Just for YOU, dear blog readers, I've designed this papercut Valentine that you can print out and make! All it takes is a printer, two sheets of paper in contrasting colours, a small x-acto knife or scissors, a cutting mat and spray adhesive or other glue.
1) Click on the pattern image here to open it up full size then print it at 100%. A heavier paper stock is nice to work with, but regular printer paper will work too. Card stock would be too stiff for the papercut, but would make a nice backing.
2) Carefully fold the paper so that the middle edge of the pattern is aligned (note that this isn't the exact centre of the paper).
3) Starting with the centre part of the heart, use your x-acto knife or scissors to remove everything that isn't the pattern. I started with scissors, but moved to a blade quickly and found it faster and more accurate. Remember to protect your work surface and your hands - those blades are SHARP!
4) Using pinking shears or other decorative scissors if you like, cut out the main heart shape.
5) Unfold and turn over.
6) Using spray adhesive or your favourite method, attach the cut out heart to a contrasting piece of paper. Remember to have the side with the pattern on it facing down.
7) Using your pinking shears again, cut around your heart, leaving a little border.
Hey! My squirrely valentine was featured on the Craft Magazine Blog! I'm THRILLED!