Latest Papercutting Designs
This is my latest batch:
…with some close-ups:
…and my favourite today:
I’m still cutting my way through all of the designs from one particular book. This is how far I’ve got so far…
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:
…see if you can match any in my sketchbook compared to the actual original designs in the book:
A laser-cut souvenir pop-up card from Venice.
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…
…and then when you open it you get the “wow” of the pop-up effect:
Here is a close-up of the inside:
This is the back of the 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 alphabet birthday cards. Card toppers. Laser cutter ideas and inspiration.
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:
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.
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.
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:
… and this is what my latest experiments look like when I’ve cut them out:
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:
It can also be made as a card topper, which could be mounted on a bigger card:
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:
…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…)
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