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Geometric patterns and shapes continue to be popular, whether they are graphic and modern or feature rustic or tribal style. I must admit to falling in love with all the geometric art I've seen while out and about on the web--I can't seem to stop pinning it!
My eyes caught onto the paper gems--magnificent 3D structures, but making them "from scratch" would be challenging for someone who might falter at the math required... *chuckle*
This spiffy little score guide was developed for folks like me, who really adore the geometric trend, but not math! It's actually compatible with other brand score boards, not just their own, which is a great bonus since I own and use the Martha Stewart Score Board.
The tool comes with a little booklet, featuring project ideas and loaded with templates for a variety of geometric gemstone-like 3D shapes. It includes paper sizes, scoring measurements, as well as construction and assembly instructions. A visual example of each finished shape is pictured at the top of each template. But, don't ask me to pronounce their names--I bungled that pretty much every single time. *chuckle*
The finished sizes can range from about 1x1" to 4.5 x 8", depending on the paper size and template you select. The templates all begin with a square piece of paper, 6", 8" or 12", which are the most common sizes most paper crafters would have in their supplies.
I found it helpful to use solid papers; patterned papers made it very difficult to see the score lines when trying to trace out the templates. It also helped to buff the paper surface with wax paper, prior to scoring; I use a comfort grip ball tip stylus tool for scoring, and sometimes the tip can "drag" on the paper surface, which can cause the paper to shift out of place. Waxing the paper first allows the tip to glide more smoothly.
It's a [very] good idea to read through the scoring and subsequent assembly instructions a few times prior to beginning as there are some simple but key steps that make all the difference! You know how we crafters can get--so excited to get started that we overlook a few things... I talk about them in the video, and they are also noted in the booklet. I initially took a quick glance, and when first making some of the largest shapes with the 4" score lines from 12x12" paper, I missed some very important scoring instructions that would have saved me from ruining my project.
Granted, "it's only paper", but I don't know anyone that likes to waste an entire 12 x 12" sheet of pretty paper because they didn't read the instructions thoroughly... I went back over the scoring instructions of those few scoring templates (specifically p. 8 and 9) and highlighted them so I wouldn't forget the next time around to make those slight adjustments. Once I got the hang of it, scoring the rest of my projects went very quickly and easily.
Keep in mind that when using 12 x 12" paper, you will probably have to lift and move the paper and guide in one direction or the other, in order to score all the lines necessary (watch the video) and there will be some over-hang, making it hard to get a complete score line on the diagonal. The booklet and my video both explain how to easily extend those score lines, to ensure you have a complete triangular pattern to build your project with.
Depending on the size, these paper gems make the most fun "containers" or gift boxes--tuck trinkets, edibles or even little notes inside them! How fun would these be at each place setting on the table at your next holiday gathering or special occasion?
Various sizes and colors inside a glass jar or bowl make a splendid centerpiece, or how about a garland like this to adorn your mantlepiece?
I mixed a combination of shapes, sizes and colors--I loved using some gold foil papers to make the smallest shapes--so shiny! Another option would be to use plain papers and then use some of the pretty metallic sprays to highlight different sides of the gems--so many possibilities! Note: It's much easier to assemble the gems one at a time "around" the string, rather than trying to thread them on after they are fully formed. Trust me. :) You can slide them along the string, adjust the spacing and add more wherever you like. I enjoyed watching TV while making the garland above, and found it to be rather therapeutic and relaxing!
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I hope the above inspires to try a little 3D paper "bling" and takes the mystery out of how to use this nifty little scoring tool!