Paper cutting has been around for a long time, it’s a simple and inexpensive but lovely art form. All you really need is some paper, scissors or craft knife and some glue to get started. The new book “Paper Cuts” from Lark Books has detailed instructions and wonderful patterns for beginners and advanced. The first section of the book talks about getting started with information about different types of papers, when to use scissors or a knife, an overview of adhesives and even a little history about paper cutting. The rest of the book is filled with projects and ideas from cards, shadow boxes, altered books, lamp shades, place cards, luminaries and many more. In the back of the book you’ll find all the patterns for all the projects in the book which can be traced, photocopied or scanned and printed.
I personally love to cut paper, I love cutting out my stamped images for cards so I was excited to try out one of the projects in the book that really appealed to me, a squirrel card with a forest envelope, so cute! Following the instructions I used my scanner/printer to enlarge the pattern from the book and printed it onto regular computer paper which I then adhered to my card stock with removable tape. Since I’m more comfortable with scissors than a craft knife I also chose a pattern easily cut mostly with scissors. After cutting the edge of the envelope I used my bone folder and a ruler to score the envelope and then cut the trees out, I cut out my card and put it inside, didn’t it turn out adorable!? It was really easy and pretty quick to make.
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By Heather Holbrook