Wednesday, September 7, 2016

hst card for Leigh

Handmade happy birthday card for my sister Leigh! It's made of half square triangles because
1) she's a fantastic quilter
2) my gift to her is also quilt themed
3) this just seemed like a fun thing to try in paper, right?

But I found it is totally not fun to make a card like this unless you go buy one of these:

Having a square paper punch makes this card a cinch. I picked this up at Michaels. Don't be fooled by the 1 1/2 inch label there. It punches squares slightly over an inch in size, but the size noted on the punch is measured on the diagonal from corner to corner. Weird. Maybe that's standard but it seems goofy to me. I measure squares along the sides.
So the finished card is 5 x 5 inches.

I planned my colors and then assembled the squares like this: whole square on bottom topped by a triangle, which I cut from the punched squares with scissors, just eyeballing it. Then the assembled HSTs were all glued together on a piece of paper by just lining them up end to end.

I used a Tacky Glue pen for the assembly and it was perfect to put just the right tiny amount of glue on the triangles.

Here's the card with the wrapped gift. It's winging its way to her now so I'll wait a few days to post what's inside the wrapping.

In a completely unrelated K-Drama note, guess what's now streaming on Netflix?

Yaaaaaaaaaay! In the middle of it now!


  1. (ha, paper's quicker than stitch ...)
    Love the star

  2. Amazing color assortment & arrangement!!

    1. Thanks, Maggie! I am just lucky I have such a huge paper stash.

  3. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous card, and the wooden blocks. I had a square hole punch lying around and have been obsessively making paper half square triangles all weekend. Wish I could also make the wooden blocks you made, they are beautiful and would give me countless opportunities for procrastination...

    1. Astrid, procrastination is my specialty! :-) Glad I could give your square punch something to do.


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