Anything but a card is the challenge starting today on Bitten by the Bug 2.
I love the projects found on svgcuts.com, but seldom do anything but cards from there. Last month they came out with these really cool 3D stars that light up. I loved the look and thought they could be a great decorative element for my daughter’s upcoming engagement party. Below is the star in a dark room when it is lit up.
This star is large (about 21 inches across) and really makes a statement. The pattern calls for 16 sheets of 12 x 12 paper. I didn’t have that many white sheets in a heavier cardstock, so I downsized the pattern to so that each piece could be cut on an 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. There wasn’t that much difference from the original. I have 110# Georgia Pacific Card paper that I purchased in a ream from Walmart awhile ago and still had several sheets left. Even though it says it is 110#, it feels more like an 80# cardstock and not as thick as my other 100# cardstock. One of my pet peeves is that it is sometimes hard to tell exactly how thick a cardstock will be as there doesn’t seem to be a consistent scale across different brands. That is one reason I like to actually feel cardstock. Since we have to depend more on online shops, I am trying to come up with a couple of basic cardstocks that I can order with confidence.
I ended up going over the score lines manually after my Cricut scored them because it wasn’t folding as easily as I wished it would. I will have to say that it was a real job to get everything glued together and keep things in line and neat. In fact the center point had a gap in the middle, so I ended up cutting a small circle and used a zot to attach it to the center to cover the gap. Mary always has wonderful videos on assembly of her svg files which is a must with this star. She also had recommendations on the lights for in the star, but I am pretty cheap, so I found a different kind of LED light that runs on batteries from Amazon called lantern lights by Yunlights. They seem to work well so far and I used two of them inside this star. Below is the star in the light.
You can find this star with two others on svgcuts.com here. It is also available separately.
I did enjoy this project even though it isn’t perfect and will probably do a couple more in the other patterns before the party in April.
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