I can't quit thinking about the hexagon punch star fold technique! So as soon as I got into my stamp room today, I made a couple of Christmas samples with it, and snapped a few quick pics to help guide you as you try this adorable fold as well. If you love my star fold idea and plan to use it in your crafting, please leave me a comment--it would mean so much to me! Your comments keep me posting!
I think the thing that appeals most to me about this technique--other than the great star that is formed in the center, of course--is that it only takes six hexagon punches. So you can make this fantastic-looking focal point from literally SCRAPS of paper. Anything you can get six coordinating punches from, you can make a star fold out of!
You're going to fold all six punches into the "kite shape" seen on the right in the above photo. Now, I even Googled "names of common geometric shapes" and "kite shape" is what they are calling this. So- no fancy term for this fold. It is similar to the "dahlia fold" except that ours is made with hexagons instead of circles.
The great thing about geometrics is the nice straight lines... I can't believe I said there was a great thing about MATH... but there it is... right there in print. Anyway, after you've folded all your pieces into the kite shape, when you put the six punches side by side, they reassemble into a single hexagon, with a gorgeous star in the center! It's like magic! Or... math.
Then you can use your stunning focal point on any sort of card or tag or scrapbook page. Ready for a bonus tip? I know some of you saavy papercrafters are wondering how I did the corner treatment on the mat on this card. It's the largest of the nesting Window Frames Framelits for the Big Shot, with the roundy humps trimmed off flat. Then I added a small square of Silver Glimmer Paper behind the edge of the interior corners. Gotta have a little bit of glam!
Ok! Supply list follows. I can't tell you how it would make my day if you placed an order with me for any products you might need, if you don't have a good local demonstrator who is taking care of you right now. I'd be honored to help you with any and all papercrafting needs! And if you're local to me and would like to visit our monthly demo stamp night as my special guest, we're going to be making star fold cards in November for one of the free Make N Takes. Email me for deets! firstname.lastname@example.org