Following on from the Animal Aperture cards we made, I decided to tackle another craft from my list of ones I wanted to try this year, and have a go at papercutting. I’m learning this from a book that was recommended in a magazine – The Crafter’s Guide to Papercutting by Emily Hogarth. It’s a great book, covering the history of the craft, the best tools and materials to use, how to design your own projects, and has lots of projects in the book (with templates and step-by-step instructions), from cards to artwork to mobiles and more.
This project is a floral, single-fold card – the papercut is on the front, with a piece of coloured paper behind to highlight the cut. It’s a straightforward (and fairly simple!) design that’s suitable for most occasions so it’s a good one to have on standby when you need a last-minute card!
Anyway, instructions below and photos at the bottom.
Hope you like it!
Floral Papercut Card
Materials: Coloured Card (2 contrasting colours), Tracing Paper
Tools: Craft Knife and blade, Cutting Mat, Metal Ruler, Invisible Tape, Pencil, Bone Folder, Double-Sided Tape
- Cut out template 1 from book, or photocopy or trace it if you don’t want to damage the book, or to resize it.
- Cut a piece of thin card the same height but twice the width of your template. This is double the width of your final card: you create the card by folding the card in half after cutting the design. If you’d like your design to be a stand-alone piece of art, cut the card to be the same size as the template. (fig 2)
- Using invisible tape, tape the template to the right-hand side of the card. (fig 3)
- Using a craft knife on a cutting mat, cut out the white areas of the template and your card at the same time. Areas that will be more tricky or delicate to cut are highlighted in fig 1. These areas connect the design to the border and are therefore more delicate, so take your time over them. The border strengthens the area that has been cut, creating a sturdier finished card. (fig 4)
- Mark the top and bottom of the centre of the card lightly in pencil. Align a metal ruler with the pencil marks, then run a bone folder (or the back of a craft knife) along the edge of the ruler to lightly score the card (but take care not to cut right through the card if you use the knife!). Fold the card along the score line, then run your finger or the rounded end of the bone folder along the fold to create a sharp crease. (fig 5)
- Next, make an insert for your card, using a contrasting colour of paper. Cut the paper just smaller than the card. Fold the paper in half and check that it fits neatly inside the card (trimming a sliver off the leading edge if necessary). (fig 6 and example picture)
- Cut a length of double-sided tape and apply it to the back of the insert, along the fold. Peel off the backing from the double-sided tape, then stick the insert into the card, carefully aligning the fold on the insert with the fold in the card. (fig 7)
And your lovely card’s complete and ready for you to write your message and send it to your recipient!
As usual, pictures below. Let me know what you think!