25th November 2015

Paper cut blog edit

How to make a paper cut gift (Scherenschnitte)

Nothing beats a bespoke handmade gift for a loved one at this time of year. Swiss artist Camille Scherrer knows a thing or two about this with her fubulous and intricate paper cut designs. In Kirstie's Handmade Christmas, she shows Kirstie what you can do with a scalpel and scissors to make a paper cut gift for her eldest son. You could try this too!

What you need:                                                                                             

Cutting mat – or something to lean on when cutting

Scalpel

Scissors

Padded double sided adhesive

Ruler

Pencils

Black Card

White Card the size of your frame

Paper for your stencil

A box frame

The process:

Begin by making a stencil of your chosen design.  You can get printable templates online, you can draw your own or you can cut images out of magazines.  Traditionally, scherenschnitten were drawn by hand and worked on painstakingly for weeks, but a simple design can be just as beautiful. It's a good idea to layer a few different elements together such as fir trees, animals and a chalet to create a winter scene but you can create any scene you like!

Place your stencil on top of the black card and begin cutting out each shape individually using your scalpel.  Try to cut your shapes slowly and carefully to make sure you get them just right.  You can use any colour of card but we have stuck to black and white as it's the Swiss tradition. 

Once you’ve cut out each element of your design, it’s time to decide how you're going to layer them together in the frame. This will depend on how you want your design to look and the shadow effect you are looking for. Play around with the design until you’ve decided on the look you’re going for.

Once you've decided on your layers, fix each shape securely to the white card using double sided adhesive.  Do this layer by layer starting with the elements of your design which look furthest away.  

Then mount the image in the frame.  You'll see your pretty picture has achieved a floating effect within the frame, creating depth and achieving a shadow effect.