Sunday, October 8, 2017

With Hat With Bow Rocker Card

Flattened witch hat shape features brim folded 
at mid-line that slides over crown point to form card. 
Dimensional three-part bow 
(with or without mini brad) simply adorns center. 
Half-moon shape to place inside provides 
a sentiment space. 
Measures approx. 5" tall x 4.75" wide when closed. 
May also be suitable as a cello treat bag topper.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A hat brim   B brim/crown front
C crown back with bottom edge tab
D interior sentiment panel
E bow loops  F bow streamers  G bow center
2. Prepare the crown back by bending the bottom
flange tab forward.
3. Position and attach the crown back to
backside of crown/brim shape.
Lower edge flange tab remains unattached.
4. Prepare the brim unit by bending back at 
the side center perforation lines.
5. Prepare the join the brim to the crown/brim
assembly by first applying adhesive to the face side
of the tab flange, then . . . 
. . . slipping the brim section opening
(straight edge toward back)
over the crown point and sliding it down into
position, until . . . 
. . . crown bend edge is seated snug agains
crown unit edges, as shown here.
6. Position and attach the sentiment panel
on the inside back of the brim.
7. Prepare the look shape by adding curl to
the center of the loop extension on both left
and right. To do this, use a rod shaped tool
such as a round pencil shaft, with loop shape
between pencil and thumb. Apply pressure
as the loop is drawn across the tool edge.
8. Prepare the loop unit by bringing each loop
end "tab" area to center back in turn,
attaching first one side, then the other.
9. Position and attach loop unit over streamers
shape, matching punch circles at center.
10. Position and attach center only of center strip
over loop/streamer unit, matching punch circles.
11. Insert and attach decorative brad at center . . .
. . . bending back prongs, then . . . 
. . . bend back center strip at streamer edges,
first one side and then the other, and
attach in place.
12. Position and attach the bow in place
on the front of the completed hat
(quick grab glue recommended).
Here is the completed rocker card.

Witches Gather Swirl Card

A swirl of pointed hats around a bubbling cauldron - 
must be witches' night out! 
Uniquely-shaped edge Halloween card features 
lots of see-thru spaces, six witch hats, six tiny bats, 
center "witches' soup" layered bubbles hex ring, 
"Witches Gather" layered sentiment. 
Back of card matches front shape and center hex, 
with top portion perforation that acts as hinge. 
A back-of-card message plaque provides space 
for personalization - since the see-thru front 
makes it difficult to include much inside. 
Measures approx. 7x7 when closed. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card front with cutouts
B card base (back)     C bat overlays (6) 
D Hat overlay components (6 sets) including
hat, band and buckle or star
E center cauldron bubbles base
Bubble overlays (6 ea.): F sm, G lrg, H lrg partial
I optional back sentiment panel
J "jot" contrast for "Witches" word cut
K "Withes" word cut
L "Witches gather" word cut base
M "gather" contrast word cut overlay
(NOTE: During the building of prototype,
the color selections for J, K, M were changed
so the final card does not match these shapes)
2. Position and attach the bat overlays onto
card front where matching cut edges indicate.
3. Prepare the 6 hat units by attaching hat band
and star or buckle to hat cut outs.
4. Position and attach the hat units in the spaces
between window cutouts, centering bottom
straight edge and tip evenly between inner hex
and outer ring cut edges.
5. Prepare the "cauldron" bubble unit by
positioning the small bubble circle overlays
in the left position where cutout edges indicate,
as shown here. Then  . . . 
. . . position the partial bubble shapes below
and left of the small bubbles in the adjacent
sections (fit partial concave edge to small
circle edge), then finally . . . 
. . . position and attach the large bubble circles
next to the partial bubbles, fitting curved edges
into the concave edge of partial as shown.
6. The cauldron ring is an "underlay" that will
be placed at the center of the ring . . . 
. . . under the center hexagon cutout edge.
To do this, apply adhesive the the outer face edge 
of cauldron underlay, and to the backside edge
of the hexagon opening of card front assembly,
then place behind the opening, adjusting to allow
an even, narrow margin of the underlay hexagon
"frame" edge to show. 
7. Prepare the word cut unit by centering and
attaching the "Witches" overlay onto the unit
base, with contrast "jot" shape over 'i', then
 attaching "gather" overlay where edges will align.
(NOTE: these colors are different from those
selected for the final card version.)
8. Position and attach the word cut unit
over the front of the card assembly,
approximately centered top to bottom,
actually centered side to side.
NOTE: consider using foam squares to make
the word cut float above the cauldron slightly.
9. Prepare the card back by bending the upper
portion forward at the perforation.
10. Position and attach the above-perforation
portion of back to the top back of the card front.
CAUTION: adhesive applied uniformly across
the top back panel will result in unsightly glue
showing through the cutouts on the front. 
Take care to apply adhesive only where needed,
such as above perf lines on back, and on
backside of card front in visualized area needed.
11. Position and attach the sentiment panel
to the above-perf area of card back.
Here is the completed card
(with first-choice word cut colors), and here . . . 
. . . is the improved color selection.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Witch Character Card Assembly

Whimsical and not-so-spooky witch card
with multiple details can serve as
a Halloween greeting, or as seasonal decor.

Following are the assembly steps to help
you create this unique, shaped card.

ASSEMBLY: Identify and cut the shapes,
shown here with numbers for identification
in the tutorial steps that follow.

STEP A: Identify #1 card building silhouette - onto 
which all the other shapes will be attached.
You can distinguish the difference 
between #1 and#2 Card Front 
because #1 is larger, including 
an offset margin all around, except 
the two shapes will have bottom edges lined up.

STEP B: Assemble dress #3 over
#1 Assembly Silhouette with
bottom edged lined up.

STEP C: Continue to add other clothing
parts, #4 lined up with bottom edges of
previous assembly. Position #5 so that 
lacing ends cover punch circles.

Position #6 left and right cape shapes
over the assembly so that lower and
side edges match the building silhouette.

Position #7 clasp so that the ends of the
arc are centered over left and right stars.
Then position the clasp assembly
partway down the “collar” portion
of the spikey cape tops.

STEP D: Position hair #9A & #9B over
head with top edges aligned, side spikey
shaped edges matched up. Position cheek
circles and mouth and attach.

Also layer eye base “see-thru” under
colored pupil/accent eye shapes. Position
assembled eyes in eye socket holes.

Position nostril #12 on #11 dimensional
nose and attach. Add the “wart” punch
circles on the lower left cheek, at right
chin edge, and two other places as desired.

STEP E:  Insert nose tab (#11) into face slot,
and glue in place to backside of head.

STEP F: Position the head unit over
the card front, centered, with spikey
hair, face sides lining up.

STEP G: Assemble the hat #15 unit by positioning
and attaching the hat brim at bottom (edges lined up)
and band right above it. Also attach star as desired.
NOTE that the hat perf line will be bent
when the card is completed, in order to allow
card to be fit into a 5x7 standard envelope.

STEP H: Position the hat (lower portion only)
over the card assembly so that brim side edges
and portion of hat shape line up, and attach.

STEP I: Prepare card back #16 by 
bending at perforation so that
card back face are bending
toward each other.

STEP J: Position card back #16
on backside of card front
assembly, and glue ONLY
the upper portion above perf
line to card front back.

STEP K: Layer broom straw back #18 with 
straw front #17 with top common edges lined up. 
STEP L: Position and attach #19 broomstick
handle over top of straw assembly  so
that bracket points line up.
Also add #20 bracket and #21 trim shapes.

STEP M: Position broomstick
assembly over the front of the card
as desired, and attach edges
that overlap card front and assembly.

Here is the completed card.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween Witch Moon Painted Plaque

Cut vinyl design recreates a classic image
of witch flying across the autumn moon.
Sized to fit on a wood plaque approx. 24.75" x 7.75",
a great addition to any Hallows' Eve decor.
Use the vinyl in the traditional way,
or prepare and paint as a stencil 
(this tutorial will show "reversed" stenciling).

1. The cut file for this design includes the full-width set up
to be cut "without mat" with most cutters.
If you prefer to use the cutting mat with the vinyl,
the design is also presented in halves with
moon and witch separated.
Each of these separated portions include
"cross-hair" registration addition size shapes
that can be used to line up measured-and-marked
guidelines on the plaque.

2. Cut vinyl for the process you have chosen.
You will need either the WHOLE design, plus separate
witch and moon,
"HALL" left section, "WEEN" right section, plus
separate with or moon - including cross-hairs shapes.

3. Use conventional preparation procedures to
weed and transfer vinyl to transfer tape sheet sections.

4. Paint the base coat using acrylic color that will be
"HALL" + witch + "WEEN" show-thru.
5. Optional: if desired, use sand paper to
rough up the letter and witch areas
for a rustic, vintage look for the final lettering.
6. Prepare for vinyl alignment:
A. With chalk pencil or equivalent, mark the center
side-to-side length of the plaque.
B. Use a scrap paper or card stock strip to measure
the top-to-bottom width of plaque. Mark width
with pencil line, then trim on line.
C. Fold strip in half to find center. Unfold.
D. Position width measure strip across plaque
with edge aligned to right of  previous 
side-to-side center mark.
E. Measure and cut a strip that represents
the top-to-bottom width of vinyl letters.
(For original size vinyl from cut file, this
measurement is 5.75".) Fold in half to find center,
then unfold.
F. Position vinyl width strip at edge of previous strip,
with center folds lined up.
G. Make a chalk mark at vinyl width strip end
positions, and a perpendicular mark along
strip edge. 
H. Complete the marks to be in the form of a +. 
This is the cross-hairs registration mark
that will help align similar guide marks cut with vinyl.
7. Employ standard vinyl transferring methods to
position "HALL" half vinyl on first half of plaque
using cross-hair marks made on plaque as guide, 
taking care that top and bottom letter edges  
are also parallel to plaque edges. 
Remove transfer tape sheeting.
8. Repeat the process for "WEEN" on second half.
9. Using similar cross-hair guide marks on witch
vinyl, position witch between two word halves.
Remove all cross-hair vinyl.
Here is the completed first layer of vinyl.
NOTE that the color of vinyl does not matter
since vinyl is acting as "resist" only, to prevent
paint colors from filling in word letters,
and will be removed for the finished plaque.
Burnish the vinyl edges in place to ensure minimal
edge leaking and remove bubble, etc.
10. As a means of sealing vinyl edges to prevent
the next paint color from leaking under,
paint over the plaque face with black again.
11. Estimate the area where the moon circle will
cover, then paint that area with an extra margin
all around with moon show-thru color.
Repeat for a second coat for the coverage you
want over the base black.
12. Repeat the measure procedures in step 6 to
re-mark the center cross-hair positions.
These will be used to position the moon vinyl circle.
13. Position and apply the moon vinyl. NOTE that
the widest part of the moon circle will fall
to the left of the centers marked by cross-hairs.
Remove carrier tape and cross hair vinyl.
14. Use the same moon paint color to paint over same
area to seal moon circle edges.
15. Paint over the entire plaque surface with the finish color.
Repeat for 1-2 coats to get the coverage over the black
that is desirable.
16. Using weeding tools, spatula, tweezers, etc., 
carefully remove the vinyl layers, lifting corners and pulling
away vinyl edges away until all is removed.
OPTIONAL: for a rustic look overall, run sandpaper
over painted surface until desired effect is achieved.
Here is the final plaque project.