Latest Papercutting Designs

I’m still cutting my way through all of the designs from one particular book. This is how far I’ve got so far…

Latest Papercutting Designs

Following on from this post and this post, I’m still working my way through the designs in the Dover Books publication “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments

This is my latest batch:

Latest papercutting designs

…with some close-ups:

Latest papercutting designs - grapes

Latest papercutting designs

Latest papercutting designs - corner flower

…and my favourite today:

Latest papercutting designs - art nouveau flower

 

More Papercutting by Hand…

My papercutting quest continues! I’m trying to cut out all 922 designs from a book of ‘decorative ornaments’ from Dover Books

Following on from yesterday’s post when I rediscovered the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments“, I have been relaxing this evening by doing a bit more papercutting by hand. It makes a refreshing change from doing it by laser.

Here are my latest cuts:

papercutting from 922 decorative vector ornaments book

papercutting from 922 decorative vector ornaments book

papercutting from 922 decorative vector ornaments book

…see if you can match any in my sketchbook compared to the actual original designs in the book:

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Favourite Laser Cut Souvenir from Venice

A laser-cut souvenir pop-up card from Venice.

My favourite laser cut souvenir so far…

Wherever I go my eye is always drawn to laser-cut and laser-etched items, and (as I mentioned in the last post) I was really pleased to see plenty of good quality laser-y products while I was on holiday earlier this month. In fact I was so pleased to see them that I even bought a few laser cut souvenirs.

This is a card that I bought in the Doge’s Palace. It’s got a nice simple front…

venice laser cut souvenir - front
Venice laser cut souvenir – front

…and then when you open it you get the “wow” of the pop-up effect:

venice laser cut souvenir - inside
Venice laser cut souvenir – inside

Here is a close-up of the inside:

venice laser cut souvenir - close up

This is the back of the card:

venice laser cut souvenir - back
Back of card

 

The makers are a bit mysterious – I can’t find them anywhere via the usual search engines – so if you can point me to their website please let me know! You can do that via the contact us page or Twitter (@LaserSister), or Facebook or the comments section below. Thanks!

William Morris Style Laser Cut Birthday Card Designs

William Morris alphabet birthday cards. Card toppers. Laser cutter ideas and inspiration.

William Morris Style Laser Cut Birthday Cards

This week I’ve been developing William Morris-style laser cut birthday cards.

After a couple of days’ tinkering, I ended up with some really nice filigree designs of card toppers:

William Morris style laser cut birthday card: E
Birthday card design: E
william morris style laser cut birthday card F
Testing a gold “F” design

Where to find images and inspiration for your laser cutter

For the letters shown above, I bought the extended licence from Dreamstime, which is a website where you can buy royalty-free photos and vector-based illustrations.

Here are the art nouveau alphabet images that I used. Alternatively, you can enter your own search terms in the box below, to look for specific resources. For example, type “Art nouveau”, or “William Morris alphabet” in the box, and then click the ‘search’ button.

Stock Images

Another great resource that I’ve found for royalty-free designs is Vectorstock.com. They seem to have forgotten to use an apostrophe in the link/banner below, but they still do a brilliant range of illustrations. And because their files are all vector-based graphics, that means that they are usually very straightforward to cut with a laser cutter:

And at the moment (April 2018) both sites are even more useful if you have your own laser cutting business, because they can provide a little bit of extra income on top of your actual laser-cut products. You can either upload some of your own original designs and allow people to buy licences to use them, or can sign up as an ‘affiliate’.

For example, with Vectorstock I uploaded my elephant design so that other people with laser cutters can use it in their own designs. Then every time someone purchases a licence for the elephant, I receive a few cents, but there is no extra cost to the purchaser. Win/win!

Similarly, with affiliate links and referral schemes, you can also receive small payments just for pointing people towards something that they are already interested in. As another example, if you include the banners/ads for these services (like the ones shown above) you could receive a small payment each time someone signs up and/or purchases a licence.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to say ‘hi’ via the contact us page, or to tweet me @LaserSister if you’ve tried any of the above ideas or if you’ve got comments or questions.

Swirly Filigree Valentine

It’s that time of year again, so I’ve been designing a swirly filigree heart for lasercutting.

It’s that time of year again.

So I’ve been trying to develop a heart design where I can fairly easily insert people’s names, or phrases or dates, etc. This is how far I’ve got:

swirly filigree valentine heart for lasercutting

swirly filigree valentine heart for lasercutting

… and this is what my latest experiments look like when I’ve cut them out:

valentine red heart swirly filigree papercut
valentine red heart papercut
valentine silver filigree papercutting
valentine silver filigree papercut
white valentine filigree papercutting
white valentine filigree papercut

William Morris Style Alphabet Cards

Latest card design: William Morris (arts and crafts movement) style laser-cut card.

Over the last couple of days I’ve been working on a new set of cards, and here is the newest one; a William Morris (arts & crafts movement) style “K” card:

William Morris arts and crafts style letter "K" laser cut card - gold
Small Square William Morris Style “K”

It can also be made as a card topper, which could be mounted on a bigger card:

William Morris arts and crafts style letter "K" laser cut card topper - black
William Morris style letter “K” laser cut card topper.

 

New Business: New Blog!

New laser-cutting business blog

After years of running Key Crafts (which covered several crafts including polymer clay, papercutting, jewellery, cardmaking, and laser art), I have now spawned a new company, which will concentrate specifically on the laser side of the business.

“LaserSister” is the new branch of the business, and will cover the laser cutting service for other artists, plus my own laser-cut jewellery, gifts, cards and toys.

I’m aiming to create a blog which will share:

  • information about laser cutting resources that I create, and/or find elsewhere
  • designs for cutting
  • links to other laser-related sites
  • observations and lessons learned from running a laser-cutting business
  • information about the services and products I provide

…but if you’d like to request or recommend any laser-cutting-related posts or content, please give me a shout and I’ll see if they can be added to the blog.

In the meantime the first item to come out of the new business is this kitten brooch, with its little dangly bead instead of a ball of string for the kitten to play with. It should soon feature on my new Etsy and Folksy shops (now all I have to do is create the shops…)

kitten-brooch-20170304-v2

 

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