So, if you don’t already know, I am a bit obsessed with cutting things out, by hand, with a scalpel. Mostly, it’s paper, and I’ve been making personalised papercuts for yeeeears! It’s a passion of mine. But it can be extremely time consuming – Not only do I create the design, but the process of cutting can sometimes take hours! So last year, I invested in a plotter cutter! It’s just a small, domestic one, but I am fortunate to work with the big ones at work, so I already knew a lot about how to use a cutter before I got mine.
It’s been aaaamazing! I feel like I couldn’t live without it now! It’s enabled me to open up the design possibilities so much. And this design is the perfect example.
I was commissioned to make this bespoke cut a few weeks ago for a wedding present. The client sent over a copy of the invite they had received from the bride and groom, and I loved the damask pattern used on it. So I decided to incorporate it into the design. The client loved it! But I realised that there was absolutely no way I was going to be able to cut it out by hand… and even even if I was to use the cutter, I realised that it would be impossible to position the paper in between the sheets of glass without it moving around, as it’s incredibly delicate, and the paper often tries to slide around as the air is compressed between the two sheets of perspex/glass. (It’s a lot easier to do with a larger piece of paper – more surface area for it to grip to the glass I suppose!)
My solution? Wall vinyl! It has a sticky backing, and again, I am pretty experienced at using it at work. I realised that not only could my machine cut the intricate design, but the vinyl would stick to the glass, perfectly in place. And it worked! I am pretty pleased with the result and will be offering it as an option for my customers in the future, as it would allow more complicated designs to be created.
Not only that, but I have started using these new frames – The design is sandwiched between two sheets of glass, but I like the structure of the frame as it literally frames the design, and you don’t have to worry about balancing it like the perspex frames.
If you’re interested in commissioning a bespoke paper or vinyl cut for a special occasion, just get in contact with me and I’d be happy to give you a quote! 🙂
P.S. The customer in this instance was Sonal Vyas Mehndi Artist – She’s so talented! Check out her work if you get a chance.