Archive for 'Papercutting'
I don’t know how anyone could resist these Penguin and Snowman print-and-cut bookmarks from Jinjerup – look at those adorable little penguin faces!
Just add a tealight:
Perfect for Halloween decorating, check out my Shadow Decorations tutorial from last year for some crafty inspiration. You don’t have to only make trees either - how about owl, bat, cat, witch, ghost silhouettes - the options are endless!
I’m so excited to announce that my first papercraft book and kit, Paper Chains & Garlands, is now here! It’s available to purchase exclusively through Barnes and Noble.
Front of box
I was hoping that I’d be able to sell signed copies through my website, but it turns out that the shipping costs for me to receive author copies from the US make that an impossible dream. So, instead, if you’d like to buy my book, I’d be very grateful if you’d click through from the links on my site, so I can make a tiny commission from your purchase!
Back of box with pictures of all the projects down the left hand side
For those of you without a magnifying glass, the back of the box reads:
Paper chains and garlands make everything more festive! Turn your next celebration into a creatively crafted occation to remember. Create delightful decorations on themes that range from the seasonal (snowflakes, autumn leaves, cherry blossoms) to the decorative (pleated flowers, pinwheels, elephants). The illustrated instruction book by expert crafter June Gilbank shows you how to fold, cut, unfurl, and string chains and garlands like a pro. With tips on how to cut simple paper dolls as well as elegant Chinese lanterns, Paper Chains and Garlands is the perfect craft kit for expert crafters as well as beginners.
Inside the box: the book, 4 rolls of paper chain paper and 10 sheets of double-sided garland paper
The book has full illustrated instructions for all 14 projects and includes full-size templates.
Inside the book: pretty colours, and full instructions & illustrations by me!
I hope you’ll enjoy Paper Chains & Garlands. It’s a sweet little book and kit, and would make a perfect Christmas gift, if you’re thinking that far ahead!
If you’d like to buy it, please click through to Barnes & Noble now. It’s a total bargain at only $9.95, so don’t miss out! Thank you for your support
A gorgeous idea for your next dinner party or special occasion: make these simple papercut place cards from little white book. (Note: no templates are provided, but you could easily make your own using clipart or your own simple designs.)
Not sure which tutorial to try out next? The Folding Trees Tutorial Reviews are here to make your decision easier. For each review, we make a project based an online tutorial and report back on the difficulty, costs and time involved, plus any handy hints we developed along the way.
The template for the lovely lotus blossom pop-up card that we featured on Folding Trees last year went MIA, but I e-mailed the designer and now it’s back! I decided to celebrate by attempting one of these cards myself. Here’s my review of the process:
The finished card, open:
Notes on this tutorial
The template comes on 2 pages. Unfortunately it’s designed for 11.7″ long paper, so for folks with letter-sized or A4 paper, the template is slightly too long and a couple of edges will be cut off. I didn’t realise this, so I had too draw the missing bits back onto my printouts by eye before cutting them out. You can avoid this by making sure “Shrink to Printable Area” is selected in Adobe Reader when you go to print.
Level of difficulty
The original tutorial is available here.
Elsa Mora from The Heart of Papercuts has written a tutorial on how to follow papercuts with a free pdf practice page, to help those who are new to the art of papercutting. Don’t forget to check out Elsa’s Etsy Store to see her paper cut patterns for sale. [via CRAFT]
Hulu Figure, 2006
Today we have another artist feature. Bovey Lee‘s amazingly intricate work is hand cut on Chinese rice paper. Of her work, she says “I contemporize the ancient Chinese folk art of paper cutouts, exploring the universally shared experiences of power, sacrifice, and survival.”
Tsunami I (detail), 2008
Lisa Hannigan is an Irish singer, and apparently also a crafty girl! Take a look at the video for her song ‘I Don’t Know’ - it’s well worth watching to the end to see her paper cuts take shape. I love how much she seems to be enjoying her paper crafting as she sings. [via CRAFT]
Lynn from Jinjerup points us to her cute little chick bookmark, who grips the page under his wing! It’s available in multiple colours too:
Apartment Therapy shows a simple tutorial from Ready Made magazine to make these striking silhouettes based on your photographs.