Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Paper Lantern with Cut Files

The Reveal
I love the lanterns in the Sweet Stamp Shop set found in this month's kit and on all the DT cards and wanted to make a 3D one. I searched for lantern cut files, hand cut templates and tutorials but couldn't find the shape I wanted so I designed my own.
Hanging Paper Lantern
The Inspiration
When I visited Japan a few years ago, I saw numerous lanterns hung at temples. You could purchase a handmade paper lantern, have your name written in calligraphy to hang at a specific temple for a specific purpose, like if you wanted success at work or school or good health. The shape of the lanterns were oblong and very beautiful when lit. This was taken at the Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine which I visited because they sold Hello Kitty amulets.

But in my mind I was imagining a shorter more compact shape, like the sky lanterns used during Chinese Lantern Festival. These are released in the air for obtaining good fortune and prosperity in Taiwan. 

The Details
I drew a template onto a piece of 8.5 x 11" paper and cut it out. I traced the template onto a piece of 8.5 x 11" vellum and cut that out. I then stamped the cherry blossom image on each of the four panels and colored in the blossoms with a pink Copic marker. First I used a water-based ink pad and the image kept smearing when I touched it. On my third lantern below I used an archival permanent dye and then the image was intact. 

I folded the lantern and glued it together on the tabs. 

To finish it off, I folded a modular origami star for the top using a piece of Konnichiwa paper cut into six 2 x 2" squares. I ran a folded length of twine in half and threaded both strands through the top  of the lantern and anchored the bottom with a button and Chinese coin.  It turned out really cute and is about 3 x 3" at the widest point. I did add a pieced of 8.5 x 5" vellum to the kit to make this, or you can use the vellum included in the kit to make a smaller version. The lantern was actually quite easy to make, the origami star took longer and was more complicated than the lantern part.

The Freebies
In case anyone wanted to make this, I didn't want to give out the pencil drawing I used, so I recreated it on the computer in two versions. Version one is for you to print out and use as a template to hand cut. Version two is a downloadable cut file for your Silhouette. You can scale it larger or smaller to fit your paper size. I designed it to fit a paper width of 8.5".  This is my first time sharing files, so I hope it works for you and that you like it.

Version I: lantern hand cut template

Version II: lantern Silhouette cut file download

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