festival of lights

The birthday card with candles that I designed made me think of the upcoming holiday that (part of) my family will celebrate: Chanukah (or Hanukah, or Hanukkah.)  The eight-day celebration is filled with traditions that include fascinating history lessons (about the Maccabees who were freedom fighters against the Romans in the 7th century B.C.E.), delicious foods (latkes!) and fun (the Dreidel game.) The holiday commemorates a miracle that occurred many centuries ago. The story of Chanukah also symbolizes hope in the face of adversity, and that concept is timeless.

For those of you who observe Chanukah, here is my take on one of its important icons: a menorah. The modern Hebrew word for this is Chanukiyah. The menorah has eight candles that symbolize the eight days during which the Eternal Light in the synagogue burned when there was only enough purified oil to last one day. The ninth candle in the middle (called the Shamash) is used to light the others.  Each night, one more candle is lit, until on the last night of Chanukah, all eight candles are burning brightly.

brightly shining lights that celebrate the season

DESIGN: I did this entirely in SCAL 2, using the available shapes in the software. The more I experiment with this program, the more I want to discover what is still unknown to me. It is really a fun adventure.

MATERIALS: Top layer (American Crafts white 80 lb card stock), Blue layer (Recollections Marine Blue Glitter card stock). Silver layer (American Crafts Specialty Foil card stock), Card base (Staples 110 lb card stock, lots of Scor-Tape to secure the menorah cutout panel to the glitter mat.  If you haven’t tried Scor-Tape, I highly recommend it.  It comes in many different widths, and the 1/8″ tape is fantastic for getting into tight places (like between the candles.)

I generally belong to the “less is more” school of design, but I’m thinking of adding a small clear gem to each candle flame.  What do you think?

I’ve discovered that there are not that many Chanukah cards out there, so here is one that you can share with your loved ones.  Please CLICK HERE to download the Menorah Card Panel I designed. If you do use it, I’d love to see the results.

No matter what holiday you celebrate this season, may it be filled with joy and peace.

Posted on November 23, 2011, in crafts with love, free SCAL 2 files, Hobbies and other fun stuff, home for the holidays, midnight creations, New adventures in creativity. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. thanks for your generosity! it’s hard finding non Christian motives.

  2. Very nice!!

  3. I love this!! It’s so rare to see Chanukah files. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!!

  4. This is gorgeous. You are right…there isn’t much out there for my Jewish friends., Thank you so much.

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