Spare minutes are few and far between, but when I do get the chance to gather a few together I like to hide away in my little den of ribbons and sparkly bits. No one can find me, and I get a little bit of peace and quiet whilst doing something I love! If you were to find me, I’d be buried under piles of pretty papers and locked into Pinterest, hunting down idea after idea for my next crafty project!
At the moment I’m loving paper cut illustrations! It started when I was designing my wedding stationary and has grown since then. Here’s how I create my designs…
Step 1: I start with a pencil, and a little idea in my mind of what I want to create. The first marks I make on the paper are the most daunting, blank pages are the worst! Usually I find it’s easier to start with a shape and sketch my initial design inside it, a heart shape creates a nice space to work inside. I try not to worry at first about which parts of the design join up. It’s more important to get my initial idea and all the elements on paper first. It sometimes takes me a second and sometimes I’m on to the third draft before I get the illustration right! As the design progresses it’s important to consider the positive and negative spaces that I’m creating. If one part is not joined to another then these could fall away when it’s cut. (Yes, I’ve learnt the hard way the importance of double checking!) Phew, that’s the hardest bit done!
Step 2: I use a Silhouette Cameo to cut my designs, it’s my favourite gadget at the minute, I love it! In order for the Cameo to cut the design I need to create a vector version. The blade of the machine follows the lines of the design so it’s always a good idea to triple check before pressing cut!
Step 3: Now for the best part, I think! I load the carrier sheet with my favourite paper and insert this into the Cameo, I check the settings and press cut! The little blade whizzes into action, it’s mesmerising to watch it dancing around. See a video of the Design being cut here.
Step 4: Once the blade has cut every line the carrier sheet is ejected from the Cameo and I carefully remove the design. I then choose a pretty colour for the background and give the frame a quick clean!
Step 5: The finished design is popped into the frame and is all ready to impress (hopefully!) my friends and family!
Now you can have a go at creating your own designs!