My Shelf Oct 2019
These days papercutting too often conjures up images of mass-produced die cuts produced by machines. I’m no Luddite, so I can certainly see the appeal, particularly if you have to produce a lot of one image, but this is only one type of papercutting. The other is the ancient craft of doing it by hand which suits anybody who only wants one or a few of an image and eliminates the need for expensive equipment. All you need to do it is with paper, scissors and a craft knife, plus perhaps this book!
This is a reprint of a much-loved classic produced back in 2012. Since then it has been reprinted five times, and it is easy to see why. I have been a fan of this craft from an early age and these days it has the appeal of not only being cheap to do, but also giving the opportunity for using up leftovers from other crafts and recycling. This book shows you how to be your own die cutter, starting with a short chapter on its history around the world and what you need to get started. This is not much, and it includes tips on handling your tools and the best way to begin. This includes choosing papers, using templates, finishing off your work, etc. This is followed by the projects, which constitute most of this book, but with a difference.
Handmade by Deb – March 2021
Cut up this book - The Crafter’s Guide to Papercutting: The complete guide to cutting paper for artworks, greeting cards, keepsakes and more by Emily Hogarth. Inside, the Scottish designer and illustrator introduces the enchanting world of papercutting. There are 3 main sections – key techniques, projects (20) and original templates (50). All techniques and projects are neatly laid out with easy-to-understand photo and text instruction. Apply the techniques to a wonderful range of projects using the included templates. The templates stand out. They’re gorgeous – no need to buy any special paper, photocopy or even trace. Remove the template from the book and follow cutting instructions starting with the first project. All templates are printed on light cardstock in a marvelous selection of colors, patterns, sizes and designs. A few of my favorites are the flying bird mobile, place cards, botanical artworks and wall art. You will need a craft knife or scissors. Nice-to-have tools and materials are also covered. If you simply cannot bring yourself to cut up this book page 26 shows you how to photocopy or trace the templates for re-use or to re-size. When you’ve finished the cutting go to the Designing Papercuts section and learn how to make your own designs. This book exceeded my expectations. Happy papercutting!