Cutting Verses

October is Pastors’ Appreciation Month. For the tokens for our church leaders, I was asked to make 6×8 papercut designs with a bible verse for each. I came up with these three:

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I will just write about the last papercut as the first two are just the usual projects you usually see in my blog. The third one is actually quite tricky but somewhat easy to do–with the right materials, that is. To make this, I placed a carbon paper in between white and black pieces of paper and drew the image on the top paper. It doesn’t really matter which color you want to put on top, as the carbon paper ink when transferred is visible on black paper too. Afterwards, I just cut the image away on both papers. I arranged them in a way that would create a foreground and background effect. Then I just used a yellow cardstock as the mat for the text to make it pop out. By the way, I didn’t need to trace the text on white paper since i just used the top black paper. But you can go and use a different color/s for the text if you wish.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I used double-glass frames for all three papercuts. And yes, the month-long search for double-glass frames in the perfect size is finally over! For that, I am one happy, hoarding gal. 🙂

What do you guys think of these projects?

Commissioned: Daniel and the Lion and Home-themed Papercuts

This weekend has been extra busy for me as I’ve been finishing papercuts for colleagues and friends. On saturday alone, I was able to finish these 2 pieces:

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“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (The “Lord” cutout is in the banners but barely seen on this photo. Apologies for my poor photographing skills).

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The house papercut is a gift for a family friend while the black one is commissioned. The client requested for this specific design from Lois Cordelia which she found online.

Making the black piece was a tough one. If you know me well enough, you’d know that my drawing skills are quite challenged. My solution was to trace the design on black paper then cut it. I added the text at the bottom which was requested by the client herself.

Personally speaking, I would prefer doing my own design. In spite of my drawing ability, or lack thereof, there’s freedom in sketching and cutting your own design and it’s much more gratifying to see the finished product. Admittedly, some of my papercuts are inspired by what I see online, but I always make sure that my personal touch is still present.

At the end of the day, though, be it a requested design or my own, I still enjoy cutting and producing art with endless possibilities from plain paper. And based on other papercutting or craft blogs in general, I find that I am not alone on this 🙂

Home Is Any Four Walls…

My friend in Singapore who’s also a blogger has requested for a home-themed papercut to be displayed in their place. To be honest, I find commissioned papercuts more challenging to make than my regular projects because of course, there’s the pressure (from myself, not from the client) to have a satisfied client. The design must suit their taste and the cuts must be flawless.

For this project, I used the quote “Home is any four walls that enclose the right people”. Sketching this piece wasn’t that hard, though it took me quite a while to perfect the main text. I also made use of a lettering stencil for the first time for the text at the bottom. As it turns out, this stencil is a papercutter’s friend as you can just flip it to trace the mirror image on the back side of the paper. Saves you some time from imagining how to draw the text backwards. And mind you, drawing backwards is not my favorite thing to do.

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Cutting took more time than I usually do with my papercuts as the flowers have a lot of holes and curves. In the end, I was happy with it, which is an important thing. After all, you can’t expect your recipient to like your work if you’re not happy with it in the first place.

So here’s the final output. I placed it in a double glass frame which I think gives the papercut more depth and drama.

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Visit my friend’s blog here. 🙂

Pick-Me-Up Cards

Were you one of those kids who used to make cards for their parents on special occasions, or sometimes, for no reason at all? Well, I was. I was thinking of a crafting idea the other day and came up with these pick-me-up cards. I call them as such as anyone would appreciate being a recipient of this long-lost tradition of card-giving. Anyone with a heart, that is. 😛

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I added a white paper and lined each one with washi tape for that special touch.

What do you guys think? I’m thinking of putting them up for orders too. 🙂

The Outdoors

One of the things I enjoyed when I last went to our province was making my papercuts outdoors (see the ones I made from there here and here). It’s a totally different experience when you just have your headphones on and go cutting in the garden using daylight and not a desklamp as your source of light.

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This morning when I woke up, the weather was so perfect and warm, I just had to go into the garden and make the most out of it. And since I needed to finish a project anyway, I brought my cutting materials (and iPod) with me.

What I was making for this particular papercutting session is, I would say, purposeful. Not that my other works were made in vain (admittedly, some were made out of boredom, but always with inspiration). I say “with purpose” because these papercuts I was making are to be photographed professionally by my brother to promote my blog. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come:

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This is kind of off-topic, but allow me to share one of the pieces I bought from my recent trip to a local crafting/furniture warehouse called Regalong Pambahay. I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning when I stepped into their store. One, because they have pieces that are no longer carried in most of their mall outlets, and two, almost everything is 20% off!

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Remember this papercut I made as tribute to a well-loved Filipino band? It looks so much different in this frame.

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I had been looking for this kind of frame for weeks, so you could just imagine my excitement upon seeing this!

I also bought a shadow box and one more double-glassed frame. Too bad they don’t carry a bigger frame that would fit my other projects.

If you’re a fellow crafter and you’re reading this, I hope I inspired you to try making your projects outdoors (only if it’s applicable with the craft you’re into, of course). Here’s someone who surely enjoyed it with me:

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One Word

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Here’s a simple project which I love so much. How I did it:
1. I chose a script font and printed a mirror image of the word Someday on a black construction paper. I had to use a computer instead of hand drawing it as it’s challenging to write in script backwards 😛
2. After cutting the image, I decorated the frame with these artificial leaves which is used for scrapbooking. They’re just lovely, don’t you think?
3. I used a 6×8 bleach wood frame for effect.

This papercut replaced the one I used to have on my office desk. I just love the positive vibe it brings 🙂

With A Smile

To those who grew up in the 90s in the Philippines, one would have lived under a rock to not know the Eraserheads.

Eraserheads, or E-Heads was a Filipino Rock band of the 90s, formed by Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro. The band is one of the most successful, most influential, critically acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of OPM (Original Pilipino Music).

Sadly, the group disbanded in 2002 after spending a good 13 years in the music industry. And while I was only 17 back then, I was one of those who grieved for OPM’s great loss.

But of course, their music lives on. Even until now. As a small tribute by yours truly, I decided to make a papercut of a line from one of their songs which was a big hit back then. Hence, the blog title.

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Here’s a closer look at my project:

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For the full lyrics, click here.

Notice the material I used as background? That’s burlap, a woven fabric usually made in the town of Naga in the Bicol region. I had to search for this elusive fabric everywhere. Good thing a friend told me where I can find one. 🙂
Here are the sinamays that I also bought at the craft store selling burlaps:

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I’ve got to say, I loved making this project. Brought back a lot of memories. If you’re not familiar with the Eraserheads, here’s a video of the song that inspired my papercut.

With A Smile – Eraserheads