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Cut Paper Valentines

Another Valentine inspired craft, this time using cut paper to showcase pieces of children’s artwork. I love cut paper projects, so much so that I have been considering getting a digital paper cutter, as yet I haven’t done so as they are relatively expensive and I’m not sure yet whether I’d use it enough to justify the expense, but in the meantime I’ve been doing a few projects by hand with a knife and board, which is quite time consuming when it’s a detailed design, but ultimately fairly satisfying.  This design is very simple and doesn’t take long to cut, but even so, because it involves using a knife, it’s not a project for kids themselves, but is a great way to use some of their artwork.

 

 

I created a template to use for some  cards and bookmarks, which you can find in the Freebies section of the blog.

  • For the bookmarks you need to use a thin paper. The finished project will have 3 layers of paper, which gives it more stiffness.
  • Cut the paper to a size that is double the finished width.  Fold this along the length, then unfold it and fold again along the width. Because the design is entirely symmetrical, you only need to transfer the top half of the traced design to the folded paper.

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  • Cut the design with a sharp scalpel and cutting board, cutting through 2 layers at a time.
  • Unfold the paper, and cut a section of your decorative paper a little smaller than the length, and just under half the width of the paper. Glue this in place, then apply glue to the other cut side of the paper, and fold the paper into place over the decorative paper.

For the card, because of it’s thickness, I cut the whole thing as a single layer. Of course you don’t have to use children’s artwork with this project, because it looks equally good using a plain coloured paper underneath.

 

 

 

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There is one more Valentine inspired project to come next week!

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11 Responses to “Cut Paper Valentines”
  1. These are GORGEOUS! I’m pinning this right now!
    Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree recently posted..Snowy HeartsMy Profile

  2. mermaid says:

    Very pretty!
    Pinning too :)
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  3. mummiafelice says:

    Oooh I love the effect of this….Very pretty!

    Thank you for linking up to Handmade Thursday – Lovely to see you there :)

    It’s fab to have found another blog to read :))

    T xx
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  4. beautiful ideas
    nice to meet someone that thinks a like :)
    following your tweets @torviewtor
    keep in touch

  5. I love this!
    Allison Waken recently posted..Real RoomsMy Profile

  6. Oh, that’s really cool! I could see doing these with lots of different cutouts; great for cards for the grandparents.
    Sarah E. White recently posted..A Valentine Bag for Crayons and a NotebookMy Profile

  7. Beautiful cards! I just got a Silhouette Cameo because I love these types of projects. Sometimes I think it’s easier to do by hand, though, even if it is a bit tedious. (Got it as a present, so didn’t have to think about cost!)
    Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog recently posted..{Play} Valentine’s Day Art, Craft & Activity Ideas For KidsMy Profile

  8. these are so pretty! martha stewart makes awesome shape punches (like hole punches, but bigger-sized, and in heart shapes, etc.), so i think i’m going to adapt this project that way with my preschool class. thanks for sharing your creativity!
    puppyloveprincess recently posted..DIY Valentine Heart TightsMy Profile

  9. mel mccarthy says:

    These are so lovely. What a great idea!
    mel mccarthy recently posted..Vintage Vine papers & overlay (free digital set)My Profile

  10. CreativeRich says:

    It’s a very simple idea. I may try it with my cutting machines. Thanks!

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