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Monday, 1 January 2007
Carnival of Papercut Lions
Topic: Art

Try a papercut! They're such fun. You can try one of these lions. Start with a quarter sheet of copy paper. Pinch a little section about 3/4" from the 'ground' edge. With a small pair of sharp scissors snip into the pinch. This is the back of the back paw. Cut smoothly up the back leg, around the tail, down the back, over the mane, ear, profile, mane again, chest, front leg(s), ribs and belly, haunch?, and finally down the back leg. Oops - each foot on the ground needs to stay connected if you want to turn it into a popup card. When I cut these I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them. I did then make them into popup cards. Here I just kept making different arrangements with them. To turn them into popups they get glued into a card folder of a contrasting color. It should be positioned with the ground edge in the fold of the card. Glue a tab into the back of the figure. Leave a gap the same size as the distance between the ground edge of the papercut and its paw edge. Fold the rest of the tab up and glue onto the card. The tab acts as a bridge between the card and the figure and holds the figure away from the card. I should show one of the actual cards, but they got mailed. When I make another I'll try to remember to add it here.

See enlarged views of the pictures.
Papercut Lions 1
Papercut Lions 2
Papercut Lions 3
Papercut Lions 4

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Posted by Catinka Knoth at 6:49 PM EST
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