Every year I make at least one holidy card with a Hanukkah theme, and it's especially for my friend, Janet, whom I usually only get to see once a year. This year I didn't get to travel to see her at all, so I wanted an especially nice card, and not a simple A2-sized card with a Jewish image. So, when I saw a card shaped like a 6-pointed star not too long ago, I was thrilled! And so off I went to try to make one for this special card!
What a fun fold this was to do! There are plenty of videos on YouTube about how to cut and fold this card, and I don't have enough time right now to make my own tutorial. So what I've decided to so is just give you some hints that made my life with this card a little easier as I followed some of the YouTube instructions.
1. You can make this card with ANY sized equilateral triangle (a triangle with all three sides the same length). Click here for a website that shows how to make one out of a square. Trace this onto your Designer Series Paper and then cut the DSP.
2. Once you have your triangle of paper, mark the center of each of the three sides with a small pencil mark (it will likely not show once you get everything folded).
3. Fold each point to the mark on the edge opposite it.
4. With all three folds in place, take the fold that's lying on top and gently pull it back towards the outside of the folded triangle as if you are going to fold it again (and you are!) until it gets to the place where the other two layers meet. Then crease this new fold. You've constructed the first single layer star point.
5. Bring one of the remaining two layers to the front and repeat the above fold. Repeat with the third layer.
6. There you have your star!
It's especially fun if you fold two layers and then tuck the third layer in so that it's on top of one of the other layers and under the last layer.
Now for the Stampin' Up! Products that I used for this card. First, the paper is from the All Is Calm Designer Series Paper set. My paper was 9-5/8" + on each side. I made good use of the scraps with which I ended up after making my star by punching some smaller triangles with the Stampin' Up! Large Triangle Punch, and adhered them to each of the points of the folded star.
For the design in the center of the card, I turned to Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, using one of the images from the Jewish Holiday Sayings Digital Stamp Brush Set and resized it to fit the center of the card. I then made a background for this image using the Hexagon Punch Digital Download. That made it easy for me to hand-cut the shape after I'd printed it out on some Whisper White Cardstock. Once I'd done that, I adhered the shape to a piece of Silver Foil Sheet and trimmed the Silver Foil so that it shows just a bit as a mat around the printed hexagon.
Finally, for the front of the card at least, I added an embellishment on the front, made up of one of the All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments and a bow made with the Silver 1/8" Ribbon.
Now for the inside:
I was tempted to go a bit overboard on decorating the inside of the card. But instead, I just found another image in the Jewish Sayings Stamp Brush Set and printed it on a triangle that I constructed using the digital triangle punch in My Digital Studio. I colored the Happy Hanukkah greeting with the digital Pear Pizzazz color. And of course this is the layer on which I will sign our personal greetings to Janet.
Wow, this was quick and dirty, huh? I hope I'll have a chance to write a proper tutorial before the next big Star holiday – Fourth of July? If I do write this tutorial, it will be in my newsletter, which is where I publish any tutorial that I write these days.
Here are the major products that I used for this project. If you end up making this project, I'd love to see what you make, and I can even share it here on my blog if you'd like!
Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish online friends!