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Scissorcraft images, snowflakes and all, are created with Paint Shop Pro application, version 7. There is little need for complicated or expensive art programs as simple images is what Scissorcraft is all about. More complicated images are illustrated by hand using pen, brush and paper then scanned for final touches.
So, with an apology for having just a slight tinge of luddite, this tutorial below is how Scissorcrafts makes flakes. You can find tons of tutorials now on the net. You may also down load apps to plug into your ipod, desktop or smart phone.
For design ideas, visit the science pages, snowflake exploration and classification charts.
These screen prints which display below explain how to use your own graphics program to create your own unique snowflake designs
Start with the basic 6-sided snowflake pattern:
Copy the 6 sided snowflake triangle shape to your new image document:
Draw your snowflake section using white color on black background for maximum contrast.
Copy the image and paste, first by flipping the pasted image before de-selecting.
Copy the resulting image and paste, first by rotating the pasted image 60 degrees before deselecting.
Select a square section of the resulting image and paste, first by mirroring the pasted image before de-selecting.
Select the entire upper section of the resulting image and paste, first by flipping the pasted image before deselecting.
Ta Da! Your original creation. Now go forth and multiply.
Scissors are the primary tool for cutting paper snowflakes. Scissors come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each serve specific purposes. Keep a selection of different sizes for multi-tasking. It is very important for your cutting instrument to have sharp blades. Stainless-steel, titanium-enhanced blades that stay sharp through heavy use are best.
Discover which scissors are the best paper cutting scissors.
Suggested uses for paper snowflakes include: