Dear friends ,Dr Sonia here sharing yet another 3 D project made with dies[but doable in principle even if you don't have a die cutting machine!].I used the same Marianne Petra Corner Die set I used to make the 3 D chariot . And I must thank everyone who showered me with wonderful encouraging comments about the 3D Chariot both on the blog and on Facebook....I never expected it would be so loved! Thank you so much !
I made a 3 D Gazebo which is big enough to house a little doll .You could even call it a Bird house or a Lantern as it houses a battery operated tea-light.
|3 D lantern|
|Crystal Beaded Pollen|
You dont really need to use the same dies I have used in this tutorial ---just sharing the pictures so that the same principles can be adapted to a shaped die cut / punch you may be already having and you can even apply the same principles to hand cut pieces.
These are the 2 dies from the Marianne Petra Corner Die set I used to make the dome of the Gazebo.
Here is the die cut "unadorned" and using the techniques I shared in the Fun with Dies post here is how it was transformed after inking and heat embossing!
Apply glue to half of one folded die cut shape and stick to half of another one as shown below
Stick all 6 pieces and your dome is nearly done.You get a fairly lovely shape even if you use only 5 die cuts but I found working with 6 made the rest of the 3 D construction easier [ like placing the pillars] !
Before you stick the last 2 pieces, add a hook if you plan to hang your lantern. I used a long jewelry finding and threaded a large bead on one end and made a hook on the other end.Later on I added a dangling heart to the hook on the inside and a pearl- ruby to the hook on the top.
To complete the Gazebo roof, I used the Marianne die cut shown below.It looks rather plain doesn't it..well instead of inking and embossing , I took a shortcut!
I know many of you will already be embossing your die cuts with the Bigshot/Cuttlebug...well this was the first time I did it ! So sharing yet another way to explore the maximum potential of your dies!
Place the die cut within the die itself [on your acrylic cutting plate]and place a Spellbinders Embossing pad atop it and then your other cutting plate.
Just one run through your big shot and you will get beautiful embossed impressions on your die cut as shown below.
To give sturdiness and complete the Gazebo roof ,attached 6 of the above die-cuts between the arms of the basic frame made earlier.
Here is the aerial view of the Gazebo roof showing the pretty dies and bows.
Here you can see the dangling heart and pearly beaded sprays [See Easy Beaded Spray tutorial ]
Embossed 6 of the 3rd design in the Marianne Petra die set and folded them into little "crowns" as shown.
Glued the "legs" of the die cuts together so that they literally stood up to embrace my tea light!
Stuck the Marianne design arrangement atop a circle ,leaving enough space in the center to fit in a battery operated tea-light.
I used a Big Bite to punch a hole in the center of a Tattered Lace rose [ I love this die--- even though it is so delicate and detailed it cuts like butter!] and fit it atop a battery operated tea light.
Here is the lighted up tea light!
Made pillars using corrugated paper and stuck it to the base circle.
Stick the top of the pillars to the Gazebo roof. You can wind a piece of card/ corrugated paper around the base circle and pillars to make your base sturdy and strong.
Tip : Obsessing a bit about symmetry, gluing and re-gluing is the key to building a good looking and sturdy Lantern/Gazebo! Working with 6 eg :6 spokes on the roof, 6 pillars, 6 sides etc makes it easier to build a symmetrical 3 D structure than working with 5 !
Phew that was a super long post but I do hope you enjoyed my first DIY Lantern ,and hoping some of the principles shared will come in useful to help you make your own Diwali /Christmas Lantern for the upcoming festive season.
|Inked and Embossed|
I cut and heat embossed 6 of the above die cuts and folded them in half as shown below. As I said don't despair if you don't have the exact die I have shown-- you can make a gazebo dome using a humble circle shape too and use it as a base to make the rest of your Gazebo! [See tutorial to make a 3 D structure using Circles : Easy Paper decoration tutorial ]
|Folded die cuts|
|Stick Die cuts|
|Marianne Petra Corner|
|Die cut embossing|
|Die cut embossing|
|Die cut embossing|
Before I got the embossing pad, I tried to emboss die cuts with thick felt and even foam-- I did manage to get some amount of embossing but my foam/ felt spoilt and disintegrated real fast and on comparison the embossing was not as deep and beautiful as what I got using the proper Spellbinders Embossing pad.
|Embossed Die cut|
|Sue Wilson bows|
|Marianne Petra Die|
|Tattered Lace die|
Do tell me how you like it.
My Blog : Cards Crafts Kids Projects
Heat Embossing : Versamark Watermark , Embossing Powders & Ranger Heat Gun
Inking :Distress Inks, Ink Blending tool & Foam
Die Cutting Tools: Big Shot,Metal plate adapter,Spellbinders Embossing Pads
Dies : Marianne creatable Petra Corners ,Tattered Lace Lacy Rose, Sue Wilson Filigree Bow, Lifestyle crafts Circle Die, Spellbinders Lace hearts
Embellishments : Crystal beaded Pollen
Misc tools : Crop A Dile Big Bite, Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors , Reverse Tweezers