Sunday, December 20, 2009

3D Star Ornament

Merry Christmas everyone! I have at last produced the 3D star template for you to download and create with. I made mine with a blue toile pattern on paper cardstock - choose any pattern you like and decorate any way you choose. I scanned a piece of wrapping paper, colorized it in Photoshop and reprinted it on to my choice of paper. In this case I used Conqueror's Diamond White 80# card stock. It is a clean white, smooth surface to show off colors and the paper folds and creases without cracking or splitting. You can buy reams of this paper at The Paper Zone. I kept my stars simple with some white glitter edges and rhinestones on each star tip and in the center. The pattern/template needs to be copied on to the back of your paper because t involves quite a few score lines. Where the score lines follow to the tip of each star point, these get folded as mountain folds (when the fold sticks skyward) and the scores between the points get folded valley-style (dipping in). Follow my photos for reference if you get confused.

Enlarge/reduce the template on the copier to suit the size you desire.
The tabs get folded inward and glued to the inside of the other piece. You will have to cut 2 pieces to complete one star so it has a front and a back. I also used a thin white silk ribbon embroidery ribbon to hang the star but you can use any kind of ribbon or even metallic thread. If you do not choose to hang them, but perhaps display them in a dish, etc., don't use anything. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season. As soon as I change out of my jammies, I'm off to a party at a friend's house and I intend to take these stars as a gift for her tree.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Favor Boxes

I would like to share these small favor box die lines with you. They can be any size you want, as long as you can fit them on to a sheet of paper through your printer. I made mine 2x2x2 in 4 patterns: a Blackwatch tartan, a Stewart tartan, a red and white plaid and a Swedish folk art pattern in red and white. I also included the plain die line in case you want to print in on to your own patterned paper.

For best results, print it on to the reverse of the patterned paper so you can easily see the score and cut lines.
Have fun with it - use it for party favors or small holiday gifts.

For an added festive touch, I edged mine all with a gold leafing pen.

Score lines and slit the "U" shaped opening on the 2 bottoms so the tabs can slide into them to close the bottoms.
Do a sample one first so you understand it's construction.

Let me know if it was useful and I can then provide some newer ones for Valentines Day coming up.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

O Christmas Tree!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging! (could it be because you are an artificial tree?) hahaha O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! Not only green when summer's here, But also when 'tis cold and drear. O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging.