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Paper Cut Cards
Emily Gregory

Search Press
20 January 2016/ ISBN 9781782213864
How-To / Papercraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you are a card maker that finds flat cards a bit flat, give your hobby a new dimension with this book full of pop-up creations. There are thirty cards in here and here is the best news; despite their intricate and professional appearance they cost very little to make, and you probably already own all the materials!

Just the usual cardmaker's kit of glue, scissors, craft knife and lots of colored card is all you need to make these impressive and contemporary cards. No die cutter or expensive machinery apart from the use of a computer printer or photocopier for the patterns. Instead, this is a book that gets back to the nuts and bolts of papercraft with papercutting projects and lots of folding, scoring, and even tracing. After the introduction, there are three sections of cards to make comprising of the simplest cuts and folds, more intermediate tabs, slots, and layers and finally the more advanced discs and spirals. All these projects are about precision in cutting and measuring (although the latter is mostly done for you with templates), but if you are new to papercutting, it is not too daunting as, in good Search Press style, there are plenty of staged photographs. Not every project needs many, but where required, they are present. Overall, this is an attractive book too, with pages tinted in mostly pastel shades and the usual rectangular photographs have been replaced by either green mats with work on them or other shapes. There are lots of pictures of the work in progress and completed in jolly bright card making it all look fun to do in contrast with many other books about paper engineering which are often rather stark. Turn to the useful project selector to choose from various florals, buildings, views, animals, and words. There is a wedding card, Christmas tree, Valentine heart, dragon, robot, penguin, two castles, and my own favorite of a fox on a hillside to name a few. I think that these represent a good mixture for men, women and children and a variety of occasions. These are the work of an international group of artists whose short résumés appear at the end. If you want to learn papercutting and pop-up skills, this is a great place to start.

If you cannot find a good range of card making materials locally try for a list of suppliers.
UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016