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Mar 27, 2015

Filigree and Cross Lantern

This fancy lantern with a cross on each panel is my version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.  It would make a pretty table decoration for a christening, Communion, or Easter celebration.

You could also use it for a candy box or treat box, with or without lining the panels.

The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top is closed with a ribbon threaded through slots.

Mine is much larger (just under 4" on a side) than the sample I saw for sale, which was laser cut.  I don't know whether the Silhouette Cameo could cut the design that tiny, but I do know I did not want to try to weed it!  If you cut it successfully at a smaller size I'd love to know.

I lined mine with vellum (template not included in the file set, you'll have to wing it) and lit it with a battery operated tea light.

How to make the cross lantern

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.
Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

If you are using Cricut Design Space:
-- Resize to 8" wide.
--On each page, once you have ungrouped the pieces, set the top two pieces in your layers menu to score.  (Change the color of the large (black) outer edge cut to white so you can see everything.  That piece is down near the bottom of the layers menu.)

Assembly is pretty much self-evident.  This is the order of assembly I used.

If you're planning to use vellum backing squares, adhere them now.

Crease all score lines.

Adhere the lantern pieces together, using the long vertical tabs.

Close the bottom as shown on the daisy tea light lantern post.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the slots at the top and tie a bow.

Hint: When you turn your tea light on and off it is easier to open the bottom than to untie the top!

Mar 19, 2015

Dedham Pottery Inspired Frame

This Dedham pottery bunny plate inspired frame is a design I've worked on intermittently for several years, mostly because I wasn't sure what it was going to become when I was done!

Dedham pottery plate frame
What it became was a card topper or frame, with a separate backing circle (mine is cut from crackle-design paper).

Here is the square card I made from it.

Suitable for Easter or maybe Valentine's Day.
I think the sentiment should be "Some-bunny loves you."  Too corny?

I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to connect the elements to the frame, and editing the small white brushstroke details on the rabbits.  Too many and too small details didn't cut or weed well.  Even after I was "done" designing, it took 7 tries at cutting it to get it right, with adjustments to the design after every cut.

Dedham Pottery fails

Let's not discuss the long period during which I was trying to add the crackle lines to the plate in a way that could be machine cut.  So incredibly time consuming to draw and not workable in the end.

Dedham pottery crackle finish

Easy to assemble now that I've done the design work for you :).

Cut the bunny circle from card stock (blue is traditional for Dedham pottery) and back with a circle of distressed-looking off white or taupe to look like a crackle glazed plate.  (Xyron Creative Station
is my secret weapon for adhering intricate cuts like this one.)

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.

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