It is starting to become quite hot over here in Sweden these days, and it must be said, summer is here. The urge to just jump into a lake somewhere or pop a cold soda or beer is a thought that is never too far away in the back of my mind. It’s funny though, when I talk to Diana, we usually talk about the weather and compare. I guess that is what geeks do. Well, let’s just say that our weather here in Sweden is nowhere near the heat in Atlanta. If I should ever feel like coding and designing became boring, and if I wanted to switch my profession… I would totally become an air conditioning haggler in Atlanta. Yup, that’s what it would be.
Well, when the heat is totally overwhelming you and you don’t even feel like watching TV anymore, what can you do? A lot of things really, but let’s not go through all of them. One thing you could do is hit up some paper and a pair of scissors and start cutting. What? Yup, not too long ago I was watching my feed on Facebook as I usually do to see what people are up to and what gets shared from all of the sites I enjoy reading. I came across something that I thought I just had to share with you all.
It was a super geek named Jenn Marshall who sat down on a boring evening and started to cut some rather intricate Star Wars characters in the form of snowflakes. The one she created was a Stormtrooper snowflake that was beyond awesome. Even though I had seen this geekery before, I quickly knew I had t cover this on Bit Rebels if possible in the form a short tutorial. I sent Jenn an email asking her if she would be interested in having her work featured, and she agreed.
It didn’t take long, and today I received an email with a tutorial for how she created a Darth Vader snowflake. But that wasn’t really the end of it. She actually went ahead and created all the most memorable characters from Star Wars into snowflakes which she graced her new journal with. Long story short, if you want to be able to geek it out and create something similar to what Diana wrote about about 5 months ago in her DIY Star Wars Paper Snowflakes article, this is the tutorial for you. – Thank you Jenn for treating us to the geekry of your Star Wars cut-outs!
Materials: printer paper, scissors, X-Acto knife, a surface to cut on. I used the back of a paint palette, which is basically laminated pressboard. There are specially designed mats for x-acto cutting that make it easier to cut thin paper and won’t dull your blade. Since the paper is folded, you have to press down hard, the harder the surface, the better.
When cutting the tiny detail shapes, it yields a neater result to cut through a couple layers of paper at a time and then lift the layers to cut the rest.
Cut out the tiny bits inside first.
When cutting the big sections, cut them out a little at a time rather than all at once.
Ta da! Unfolded. From start to finish, this probably took me a good 30 minutes.
I made a bunch more and shellacked them to my journal with Mod Podge.