Tanabata 2020

Every year I celebrate the anniversary of this blog on Tanabata, July 7, with a star-themed DIY project. For the sixth anniversary —and a little ahead of schedule in case you want to give it to someone on Canada Day or the Fourth of July— here’s another version of the card I designed for Valentine’s Day this year.

All instructions for scoring, cutting, and folding the card are in this Valentine card post.

Download and print the U R A Star pdf. The card is designed to print on either A4 or 8.5 x 11 inch card or cover stock. I used 176 gsm/65 lb card stock.

Follow the step-by-step instructions for the valentine.

The finished card will look like this when flat,

and this when the top is pushed down.

There is room on the back for a personalized greeting.

If you would rather make your own design, you can download printable patterns for blank cards from links in the valentine post.

Have fun!


I finished all the lids for Pelmanism this week. Each lid is made up of three pieces of binder’s board —two thick and one thin— and each piece of board is covered in a decorative paper. I use the Japanese method for covering small pieces like this, working of the edge of the bench.

Here are two of the lids after gluing, showing two of the three patterned papers I used. My biggest bone folder came in handy for pressing the corner turn-ins as flat as possible before gluing the three parts together.

It was easier and faster to use a big brick and a small sheet of masonite for the initial pressing under weight, rather than one of my book presses. (For the locals: that’s a brick from the old Capitol Theatre.)

Here are some of the lids finishing the drying stage. The still damp ones are propped to allow better air circulation.

Pelmanism is designed to play the Match Two memory game. You can play with solid colours for the simplest level,

or bi-coloured pieces for a more complex version.

For the Match Two game, all the lids are placed with one type of paper showing on top.

The reverse sides of the lids are covered with eight each of a second and third paper, so you can play an expanded version of Tic-Tac-Toe with them.

Or you can just forget about the world for a while and make decorative patterns

Pelmanism is now packed up in its own custom cardboard box. After finishing that task, I went back and —finally— made the decorative end piece for March Fourteenth Twenty Fifteen. The image shows the cube star I folded. Final adjustments and trimming were done after this photograph was taken.

That work is now also packed away in its own box waiting for the Square Dance exhibition’s delayed opening in January 2021.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to Tanabata 2020

  1. dinahmow says:

    I like stars.And am pleased that my homeland is returning to a celebration of the Maori winter solstice, known as Matariki.

    Like

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