I first saw the Hexagon Pinwheel Tower card on Pinterest. It was a card posted by US demonstrator Rick Atkins. I checked his blog to see if he’d made a video but I didn’t see a reference to one but he did give basic instructions and measurements for a 5½” x 6”. Once you’ve made one of these cards, you’ll see how easy it is to change the size. I’ve made mine 6″ x 6″.
I went onto YouTube to see if I could find a video showing how to make one of these cards because I’m very much a visual learner! Rick’s video popped up – I must have missed it on his blog – and I also found another one. I watched Rick’s video first and then went to the second video which I watched until there were adverts mid-video and I switched off! While I understand why YouTubers allow them, they drive me to distraction!
I chose to use the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my images. There are two sheets of large and small pansies which can all be die-cut and also two sheets of leaves in three shades of green and two shapes which also have a matching die. The Pansy Patch Stamp Set and the Pansy dies are available as a bundle on page 29 in the Annual catalogue.
In list of measurements, I refer to Pansy Patch DSP Design 1 and Design 2. I had already chosen one design I wanted to use, but I was undecided about the second design. The reason this was a problem was because I was debating whether to stick with one colour of pansy, or use two or three colours. Eventually, I stepped outside my comfort zone and went for five different colours!
The second design I chose was from the 2021 – 2023 InColour 6″ x 6″ DSP Pack and the Subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP Pack. I chose the colours I decided the pansies were and the leaves: Soft Succulent, Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya (should have used Calypso Coral!)- and So Saffron.
While this is a very easy card to make, there are a lot of pieces of cardstock and DSP needed which equals a lot of gluing! Therefore I adhered lots of my layers together before I started videoing. If you watch my videos you’ll know I don’t edit out my mistakes and I don’t fast-forward. Yes, I made a mistake in this video which I showed how to get out of it!
Although I think my first card – Pale Papaya with the All Squared Away Bundle – looks rather pale, I’m still pleased with it. I can see that this would make a fabulous Christmas card, especially for children with Father Christmas, snowmen, etc. I hope you like this card enough to give it a go! You’ll be pleased you did.
I hope you have a very blessed Sunday and a great new week. Take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Inches measurements; suitable for A4 and Letter-size cardstock
Centimetre measurements: please check layers with scrap paper before cutting your cardstock
Cardstock – 6” x 8½” (15.2cm x 21.5cm)
Cardstock – 5 pieces 2½” x 6” (6.5cm x 15.2cm)
Basic White Cardstock – wide panels 6 pieces 2¼” x 5¾” (5.9cm x 14.6cm)
Basic White Cardstock – narrow panels 6 pieces 1¼” x 5¾” (3.4cm x 14.6cm)
Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper – wide panels 5 pieces, design 1, 2 1/8” x 5 5/8” (5.6cm x 14.3cm)
Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper – narrow panels 6 pieces, design 2, 1 1/8” x 5 5/8” (3.1cm x 14.3cm)
Basic White Cardstock – scraps for images, sentiments
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wat een prachtig model heb je weer gemaakt, echt een topper weer. bedankt voor het maken en delen van je mooie filmpje.
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Heel erg bedankt, Manon. Ik was onder de indruk toen ik de eerste Tower Pinwheel-kaart (met vier zijden) zag, maar ik werd weggeblazen toen ik de zeshoek zag! Ik ben blij dat jij het ook leuk vindt! xx
Hi, Jan! I love your take on this card! I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to put on it when I try one. xxx
I believe this originated as another Sam Calcott creation, but so many have picked up and put wonderful spins on it.
Many thanks, Kimy. That’s what I would have expected but when I watched Rick’s video he referred to having seen this ages ago. The one with butterflies from Sam was quite recent. Maybe she’d made one some time ago but it didn’t come up in my YouTube search. xx
Heather V says
I love following your posts and will try your 6 x 6 size. France Martin posted a video on the A2 size and I’ve made that one and loved it. Thank you for sharing all that you do..
Many thanks, Heather. I normally check Frenchie’s videos when I see them but I missed this one. I’ll go back and find it! Thanks. xx
Donna Little says
Hi Jan. I love what you have done with the pansy dsp to put this card together. You are right in that the pansy is such a beautiful flower and so colorful. I think I say it every time but I am so loving how you explain with such patience and detail when showing how to make a card. I do believe you must have been a teacher in another life. So inspired once again. 🙂
Many thanks, Donna. The only real teaching I’ve ever done was bringing up my children! I remember the midwife telling me that as my baby grew up, whenever I told her to do something, or not to do, she said always explain why you’re asking/telling her. She said I’d get much better results rather than saying no and don’t. And she was right. Obviously there were plenty of occasions when she was just being stroppy, but on the whole it was great advice! xxx