Happy Thursday friends! At long last, I have finally gotten around to trying this craft after seeing and being smitten by the works of these great papercut artists, and our very own Elle Batung and Mansy Abesamis.
I am no expert in this field but I just thought of sharing this wonderful “first-time” experience with you 🙂
And so here’s what I used:
free journaling cards from Creativity Prompt
1. I started by first drawing/sketching/printing my design. But please, pardon my drawings. It’s not my best asset as you can see 😛
2. I then shaded/marked the areas I needed to cut or remove and then I started cutting.
3. Then out came my new watercolors. They were given to me as a birthday present from a dear, dear friend (Hi, Best!). I just colored parts of the papercuts.
3. I grabbed some board paper and kraft paper and cut them into sizes I wanted for the greeting cards. Then I made a hole infront to fit the papercut designs.
4. I cut a board/kraft/some colored paper a bit larger than the finished papercut design. I then used a double sided tape (I find this easier and “neater” to use than glue) to stick the edges of the papercuts to the board paper. This will serve as the backing and will help make the designs stand out as well as hide the stuff I’ll be writing in the inside of the card (element of surprise, eh?) . I then glued them on the inside front of the card.
And then I’m done!
– This was a very therapeutic craft for me. I found myself not thinking about anything else except the designs I’ll be doing next and the areas of paper I’ll be cutting. And this turned out to be easier than I thought! It would have been great though if I was gifted with excellent drawing skills. Should that been the case, I would have been able to make/execute the designs swimming in my head. But oh well.
– It’s very important to use sharp blades. Some of my cuts did not turn out as well as I have imagined them to be because my blades are not as sharp as they should be. I ran out of spare blades and I was too lazy to rush and buy extra blades.
– This craft definitely need lots of practice time and OC-ness. I would love to do scripts next time so I really need to practice and practice and prepare for those challenging curves.
‘Til next time. Happy crafting!