LOVE YA Papercut Card Template for Valentine's Day

Whether you’re in the “Valentines Schmalentines” camp or you’re already dresses in red and pink from head to toe in anticipation for Feb the 14th, it’s nice to get a card that says, LOVE YA. Because we all like to know why we’re loved and it’s even better to tell someone else why they’re the sparkle of your eye.

Here’s a simple paper-cut card template that you can use to make a handmade card (because if we’re really going to go all-out this Valentine’s Day, you might as well make the card by hand!). Paper cutting is fairly easy with the right tools and you don’t need to be particularly artistic or creative to get beautiful results, which is why my paper cut workshops and parties in London are so popular!

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What you’ll need:

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TRACE

Print the template page at 100% on your home printer. Don’t scale or fit to the page.

 Cut around the dotted line. When printed at 100%, this square should measure 13.5cm x 13.5cm and fit a standard square greeting card.

Open your card and lay it down in front on you. On the left-hand side of the inside of the card, place your sheet of graphite paper face down and then lay your template on top of this. 

Trace along the lines of the template until the whole design has been transferred onto your card. If you need to peek to see if you’ve traced it all, just pinch one corner, making sure you have all the layers secure, and lift up the graphite paper.

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CUT

Get your scalpel and start cutting! It’s important to always cut towards your body when paper-cutting. Using a fresh, sharp blade is also important in order to get clean cuts. Rotate the card as you work around the design. Remember to cut along all the lines.

GLUE

Choose the backing paper and cut it to size once all the pieces of the design have been cut out. Carefully use a glue stick to apply glue around the edge of the card and along the chunkier parts of the design. You don’t want to get glue on the front of the card, so I usually just do a few dabs here and there in the middle so that the backing paper sticks down.

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Place your card underneath a few heavy books until dry.

TA-DA! That’s it. Write a mushy note inside for your #1 and tell then why you love them!

Simple Christmas Bauble Gift Tags

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for me, with the shop and workshops, on top of trying to make it a special time of the year for my two little children. So, finding simple ideas that make a gift POP that don’t take any effort (shh don’t tell!), like this one, are right up my alley.

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These handmade Christmas gift tags are a really simple way to dress up a gift. Here’s a quick tutorial how to make them.

You’ll need:

  • blank gift tags (or make your own with sturdy card that’s 11 x 5.5cm and a hole punch)

  • glue stick

  • scraps of decorative paper

  • black pen

  • scissors

I used the circle die for my Sizzix Big Shot machine to cut out the circles but you do not have to have one of these to make these tags. Use a compass, or any small round object and trace around. My circles are 4cm in diameter.

  1. First draw the top of the bauble and the line down the centre of the tag.

  2. Glue your circle and place it on the tag so it slightly overlaps the black lines.

  3. Attach some ribbon or baker’s twine to the top of the tag and write a personal message on the other side.

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How To Make Origami Diamonds

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If you've been scrolling through Pinterest and come across some of the folded-paper decor trends, then you've likely come across these paper diamonds. Made in bright and colourful paper, or in striking monochrome prints, they look fab stuck to the wall or a bed headboard with a piece of washi tape. Just look at how these ones are styled, made by Origami Est, author of Paper Home.

These gorgeous paper diamonds are a fun way to add colour and dimension to a room. Pile them on a mantle, display them on a tray on the coffee table or sideboard, hand them from a shelf or washi-tape them directly on a wall. This origami paper trend is a beaut and are relatively simple to make. Ready to give it a try?

Edited and made by Sara Kock Madsen Filmed by Thomas Skjoldborg Music: Say my name (feat. Zyra) [Hayden James Remix] - ODESZA

The fiddliest part of the whole process is definitely glueing the two halves together. I found that going easy on the glue helps, and trying not to apply it too close to the outside edge, in case of any overflow. 

Anyone else jumping onto this paper trend? 

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Mother's Day Paper Cut Cards Tutorial

I love paper cutting. I also love my mom. So I whipped up this template for a lovely paper cut Mother's Day card just in time for you all to make your mom's lovely handmade Mother's Day cards.

If you're reading this from the US, you're probably thinking, "Say what? Mother's Day is in May!" And you're right. But since I'm Canadian, living in London, I get to celebrate this lovely day twice a year.

Let's get started on our cards, shall we?

What you'll need:

  • card template
  • blank square 13cm x 13cm card with matching envelope (10 for £2 in our shop)
  • graphite transfer paper (you can find this on Amazon or at London Graphic Centre)
  • craft scalpel cutting knife
  • cutting mat (a kitchen cutting board will do in a pinch)
  • decorative paper for the inside
  • pen or pencil
  • glue stick

Let's do it:

1. Download and print the card template at 100%. Cut it out along the dotted lines. Open your card and lay your sheet of graphite paper face down on the left-hand side of the open card. Then lay your template face up on top of it. We're transferring our design in reverse on the inside of the card so that we don't have to go back and rub out the graphite marks on the front of the card.

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2. Using a pencil or pen, trace along all the lines of the template to transfer the design. If you lose track of where you've traced and where you haven't, simply hold tight onto one corner so the template doesn't move and life up the transfer paper.

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3. Once your design has been transferred, it's time to cut! It's important to have a sharp blade when paper cutting in order to get a nice, clean finish. Take it slow and cut with a constant and firm pressure.

Remember: It’s easiest to cut towards yourself. Always rotate your work as you go to avoid cutting at awkward angles or away from yourself; this is especially true when cutting curves.

4. When you have finished cutting out your design, admire your knife skills from the front of the card. So pretty, right? If you need to tidy up any edges, just turn the card over and clean up some of the cuts. If your edges look a bit ragged, it's probably time to change the blade in your knife, or use firmer pressure while cutting.

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5. Next, cut a piece of decorative paper slightly smaller than the size of the card. In our case that would be 12.5cm x 12.5cm. Use a glue stick around the edge of the design and in a few places in the middle and stick your paper pretty side down so that it shows on the front of the card.

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6. You're done! Write a sweet message for your mom on the inside and tuck it into an envelope.

Share your handmade cards with us! We're on Instagram and Twitter and would love to see your handmade creations.

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How to make super-simple paper-cut Valentine's

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I love Valentine's Day. Mostly because it's also my husband's birthday and mine follows a few days later. Despite by parent's best plans to also have a Feb 14th baby, I just wasn't ready to come out that day!

Here's a simple way to make two paper-cut Valentine's Day cards for the price of 1! I love this method and it works for lots of different kinds of designs.

What you need:

  • Craft scalpel like an X-ACTO knife
  • Blank cards
  • Decorative papers (mine are from a recent copy of Mollie Makes)
  • Pritt stick

How to make it:

1. On the inside of one card, sketch out a heart shape. Cut it out with your scalpel knife very carefully.

2. Cut out two pieces of paper that are 0.5cm smaller than your finished card. For example, my mini cards measure 10.5 x 7.5cm so I cut my papers to be 10 x 7cm in size.

3. Glue one paper on the inside of the card, covering up any leftover pencil marks.

4. Glue the other paper on the outside of a card, glueing the heart you cut out for the first card on top of it, in the centre. And that's it!

See what I mean? Super-simple and you get two lovely, simple cards for the price and effort of making one. One for your sweet-heart and the other for you best gal?

Check out our other Valentine's DIY for making a heart badge if you fancy a bit of sewing.