Monday, 1 October 2018

Pleated Stars

These nifty pleated stars are easily folded from a shaped strip of paper. Simply print the template on the wrong side of your paper, then crease and fold. The stars can be used as holiday decorations or as card- or giftwrap embellishments.

Here are your free star designs:



So - you print the pattern on the flip side of your paper. Score the fold lines with a fine-point embossing tool held against a small metal ruler. Cut the star strip out. Crease mountain or valley folds as indicated. The folds meet at the star centre. The last segment overlaps (you can glue this, if desired). On the back, glue the seal over the star centre to secure it in place. Easy.

Of course, you can reduce or enlarge the patterns to suit your craft-y purpose.
For an ornament, punch a hole in a star point and add a hanging loop.

Have a starry craft session! *

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Fanvelopes Stationery

A handwritten message is a special occasion these days, so make the most of it with this fun coordinated stationery idea. The side panel of the envelope is accordion-pleated to create a realistic fan effect, and the envelope flap bears a fan image, too. And there's a choice of two styles of notecard - plain open or fold-up (for longer messages).

Here are your free designs:




Have a fantastic time making your print-and-cut fan mail. :D

Paper Christmas, by Emily Dawe. Review.

Paper Christmas
16 papercrafting projects for the festive season
By Emily Dawe
Search Press 2018
Paperback £9.99 UK/$14.95 US/$17.95 CAN
ISBN 978-1-78221-558-5

Star rating: ***

This is a collection of quick-make holiday papercraft  projects aimed at the complete newbie. Many of the projects are well-designed and appealing (Paper Bird Trims, origami Diamond Decorations) – but others are a bit too Mickey Mouse (examples – a mini-bunting of paper triangles glued onto baker’s twine, simple paper snowflakes, stamped tags dipped in glitter – the vibe is too primary school).  A crafter looks to a book for lightbulb ideas  and inspiration – not the obvious.

The Advent Houses  and  Paper Feather Tags are attractive, well-designed projects in which the author’s pattern design skills are showcased. A very big plus is that full-size templates are included back-of-book, a fact which will be appreciated by entry-level papercrafters.

There are photographic step-by-steps for all the projects.