is the follow up to The
Crafter’s Guide to Papercutting (also reviewed
on this site) that came out last year. In my review I raved
about the book in general, but wished that there were more
occasion-specific project in it. Now my wish has been granted!
thing I noticed about the book is how attractive it is. Pages
have papercutting patterns along the tops, and captions are
shown as if cut from black paper, a lovely touch. There are
projects in here for all occasions and of varying sizes and
types. These range from giant paper pompoms and window decorations
to tiny place cards and everything in between. Make pretty
party invitations, lovely Christmas tree cards, indicate what
filling is in your sandwiches and hang up large paper rosettes.
Themes range from a teddy bears picnic invitation to a floral
cake frill, Christmas tree table decorations to Halloween
lanterns. At the beginning is a section on the basics of papercutting
(slightly shorter than in the earlier book) and discussion
about themes for seasons and color schemes to get you thinking.
If you are not adept with scissors or knife already then this
might not be a good place to start, most of the projects being
at least for improvers and many are truly intricate. However,
good drawing skills are not necessary nor is a copier or printer
as the back part of the book consists, as did the earlier
one, of sheets of cards printed with many of the projects.
All have attractive back patterns and can be easily cut out
and made up into whatever you wish, a lovely and unusual touch.
The projects themselves have staged photographs showing what
you do, and helpful pictures showing where the hardest areas
to cut lurk. This book would make a fine present, if you can
bear to part with it!