Thursday, November 29, 2012

3D Reindeer Tutorial

When I saw the new My Digital Studio downloads available this week, I fell in love with the little patterned reindeer (from the Reindeer Games Designer Template). What I didn’t love was, that his head was mounted on a wooden plaque as if he had been hunted. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I’m a friend to all animals and a hunter, I am not. Soooo, I endeavored to turn my little friend into a 3D reindeer complete with a body.

The finished reindeer is approximately 8-1/2 H x 8-1/2 L x 5" W. I think he would make a cute Christmas decoration and an even cuter scene if you created all of Santa's reindeer. If you would like to make your own reindeer friends just follow my step-by-step tutorial below.

3D reindeer tutorial


Step One

1. Start by printing the reindeer games digital download. I printed page one (the reindeer cut-out pieces page) on Whisper White Card Stock first. Then I flipped over the card stock I had just printed and printed page two (the blue designer paper page) on the reverse side. This ensures that the pattern can be seen on both sides, rather than having one side blank.

I also printed just the blue designer paper on both sides of a sheet of whisper white. This piece will become the body of the reindeer. If your printer refuses to print on card stock, I have another solution for you (check out step 11).


Step Two

2. We are going to start off making the body. Use the sheet of whisper white that has just the blue designer paper printed on both sides. Trim off the white margins of your card stock piece (most printers don’t print right to the edges). Check both sides to make sure you have cut off all the white edges. Cut a 10” x 5-¼” piece out of this card stock. On the long side, score at the 5” mark.


Step Three

3. Fold the piece of card stock in half along the score line. With the folded edge hanging off the edge of the Top Note die, position the side that opens halfway over the top note area. This is where the top note comes to a ‘V’ on both sides.


Step Four

4. Put the Top Note through the Big Shot. This is how the piece will look after it’s cut.


Step Five

5. Now cut out all five head pieces. Also cut along the slot marks. Make sure that you don’t cut the dashed lines.


Step Six

6. Assemble the head, by carefully fitting the pieces into their respective slots.


Step Seven

7. Add an inch of sticky strip to both sides of the neck piece as shown. Only use about an inch of sticky strip, because a longer piece won’t allow the legs of the reindeer to open fully. I also cut along the top of the neck to straighten the edge just above where the sticky strip was placed.


Step Eight

8. Punch a tail out of a scrap piece of the blue designer card stock, using the ornament punch in the Merry Minis Punch Pack.


Step Nine

9. Cut a ¼” slot along the score line on one of the ends of the body piece. Fit the tail piece in the slot and adhere it with a mini glue dot.


Step Ten

10. Remove the sticky strip liner from the head piece and attach the head to the inside of the body piece. Decorate the rest of the reindeer as desired.


Step Eleven

11. If your printer won’t print on card stock. Print out the head pattern on computer paper. To waste less ink, I put a size 1 mat around each of the head pieces and changed the fill to whisper white card stock.


Step Twelve

12. I did a rough cut around all the head pieces and adhered them to a sheet of soft suede with some temporary Dotto. Then I cut each piece out carefully. In the photo you can see some of the cut head pieces along with the antler piece that I’m in the process of cutting out. If you would like more help in cutting out templates this way, please see HERE.


Step Thirteen

13. Finish off the reindeer as desired. For the eyes, I used two of the largest pearl jewels, colored black with a Sharpie Marker. For the nose I punched the circle from the trio punch pack out of red glimmer paper and adhered it with a mini glue dot.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • My Digital Studio 2 (MDS2 Disc 130645, MDS2 Download 130644, MDS2+ Disc 130647, MDS2+ Download 130646)
  • Digital Download: Reindeer Games Designer Template (132683)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Soft Suede (115318), Red Glimmer (121790)
  • Punches: Merry Minis (126882), Itty Bitty Shapes (118309)
  • Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
  • Adhesive: Sticky Strip (104294), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

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  • Saturday, November 17, 2012

    Online Extravaganza Sale

    Sale Dates: November 19th -28th

    The ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA SALE is Stampin' Up's biggest online sale of the year! For 10 days only, you can get incredible discounts of up to 50 percent on some of your favorite stampin' products! In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza. Woot!

    The sale starts Monday, November 19th. If you would like to see what's on sale go to MY STORE or click on the following link to see a PDF of what's on sale: Online Extravaganza Sale Items

    Remember if you spend more than $150, you will also qualify for hostess benefits. It's a great time to do your Christmas shopping for your crafty friends or for yourself. If you have any questions, please send me an email. If you would like to shop the sale, click HERE to visit MY STORE. Happy Shopping!

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Scored Hershey's Christmas Tree Tutorial


    PLEASE NOTE: There is an updated version of this tutorial HERE!

    I was working on a sample for my club workshops, when a flash of inspiration led me to design this tree. With a little tweaking and some input from friends and my fellow demonstrators at Splitcoaststampers, the result is a really adorable Christmas tree. These trees might look hard to make, but they are actually quite easy.

    Want to make LOTS of these trees? I'm including some shortcut time saver steps you can take if you would like to make a forest of Hershey's Christmas trees like I did.

    The Hershey's Christmas trees stand approximately 4" tall by 3-1/4" wide. Each tree uses nine Hershey's Kisses and two Hershey's Nuggets.

    I have created BOTH a video tutorial and a step-by-step tutorial below...

    Scored Hershey's Christmas Tree Tutorial


    Step One

    1. Tree Frame: Begin with a 10-1/8” x 2” piece of Garden Green Card Stock. On the long side, score at 3-¼”, 6-½” and 9-¾”.


    Step Two

    2. On the short side score at 1”.


    Step Three

    3. Squeeze some multipurpose liquid glue lengthwise along the strip.


    Step Four

    4. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and use your bone folder to burnish the strip.


    Step Five

    5. Fold the strip along the score lines. Squeeze some multipurpose liquid glue onto the tab end.


    Step Six

    6. Bring the ends of the piece together to form a triangle. Make sure you hold the tab down for a few seconds so that the glue can seal the card stock fibers together. Set aside.


    Step Seven

    7. Tree Insert Pieces: Begin with a 11” x 2” piece of Garden Green Card Stock. On the long side score at all the inch marks (ie. 1”, 2”, 3” etc.)


    Step Eight

    8. Cut this piece in half lengthwise at the 1” mark.


    Step Nine

    9. Then take one of the strips and cut it at the 4” mark.


    Step Ten

    10. You should now have 3 one-inch strips 4”, 7” and 11” long.


    Step Eleven

    11. Take the longest strip and fold it into a strip of triangles.


    Step Twelve

    12. Fit the folded triangle strip into the bottom of the tree frame.


    Step Thirteen

    13. Next, take the medium length strip and fold it into triangles.


    Step Fourteen

    14. Fit the folded triangle strip into the row above the first strip in the tree frame.


    Step Fifteen

    15. Now fold the smallest strip into a triangle.


    Step Sixteen

    16. Fit the triangle into the top spot of the tree frame.


    Step Seventeen

    17. Pop 9 Hershey’s Kisses into the triangular spaces.


    Step Eighteen

    18. Tie with an 18” length of grosgrain.


    Step Nineteen

    19. Tree Trunk: Start with a piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock 5-3/4” x 2”, On the long side score at 1”, 2-3/8”, 3-3/8” and 4-3/4”.


    Step Twenty

    20. On the short side, score at 1”.


    Step Twenty-one

    21. Squeeze some multipurpose liquid glue lengthwise along the strip.


    Step Twenty-two

    22. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and use your bone folder to burnish the strip.


    Step Twenty-three

    23. Squeeze some multipurpose glue onto one of the ends of the strip.


    Step Twenty-four

    24. Now fold on the other score marks and adhere to form a rectangle. Place two strips of sticky strip on the edges of the rectangle.


    Step Twenty-five

    25. Remove the sticky strip liner and adhere the tree to the trunk. Pop 2 Hershey’s nuggets into the trunk piece.


    Step Twenty-six

    26. Finish off the tree as desired. I suggest packaging the trees in one of Stampin' Up's clear envelopes (see above photo). This will ensure that the kisses stay in place for gift-giving.

    Timesaver Tips


    Time Saver for Step One

    Time Saver Step 1 Begin with a 10-1/8” x 8” piece of Garden Green Card Stock. On the long side, score at 3-¼”, 6-½” and 9-¾”.


    Time Saver for Step Two

    Time Saver Step 2 On the short side score at 1”, 3”, 5”, 7”. Also on the short side, cut the card stock into 2” strips. You should now have enough outer frame pieces to create FOUR trees.


    Time saver for Steps Seven to Nine

    Time Saver Steps 7-9 Begin with a 11” x 8” piece of Garden Green Card Stock. On the long side score at all the inch marks (ie. 1”, 2”, 3” etc.). On the 8” side cut the card stock into one-inch strips. Then cut four of the strips at the 4-inch mark. This will give you enough insert strips to create FOUR trees.


    Time Saver for Step Nineteen

    Time Saver Step 19 Start with a piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock 5-3/4” x 10”, On the 5-3/4” side score at 1”, 2-3/8”, 3-3/8” and 4-3/4”.


    Time Saver for Step Twenty

    Time Saver Step 20 On the 10” side, score at 1”, 3”, 5”, 7” and 9”. Also on the 10” side, cut the card stock into two-inch strips. You should now have enough trunk pieces to create FIVE trees.


    Stampin' Up Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (W 115370, C 127802)
  • Card Stock: Garden Green (102584), Chocolate Chip (102128), Real Red (102482),
    Pacific Point (111350)
  • Ink: Real Red (126949), Garden Green (126973)
  • Ribbon: 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain: Real Red(126875), Wild Wasabi, (126873), Pacific Point (126878); Baker's Twine: Cherry Cobbler (123125), Lucky Limeade (125572),
    Island Indigo (125575)
  • Tools: Bone Folder (102300), Stampin' Trimmer (126889), Simply Scored (122334),
    Word Window Punch (119857)
  • Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose liquid Glue (110755), Sticky Strip (104294)
  • Packaging: Clear Envelopes (102619)
  • Other Supplies: Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey's Nuggets

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