As England’s chance of success in the World Cup came abruptly to an end this week, so did my latest paper cut! I’m rather more cheerful about the latter though, as it’s been on my to-do list for quite some time.

I can’t deny that it was the trickiest cut I’ve ever done. All those teeny circles seemed like a good idea when I sketched out the design, but cutting them was a pig!

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I’ve called it ‘World Cut’ but it was actually made for the transportation challenge for the Facebook group ‘Papercutting Workshop‘. Each little detail was sketched and cut out by hand. The paper cut design evolved as I drew it, I hadn’t originally planned the night and day halves but thought it would add a bit of interest to the sky.

paper cut
paper cut

 The fiddliest bit by far was the bicycle, look how tiny it is next to my index finger!

paper cut

The sun’s rays had to be added in to support everything in the sky.

In the ‘day’ half, the images are positive, in the ‘night’ half they’re negative ie. cut out as holes.

Paper cut

Here’s the final piece with my paw to give it some scale.

paper cut

I’m thinking of doing prints of this one, but as I’ve never had any done before, I’d like to gauge interest before I go ahead. Please email me or contact me via my Facebook page if you’re interested in buying a print, if I enough people would like one, I’ll look into it! 

I’m sharing today’s post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour, Be Different Act Normal, Tatertots and Jello and Paper Saturdays.


I’ve been watching this unfold as your shared it on facebook and was showing it to my sons earlier this evening. It is AWESOME!
Do you draw your design on the back in pen? I have dabbled just a teeny tiny bit and am looking for pointers to improve. thanks so much.

Hi Julia, thanks for your lovely message! Yes, I draw on the back first, although this one I drew on a white piece of paper then scanned and printed it onto the blue. I find it easier to do it this way when the design is fiddly and lots of rubbing out is involved! Hope that helps! Clare 🙂

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