Monday, June 20, 2011

Lots of Luminaries

I wanted to share with you some wonderful swaps I received at a demonstrator meeting last week. The challenge was for each of us to make a luminary, and we could interpret the details from there. As usual, this creative group of ladies came up with loads of lovely ideas, as you can see above. Amazing what you can do with a little paper, vellum, and ink! I'm sure I don't need to say this, but I will: these are not designed for use with open flames! We had the little battery-operated LED tealights, and they even flicker.

Mine is the green one shaped like a rocket ship. It's made from three 4" squares of card stock, each scored once on the diagonal, then folded and glued. I got the idea from

Just be sure if you're overlapping two layers, that you punch your holes
before you glue them together - punches don't like to go through two layers at once! I made a quick little template from scrap cardboard to ensure that I'd get the punch in the same spot every time. I ran some scraps of cardstock vellum through the big shot to emboss the poppies, then used a sponge dauber to give some quick color "inside the lines" from the back to add a bit of interest. I glued the vellum between my layers of CS as I was assembling the luminary, solving the difficulty of adhering vellum and making them neat and pretty. I eliminated the tucked slit on this project because they didn't need to be mailed, and simply glued everything.

Hope you'll take the time to sit outside some evening soon with twinkling luminaries and fireflies and stars in the summer sky. -Kathy

1 comment:

JSCA said...

I love the idea of making a handful of these to sit out on the porch. Embossing the vellum?? Duh. Seems so obvious that it's no wonder I didn't think of it. Love the rocket ship, guessed it was yours. Though I had dubbed it 'bird face'. They're all great. The detail on the sail boat.. wow.