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Papercut for a first wedding anniversary

A custom made piece from first enquiry to final delivery

Even after working with Marthe on the design and seeing a scan of the work, I was blown away by the intricate papercut that arrived in the mail.

Custom first anniversary papercut

Client’s requests

When Rebecca reached out to me through Etsy, she was asking whether it would be possible for me to make something special for her husband for their first wedding anniversary (the first year is “paper”!), in a limited time frame.

She really wanted a papercut feature a quote they used in their wedding. As her husband is Spanish, the text was in Spanish as well:

“Que en la amistad haya algún elemento del amor puede ser; pero son dos cosas diferentes.
El amor exige pruebas sobrenaturales, uno querría que la persona que está enamorada o enamorado de uno le diera pruebas milagrosas de ese amor.
En cambio la amistad no necesita de pruebas.”

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We discussed the amount of text and I suggested that we would cut out the text in the paper, but Rebecca really wanted the text to be “positive” (so the paper around the letters would be cut away, the letters would stay).

Rebecca told me she was flexible on what other design elements we could include and didn’t have a preference with regards to the shape or size. Rebecca and her husband really like mountains, and they would be hiking around Mont Blanc for their anniversary. That’s why she was thinking about a silhouette of a mountain, but wasn’t sure how that would look on a papercut.

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 Designing the papercut

There were a few difficult things in designing this papercut.
One was the amount of text that needed to be “positive” and left in the paper. This is hard as everything needs to be connected to each other. With just a few words it’s not that difficult to do, but with a whole quote it’s quite the opposite. All the words need to be held together, without compromising the readability of the text. But also all the little punctuations and dots on “i” and other diacritics for example, need to be held together.

The other difficulty was the time frame. It needed to be produced quickly, so Rebecca could gift the papercut to her husband on their anniversary.

Designed paper cut out customWith regards to the text; I explained to Rebecca that I would need to play around with the text to be able to figure out a design that keeps all together. And I asked her if she would be ok with a design without the regular left-to-right, top-to-bottom, lay-out. She was, as long as the text would  still be, some-what, readable. I also needed a larger size, so the letters wouldn’t be so small that I wouldn’t be able to cut them nicely. Rebecca agreed.

That’s when the idea hit me to use the shape of the letters to more or less create the rough feel of the mountains. As they would be hiking around the Mt. Blanc for their anniversary, I used the ‘skyline’ of the Mont Blanc as reference. Then the text was carefully designed to still be readable, but also enhance the total design of the mountain.

Rebecca had a little trouble with seeing how the final piece would look, when looking at the sketch. So I made a very raw cut out of a small part of the design as an example. I got her complete approval after this. ;)

What the client said:

“I messaged WhisperingPaper on Etsy about a papercut for my first wedding anniversary. Marthe did a great job brainstorming ideas with me, and I’m so pleased with the design we eventually agreed upon: a reading from our wedding over a mountain silhouette- both elements that are very special to my husband and I. When I was concerned about how the draft would look on a papercut, she tweaked the draft so I could better imagine how the final product would look. She also spent time updating the draft to make it exactly what I imagined.

Even after working with Marthe on the design and seeing a scan of the work, I was blown away by the intricate papercut that arrived in the mail. What I received in the mail is EVEN BETTER than what we had been discussing on Etsy. I was so excited to share the gift with my partner, and I’m so glad that WhisperingPaper spent the time to design exactly what I had in mind.My husband and I will cherish it for years to come.

Thanks again!!!”

Rebecca – New York, USA

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Parting papercut – goodbye gift for the nanny

A custom made piece from first enquiry to final delivery

She took my half-baked idea of what I wanted and turned it into a beautiful piece of artwork — with so many personal touches hidden within.

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Client’s requests

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A few months ago I was contacted by a very considerate, sweet lady Emily, who wanted me to make a unique parting gift to give to her nanny because her son is now going to daycare.

She wanted the piece to be a memory to their family, so she asked me to include her son. And as her nanny took him to the swings often, she suggested a bucket swing as well.
The family dog couldn’t be missed either. Emily sent pictures over of her dog and her son, so I could recreate them as true to life as possible.
Besides these main features, she wanted me to include a few other things: the year “2017”, a monkey and a frog (from favorite books and toys) and the Brazilian flag (nationality of the nanny).

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I decided to make a scene in the park featuring their happy boy in his bucket swing under the watchful eye of their family dog. The “originals” (dog and boy) needed to be resembled  as closely as possible in the design, so I used multiple pictures that were sent to me to create the design.
The other elements to be incorporated, were more blend in, in the environment, as they weren’t supposed to be a main feature. Can you spot the “2017” (this one’s obvious), monkey, frog and Brazilian flag?

What the client said:

“I was searching for a meaningful, from the heart gift for my nanny who was finishing up her time with us. I wanted something that would be able to remind her of our time together while still being something pretty enough that she’d actually want to set it around her house! I was thrilled to find Whispering Paper.
From the start, Marthe was a pleasure to work with. She was responsive, helpful and genuinely wanted to make sure I was happy with her work. She took my half-baked idea of what I wanted and turned it into a beautiful piece of artwork — with so many personal touches hidden within. I got this to give as a gift, but I love it so much, I’ve had to talk myself out of keeping it for myself!”

Emily – New York, USA

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Papercut for a newborn baby boy

A custom made piece from first enquiry to final delivery

Creative craftmanship with an eye for all the personal details to which I didn’t even know I wanted them in the piece.

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Client’s requests

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When a newly-made uncle Mike, contacted me, he requested a unique and personalized new baby gift for his newborn nephew.

He asked me to incorporate the name and birthdate of the baby boy in the design. As it wouldbe for a boy he wanted a bit of a bolder and tough font.

Mike saw the nightlight with a forest theme I made earlier and said that was the kind of atmosphere he was looking for. So, he wanted a Bambi-style forest theme, like a small clearing in the woods, but without the buntings I did in the nightlight. Instead he asked to have the name incorporated in the design itself.

He asked me to incorporate a fox somewhere in the design as that was a play on the mothers name, and maybe some special touches to make it unique.

Besides the usual forest creatures he asked me to incorporate a monkey to refer to the big brother of Benja. ;)

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Designing the papercut

With this information in mind I started designing.
A tricky part in designing a scene like this, is that I want it to look interesting and make your eyes wander all over the piece, instead of going in a boring horizontal line. To do this I created different groundlevels.

I also decided to have some interaction between the fox and fawn and fill the forest with little forest creatures (and the little monkey!) to give it a fun, playful (and a bit a “cute”) look, without using buntings etc.
I think the final piece does give that ‘Bambi-feel’, don’t you?

What the client said:

(translated from Dutch)
“They (the new parents) were extremely happy with it and they really thought it was beautiful. So I fortunately got the pat on the back for choosing this gift.”

“It also was such a festive package, all nicely wrapped and with the separate cards, it just felt complete.
Creative craftmanship with an eye for all the personal details to which I didn’t even know I wanted them in the piece. I really take my hat off to you!”

Mike – the Netherlands

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