Sometimes people come to me with questions regarding papercutting. I have been doing this for seven years now and am no expert, but I'll try to share what I do know.
1. What kind of paper do you use?
I use whatever I feel comfortable with that is acid-free. I used to work for a scrapbooking company so I have an abundance of scrapbooking paper and I like using that. I also recently started using a silhouette paper from Dick Blick's that I really enjoy called Hygloss Black Silhouette Paper. It is really soft and easy to cut. I originally started off using origami paper and still enjoy the crispness of the origami sheet. Really, it's up to you and what you enjoy working with.
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2. What do you cut with?
I generally cut with an Xacto craft knife and plenty of blades. PLENTY of blades. I buy boxes of the #11 blades and am happy as a clam. I've tried scissors and I like cutting with a blade the best.
3. What do you cut on?
I like to cut on a self-healing mat. I really like the Xacto and the Martha Stewart brands. They seem to have a surface that holds the paper in place. If the surface is too slick/hard, your paper kind of slips around a bit.
4. How long does it take you to cut something?
Depends on how intricate the design is. If there are lots of thin lines and circles and leaves, let me tell you, it's going to take forever.
5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Getting out there and trying new things, breaking out of my comfort zone, travel and most importantly stepping away from the screen.
6. Do you make your own designs or do you use a template?
I draw my own designs.
7. Can I use your templates and sell them at my shop?
C'mon. Really? These templates are for personal use only. You can make them for your mom, you can make them for your aunt, you can make them for your family reunion. But if you're going to sell them, I will require a commission and I will require you to credit me somewhere on the packaging/artwork.
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