Saturday, October 4, 2014

Merry & Bright Star-Shaped Card + Tutorial

Merry & bright star shaped Christmas cards | Stampingville

Happy World Card Making Day! For many cardmakers, today is the start of holiday card making. Soooo ... I thought it might be cool to make a 3-d star-shaped Christmas card. Sound like fun? It IS fun and it's not hard to do either.

My inspiration came straight from the Stampin' Up! catalog (page 135). Their star-shaped birthday card caught my eye immediately and I just had to try to re-create it! After a bit of trial and error, I think I've come up with a pretty close imitation. If you'd like to give it a try, keep reading to learn how to make a star-shaped card.

3-D Star Shaped Christmas Card | Stampingville

My finished card measures approximately 4-3/4" x 4-1/4", so it will fit in a standard envelope. If you need to stock up on envelopes for the holidays, be sure to hit the Stamp, Stock & Save sale to save 15% on all Stampin' Up! Medium Envelopes. Hurry -  the sale ends Oct. 6.

3-d Star-Shaped Card Tutorial:

Start with half a sheet of cardstock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Score it in the middle at 4-1/4" and fold in half. Prepare your Big Shot for cutting with Framelits. (I use the Magnetic Platform with all Framelits - that thing is genius!)

Place the largest star Framelit so one tip of the star hangs over the fold of the cardstock. The two bottom points should NOT go beyond the cardstock edge.

Place another cutting pad over the top of the framelit and run through the Big Shot. This is the actual card base. It will have a tiny little fold at the top.

Stamp the card front with desired images. I used snowflakes from the Endless Wishes stamp set.

Next you'll need to cut a star from patterned paper. Using the second largest star framelit and the second to smallest star framelit, place the smaller star inside the bigger one. Cover it with a cutting pad and run through the Big Shot.

Score the die-cut patterned paper star starting at the top point and score all the way down the star. Turn the star and repeat until all star points are scored. (Use the scoring blade on the Paper Trimmer or use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.)

Fold the star along the scoring lines. In-between each point, fold so the front of the patterned paper touches creating a valley fold. At each star tip, fold so the back of the patterned paper touches, creating a mountain fold.

Using the middle sized star framelit (third largest/smallest), die-cut a star from Glimmer Paper.

Place liquid glue around just the edges of the Glimmer Paper star.

Turn the scored/folded patterned paper star over with the back facing up. Place the Glimmer Paper star (with glue) down into the folded star. You may have to flatten or "open" the star a little bit in order to nest the two stars. Use a tiny bit of pressure to hold the star in place while the glue begins to dry. You don't want to smash the folded star, but you do want the two stars to make contact.

Allow the glued stars to dry before handling again. Once the glue has dried, your stars should look like this.

Flip your glued stars over to the back again and add bits of Stampin' Dimensionals.

Adhere the piece with Dimensionals to the front of your stamped card base created earlier.

On a piece of Whisper White cardstock (2-1/4" x 5/8"), stamp the word "merry" using Cherry Cobbler ink. Placement of the stamp should be high and to the left. Stamp the words "& bright" right below the word "merry".

Flag one end of the strip and adhere Cherry Cobbler ribbon, tied in a simple knot, to the other end using a glue dot.

Adhere the greeting to the card front using a Stampin' Dimensional. Ta-da!!

Merry & bright 3-d star shaped Christmas card | Stampingville

For the inside you have lots of options. You could die-cut a Whisper White star shape and stamp a greeting on it or you could stamp the greeting directly onto the card base using Whisper White Craft Ink. You could also write your own greeting and/or message using a Signo Gel Pen or a White Stampin' Chalk Marker.

And that, my crafty internet friends, is how to make a star-shaped card. So what do you think - will you attempt it? I hope you will and let me know how it goes!

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