Papercuts, felt cut outs, and linocuts are my passion - I just really love to carve things! This tutorial will show you my favorite crafting technique - papercuts, also known as card stock cutouts.
My favorite Leaf Collection Papercut Note Cards
First thing's first: you need to choose a theme. My favorite theme is anything nature-related. I'm going to show you how to do a leaf cutout.
- An X-acto blade, or any paper cutting blade - mine is Martha Stewart brand
- A cutting board, or anything you can cut smoothly on without the worry of ruining it
- Pretty paper or card stock
- Card stock or paper base
- A pencil
- An vinyl eraser in case you mess up or lines show through
- adhesive of your choice. I use Mod Podge or double-sided tape rollers, because they've been the smoothest under paper, in my experience
- A paint brush, if you choose to use glue
On your cutting board, trace the outline of your drawing with your X-acto blade. (why does my cutting board have a rooster on it? It's this horrible card board book that belonged to my toddler - I believe in being resourceful! ;-))
partially-done cutout, from the front:
Apply your adhesive to the finished cutout. Double-sided tape rollers make it a clean, un-messy process.
Mod Podge works well when brushed on - dries nice and flat, but also dries quickly.
Apply your cutout to your card stock or paper base, pre-measured to your chosen size. Smooth down with your fingers.
You're done! These look so great when framed, or are lovely when mailing to a friend. Such a simple craft with lovely results!