Hi folks, and Happy New Year.
As usual UnArt celebrated Christmas and the New Year by slacking off with our â€“already infrequentâ€“ blogging. What with gifts to prepare, food to cook, decorations to hang and toys to play with, crafty matters kind of took a back seat â€“ with a couple of exceptions, one of which I want to share today.
So, what with all the busy-busy I found myself approaching Christmas without a card to give Misha. Sure, I could have given here one of our UnArt cards (linky linky link), but thereâ€™s something a little boring about giving someone a card that theyâ€™ve been busily selling at craft fairs. For that reason, I prefer to give my wife handmade cards whenever possible.
The trouble was that unless I wanted to spoil the surprise by saying â€śIâ€™m going to make your card now: do not disturbâ€ť, I wouldnâ€™t be able to spend very long making it: probably around 15 minutes or so.
So what technique to use? Paper-cut, I decided. Itâ€™s low preparation, single tool and â€“for simplistic designs like thisâ€“ nice and quick.
Ok, so what design? Well, we were spending Christmas blissfully alone, so I though a little cottage in a secluded pine forest would be a nice gift â€“ but our budget wouldnâ€™t run to that so a card depicting the same would have to do.
As you might notice from the pictures (click for bigger), I made two mistakes: firstly, until I cut it I didnâ€™t realise the nice green card I used had a white core, and secondly, out of the eleventy-billion craft knives I own, I managed to use one that wasnâ€™t 100% sharp. Thatâ€™s why I ended up with noticeable burring on a lot of the cuts â€“ though on the trees I can at least pass it of as a dusting of snow.
Anyway, apologia aside, I pretty happy with it, and so was Misha.
It does make me want to look at getting a computer driven cutter though, but theyâ€™re really pricey. If anyone out there has any experience with them, please let us know in the comments.
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