Hand-Cutting Ideas

Learn to hand-cut paper accents for scrapbook pages.

Create a Hand-Cut Layout Background

Design by Nikki Krueger

To create the letter pattern on the upper portion of this page, Nikki stamped letters on white cardstock, overlapping them so she could cut the entire background as one piece. A hand-cut script title completes the page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: SEI (orange), Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow). Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Fonts: Wendy Medium (title) and Desyrel (journaling) off the Internet. Rubber stamps: Stampabilities (flower), MaVinci's Reliquary (letters). Acrylic paint: Plaid. Color pencils: Staedtler. Ribbon: Making Memories.

Layer Hand-Cut Paper Accents for Texture

Design by Nikki Krueger

On this layout, the butterfly icon is an enlarged dingbat printed in reverse on red patterned paper. The white and blue areas on the wings were cut and layered on top of the base shape to add dimension. For the title, Nikki used a thick shadow font and printed the letters in reverse on red patterned paper and white cardstock. She cut along the outside of the letter on the white version and on the inside of the shadow on the red copy and then layered the two.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Arctic Frog (blue), Daisy D's Paper Co. (red). Fonts: Kristen (journaling) by ITC, Butterflies (dingbat) and Chocolate Drops (title) off the Internet. Rubber stamp: Eat Cake Graphics. Ribbon: Making Memories. Punch: EK Success.

Create a Graphic Design in Image-Editing Software

Design by Erica Hernandez

Erica cut both the intricate background pattern and the title from red cardstock. She designed the background pattern with simple lines and boxes in Microsoft Word and then printed multiple copies of the design on the back of a sheet of cardstock. For her title, she chose a font with slightly irregular edges, relieving her of making the cuts perfectly smooth.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Century Gothic (date, caption) by Agfa Monotype, Sandra Oh (title) off the Internet. Ink: Clearsnap.

Cut and Ink a Scrapbook Layout Title

Design by Erica Hernandez

If cutting an entire title seems daunting, start with individual oversize letters for a striking effect. Erica cut the large letters on this layout from white cardstock and then inked the edges to add dimension. She also handcut the large heart from patterned paper; when combined with the letters, it has a graphic impact. The more intricate script title was printed on a transparency and laid over the heart and printed journaling.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics paper. Patterned paper: Melissa Frances. Fonts: Tahoma (journaling) by Microsoft, Monet ("the sweetest thing") by P22. Nailheads: Scrapworks. Ink: Clearsnap.

Leave Script Letters Linked Together

Design by Amber Ries

Amber cut individual letters from a thick sans serif font for a portion of her title. She chose a more stylized script font for the remaining portion of her title, leaving the letters linked together to make the task easier. Hand-cut brackets highlight the focal point of one photo. To cover the large "Z" with a portion of her journaling, Amber printed the text twice -- once on the green background and once on the tan cardstock -- and then cut the letter from the tan version and layered the two.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Michaels (journaling), Haettenschweiler (sans serif), and Arcana Manuscript (script) off the Internet.

Cut Simple Shapes from Cardstock

Design by Erica Hernandez

On this layout, Erica grouped circles of different sizes, printed the pattern onto cardstock using her computer, and cut out the spaces between the shapes. She reverse-printed her title, used a dingbat font to print the large snowflake image on white cardstock, and then cut out the pieces to complete her design.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: New Romantics (title) and Spunkflakes (snowflake) off the Internet. Photo by Courtney Kelly.

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