60 weeks and 4 days | A papercut picture tutorial #CraftBlogClub

Back in March, the Craft Blog Club — that I mentioned in the post where I up-cycled an old desk— laid down a third challenge…

Create and send a gift to a fellow #CraftBlogClubber, using only what you have lying around at home. A bit like the ‘Secret Santa’ challenge without the secrecy!!

In some ways, this made it slightly easier, as we could chat to our allocated crafter and get a feel for the kind of things they like.

My buddy was the lovely Tracy who writes over at iheartmyfamilyhome.

She has created a stylish, vintage inspired, home and — as her blog name suggests — loves making her house look beautiful.

I decided that I’d make another papercut picture. Slightly different from the last one, that I designed on the mac; I thought I’d draw one freehand this time.

Here’s my papercut picture tutorial!

papercut picture tutorial — I drew a freehand illustration in pencil on a piece of paper.

1. I drew a freehand illustration in pencil on a piece of paper.

papercut picture tutorial — Using a light-box, I reversed the image by drawing over the back of my picture.

2. Using a light-box, I reversed the image by drawing over the back of my picture.

papercut picture tutorial — I traced the image on to a piece of good quality cartridge paper and began to cut out the design with a scalpel.

3. I traced the image on to a piece of good quality cartridge paper and began to cut out the design with a scalpel.

papercut picture tutorial — This process was very time consuming!

4. This process was very time consuming!

papercut picture tutorial — and the pieces that were left were really tiny and fiddly

5. …and the pieces that were left were really tiny and fiddly

papercut picture tutorial —

6. If you’re scared of sharp knives, this craft is definitely not one for you! :)

papercut picture tutorial — almost finished

7. Almost finished.

papercut picture tutorial — turn it over to reveal the papercut pticture

8. Turn it over to reveal the picture!

papercut picture tutorial — mount it on coloured card so the design pops

9. Mount it on to a piece of card, so that the design pops.

papercut picture tutorial — frame it

10. Frame it. And voila!

It was lovely doing something crafty again — especially as I had an idea of the kind of thing the recipient would like — the only thing that made life difficult was lack of time…! Things have been SO busy recently. Every waking minute is spent organising the baby’s naming ceremony — more about that later!

Anyway, back to the #craftblogclub ‘Spring Clean Gift Swap’!

I was delighted to receive my parcel, in last week’s post!!

A gorgeous card from Tracy and not one but TWO beautiful gifts!!! Not for me, as such, but for my beautiful Twinkles!!!!

Two beautifully crafted fabric stars.

Each with their initial on.

I’m so touched that she’d created something so lovely for my babies. We will treasure them. It’s a shame the pics don’t do them justice; the sewing is just fabulous… SO neat.

Have a look…

papercut picture tutorial

1. Each star was beautifully packed in it’s own cellophane bag.

papercut picture tutorial —

2. So lovely, as you are able to see what’s inside before you unwrap them!!.

papercut picture tutorial —

3. I’ve tried to take a close up of the stitching… it’s a bit blurred but LOOK how neat it is?! Amazing!

papercut picture tutorial —

4. The back of the stars are just as perfect as the fronts; soft white felt with baby blue stitching.

papercut picture tutorial —

5. The front of each star features a sweet polkadot fabric, scattered with bunnies and cars. Then each star has the boy’s initial carefully cut from navy felt then sewn on.

papercut picture tutorial —

6. The stars are now hanging over the babies cots; ‘C’ for Cosmo…

papercut picture tutorial —

7. … and ‘B’ for Bertie!

papercut picture tutorial —

8. Amazing too how they match in so well with the boy’s room! They are absolutely perfect :)

I am delighted with my gift(s) and really grateful to Tracy for taking the time and trouble to make such thoughtful presents. Looking forward to the next #craftblogclub challenge already!

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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5 Comments

  1. 11th May 2014 / 9:02 pm

    I loved that you took the time to create a warm-hearted stencil – truly a labor of love. Your blog is lovely as are the crafts you share.
    AnnMarie

    • 11th May 2014 / 9:07 pm

      Aaah — thanks so much AnnMarie — what a lovely thing to say!! Thank you so much; that’s made my day! XXX

      • 11th May 2014 / 9:10 pm

        You’re most certainly welcome – keep at those artful crafts – they’re really endearing and lovely :-)
        AnnMarie

        • 11th May 2014 / 9:13 pm

          I will do! Thank you AnnMarie! Xxx

  2. Tracy
    12th May 2014 / 8:47 am

    Thank you so much for a lovely write up, the stars look lovely in your boys beautiful nursery! I can’t believe how much work went into the paper cut – I appreciate it even more now! It looks lovely in my living room, thanks again xxx

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