Giving paper cutting a try!

I visited the Handmade fair at Hampton Court Palace in London at the weekend – it was excellent, even better than last year, and I would encourage anyone crafty to treat yourself to a visit next year in September – watch this space for details… http://www.thehandmadefair.com/

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With my ticket I got a voucher for a free Gyrocutting tool (its called a GYRO-CUT)… I wasn’t really sure what it was, but thought I would get one as i have been umming and ahhing about giving paper cutting a try!

Well last night I googled for free paper cutting templates and found this gorgeous design on the SLS Creative website. See links below.
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So….I printed it off and thought let’s get stuck in!  Well what can I say – less than 30 mins later I had created this..it’s not perfect, but for my first attempt I must say that I impressed myself!
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It really is so easy…I am sure it is a combo of the amazing gyro-cut knife and the printed design….  I think I would use thicker paper next time as I did rip it in one place (see if you can spot where!) – I had only used the standard printer paper in my inkjet! You hold the knife like a pen, and the small blade rotates as you move directions….making smooth curves really easy!  I do need to practice though.

Go get yourself a cutting knife and print off design, (oh and use a cutting mat – I have one for cutting my bunting out!)…and see what happens – you might just impress yourself!

Here’s a link to the Gyru-Cut tool: http://www.craftyproducts.co.uk/paper-cutting-tools/gyro-cut

and here’s a link to the template from SLS Creative – these are designs for your own use – you cannot sell the template or any finished paper cuts: http://blog.sls-creative.com/twinkle-twinkle-papercut-template/ and you should credit SLS Creative in any end products – she has a facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SLSCreative?fref=ts) and twitter too!

so…..if you are a paper cutting virgin – why not give it a go!

xxx

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