To my dear friends who celebrate Hanukkah, may the blessings of the season bring you joy and peace.
This evening at sundown, this year's 8-day "Festival of Lights" begins. I made this pretty card last year, and it remains one of my favorite to express my greetings to my Jewish friends and neighbors.
To make it, I first Googled "map of the earth" images and saved the picture of the globe as a .pdf image on my computer. I then lined it up centered on my pre-cut card, and added a sentiment shown below. I printed my cards using my HP All-in-One inkjet printer.
Next, I marked the centerpoint of the globe and stuck the printed card onto my Cricut mat. Then, I lined up the printed card on my mat, loaded the mat into the Cricut, and moved my cutting blade to the centerpoint position.
I set my Cricut to "real dial size" for 2.5" (the size of the Earth here) as well as "Center Point". Using Cricut's "Joys of the Season" cartridge at the "card" feature, I cut the Star of David out -- first as a test directly over the pre-printed Earth. When I was satisfied with the position of the Star of David relative to the Earth (and yes, this took several tries), I then cut the face of my good cards by flipping the card over and using the "Repeat Last" feature on Cricut.
Using a soft beige cardstock, I multi-cut several of the word "peace" (also found on the "Joys of the Season" cartridge). I threaded the cut-out word through the front of the Star of David, gluing down the word at left and right.
I received many compliments on the beauty and simplicity of this handmade card.
In the beauty of the season and the hectic pace leading up to Christmas, take time to remember that many friends around the world are celebrating their holiday early this year. With respect and love, we can all work toward world peace and harmony. Happy Hanukkah!