Make a Unique Six Sided E-flake

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How To E-Flake

Make 6 Sided Snowflakes On Your Art Graphics Program

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:

Step 1

Copy the 6 sided snowflake triangle shape to your new image document:

Step 1

Step 2

Draw your snowflake section using white color on black background for maximum contrast.

step 2

Step 3

Copy the image and paste, first by flipping the pasted image before de-selecting.

step 3

Step 4

Copy the resulting image and paste, first by rotating the pasted image 60 degrees before deselecting.

step 4

Step 5

Select a square section of the resulting image and paste, first by mirroring the pasted image before de-selecting.

step 5

Step 6

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.

Materials To Keep On Hand

  • Types of Paper for Fold and Cut Paper Snowflake PatternsConstruction Paper - Amazon.com product
    • Construction - multi colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue - many colors, for fold and tear patterns as well as fold/cut
    • Tracing paper, available in art stores and wherever art supplies are sold
    • Water-color paper arts & craft stores
    • Drawing pad paper - to design your own unique patterns
    • Onionskin - a specialty paper, very thin similar to tracing paper
    • Gift-wrap for colorful snowflakes

    Tools for Snowflake Cutting

    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.

    • Standard Crafting Scissors - fits adult hands, adequate for most snowflake patterns.
    • Nail Scissors -for intricate cutting
    • Pinking Sheers - to make decorative edge cuts
    • Fiskars scissors - for cutting tight patterns and quick snips
    • Embroidery scissors
    • Precision Smooth Edge Scissors - designed for right and left-handed users
    • Child-Size safety scissors with rounded tips - for small hands and inexperienced users

    standard scissors
    X-ACTO Knife
    X-ACTO knive
    pinking sheers
    Pinking Sheers
    nail scissors
    Nail Scissors

    Suggested uses for paper snowflakes include:

    • Etching, stenciling, woodworking, embroidery, latch-hook rugs, wall hangings, crochet
    • Laminate and hang snowflake ornaments on your Christmas tree
    • Create soft ornaments. Trace the lines onto colorful craft foam pieces
    • Latch hook rug pieces. A group project for kids of any age!
    • Needlework projects. Make snowflake pillow cushions, table decorations, wall hangings for the holidays
    • Print snowflake window decals for stunning windows displays in home, office or car
    • Make snowflake refrigerator magnets with magnetic printing paper

    Mediums to keep Handy for the Creative Process

    • Cardboard - Use backs of empty paper stationery pads - to mount favorite flakes to display
    • Card stock - the type used for greeting cards, many colors
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors, trace outlines onto foam sheets for soft ornaments
    • Magnet sheets - Make snowflake refrigerator magnets
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors - draw sidewalk and driveway snowflakes!
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops for festive winter weather pillows and pillow cases
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw images and shapes on cloth
    • Wood for scroll saw ornament
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Plain tee shirts