 
Front and back card base shapes have 1/8” offset margins. 
Back panel includes perforation line that allows 
back to bend away to provide interior sentiment space, 
acting as self-standing easel. 
Sized to fit into a 5x7 card envelope. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card front offset base  
B card back perforated fold base
C fish assembly silhouette base
D body base with stitching holes
E body "waves" dorsal accent
F head with accent stripe and eye
G dorsal fins with edge accent overlays
H top fin with edge accent overlay
I body inset triangle accents
J tail base with edge accent overlay
K tail inner double swirl accent
2. Position and attach the head accent vertical
stripe on the back straight edge of the head,
with back straight edges aligned.
3. Position and attach the edge accent overlay
shapes onto corresponding dorsal or top fin
base shapes.
4. Position and attach the tail edge accent overlay
on top of the tail base, and also center and attach
the double swirl tail accent onto tail assembly.
5. If you have selected the hand-stitching options,
the following steps apply.
Cut a length of thin perle cotton or embroidery floss
and thread it onto a fine gauge blunt needle.
6. Determine which end of the stitching line you
plan to start with (left vs. right handed), then attach
tail of threaded twine with a small piece of cello or
paper tape on the backside of the body shape
just below the first stitching hole.
7. Start the stitching by inserting the needle
up through the first opening, from back to front.
Draw the twine all the way through so that
there is no excess on the backside.
8. Complete the first stitch by inserting the needle
down through the next hole.
Draw the twine down completely so that it lays
flat onto the surface of the body shape, with
no slack.
9. Continue the same stitching process,
up and down through the successive holes until . . . 
. . . all the holes have been used, and the twine
has traveled down through the final hole.
10. On the backside of the body shape, clip the twine
approx. a scant 1" from final exit hole . . . 
. . . and secure the tail end discreetly with a small
piece of tape, as at the beginning.
11. Position and attach the "wave" accent along
the bottom of the body so that "matching" lower
edges align. 
12. Position and attach the upper fin and
the lower fins in place on the body base shape.
13. Position the body assembly onto the assembly
base silhouette shape, match up corresponding edges,
and attach in place.
14. Position and attach the head assembly, eye,
upper and dorsal fins, and tail assemblies in place.
15. Position and attach the body triangle accents
into their matching openings (NOTE these triangle
shapes are NOT interchangeable - select the correct
shape for the correct opening.)
16. Position the fish assembly on the silhouette base
onto the card front base, centering it within the narrow
edge offset margin all around.

17. Prepare the card back shape by bending forward
on the diagonal perforation line.
18. Position the front card assembly in front of
the back card assembly (back to back), align the upper portion
edges, then attach ONLY the upper portion of
back above the perforation line to the backside
of the front panel base.

Here is the completed whimsical fish card.