Author: Louise Firchau of Paper Panda
Genre: Non-Fiction, Crafts.
Published: March 2015
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Twenty to Make series; they cover every craft imaginable, have a great range of projects and are amazing value for money – and Papercuts is by far one of my favourites! This book first appealed to me as over the last year or so papercutting has started appearing everywhere! There are a number of small businesses that specialise in it popping up and suddenly there are papercut cards in every high street shop! And obviously, as a crafter, my first question is, how can I do that myself? Luckily, Twenty to Make: Papercuts has the answer!
The book opens with a really comprehensive introduction, which is followed by an equally comprehensive overview of the tools and techniques you will need to complete the projects in the book. Firchau lists very specific tools that you can use which is really useful as a beginner so you know what you are looking for. Also, one of the best parts is that you only need a handful of tools to get started so you don’t need to gather together lots equipment before you can make a start. Firchau clearly explains the basic techniques you need to achieve a really clean and professional looking cut, which any beginner can easily replicate and perfect with a bit of practice.
Each of the 20 projects in the book has a double page spread. The first page is dominated by a large photograph that perfectly illustrates the finished project. Above this you have a list of all of the materials and tools you will need, and a tip on how to achieve a wonderful finished item. The opposite page has the design that you are going to be working on, which you can photocopy at the exact size, or enlarge if you wish, onto the card that you will be using. Then you simply have to cut out the coloured areas…it couldn’t be made any more simple!
My favourite design in the book is this wonderful Quill. Being a writer and a lover of all things vintage, this is the perfect design for me! Another thing I love about this book is that each project is rated with a difficulty rating out of five; one being ideal for beginners and five requiring a little more practice. There is a good range of all skill levels in the book, and they are easy to identify by checking the number of scalpels at the top of the left hand page.
The book has some amazing projects in it, but it isn’t just about papercutting images to frame. The book also contains projects such as bookmarks, place cards and gift tags; it really contains a bit of everything to introduce you to all elements of papercutting and shows you how diverse it is as a craft.
I always find that you can never go wrong with a title from the Twenty to Make series and this is another one that certainly doesn’t disappoint! Not only do you get twenty wonderful projects with really straight forward and detailed instructions, but it is also great value for money. These books might only be small but with the sleek design and extensive range of projects you really can’t go wrong with them – and I think Papercuts might be my favourite one yet!
20 to Make: Papercuts is available right now and you can get your copy here: Papercuts (Twenty to Make)
With thanks to Search Press for the copy that they sent me for review purposes.