After having all the equipment in my Amazon basket for months, I finally decided to take the plunge and try out papercutting. The deer in the forest design is partly taken from the book I bought, The Crafter’s Guide to Papercutting and also a cool t-shirt I spotted on Threadless.
Papercutting is a nice craft to take up as the equipment is cheap and readily available.
To make this, I used:
- A craft knife
- A self-healing cutting mat
- A steel rule
- Paper that I had lying around anyway
The materials to start could be purchased for under £10. I have now invested in some spray adhesive as well because the cheap glue stick I used isn’t holding up too well. I know that off-brand glue is a false economy but I still got sucked in!
Anyway, the yellow back ground is a piece of paper I painted yellow for another project. The templates for the three sets of background trees were in the book I mentioned above.
I designed the deer silhouette, sketching it out first.
I masking taped this template to black paper and tried to cut through both layers…
and didn’t quite manage.
A few more slices of the knife later and I had
I’ll probably give this away as a card, but a friend pointed out that this would also look great in a shadow box. You could use some glue dots or adhesive squares between the layers to provide additional depth.
More cuts coming soon!