What Is Paper Cutting and How Do I Get Started?

So, what is paper cutting exactly?

If you are into any sort of paper crafting such as scrapbooking then you have probably heard the term Paper Cutting used along the way.

Paper cutting is simply a technique that involves folding the paper and then cutting it into a single design with the sections still attached at the folds. Once the paper is unfolded, a design of repeated motives is revealed that is joined together at various points.

As you see from the video’s below, some people can make the most gorgeous pictures using the paper cutting technique, so it doesn’t always have to be a design that repeats itself all the time.

What Is Paper Cutting, And How Do I Get Started?

Here is a series of three videos done by expert paper cutter Grace Hart. I hope that they will inspire you as they did me.

Part one explains exactly what is paper cutting, and will give you some invaluable tips on what materials you need to do paper cutting successfully as well as how to go about cutting for the best results.

 In Part 2, Grace makes a stunning winter forest scene. If this doesn’t inspire you to try paper cutting, then nothing will.

In part 3 you can see how you can frame your masterpiece to show off your work in the best way possible.

Although I haven’t tried anything quite as intricate as what Grace Hart does above, I enjoy simple forms of paper cutting to use on my scrapbooking layouts.

Doing paper cutting takes me back to my childhood when we spent hours cutting out paper chains of people holding hands.

As you can see from the above video’s simple paper cutting has evolved and it has become a passionate art form for many crafters today.

What Do You Need To Start Paper Cutting?

Here are some of the basic items that Grace Hart recommends in her video above. If you want to find out more about purchasing the item, simply click on it.

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How To Make A Trellis Using Paper Cutting For Your Scrapbooking

This trellis cut is an easy form of paper cutting, and you can use it to lay over an existing scrapbooking layout or as a contrasting background.

You will need a pair of sharp, pointed scissors, which will be used for cutting out all the finer details. Punching the holes in the trellis is optional, but you will need a punch tool for this.

You can also experiment by using scissors with blades that are designed to cut decorative edges, then your trellis could have scallops or even zigzag edging.

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  1. Fold a sheet of paper in half lengthwise so that the wrong sides of the design are together.  This paper cutting technique works best with Strathmore 70lb drawing paper.
  2. Fold the sheet in half again, aligning this fold with the two long edges.
  3. Fold over the folded edge so it aligns with the fold made in Step 2.
  4. Turn the paper over and fold over the two longer edges from step 1, so they align with the fold made in step 2.
  5. The result should look like a double layer “M” shape, if you relax the folds.paper cutting
  6. Using the grid on your cutting mat and a ruler, draw a zigzag along one side of the folded paper, spacing the points of the zigzag 6cm apart on each side.
  7. Draw another zigzag parallel to the first and 1cm away from it. You can make the trellis thicker if you like.
  8. Cut out the zigzag and be careful not to cut through the folded edges of the paper.  Cut into the inside of each point from one direction, and then turn the paper around and cut into the point from the other direction. Make sure to cut the inside points neatly.paper cutting
  9. Open the cut-out paper along the central fold.  Using the smallest punch of a leather punch or you punch tool, punch half a hole through the fold at each diamond point.  Unfold the paper along the side folds and repeat the process until every point has a hole punched in it.
  10. Unfold the paper carefully to reveal the trellis.  Set an iron to warm and carefully press the paper flat.
You can use this cut-out trellis to add to loads of backgrounds or even to make a garden fence on your layout.  I have used the trellis paper cutting pattern on at least five of my scrapbooking page layouts in different ways – from fences to decorative overlays.

Paper Panda’s Guide to Papercutting

Paper Panda, aka Louise Firchau, is a paper cutting superstar, with thousands of fans worldwide eager to purchase her distinctive and highly sought after papercut designs.

In this gorgeous book, she leaves no doubt in the mind as to what is paper cutting and shows you not only how it’s done in easy-to-follow steps, but also provides over 20 papercutting templates to try out for yourself.

There are 20 papercut projects in the book; five from Paper Panda herself and five each from three of Paper Pandas friends and colleagues (Sarah Trumbauer, Louise Dyer and Suzy Taylor) all accomplished paper cutters in their own rights.

Each project consists of a template, which is reproduced at full-size at the back of the book, and a finished paper cut, together with some simple instructions. The designs are simple enough for beginners, though attractive and interesting enough to inspire more advanced paper cutters. The projects themselves include cards, decorations, and mounted and framed pictures to hang on the wall, all using a variety of coloured and patterned papers to show off Paper Panda and friends distinctive and beautiful designs to their best advantage.

At the time of writing this post, the above book was selling for around $17 on Amazon. You can click on the link above or the picture to find out more.

I trust that this article has answered your question on “what is paper cutting” and got you inspired enough to try this fun craft.

Please comment below as would love to hear if you have taken the craft of paper cutting any further.

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