This experiment was to be a simple carousel book of just 4 spreads if possible. Maybe it still will be. The second set was given away as cards. They are taped onto some of my Easter postcards so the viewer can peek through the front scene to another picture. I cut them freehand without drawing or pattern.
A friend recently gave me a book of Hans Christian Andersen's papercuttings. You can find it here on Amazon (sponsored link). The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian AndersenThe book tells that he created freehand papercuts while telling his stories. These were then given as gifts to his dinner hosts or to the children listening. Instead of illustrations of the stories the papercuttings served as secondary story lines to help captivate the listener and provide a bit of a show! Can you imagine being able to tell a story while making up a papercut?... He made several thousand of them. Quite a few survived. The Odense Museum has more for you to see and read about H.C. Anderson.