By now, my November and December envelopes should have been delivered to winners Tess Shumaker and Diana Plazas. This time I experimented with papercuts. Here they are!
(I did one extra in blue there for a great friend.)
These were very easy and almost free to make – but they were time consuming, and there was definite trial and error. And numb fingers! In case you want to make these your own, here’s what I did:
- I used an Xacto knife to cut the snowflake shapes out of colored paper. I ended up just doing them freehand (so they look a little … um … quirky), but you could draw or print your design directly on the paper so you have a good guide.
- Then I slipped the papercut inside a home-made glassine envelope.
- I wrapped the prize contents in white paper and set it behind the papercut.
- Finally, I tossed some hexgonal glitter / confetti inside. I thought it looked crystalline and snowflake-y.
They didn’t come out exactly as I had planned, but the main goal (that whisper-soft look) did work. I’m definitely inspired to try more papercutting in 2012. You should too!
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pps. Did you know you can buy giant sheets of glassine paper at Daniel Smith here in Seattle? ($0.61 for a huge sheet.)