Last year I purchased a paper cutter to use for stencils and other designs. I wanted to be able to use my own art and designs with it and I discovered those are rare among paper cutters that use clip art. This cutter could not only use my art and designs but was also on sale for a great price, so I took a chance. I cut several “Bella” stencils for the bags so that I could stencil the bags more efficiently, and I played around with how detailed it could cut.
I had a little more to learn about details. Years ago I made interior signs from cut paper, but I did all the cutting by hand. For a while I made handmade cards involving a lot of cut paper and I’ve long wanted to get back to it and have been studying handmade cut paper cards wherever I see them. This cutter is very quick and efficient and I can easily open my sketches directly from Photoshop.
Back in January I had also started out with a set of blank kraft paper cards and matching envelopes just to practice and get accustomed to working with both stencils on paper and cut paper itself. “Mimi en Silhouette” was a natural to choose as a card design. I also found a bin of kraft items and picked up the two little notebooks. I decided a cut paper design might suffer from use on a notebook cover and decided to use a stencil. I also chose a few other silhouettes that would work well for both cut paper designs and stenciling. I do love black or black and white on kraft, and after this I am also looking forward to working with colors and patterns too.
“Mimi en Silhouette” cut paper on kraft greeting card
I named this design in French because it’s an homage to Theophile Steinlen‘s illustration style and I may work a little of his red and gold into it at some point. For now I really like the kraft paper blanks I purchased a long time ago because I knew someday I would use them. I intend to add more designs to this card selection too.
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“Mimi en Silhouette” notebook with pen
This notebook is another item I purchased knowing I’d use it someday—and there is only one! I decided I’d use a stencil on it, and because I wanted to try two-color stencils I used Mimi en Silhouette and made the highlights in the illustration white. I like the look of this, and though this is the only notebook I have I look forward to finding more blanks and working them out.
“Mimi en Silhouette” notebook with pen, only one available
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“In Afternoon Sun” 4 x 4 notebook
Another one-of-a-kind this 4 x 4 notebook is another find that I knew I’d use someday. I made a stencil from just the figures of Mimi and Mewsette and included the highlights as I did with the other notebook. The whiskers weren’t quite thick enough, but as I’ve done on my signs, I may leave them off the stencil and add them in by hand.
“In Afternoon Sun” 4 x 4 notebook
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