Thursday, 6 October 2011

My very first EVER 3D Cardstock Cake!

Hello there,
Thanks for stopping by "One woman'scrap".  You'll have to forgive me as updating my blog hasn't exactly become routine for me yet.  One day folks... one day :)
Anyhow, let me show you what I have been working on lately!  I'm so super excited!!  It's my very first 3D Cardstock Cake!!!! Yay!!! Do I sound excited yet??? Can you feel my energy??!!! It wasn't actually as hard or time-consuming as I had first thought it to be :)  Which is always a bonus... Don't you love when that happens?  I had been putting this cake project off for some time now, purely out of fear of the unknown...

A co-worker mentioned to me in passing conversation that her birthday was coming up and because of her weight loss plan; she couldn't even have birthday cake!  Well let me tell you... this woman is AMAZING!! She has stuck to her diet; kept her temptations at bay; and has willpower I can only dream about having!  So only thing for me to do was to make her a cake right?!  LOL ... ur probably thinking "that's a pretty mean idea..."  But hey!  I didnt' say she could eat it... she could only look at it... So it has to be beautiful right?!
So.. here's the end result... I'm going backwards here simply because I can't wait to show you!!!

Pretty isn't it?  Now follow along and I'll show you how I made one of these gorgeous little cakes !!
First off, I HAD to get one of these FABULOUS machines;I can't imagine how I went this long without one :)

You see that Cricut Cartridge?  That is BRAND NEW from Close to My Heart!  Yup...and it's available exclusively through CTMH Independent Consultants.  This cartridge has 700 designs on it!  Yes... 700!!  (Do any cartridges have THAT many??)  PLUS... when you order this cartridge, you also get 3 full size stamp sets AND 3 pages of chipboard dimensional elements that are all coordinating with images on the cartridge!  Amazing!!!!  OHHH and the best part?  You can have it all for $109.95 CDN.!!! Now THAT ladies is a steal!!!  I will let you know at the end of this post how to get one of these awesome cartridges :)
Ok... so if you're still with me...and haven't jumped to go get your hands on one of these cartridges... let's move on :)
So next step is to cut out all of the shapes needed to create your cake... and.... they will look something like this... 

When you cut your patterns on the Cricut, it will show you where you need to "score" it, so it will fold easier. For this project, I've traced out where your score lines should be.  
With this project, using the "pillow box" design you'll see the narrow, outside edge and that's where you'll want to apply a little adhesive and attach it to the opposite side on the next piece and once you have all 3 of the larger pieces attached it should look like so.... 

This is where the "scoring" will be appreciated... Your pattern will fold easily and then, you can go ahead and close off the ends to form a hexagon. Now my "cake" (trust me; it will be a cake), when standing, will have a whole lot of curves on top and bottom.  In each little "valley" at the end of each curve, I made a small cut so it was easier to fold over.  Then I folded over the top and bottom tabs (curves), so I had a surface to attach the top and bottom pieces. (See #1).  My cake now stands flat... well... sort of.  And the top has a gaping hole ... LOL ... Then I traced the hexagaon shape; either top or bottom, don't matter; on a piece of cardstock.  Make sure you are using the same color cardstock as the "cake layer" you're working on.  Then adhere your flat hexagon to the top and bottom of your cake layer.  (See #2).
Apparently, I forgot to upload a picture of the flat hexagon shapes.  Well, you probably get the point... it's a hexagon... that you traced :) 



Looks good doesn't it?!  Just kidding.. it gets better yet :)  
Ok, bottom layer of cake... Check!  
Now I went ahead and repeated the same technique with my second layer.  FYI...You can use any type of adhesive to attach your cake pieces together, layers and all. ( I used a little Tombow and a little Liquid Glass )

Like my Folgers can in the background?  They make awesome lil' scrap buckets... and they smell good too :)
By now I have 2 layers of the cake and onto the 3rd layer.  
Then comes the best part!  Making your flowers for the cake :)  These flowers and the tag all come from the Close to My Heart cartridge as well.  All the cutting is done for you and you just have to roll them.  How easy is that?!
You see some of the flowers I've already rolled and some of them are hot off the press :)  I like to "edge" all my flowers just to add a little depth and maybe a reality aspect to them. 

This is what the 3 layer cake looks like now... then you just add your flowers where you want them to go.  This is where i used the Liquid Glass.  The little silhouette of a flower came out of the tag that I cut on the Cricut as well, which in the end, I decided not to use on my cake.  (Put that one away for another project.)

And here is the end result of my 3D Cardstock cake :)  First ever and let me tell you.. My co-workers were amazed at the results!  That is what makes these little projects well worth it :)  Seeing that smile on someone's face ... 

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading.  I've been told a time or two (Lisa...!) that sometimes my instructions are a little confusing and I hope I haven't made it sound too difficult for you :)  I do not want to discourage you from trying one of these cakes...  It is late in the day.. (that's my story and I'm stickin to it!)
Hope you had fun!  If you have any questions please, please email me :)

Visit my website @ to order your exclusive, Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and to see all the other amazing products Close to My Heart offers!

Good night! 

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