Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brand New Paper Cuts and More in the Shop + an ATC Giveaway!


 I'm so excited to announce some BRAND NEW PAPER CUTS in the shop! I think you are going to love these! As many of you know, I had been carrying Paper Cuts by the talented Scott Lyon for several years. Unfortunately, he's no longer selling the Paper Cuts, instead he is focusing on his fabulous Wood Cuts, which he's been selling for quite some time in his Etsy shop. I asked Scott if he would mind me making some Paper Cut sets of my own since I could no longer buy his, and he told me to go for it since I was already carrying them! So I did!

  
Here is a sample of Scott’s Wood Cuts available in his Etsy shop. Several of his Paper Cuts are also still available here, while supplies last.

And now onto the awesome new Paper Cuts! As a licensed Occupational Therapist, I can really appreciate the ergonomic usefulness of these. So many folks have trouble cutting due to arthritis, so I just had to keep these in the shop!





(These have to be my favorite! I can never cut a perfectly symmetrical egg!)


And last but not least, Dollies!

No doubt there will be many more sets to come!

In addition the the awesome Paper Cuts, there are other new goodies in the shop including 20 NEW German Dresden Designs, fab Vintage Goodies (including this cool ledger paper from the 1800s), and Alcohol Inks and Supplies (which are perfect with our Acrylic Charms!). Check it all out HERE.

*And now for some play time!*
(please excuse the messy work space. I hadn't planned on you coming over for a visit, however I decided to show you a few things!)


I knew I wanted to make a few ATCs! So I started with a piece of fabulous 1800s Handwritten Ledger Paper and my favorite Black Mat Board ATC blanks. I was elated to find that SIX ATCs fit perfectly on one sheet! It was serendipitous indeed! I simply covered one side of my blanks with Mod Podge and laid them on the paper. I just had to show you!


Cut or tear them apart and you are all set! Make sure to save those lovely little spare pieces for another project.


Since I had been making jewelry all day for an art show I have tomorrow, I wanted to get MESSY! So using some acrylic paint (white, aqua, and pink), a paint brush, and some Coffee Break Design Stencils, I went to town. The stencils I used were Small Heart Background, Large Onomotoholes, and the Psychedelic Circle Set.


While they were cute after the stenciling, I wanted to grunge them up a bit. This was actually my first time really getting in there and inking up the edges. Normally I just do a tad using my finger. But it was SO easy. I simply used one of the Tim Holtz ink blending pads and some brown and black archival inks. I didn't even use a tool, I just held the pad in my hand. I actually found that it gave me much more control! I was able to adjust the pressure as needed. And it must be something about that 130 year old paper - the ink just spread so nice and smooth. It almost looks like I knew what I was doing! Thanks awesome paper!


I kind of adore how the white stenciled hearts looked after the ink. They almost look like they have been bleached or burned in. Another unexpected surprise! And just look at that YUMMY Ledger Paper. This set is really something as it's completely covered in writing!


Finally, I embellished with the amazing new Paper Cuts! I used 6 of the 7 sets. Birds, Owls, Eggs, Butterflies, Moths, and Fish! I also played with some of the Alcohol Inks on the German Dresden. I used "Bottle" and "Denim" from the Rustic Lodge Kit to colorize a few pieces. The Silver Gate (bottom left) and Gold Cameo Frame (top middle) were easily transformed! For the butterfly ATC in the center I also used a Classic Brass Crown covered with a bit of Patina Gilders Paste.
(click the image for a closer look!)


Here is the messy proof that I colored the Dresden with Alcohol Ink. For some reason this mess looks beautiful to me. If you click on the photo, you will see there is a perfect little "you" in the center of the mess (completely by accident). Maybe you will get a bit messy this week too! I highly recommend it!

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*** So would any of you like to win one of my ATCs from above?***
Leave a comment on this post letting me know which of the NEW Paper Cut sets you like best. Sometime next week I'll pick a winner (using a random number generator) to receive one of my original ATCs from this post! xo

40 comments:

  1. Ang KripplebauerJune 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Would love the Butterflies Very pretty :)

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  2. These are just gorgeous,that ledger paper is fab. I think the eggs are my favourite too,but they are all fantastic!

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  3. Its so hard to choose!! I have narrowed it down to the Moths, the Pink Sparrows and the gauges...... but love them all!

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  4. Gorgeous ATCs. I'm rather fond of the egg paper cuts. They are different and quite colorful!

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  5. My favorite is the one with the owls,still I love them all!
    Hugs

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  6. To be true to my self I'd have to say I want one of each.
    That's why I've curtailed my shopping lately. They are wonderful!

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  7. I love them all! But my fave is the butterfly one! Thanks for showing us how you made these beautiful ATCs.
    Hugs~

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  8. Gorgeous ATC's! My favorite paper cuts were the birds. They are all great!

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  9. I love love love the owl! I'm going to have to get the owls paper cuts :)

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  10. Love the paper cuts and the butterflies are my favorite!

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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  11. I love the butterflies. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for letting us see how you make your ATCs

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  12. I'm loving the eggs, they're so pretty!

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  13. wonderful tutorial Kristin!! and fab atcs -- just the inspiration I needed while enjoying my saturday morning coffee!!Woohoo!!
    was 'hooked' by the FISH (LOL) -- love the colors and they would make some glorious summer holidays'themed projects.
    Have a great weekend dear!!Eugenia xo

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  14. They are all so beautiful and I can think of a million and one things to do with them, but I think by absolute favourite are the eggs.

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  15. Hello people,...the owls are the best!! Duh. ha!
    Your ATC's are always fantastic!! Thanks for making it possible to win one.---->Sandra

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous. It would be hard to pick a favourite, but I am really drawn to the bird on the eggs with the gate in the background.

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Must give this a try

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  17. They are all gorgeous, and ideas pop into my head straight away! The butterflies win out...with fish, eggs,owls and birds not far behind. Great tutorial ~ thanks
    Dot x

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  18. I love the owls but all are wonderful

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  19. Love all of these Kristin and your tutorial was wonderful...looks like I'll be shopping again in the near future! MJ xoxo

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  20. They are all so gorgeous! It is not easy to decide, however, I think I like the butterflies best. Thank you for this giveaway - would love to win one of your ATCs to put into my collection.
    Angelika

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  21. I love the Birds paper cuts! The owls, however, run a close second!
    I also really like the look of the ledger paper on the ATCs!

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  22. I think the Moths would be my first choice, but the Owls, Birds, and Eggs are also favorites. The "new" ledger paper looks wonderful! Love the ATC's you've made, and especially appreciate the step-by-step process!

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  23. They're all wonderful Kristin but I'm really loving those owls!
    Your atcs are fabulous!

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  24. I would love to win - the ATCs are all beautiful - but win or not when I get my SS check this Wed. I know I'm ordering at least the moths,owls & fishes if not all your beautiful papercuts &I some of that delish ledger paper
    thanks - such beautiful work
    kathleen codyrachel

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  25. I would love to win any of these sets but I must say it is a toss up between the eggs and the dollies that are my favorites.

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  26. there's just something about those dollies!! :)

    april, owlape@aol.com

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  27. All of your ATCs are wonderful. Anyone should be honored to receive one. Of your new paper cuts I think the moths are my fave, but I'm a color fanatic.

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  28. I like the eggs. Lovely colors!

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  29. I love your creativity and style. Very very very nice.

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  30. I really love the owls and have been wanting to do some art with owls,so I think they are perfect. The moths are cool as well.

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  31. Hi there!! I am new to your site and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your ATC's. Can't wait to see more and to find outhow I can get some of your cut out's!! Now onward to read more of your site!! Blessings

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  32. Hi there!!I am new to your site and LOVE LOVE LOVE the atc's! Can't wait to see more of these and find out how I can purchase the cut outs myself. So , ONWARD to check out more!! Blessings

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  33. My favorite is the fish. I love the ledger paper and I am going to have to get an order together.

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  34. Great tutorial Kristen.....I think I have to try this! Thanks for the chance!

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  35. Yes step by step tutorials always get me inspired. The crown butterfly is my
    favorite.

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  36. these are lovely, think the birds & butterflies are my favourites!

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  37. Stunning paper cuts my dear. Loved your tutorial too. Brown and pink backgrounds are fabulous...

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