Papercutting has been a thing for thousands of years. The artwork goes from super simple to crazy intricate. In recent years they have really gained in popularity.
Papercutting has been MY thing for about 20 years. I draw the designs with my magic pencil – well, my Apple pencil is kind of magical – or with a plain old #2, scan them into my computer where I reverse the image, print it onto the desired paper and cut them by hand with an xacto knife.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to create a bunch of designs for Cricut last year, so now I also test cut with my lovely Cricut Explore.
The images are fun to make and sometimes challenging to solve as everything has to connect with everything else so that the cut piece remains as a single sheet of paper.
Even though there are a great number of folks still cutting by hand, the request for vector machine cutting files became too big to ignore so I added SVG and DXF files to my templates downloads.
Since Ready 2 Cut is all about vector files, I want to offer those files here as well. I will add designs as I have the time. If you’d like to see more, you can visit my papercutting website PaperInkAndKnife.com (that’s why you see that watermark) or my Etsy shop.
These are truly a labor of love and I am excited to share them here.
I have created a category in the menu called “Papercuts/Shadow Boxes” and that’s where you will find the papercut designs. Makes sense, huh?
They work well as wall decor and decals and since they are designed to be one piece per layer they will also work for wood cutting or fretwork, and three dimensional cut art.
The designs are by necessity higher in price because they are drawn by hand and take much longer to produce. Most are also for commercial as well as personal use.
Check ’em out and enjoy!