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How to make acrylic sheet wedding invitation cards

1. Cut the acrylic sheet into 6 pieces. That is 1-inch square and then cut each of these in half diagonally across to form a regular hexagon shape with four sides.

Step 2

2. Align all edges together. Aligning them just slightly so they do not line up perfectly with one another on their own; you will be using this as your template when cutting out the card shapes.

Step 3

3. To make the hexagon template clearer on your piece of acrylic sheet. Take one end (the side not with the light), trace around it 4 times; take another end and do this for another set four more times, so now you have only two sides left each for outer angles. Now just take both the bottom sides on one end of your sheet and draw a full set of lines, marking out 6 new hexagon shapes that are lined up precisely with where you started from. Repeat this for the other three corners; it may seem like jumping through hoops at first (and in fact I sure did myself) but trust me when I say that having all six angles perfectly aligned is what makes working with acrylic so satisfying! Also, think about how much better card stock will look when you have all sides perfectly aligned with each other.

Step 4

4. Make sure the end labeled “side 1” is straight across and that it sits flush against your outer template line-markings; take this one end piece and, using a paperclip, fold both ends of side 2 (the open section) together over to the right in front of it, so they are folded as if behind it into a seven-pointed star shape about 1-inch wide. 

Step 5

5. Take that folded side 2 and fold it back over to show the inner layout of your hexagon. So when you close it up from this point on the opening will end below. Where you opened into a seven-pointed star once again; take one half of side 3 (the open section) and slide onto the left half a little rightwards along the angled part towards the top edge of hexagon where you will remove this fold and it should line up perfectly with the two coming offside 2, but don’t worry about how it looks as long as all six sides are nicely aligned.

Step 6

6. Once again use a paperclip to close all three sides of the hexagon together, leaving one end open for your slip-on piece that can now be considered finished! Make sure not to glue down any parts or clips too far into the hexagon; leave room for it to unfold when you slip on the colored paper.

Step 7

7. At this point take your completed cookie on a piece of plain craft (the ones used to hold removable stickers) and set onto some plastic prototyping sheets – usually 5 cards should be enough, then lay flat with as little force being applied as possible while simultaneously pulling outwards from both sides at an equal angle in order not to rip any pieces. Then take the bottom edge of your flipped-over hexagon and paste it to one side; repeat on all six sides so there are no gaps, then leave room temperature for 24 hours or until dried out.

Step 8

8) To add some extra detail. Glue onto the corners where each open section meets by using either a toothpick or small brush used with glaze applicator gel. Continue along these lines right up to ” closed” and glue with the corner “breaks”.

Step 9

9) Now, all you really need to do is carefully smooth out any air bubbles. That may have accumulated by using a pin or business card (be very gradual so as not to cause wrinkles!) at this point. But once done, just let it dry kind of flat & still – I found after drying further, it actually further helped strengthen/tighten up these sections, which tend towards having more character, which is why I showed the same process of gluing down corners.

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