Jacki Montgomery asked me what RAK means, and it means Random Act of Kindness, I am not sure what BRAK means though. – added: Debi Calandrelle tells me that BRAK means Birthday Random Act of Kindness – Thanks Debi!!
So this morning I spent a couple hours in Urgent Care, this was Jeff's last day of vacation so he drove me, I have had this stupid mark on my leg for a month or so, and lately it got bigger and invited a friend, I was not too smart and was covering them up with bandaids (I mean who wants to go out looking like a leper?) and that made them worse, and last night I could not even sleep, so that is why we headed to the Doc's this morning. Ugh, and blech, and gross, I got Ring Worm (boy that is embarrasing to say)…now how does an old broad like me get that? I am wondering if I may have got it from the sheep at my Mum's. Cause I aint a young kid or a wrestler and that is who the Doc said usually gets this. So anyway I feel ugly and am on some meds. So I am a mess, glasses I can't see out of, hearing aids I can't hear out of (my new ones are being re-fitted), and a lovely rash on my legs. I swear everytime I go for a check-up things happen. I did not get a check up for 5 years and I have been fine, I go for a check up and boom, boom, boom! Ha!!!
Anyway, I wanted to show you this cool little Big Shot Die called 5 Point 3-D Star, when I saw it in the mini catalog, I was like – what the heck is that, cause it looks like a long diamond kinda thing. But you have to run 5 of them through the machine to make the star, just run them one at a time, you want a nice score line on them…so let's begin…
You will need 1 standard cutting pad (this is the clear one, 1 premium crease pad, 1 shim, Big Shot, 5 Point 3-D Star Die, brads, 5 pieces cardstock or designer series paper cut at 6" x 4" each, paper piercer and foam mat, tombow multi-purpose glue, and scotch tape
This is the order you will make your "Die Sandwich"
Standard Cutting Pad
5 Point 3-D Star Die
Paper face down – this way the cut line will look nice on the side you want to show.
Premium Crease Pad – this allows the score lines to be really nice
Crank it through the machine.
Here is the left over paper and your piece of star, now do this for the other 4 pieces, so you will have 5 pieces in total
Poke 3 holes in each star piece.
I poked on the right side of the left score line. It does not matter which side you do, just as long as you do them all the same. Use the first one as a guide for the other 4.
Fold in your ends on all 5 pieces. It is easier to do get them started before you add the brads.
I don't fold the center line till we are all done.
Insert the brads and flatten them down in the back.
There this is easier to see, now do it to the other 4 pieces.
Now lets start to assemble. Add your tombow glue to the one side of the star piece.
Line up the two star pieces together matching the seams. You can turn it over and check the seams in the back too.
Here you can see how the seams are in the back.
Continue to do this all the way around till you have all your 5 pieces attached.
Here is your star all glued together, see how it looks kinda flat? We will fold the center scores in a minute, but first I like to add a little bit of scotch tape in the back.
…here, so it goes over the fold. This will just reinforce the star and guarantee it stays together, cause you are probably gonna be hanging it somewhere.
Now start to fold your star on the score lines, this is where the shim and crease pad help.
If you need to add another shim, you can, it is really trial and error with those.
Cardstock will score differently then designer series paper.
Here it is all done. Neat eh? You do not have to add the brads, I just thought they looked nice.
This shows the dimension of the star a little better.
Now, my BFF Tracy gave me the cutest little metal stars and I tried to copy the idea using cardstock. This is where I got the idea for the brads. This is the metal star…
…is the cardstock version. For this one I used Chocolate Chip Cardstock and I rubbed So Saffron Craft ink on it before I added the brads and assembled it. It is not as cute as the real one, but I want to play some more.
How fun will these be hanging on the wall? I think it would be great to stamp on them too. Just make sure to do all that stuff prior to assembly. Let me know if you have made any stars so I can check them out.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.
Have a great Wednesday, and thanks for stopping in!
My morning ritual – eating breakfast and reading your blog.
Thanks for the tutorial and taking the time to show us some neat stuff. I will be making some of these at Christmas.
Hope your feeling better.
Debi Calandrelle says
Your posts are so much fun to read and your tutorials are great! Thanks for sharing!
PS: From what I understand, BRAK = Birthday Random Act of Kindness
Tracy Altemose says
Oh I love how you put the Brads in the Star, and I'm loving the CS Star. Looks a lot like the medal one BUT we can make ANY color we want.
Great Tutorial Tuuts!!! I gotta have that Die Now!!
Sorry to hear about your health challenges. It sucks getting old. I am the same way every time I turn around something in my body doesn't work as well as I would like.
Great Tutorial! Thanks for sharing how you made your beautiful star. One more die on my wish list.
I am so sorry about all your problems lately! I love coming to your blog though to see all the great stuff you have made. You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!
great stars,batgirl,….ringworm!!!???!!! so sorry to hear your plight…
LOVE the star! The brads are a great touch. Thanks for sharing.
Dang you're crafty!
Cindy Lawrence says
WAAAAAY COOL!!! I love those stars, girl! …esp that metal looking one at the end…really looks like metal (kinda like that commercial….looks like real hair growing there…). Seriously, though…it DOES look like metal! Love it!
A BRAK is a birthday random act of kindness…so it's really not very random at all, is it?!
WONDERFUL idea! gonna have to try to make this!!
Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you sooooo much for this great tutorial. It is always so much easier to be able to see the project in stages like that with great explanations to boot. Thanks! ~chris
Great tutorial!! I just LOVE how this turned out. Question though, is there a reason we can't just run 5 sheets of card stock through at once??? I know the big shot can cut through that many sheets with no problem. Will it CREASE that many??? Just wondering.
Thanks for sharing how to do this!! OK I think I will have to order that die on my next order–Like today!! Looks very cool with the brads–great up sale too.