12 Weeks of Christmas: #3 Star of Light

143508 - Star of Light Bundle

Tammy Fite is our artist this week for our 12 Days of Christmas email series.  She is highlighting the versatile Star of Light Bundle.  Subscribe below to receive our complimentary 12 Days of Christmas email series with step-by-step downloadable tutorials sheets.

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It’s almost November which means Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage convention is just around the corner! Amy and I are headed to Vancouver, Canada. My team and I are taking the train up a couple of days early to explore the sites of the city. The train route skirts along the beautiful sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean and right through the heart of Seattle. Traveling by train is THE way to go.

If you are attending OnStage Vancouver, we hope we you’ll join us for our fun, easy, and popular 2″ x 2″ Card Candy Swap! Those that have done this swap cheer for a repeat at each event. These 2″ x 2″ gems are quick to create and can be used so many ways.  Haven’t heard of Card Candy before?  Check out our previous tutorial and samples.

The Starlight Thinlits Dies are a popular favorite because they are detailed, beautiful, and can be mixed and layered in so many ways. The set includes 7 dies that coordinate with the Star of Light photopolymer stamp set. The stamps and dies make an awesome duo, however they are each great on their own, too.

Stampin' Up! 143508 - Star of Light Bundle

Stampin’ Up! 143508 – Star of Light Bundle

For this month’s tip we are sharing a few of the many die cut combinations you can create with the Starlight Thinlits plus details and a tip for creating the 3-D star from this set. Enjoy!



This photo shows the detailed die cut images created with one or a combination of the thinlits.

  • The top left group of images shows Gold Foil Sheet that has been die cut and scored at once. The score lines make an interesting texture element even if you don’t fold them. The next photo will show how to fold this die cut into a 3-D image.
  • The top right and bottom right images show the detailed die cuts created with the thinlits. Both are layered on die cut stars created with the open star frame shown at the lower left.
  • The bottom left images shows the die cut created from two nested dies. The stamped image in the center shows perfectly through the die cut window.


Starlight Thinlits Dies

This group of photos show a more detailed view of the different stamped and die cut combinations.

  • On the left of this image is an example of a die cut star with an open center created by nesting two dies. The die cut is then layered over a stamped image.
  • The center image is simply stamped.
  • The right image shows a very detailed die cut star layered over a solid star die cut shape.


Starlight Thinlits Dies

This series of photos shows how to create a 3-D star with the Starlight Thinlits.

STEP 1: The Starlight Thinlit that creates a 3-D star is great because it does the cutting and scoring for you in one step! Simply layer the die over your cardstock, Designer Series Paper, Vellum cardstock, or Foil Sheet and run through the Big Shot once to cut and score the star.

STEP 2: If you use heavyweight cardstock or other heavyweight specialty papers you’ll get better folds if you create deeper score lines. It’s easy to do by lining up the existing score lines on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and going over the score line with the stylus.

STEP 3: To fold the 3-D star begin by creating a mountain fold on the score line at the center of each point.

  • Fold the top and bottom (longest) points backwards along the horizontal line that goes from the left tip to the right tip. Using a Bone Folder will give you the best crisp folds.
  • Unfold and repeat with the line that runs vertically from top to bottom. Unfold and repeat with with each of the diagonal lines at the center of the 4 smaller points.
  • Unfold and fold the remaining score lines backwards to create valley folds.
  • Once you’ve folded along all the score lines, pinch the horizontal and then the vertical points to create the mountain folds again. Fold the score lines next to them backwards. Continue until the entire star is folded up or down. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals (in the center area), Glue Dots (at the tips), or other strong adhesive to add the beautiful 3-D star to your projects.


Here are a few more project samples

143508 - Star of Light Bundle

 143508 - Star of Light Bundle

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