August Sunflower! HOME Sign Interchangeable Element
It wasn’t hard to decide what to use for August’s interchangeable element for our indoor HOME sign. Picking which file to use, was more difficult! There are quite a few to choose from, but the one we picked was a layered paper flower design.
3D Paper Sunflower (Creative Fabrica)
- Electronic Cutting Machine and software (Skycut, SCAL 5 Pro)
- 8.5 x 11-inch Sketchbook pages (4)
- Poetique Refillable Watercolor Brush Markers and Ink refills (list colors or show images)
- ½ inch flat paint brush for acrylics or watercolors
- Small ball stylus, small round dowel or chopstick
- Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue with fine tip applicator
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
2-inch wood square
- 1.5-inch piece of hook and loop tape (just the loop side)
To start, you’ll need to purchase, download, and unzip the file. Open the file folder. It may be helpful to review the PDF included with the file if you’re new to flower making. SCAL allows the user to drag the SVG file onto the mat. Your software may require a different method.
The flower as designed was too large for our sign, so it was necessary to reduce the components of the file to 75% using the SCALE option in the SCAL program. The largest petal measures approximately 5.25 across. TIP: It’s easy to reduce the entire grouping as a whole – highlight ALL and click on Object > Transform > Scale > Percentage and then reduce as needed.
Begin the Cuts: Once you’ve sized all the components as needed for your use, Ungroup. Place one piece of the 8.5 x 11 piece from the sketchbook on the mat. Hide all but the dark brown, and light brown pieces that will be part of the flower center. Since you’re just cutting white paper, it doesn’t really matter. These pieces will fit on the sheet. Hide the remaining pieces for right now.
NOTE: The Skycut settings were set to Force 60 and Speed 5 – perfect cuts were attained. Clean the mat if there is some fiber from the paper left on your mat.
On the second sheet, place the 3 black strips, the 2 leaf and sepal pieces and the small yellow fringed piece and the black circle. Cut using the same settings or ones that will give you the best results for use with your machine.
On the third sheet, place the large and small petals. Same settings.
On the last sheet, cut the medium-sized petal. You’re now ready for the next step.
Allow yourself some time as you will be “painting” each of the cut pieces using the watercolor brushes OR the ink refills and a brush with some extra water to dilute the ink a little.
Color both sides of the pieces that will be used for the flower center. Do your best to cover all the white edges. If a few remain, that’s fine, you’ll be able to do a little retouching once the center has been assembled. Let everything dry thoroughly.
For the center: black, bitter chocolate and pecan were used. Pecan was used as a touch-up.
black was used on the circle that goes under the center
There was an oopsie – and the fringed piece that goes under the center was painted with Pecan… however, some Light Yellow was added to the edges and the desired effect for this piece was achieved. Let that dry and add a little more yellow if desired. We liked the mottled look and left it as is.
We used 3 shades of yellow – (see image below) and the bottom and middle layers were painted with the 2 darker colors and the top layer was painted with the lightest and mid-tone.
Everything should be thoroughly dry before you begin the assembly process.
Fold the black strips in half lengthwise and glue the bottom edge together. It doesn’t take long to dry when you use the fine tip applicator to apply the glue. You can do a little molding if you like, however, since we’re using a scaled-down version, that isn’t absolutely necessary. Once these pieces are dry, begin by selecting one and rolling it into a circle. Our center is fairly tight to keep the center part a little tighter than the rest of the center would be. Once you have all three of these strips added, you will repeat the process of adding the dark brown strips next and then the light brown strips. The finished center should be between 1.5 and 2 inches in diameter. This project was 1.5 inches. You will be able to “flare” the edges out a little for a more natural look once the glue has dried. Please refer to the pdf included with the file if needed.
If you need to trim the size of the circle that will go under the center, do so now. The fringed circle does not need to be trimmed, but you can use a pair of scissors and cut the fringe just a little deeper to fit the new size. The longer fringe looks nice.
Glue the center to the circle using the hot glue gun. Glue the fringed circle to the center. Set aside.
Grab the stylus with a small head and add some veins to the leaf and the flower petals from the wrong side. Our flower petals curved without any additional help.
Glue the center petal layer to the bottom layer, and add the top layer as well, alternating petals a bit. Glue the sepal and leaf to the back of the flower using hot glue as well.
Glue the center to the center of the flower petals. Let that glue set.
For the “hanger” using some E6000, attach the loop piece to the back of the 2-inch wood square. Let it sit for about 20 minutes before gluing to the back of the flower.
You may need to add some weight to the front of the flower to secure the hanger piece. A couple of ink pads were stacked on top and provided just enough weight. Let them set there for about 20 minutes and your newest element is ready to use!
Thanks for visiting today. We’re now at our 8th element for the year! Looking forward to creating a few more in the months to come to finish off the monthly components…
For more inspiration, feel free to visit Jan’s page here or her blog. If you decide to make one of these or choose a different element for your sign, be sure to share and tag us! We’d love to see your makes. #creativefabrica #nurtureyrheart