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« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2005 07:03:02 PM »

those are possibly the most beautiful things i've ever seen, I'm especially fond of the first one.  I think i'm going to have to look into making these further.  did you find making these to be particularly hard?  It looks as though it wouldn't be that difficult.  Unfortunately though, things that look as though they'd be simple end up being the hardest.

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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2005 09:29:08 PM »

Those are really beautiful. I think that they would have taken me a lot longer to do (and wouldn't turn out half as good).

Karen Smiley

« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2005 11:11:03 AM »

these are amazing!  I like yours even better than those of your inspiration.  they seem more... individual.
anyway, I am awed!
« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2005 11:05:09 AM »

Amazing, beautiful, stunning, what more can I say?  You rock my socks...You're my hero.

I love re-envisioning traditional crafts, and these are breath-taking!

« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2007 12:19:29 PM »

I'm so glad someone posted on scherenschnitte! I haven't designed much myself, since I'm still working on my cutting skills using patterns.

I have a pair of embroidery scissors like the ones you mentioned here, and in the photo. But I prefer to use cuticle scissors (yes, from the makeup aisle at my local grocery!). They have tinier blades, and are slightly curved, which makes it a little easier (for me anyway) to cut out those really teeny tiny bits, and the curved sections, without them looking too jagged around the edges. I have an xacto knife with a really small blade, but haven't had the need to use it (yet).

I have a pad of gel ink black paper, that I bought several years ago during the big gel pen fad. The place I bought it from, and every place else i looked, no longer carries this kind of paper, but it is the perfect thinness and weight for cutting with scissors, I think. I have no idea if it's acid-free or archival quality though, but it wasn't very expensive, so good to practice on.

I love Marie-Helene Grabman's work too! I wish I could design like that. My favorite practice book at the moment is a Design Originals booklet that has all sorts of really beautiful patterns with a German/Swiss/PA Dutch style to them (although the instructions for the silhouettes tell you to use typing paper and spray paint it black -- as if!! lol).

This is the book info:

Scherenschnitte: Can do crafts series ; an old world craft comes alive! (Can do crafts) :: Carol Behrer
ISBN-13: 9781574217759 - ISBN-10: 1574217755

And the one place I found online that still sells gel pen doodle paper:

And for better/professional quality art papers:

60 cents for one sheet measuring 26" x 20"
black kraft paper (has adhesive on the back?)
black butcher paper
silhouette paper from Dick Blick

And Staples carries black paper, 9" x 12" in packs of 50 sheets:

« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2007 01:54:49 PM »

i made this from just regular ol' paper, an exacto knife, and a tiny pair of very pointy scissors.  the funny thing is, i made it when i was 16!


the pattern was modified from one in a better homes and garden scherenschnitte book.  i used to make these for wedding gifts, just cut it, blot it with tea to make it look old, put it on a nice dark linen placemat, frame in a vintage gold or silver frame, and wha-lah!  a gorgeous gift that looks like an antique!
« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2009 07:24:17 PM »

I know this thread is old, but it warms my heart to see something about scherenschnitte. I just started to do it a few days ago, with parchment paper, regular typing paper and black construction paper.  I use  an exacto knife and a moustache scissors.

I don't want to invest in anything hard core until I get a little better at it.

I love that it's not that popular, but that does make it a little more difficult to find information on it...

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who keeps this beautiful craft alive.
« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2009 11:26:16 PM »

« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2009 07:03:16 AM »

I'm just wondering if maybe black gift wrapping paper would be about the right weight for this....buying it by the roll is bound to be WAY cheaper...
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« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2009 07:10:43 PM »

Glad to see others do this too!

I got frustrated trying to do the black stuff so I have stuck to printing out the design on white paper and backing it in a dark paper. My latest is a Pennsylvania Dutch design with a bird and a heart motif. In the middle I put a small verse of wedding poetry and the bride and groom's names. It looks pretty darn good, ivory paper against maroon backing in a silver frame. My camera is dead, otherwise I would post pics. I love the look of this craft.

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