HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS PAPERCUT
A4 135gsm paper, one sheet each in white, pink, red, mustard and green (we used Colorplan Candy Pink, Bright Red and Forest, and Freelife Merida Ochre) Cutting mat Craft knife Washi tape Double-sided tape How do you fancy an enchanted forest as wall art? Sweet stripes, clever layering and a crushworthy colour palette are all part of the magic in this festive papercut.
It’ll make a beautiful alternative to that fancy Christmas card you were thinking of making for your nearest and/or dearest, and only requires some strategic slicing.
When cutting, move the knife towards you for greater control, rotating the paper as you work. A minimalist piece like this lives or dies by its finish, so cut away from the corners to create clean shapes.
Use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark a few points 1cm ( ") in from each edge of the white, pink, red and mustard sheets.
Print the templates on page 97 and position each of them on the corresponding sheet of coloured paper, aligning the edges of the templates with the marks made in Step 1. The template should be central on the coloured sheet, with a 1cm ( ") border around the edge.
Tape each template into position using washi tape. Bear in mind that you’ll be peeling this off later, so use just enough to secure it.
Place the mustard sheet on the cutting mat. Hold the craft knife like a pen, at a 45° angle, then cut along the lines marked on the template. It’s easiest to break each shape down into a series of cut lines than thinking of them as whole shapes.
Carefully peel off the tape to remove the template from the
coloured sheet, making sure not to damage the surface of the paper, then rub out the pencil marks from Step 1 with an eraser.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with the red, pink and white sheets. This will give you four different pieces of card with cut-outs, plus the uncut sheet of green card.
Stack up the sheets in the following order, from top to bottom: white, pink, red and mustard, ending with the uncut green sheet at the back. Check you’re happy with the way the cuts align when stacked, making any slight changes at this point if necessary.
To finish, attach the sheets together by sticking small pieces of double-sided tape to the corners in between each layer.