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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Cutting Tutorial- the southern US [images galore] on: January 08, 2010 09:58:49 PM



Or maybe it's just more like... my process? I'm going to show you how I made the next in my series of birds, women, and stereotypes: The United States Southern Farm Girl.

I didn't get any pictures of the supplies, besides the paper, but I use Nori glue and double sided tape. I tend to only use the tape when I am doing something that needs to stay put if I want it to, but with the ability to move it until I want it fixed. I also NEVER USE CONSTRUCTION PAPER. It's wretched stuff. It fades, rips, and just.. blegh. Not a fan. It's good for practice, though! The other important thing I have been using recently is foam tape. It's neat stuff.

For cutting, I use Cutter Bee scissors and a TON of x-acto blades. The scissors have tiny sharp points are so much sharper than your average rusty kitchen scissors. It is also very, very important to keep your x-acto blades sharp to avoid tearing and ugly cuts. Also, cutting mats are top notch.

I have also started using my light box. They come in very handy! I got mine really cheap on sale last year.

And another thing: chocolate and kitties.


Of course, everything starts with a sketch. I try not to get too attached to them because the end result is usually a bit different.


Setting out the paper you want in the beginning reduces a lot of aggravation. Plus, you can keep your space tidier if you don't have your entire collection out. I have... a very big collection, so this is one of the most important steps for me.


My space! The paper wasn't out yet when I took this. Or maybe it was just to the left. Trust me, it's good to have space.


The first thing I do is draw the image backwards on the back side of the paper.


Layer two! I plop the cut out head on the light box and a piece of cardstock of the same color over the top. I draw the shape of layer two on this piece of paper and cut it out.


So this is what we have so far. I never paste anything together until I am positive that that is what I want and that it will not need to be moved again, so for now, these are still separate.


Next I use the same light box method to cut out the lips. I'm going to get detailed with the lips because it's a good example of the layering I do.


Remember, do everything in reverse. You'll get frustrated and waste paper if you don't. I trace the outline of the lips on the back so I know how much space I have to use.


It looks like that.


Aaahh! No one has that many mouths! Alright, so the white paper does NOT need to be the same size as the lips, as long as you don't cut into the tooth area. I actually prefer for the layers underneath to be smaller so that you can't see them at any angle.


And with those pieces COMBINED I am CAPTAIN PLANET!


With the knocked out tooth, because we all know southern farm girls are missing teeth, despite being totally hot.


This is what her mouth looks like from the back. I would like to say now that if you ever end up with one of my paper cut outs in your hands, it is a bad idea to turn it over. It's messy stuff.


Next is the ear. This is what the foam tape looks like, and it's a jerk to cut. Please don't use your Cutter Bee scissors to cut this, or I will have to confiscate them.


The ear with foam tape. Again, the ear has two layers, and I flipped the head over on the light box to get the right shape.


Eyebrow making.


Eyebrow glueing. Now the area where the forehead is attached is not as obvious. We'll get that other obvious thing at her temple covered up, don't you fret. This is my only vertical image in this whole post and I HATE it. I wish it was vertical.


Oh jeeze I am embarrassed to show you this. This is the only time I will use construction paper, and it is simply as a base and will never be seen... unless you're one of those jerks who flips over my work. Don't do that!


For her hair, I thought it was important to use different textures. The bottom one is normal yellow cardstock. The middle one is stuff I got at the Japanese dollar store and I'm pretty sure it's not actually paper, though they classified it as such... close enough, I suppose.


For hair, I tend to do a few different layers, at LEAST two. The bangs and the back. So here we have her bangs forming.


And suddenly we have this! I wish I had remembered to take a picture of all of the pieces. The main pieces are her bangs, one side of her parted hair, the other side, and two ponytails made of the crinkled paper. Mixed in are some pieces of the other cool yellows.


Eyelashes are my favorite part! I cut out the basic shape, and then slice vertical lines on them to form the lashes, and then curl them around a pencil.


An important tool is kitties.


I cheated and did really do any real planning for the rooster. I just winged it and cut everything out gung-ho. I wouldn't recommend doing this if you haven't been practicing. I got that radical metallic teal paper from my best bud, who is also on here but I forgot her name. Sorry.


More cool paper from my friend! Also, more wingin' in.


Viola!

I love questions, so please go for it.
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / India paper cut out on: December 24, 2009 01:00:25 PM
Wow, long time no post! Senior year and all that.. I've been pretty busy. I have a series in mind right now called "Birds and Stereotypes," and you can probably guess what it's about! Anyway, I finally got my butt in gear and made this lady to put in my senior portfolio.









Merry Holidays!
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / ... and the wanting comes in waves on: August 03, 2009 08:45:43 PM


I recently saw the Decemberists perform The Hazards of Love (along with a gazillion other awesome songs) and needed to finish this. I had the outside done for a few weeks, but the inside I just yesterday.










I hope you like it!
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Eating monsters! on: July 25, 2009 08:25:16 PM


This is a project I have been coming back to occasionally for the last few months. It's kind of nice to have this done and out of my mind, hahaha.




25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Eat It- cut outs on: July 04, 2009 09:59:10 AM
I have had three identical shadowboxes sitting around for the longest time, and some time ago I decided I would do a little series of monsters about to attack transportation. The first one I did was a cyclops octopus (cyclopus?) and a sailboat, and the one I am currently working on is a bad and an airplane. The next one is going to be a lizardy thing and a train. I'm excited to almost have these done! I've had the project nagging at me for months, but I was in the process of moving and it was all done.

My glasses broke last night. Ugh!



The bat. The airplane has its cloaking device on and is invisible... that's it.


The original! If the pieces weren't glued down, I would move his tentacles forward more for some added depth. Sigh.
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Anchors Away! Earrings! on: June 29, 2009 09:03:30 AM



I made some earrings the other day! They're the same concept as my necklaces, but on a much tinier scale. I wore them yesterday, nervous that they might be super heavy, but they're not! They are surprisingly comfortable and I have plans to wear them again today, hahaha. My only problem with them is that I'm not sure what to do about the backs. I wish I had a picture, but the posts are glued onto the back of the image, so it's just exposed paper. I was thinking of just applying some kind of sealant.. like gloss or something over it. What do you think? Any suggestions?
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A new batch of pebbles [fatso image post] on: June 23, 2009 11:18:39 PM
I finally got around to taking a whole ton of pictures of necklaces I made. I made them before The Big Move, but things have been very disorganized. Here ya go!


The photo vase is sporting its new bling.


Cherry blossoms!


Does this classify as filigree? I keep calling it filigree.


I drew this aaalll by myseeellf.


I made another joker necklace before and it went over really well, so I thought hey, why not make another?

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=261396&ppuser=176544
This is by far my favorite of the batch. I drew the nautilus.


I have a catalog with a whole bunch of pictures of old coins, and everyone loves a good panda.


All of the gold in this one is shimmery and gorgeous.


Ahh, Venice.


Girls! Stop gossiping!


That's that!
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / new glass pebble necklaces! on: April 29, 2009 10:49:42 PM


I'm not sure why the chains look blue/purple, they are definitely silver. I drew the owl one, and, wouldn't you know it, it sold within in an hour or two of putting it up. Woah, dude. I'm really happy with the way all of my necklaces are turning out, and I have to say I am quite addicted.
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lovely Day for a Sail on: April 16, 2009 10:41:35 AM




I've had these 5"x5" shadowboxes sitting around for a while, and one day while watching Flapjack I thought I'd do a sweet little pastel cut out of a monster about to eat a boat. Aww Smiley I plan on making a small series of these when finals are over.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass pebble necklaces on: April 16, 2009 10:27:50 AM



I made these necklaces recently, and I am kind of proud of myself. I was making some before, with ribbon and the backing was felt. While I was at a paper store I found these little metal backings and went to town on them. I need to find someone who sells those so I can make more, I'm a little addicted.
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