This year I wanted to make something a little special for Mother’s Day to show my mum that I loved her when I stumbled across a picture on Facebook from Paper Panda.
The picture showed the results of one of the template kits that Paper Panda sells and was of an intricate heart shaped branch and leaf design with the word Mum featured in the middle.
The template kit that I purchased from the Paper Panda online store arrived just as I was heading off to Scotland for a few days so as you can imagine, when I got back, I got stuck in!
Paper Panda did recommend certain blade types however I must admit that I ignored that advice (but having got myself some of these blades after I had finished this project, I really should have listed, lol).
Anyway, the concept was simple. The design was printed on the back of the sheet – just follow the lines. Here is a photo of my progression through the design.
This design did take me several days, working on it intermittently, to complete – but it was worth it!
I then realised that I was going to need to frame this, and that it might need a patterned background to sit on so I hunted the paper stash and settled on a very simple background of white outline flowers on a beige-ish solid colour.
The frame was a little harder to find (strangely).
I wanted a box frame with a nice frame mat in it but couldn’t find one at the right size in the local shops until I was browsing hobbycrafts with a friend and I turned the corner and there was “the one” (no coral music, but you know the feeling).
This was all starting to come together…
I was a little nervous in case I broke a piece of the design as I framed it.
Anyway, I put my brave pants on and set to. I popped of the back of the frame, stuck down some cream 12″ square cardstock and then the patterened paper.
My original plan was to have the paper cut design floating however I realised that it was to “flimsy” after being cut to do this with the materials that I had available so I mounted the design straight onto the backing paper, let it dry and then popped it all back in the frame – et voila!
I was so very happy with the finished result and she was so very happy with the gift! :))
What do you think? Have you had a go at this style of paper cutting? Is it something that you would do for a special person in your life?
I think that I need to make something similar for myself now … hmmm, what design should I have … ?
Thank you again for reading. It was good to see you again.
See you again soon.