How To: Create a Papercut Card
Christmas is a time where personalised cards are dropping through your door daily. Impress your friends and family by creating delicate festive designs with a paper cut christmas card. Follow our How To Guide and Top Tips to becoming a master of paper cut craft and transform your illustrations into intricate designs this season.
You Will Need:
- Cutting Mat
- Metal Ruler
- Heavyweight Paper
- Cards or Gif Tags
We Reccomend: Rico Designs Assorted Card Colours for a range of christmasy colours to strike a bold contrast against the white of your paper cut. You can layer the colours to create a multicoloured theme peeking through the cut out windows.
1. PREPARE YOUR TOOLS
Ensure your surface is protected with the cutting mat before starting your paper cut so that the surface is protected.
2. DRAW OUT YOUR DESIGN
Using a pencil, sketch out your design onto a heavyweight of piece of paper.
Top Tip: Leave a generous amount of space around the edge of your drawing, as this will ease your grip of the piece when you begin cutting.
3. SAFE CUTTING
When cutting, always pull the blade towards you for maximum control. Ensure your hands are not directly in line with the path of the blade and that you have a strong grip on the paper before you begin.
Top Tip: Use a metal ruler to create straight lines. This will provide a strong edge to keep your blade straight when cutting.
4. CUT OUT YOUR DESIGN
Begin cutting out your design slowly with a scalpel, taking care on corners and curved lines.
Top Tip: Replace your scalpel blade when working with intricate details, as the point on a new blade will be far sharper and easier to use.
5. ADMIRE YOUR FINISHED PAPERCUT
Remove all excess paper and your papercut design is complete. This stay in its delicate form as decorations, postcards or even framed as a final piece.
6. MAKING A CARD
Choose a contrasting card that goes nicely with your papercut design. Fold into the desired shape of your card.
Top Tip: Get creative and cover your card with a bold colour to really make your papercut design stand out.
7. ASSEMBLE YOUR CARD
Apply a thin layer of glue to the back of your papercut and carefully place your design on the outside of the card. Press firmly with the palm of your hand.
Top Tip: Only apply glue to the surrounding edges of the design, allowing the papercut to float on top of the background, highlighting its delicacy.
8. CHRISTMAS CARD COMPLETE!
And you’re finished! Create as many papercuts as you like and combine them with Gift Tags and Christmas Cards or frame them as a personalised gift.
For expert advice and top tips, ask our Staff Artists for helping finding your tools in-store.
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