A papercut heart in progress

I've been working on a couple of things this week, one being a papercut heart for my Auntie. I haven't quite finished it yet as it's quite intricate! An early birthday present of a craft knife is making things a little quicker though, it's easier to cut around all those little curves than the stanley knife I'd been using before.

Someone asked me last week if I could show the process behind one of these papercuts, so I've taken a few photos as I've gone along.

I start by drawing the pattern out in pencil and outlining the most intricate bits in fine line pen.

papercut heart

Then I begin cutting either side of the lines, stopping and turning the card to go around corners.

papercut heart

It's best to cut out the insides of shapes first, for example, the insides of leaves or butterflies. If you cut the shape out first and then try to cut the inside, it tends to rip or bend the card at the weak points.

papercut heart

That's about it, just continue growing it outwards. This is as much as I've done so far.

papercut heart

This is it from the back, where the cutting is done. One thing I would say is make sure that you write any words backwards, I speak from experience!

papercut heart

And again from the front. It's the sort of thing that once you start, you get quite addicted!

papercut heart

Another early birthday present that I received from some friends this weekend is this beautiful papercut! Aren't I lucky! It was bought on a trip to China and seems to be some sort of transparent paper painted gorgeous colours.

chinese papercut

Finally I'd like to introduce you to our new pets! These are zebra danios and the first additions to our tank.

I've named them Fred, Cecil, Barney, Sparky and Wonk (as he's got a kink in his tail). I'm not convinced they're all boys (how does one tell?) but I'm sure they won't be too offended if they're girls.

zebra danios

Sorry about the terrible photos, they're so speedy it's hard to get a good snap. We're working on making the tank a little more interesting for them too.

zebra danios

If you haven't entered my giveaway yet to win this papercut heart, head over to my Facebook page for instructions, you've got until the evening of Monday 10th Feb (UK time)!

I'm sharing this post on the following blogs: Manon Popje's Illustrations and Handmade Harbour.

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Clare Willcocks: A papercut heart in progress

Sunday, 9 February 2014

A papercut heart in progress

I've been working on a couple of things this week, one being a papercut heart for my Auntie. I haven't quite finished it yet as it's quite intricate! An early birthday present of a craft knife is making things a little quicker though, it's easier to cut around all those little curves than the stanley knife I'd been using before.

Someone asked me last week if I could show the process behind one of these papercuts, so I've taken a few photos as I've gone along.

I start by drawing the pattern out in pencil and outlining the most intricate bits in fine line pen.

papercut heart

Then I begin cutting either side of the lines, stopping and turning the card to go around corners.

papercut heart

It's best to cut out the insides of shapes first, for example, the insides of leaves or butterflies. If you cut the shape out first and then try to cut the inside, it tends to rip or bend the card at the weak points.

papercut heart

That's about it, just continue growing it outwards. This is as much as I've done so far.

papercut heart

This is it from the back, where the cutting is done. One thing I would say is make sure that you write any words backwards, I speak from experience!

papercut heart

And again from the front. It's the sort of thing that once you start, you get quite addicted!

papercut heart

Another early birthday present that I received from some friends this weekend is this beautiful papercut! Aren't I lucky! It was bought on a trip to China and seems to be some sort of transparent paper painted gorgeous colours.

chinese papercut

Finally I'd like to introduce you to our new pets! These are zebra danios and the first additions to our tank.

I've named them Fred, Cecil, Barney, Sparky and Wonk (as he's got a kink in his tail). I'm not convinced they're all boys (how does one tell?) but I'm sure they won't be too offended if they're girls.

zebra danios

Sorry about the terrible photos, they're so speedy it's hard to get a good snap. We're working on making the tank a little more interesting for them too.

zebra danios

If you haven't entered my giveaway yet to win this papercut heart, head over to my Facebook page for instructions, you've got until the evening of Monday 10th Feb (UK time)!

I'm sharing this post on the following blogs: Manon Popje's Illustrations and Handmade Harbour.

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15 Comments:

At 9 February 2014 at 12:05 , Blogger Liz said...

I love it Clare, can't wait to get it up on the wall xxx

 
At 9 February 2014 at 12:23 , Blogger Andrea Kay said...

That is an amazing talent. It looks beautiful. You must have incredible patience

 
At 9 February 2014 at 12:44 , Anonymous Christmas Pie Crafts said...

So beautiful - you must have lots of patience for something like this. Hope you have a good week.

 
At 9 February 2014 at 12:46 , Blogger Trace R said...

the heart looks amazing and so much work to get all that cutting done

 
At 9 February 2014 at 12:47 , Blogger Natalie Jones said...

Your artwork is amazing and the cutting even more so. What a fabulous gift!

 
At 9 February 2014 at 13:09 , Blogger Katie said...

That is incredible. I had convinced myself that somehow you didnt do it by hand! What steady hands you must have. They are amazing. You are very talented!

 
At 9 February 2014 at 14:33 , Blogger Mecki Madeit said...

I agree with Katie, you must have steady hands plus the patience of a saint!

 
At 9 February 2014 at 14:41 , Blogger Fiddly Fingers said...

Love the names you've called your fish - how do you tell them apart? Except for Wonky who is obvious of course! Fantastic paper cuts as usual and what a thoughtful birthday gift :)

 
At 9 February 2014 at 15:14 , Blogger Free Spirit Designs said...

Wow, your new design is gorgeous and sooo intricate! I can imagine it being quite addictive, i'd love to have a go at this craft one day :) x

 
At 9 February 2014 at 21:57 , Blogger Renee Dowling said...

I can' believe how patient you are and how neat and careful your cuts are. Truly amazing, Clare! Your aunt will be thrilled! Thanks for sharing your process! Have a great week.

 
At 10 February 2014 at 13:47 , Blogger Ali said...

Wow how patient you must be. Your design is absolutely beautiful. It was lovely to see how you created it.
Ali x

 
At 11 February 2014 at 00:21 , Blogger Picto said...

I've never done such intricate papercuts only big chunky ones, it's so important to get the writing the right (wrong) way :) The heart is so beautiful and I love all the little details :)

Jan x

 
At 11 February 2014 at 03:32 , Blogger Lucy Blossom said...

Your work is amazing, you are so clever with the cutting in detail. It's great to see the process of you making them too.

 
At 11 February 2014 at 14:26 , Blogger Lilly's Mom said...

Oh my, I loved reading your blog post about the paper cutting. What an art! And what patience! I saw a great documentary about this not too long ago from Mexico. It's really beautiful.

 
At 13 February 2014 at 07:34 , Blogger Nic McLean said...

Wow - that is so intricate you must have the patience of a saint to do that! It looks amazingly beautiful and well worth the effort but wow!

 

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