Chanukah silhouette cards
Posted 23 November, 2013on:
I can’t believe it’s nearly Chanukah again already! The Chanukah bunting and dreidel decorations are up, the cushions are out, the table runner is on display, my daughter is flipping felt latkes and leaving dreidels all over the floor while I clean up to the sound of our Chanukah compilation CD.
It’s just as well I made all these things earlier, because I started a university degree this year and study has taken away almost all of the time I used to spend crafting. So all I have to show off that is new are this year’s Chanukah cards.
After last year’s dreidel cards, I decided to use my silhouette cutter again. I designed a chanukiah (Chanukah menorah) to cut out, and a background of Chanukah lyrics to print on the card before I cut it out.
This means that I get two sorts of cards – one with the menorah cut out, and the other with the pieces that were removed. It leads to lots of mix and match games involving random pieces of Japanese paper, gold foil and cellophane. I particularly like the cellophane stained glass window effect.
Gluing down all the candles (in the correct order so that you can still make out the lyrics) was not so exciting, but it seemed crazy to waste them.
Sticking one piece of colourful paper behind the menorah silhouette was a lot faster!
And here is a cross section from earlier in the week. I’ve made quite a few more now, but need to be writing them and posting them, not just talking about them on here!
If you receive handmade cards at Chanukah (or any other festival), here’s a tip: don’t recycle them all like you probably do with mass-produced cards. Keep the most beautiful ones to display again in future years. Ours are blu-tacked to the wall, but I have a friend who pegs hers to the edges of her curtains. And keep a sample of your own work to display by giving one to someone who lives in the same house as you. (I write a card for my daughter.) It’s such a joy to look back at cards that were really made with love.