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« on: July 19, 2014 10:28:25 AM »




For a while now, I’ve liked to do simple paper cuts on occasion, such this card I made to go on a friend’s wedding gift.



It’s so fun! And it’s about the one type of paper crafting I can do with any confidence, although I’m still not that good. I thought this hid that fact all right!


If you’re at all like me, I have one big suggestion for your paper cut designing adventure:

Graph paper.



Here are some other suggestions:

Write out your message and give it some lines to rest on. I’ve seen paper cuts where the letters are connected only to each other and, perhaps, a background design. It’s amazing! Maybe someday I’ll get to that point and maybe I won’t. I thought this looked pretty good!

As you can see from the finished product, the dots and dashes aren’t connected. They had to be glued onto the white backing separately. I was okay with that.

Scan your message into your computer in case you mess up on the next step. When I did, I just printed out the scan and continued on. Okay, there was some grumbling about messing up but not as much as if I had messed up AND had to start from scratch.


Now, you could leave the design like with just the letters and lines or you could add a background. Leaves or vines or stars? They’re awesome. When I tried, though, they looked like eww. So connecting infinity-like loops it was!

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Draw them out in pencil, adjust as needed, then marker over the top of the lines so you have an idea of how wide to leave them when you start cutting. I used a fine tip sharpie.


Next, decide where you want your image’s edges to be. I opted for this look for mine:




Scan it into your computer even if you lived dangerously before and didn’t make a copy because you’re going to flip.

Really!



However you want, flip it so it’s mirror image. I took a screen shot, put it in my text editing program and flipped it there.


Print it out and adhere it onto the back of whatever paper you’re using. I knew I was going to glue mine down to the backing paper completely (so the reverse would never be seen) so I used a plain, old glue stick.


Cut away!

Enjoy your work and your finished project!


Hope this helped!
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2014 06:05:27 AM »

Thanks for that info! Your papercut looks awesome! I'm sure the happy couple loves it!
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