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Background Stories


– Testimonials –

– Read about the process, the requests, and what the client thought of the finished piece. –

creation of custom cuts


– Read the “Making-Of” of these papercuts and the clients’ full review –

25th Anniversary Gift
– Heart with personal history –

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the full testimonial & the Making-Of

Custom Papercut for a TV Show
– Flower wall hanging –

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the full testimonial & the Making-Of

“She took my ideas and turned them into a one of a kind, detail filled, work of art, made with both talent and love.”

– Linda, California, USA –

“The flowers of Turkey and the Antilles are a superb combination and very romantic

– Marianne Luning, Stylist VT Wonen, Holland –

Anniversary Gift
– Mountain Love –

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the full testimonial & the Making-Of

Birth Announcement Cards
– Personal and stripy –

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the full testimonial & the Making-Of

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.

– Rebecca, New York, USA –

Vík likes the zebras on his wall as much as we do and he kisses them regularly,
so sweet

– Noortje, Holland –

Parting Gift
– A beautiful memory for a nanny –

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the full testimonial & the Making-Of

Wedding Gift
– Memory of an Ibiza wedding –

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the full testimonial & the Making-Of

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.

– Emily, New York, USA –

The papercut is a memory to us, of a very special day and hangs on a nice and prominent place in our home.”

– Chantal, Holland –

Newborn Baby Gift
– Celebrating a newborn baby boy –

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the full testimonial & the Making-Of

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

– Mike, Holland –

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Personal Messages

– For full reviews click on a background story at the top of the page. –

February 7, 2018

We have just received our second paper cut from Whispering Paper. The first one we gave as a wedding gift to some friends. Since we gave them theirs I have wanted one of our own! We had a wonderful family holiday in Scotland and so I asked Marthe if she could make us a paper cut to remember it by. 

The whole process from initial ideas to design and complete paper cut has been incredibly easy and well thought out. Marthe has great attention to detail and her ability to portray our ideas into the papercut was perfect, better than we could have hoped for! 

Marthe has great ideas but is also very willing to help get your ideas onto the paper! 

We have loved working with Marthe and would highly recommend her. Even the packaging of the papercut was beautiful!


United Kingdom

December 28, 2018

Stephanie and I unwrapped it tonight and it’s absolutely extraordinary.!

She was truly speechless and wonderstruck by the level of detail, and absolutely LOVES the piece.! We talked about all the steps you spent working on it with me and getting it just right.. As well, I appreciate the attention to detail you had in packaging it up, the photos of the work in progress and the little note you included, all made this anniversary gift a wonderful experience 🙂

I want to thank you Marthe for the beautiful work you’ve done – the 3 layers and the perspective and depth it gives to the piece is so special – it is a truly beautiful piece of art..!

We are both very grateful for having this as an exceptionally unique anniversary present, and a family heirloom keepsake..
Thank you again Marthe!



December 18, 2018
Marthe has more than exceeded our expectations with the birth announcement card for our son Guus.
The first design she sent, based on our input, was an immediate hit and even more beautiful than we had hoped. It is really amazing how she managed to grasp the appearance of our cats; they really look amazingly alike!
Furthermore, it was very pleasant during the design phase, that Marthe made suggestions about what could work well, including sketches to clarify it.
During the entire process – from the first request to framing tips – Marthe was always extremely helpful, quick and friendly. The result is a unique and personal work of art, to which we have already received many positive reactions: a framed papercut for the baby room and beautiful birth announcements.
The way in which Marthe had packed everything, further demonstrated her personal attention, creativity and eye for detail. In short: if you want a unique (birth) card including artwork, I warmly recommend Whispering Paper!

“Marthe heeft met het geboortekaartje van onze zoon Guus onze verwachtingen meer dan overtroffen.
Het eerste ontwerp dat ze op basis van onze input stuurde was meteen een schot in de roos en nog mooier dan we al hoopten.
Het is echt ontzettend knap hoe ze de oogopslag van onze katten heeft weten te vatten; ze lijken echt verbluffend goed!
Verder was het tijdens de ontwerpfase erg prettig dat Marthe suggesties deed over wat goed zou kunnen werken inclusief schetsen om het te verduidelijken.
Tijdens het hele proces – van de eerste aanvraag tot tips voor het inlijsten – was Marthe steeds uiterst behulpzaam, snel en vriendelijk.
Het resultaat is een uniek en persoonlijk kunstwerk waar we al veel positieve reacties op hebben ontvangen: een ingelijste papercut voor op de babykamer en schitterende geboortekaartjes.
De wijze waarop Marthe alles had ingepakt, gaf nog eens extra blijk van haar persoonlijke aandacht, creativiteit en oog voor detail.
Kortom: als je een uniek (geboorte)kaartje wilt inclusief kunstwerk, dan beveel ik Whispering Paper van harte aan!”


The Netherlands

October 25, 2018

Hi Marthe,

It looks amazing! Thank you so much for all of your help! I can’t wait to give it to her! Please let me know if you need any additional information for shipping or anything else. Thanks again!

Just arrived here in Austin, that was so fast! It is perfect! I can’t wait to give it to C(…)! The packaging is so nice too. I love the wood and string. Thank you also for the postcards and the nice note :-). Brett

United States

September 20, 2018

Hi Marthe,
I am so happy – this was such an enjoyable collaboration for me; working with you has been wonderful.
I can’t wait to surprise my partner with it, he is going to love it! And look at it every day in our home!

Thank you again! Cori

United States

September 20, 2018

Hi Marthe,

It looks wonderful! I’m super excited about it, thank you so much. I think it turned out great. The detail of the flower bouquets and the tulle on the arch is incredible.
I really really like it, and I know Kylie is going to love it as well. I can’t wait to frame it! Thanks so much; I can’t even imagine the depth of concentration it takes to do something like this.

Thanks! Ross

United States

September 13, 2018

*translated from Dutch*

Hi Marthe,
Wow, so beautiful!
Such details. You score especially with the city hall from Culemborg. 😉 The longer you look at it, the more you see.  The initials! So cool! K(…) will be so happy. Such painstaking work.
A thousand thank you’s and I look forward to the mail!
(And ofcourse I’ll let you know what (K…) thought!
With love,

Dag Marthe,

Wow, Super mooi!
Wat een details. Vooral stadhuis Culemborg scoor je punten mee hoor ;). Hoe langer je kijkt, hoe meer je ziet. De initialen! Heel tof!
Wat zal K(…) blij zijn. Wat een monnikenwerk zeg.
Duizendmaal dank en ik kijk uit naar de post!
(En ik zal je natuurlijk laten weten wat K(…) er van vindt!



The Netherlands

September 12, 2018

It’s absolutely perfect can’t wait to see in person!


United States

June 19, 2018

It looks beautiful. Thank you so much


United Kingdom

June 6, 2018

*translated from Dutch*

Oh, so beautiful! We think it’s perfect! ????

Oh wat mooi! Wij vinden m perfect ????
Irene & Christian

The Netherlands

April 23, 2018


The package arrived on Saturday and we are completely happy with the paper cut. I have decided that the frame I thought to use is too small and will be getting a double glass type that is 30×40!!

Thank-you once again, it is just so lovely.

Take care, Monique

United States

May 18, 2018

*translated from Dutch*

Hi Marthe,
Yes, it’s perfect like this!
And like J(…) already said; it looks amazing!


Hoi Marthe! Ja zo is ‘ie helemaal goed!
En zoals Jeffrey al zei, ziet het er prachtig uit! Liefs

Marije & Jeffrey

The Netherlands

April 23, 2018


The package arrived on Saturday and we are completely happy with the paper cut. I have decided that the frame I thought to use is too small and will be getting a double glass type that is 30×40!!

Thank-you once again, it is just so lovely.

Take care, Monique

United States

March 29, 2018

Dear Marthe,

I opened the paper cuts from my sister today and they are so beautiful. Thank you so much. You’re ridiculously talented. They are such a special keepsake that I will always treasure.

My friend K(…) absolutely loved X(…)’s too. Thank you so so much. xxx



March 7, 2018

It’s absolutely and completely perfect. My boyfriend loves it, thank you so very much! Valeria

United Kingdom

March 1, 2018

*translated from Dutch*

Hi Marthe,
We just received the cards and the papercut and they are so beautiful! Once we’ve framed the papercut, I’ll send you a picture of it right away.

Many thanks for your speedy process. Even with an extra fawn and stickers. Really great!
Just let me know if you’d like a testimonial somewhere.

Warm regards,

Haai marthe,

We hebben de kaartjes en de papercut net ontvangen en wat zijn ze prachtig!
  Als we de papercut hebben ingelijst stuur ik je meteen een foto.
Heel erg veel dank dat je dit zo ontzettend snel voor ons gemaakt hebt. Zelfs met een extra 
hertje en emblemen. Echt geweldig!!
  Als je iets van een referentie ergens wilt hebben dan laat het maar weten.


The Netherlands

December 12, 2017

Hi Marthe!
J(…) loved the paper cut so much! I gave it to him for Christmas and we’re excited about designing the mounting/frame for it. Thanks again! I’ll be sure to write a great review on etsy. Molly

United States

October 24, 2017

Hi Marthe,

It’s beautiful!! We’re doing the hike right now! My husband loved the papercut and I know it’s something we’ll keep forever. Thank you so much for all your help.


United States

October 3, 2017

*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!”

Ze waren er ontzettend blij mee en ze vonden het heel erg mooi. Dus ik kreeg gelukkig ook 
de schouderklopjes voor het uitkiezen van het cadeau.
Het was ook zo’n feestelijk pakket, mooi ingepakt en met de losse kaarten erbij, het klopte gewoon 
helemaal. Creatief vakmanschap met een oog voor alle persoonlijke details waarvan ik niet eens wist dat ik
ze in het werk wilde hebben. Echt petje af!

The Netherlands

September 30, 2017

Hello Marthe!

Your beautiful paper cut has arrived safely! It’s absolutely wonderful, it’s perfect and just incredible. Your packaging was super too, thank you. (…)
We cannot wait to give T(…) and B(…) the paper cut when they return from honeymoon!

Thank you so much and we will definitely be in touch to arrange one for us!

P.S. Husband’s response when seeing the photos before shipment: That is pretty much the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen… Zoe

United Kingdom

September 22, 2017

Hi Marthe,

I received the cutout today – so much faster than I would have thought! It’s so beautiful. I’m really thrilled with it, I think it will make such a beautiful gift.

I’ll send you a pic once I’ve gotten it framed. Emily

United States

September 15, 2017

WOWWWW! Its SO beautiful. I was planning on framing it to give to my husband – but you have done such MAGNIFICENT packaging job- so lovely that I am VERY torn.
It’s just so lovely, I am speechless. I just saw the joined hands – PERFECT.

THANK YOU again dankuwel
I will try and take a photo of it when I have it framed. I feel you have handed to me your well thought out, cared for, stressed over project to complete. I will do my best to see that it is properly finished.

You are so VERY talented, creative and patient.
You are a JOY to work with
THANK YOU again. Linda

United States

August 8, 2017

*translated from Dutch*

Hi Marthe, the nightlight was waiting for us at the neighbours when we came back from our holiday yesterday. It is beautiful;

I’m sure she will think this is a great gift! Thanks for the quick service, regards,

Hoi Marthe, het lampje stond op ons te wachten bij de buren toen we gisteren terug kwamen van vakantie. Het is prachtig; ik weet zeker dat ze het een super cadeau vindt! Dank voor de snelle service, groet,


The Netherlands

April 10, 2017

*translated from Dutch*

Ohhhhh Marthe so cool!!!!!!
We really love the papercut.

Ohhhhh Marthe wat gaaf!!!!!!!
We vinden de papercut super mooi.

Stephan & Noortje

The Netherlands

March 29, 2017

*translated from Dutch*

Hey Marthe,

Wow wow wow! This is so beautiful. We are totally speechless. Such enormous quality!
N(…)’s first respons: “Wow… cool… much more beautiful than we could have ever come up with ourselves!”
So well done!
Very special how you managed to incorporate it all. Really great.

Hey Marthe,
Wow wow wow! Wat super prachtig. We zijn er echt helemaal stil van. Wat een enorme kwaliteit! N(…) zijn reactie meteen: “Wow…gaaf…nog veel mooier dan we het zelf hadden kunnen bedenken!”
Helemaal top dus!
Heel bijzonder hoe je het allemaal hebt weten te integreren. Echt super.
Niels & Paula

The Netherlands

March 13, 2017

*translated from Dutch*

Dear Marthe,
A very nice card! Nice to see how you incorporated all in the design. We originally had a big giraffe in mind, but this is much better.
Well done! Kudos! We’re super happy with it and impressed with all the details.

Beste Marthe,
Hartstikke leuk kaartje! Leuk om te zien hoe je alles hebt verwerkt. We hadden eigenlijk allebei een grote giraffe in ons hoofd, maar dit is veel beter. Chapeaux! We zijn er super blij mee en onder de indruk van alle details.

Bram & Dietske

The Netherlands

January 24, 2017

Marthe is an incredibly talented artist. I gave her the very difficult task of creating a very small multi layered diorama to include a vignette of our beloved great Dane Lulu. She took great care and a lot of time to make sure I would be pleased. I couldn’t be more so! Thank you Marthe Ellen

United States

December 5, 2016

Hi Marthe,

Thank you so much, it looks even more wonderful in person! Yes, we were able to finish the card on time and greatly appreciate your quick turn around and beautiful design.

I hope you had a great weekend, and keep up the amazing work. We’ll be watching.

Best, Sabrina, Livongo

United States

November 19, 2016

Oh, my gosh! I LOVE IT! Thanks so much, Marthe—it’s exactly what I had hoped for!

I wanted to let you know that K(…) and N(…) loved the papercut you made. They were especially impressed with the borders. I am hoping to visit them next month and am anxious to see where they place it in their very tiny apartment. Thank you again for making it so beautifully and for all your special attention! Elizabeth

United States

October 1, 2016

The amazing level of communication & resulting personalisation of my order made it an absolute pleasure to work with Marthe. She is a very talented artist who went above & beyond to ensure that my piece arrived on time & looked exactly as promised, if not better. I highly recommend this artist to anyone wanting a very personal service. Frances

United Kingdom

August 26, 2016

It’s amazing! Really incredible how much more it comes to life when its a papercut – rather than just a drawing. Jack

United Kingdom

June 20, 2016

I contacted Marthe with a custom order request for a paper cut with a Van Gogh quote for my son’s nursery. From the start of our project through the delivery, Marthe was responsive, friendly and always helpful (especially during the design process).

She gave great feedback & advice when I was uncertain about different aspects of the piece. The end result is beautiful and even better than I could have imagined. It came double wrapped in protective bubble wrap (and decorative tissue!), which was very much appreciated as my husband was carrying it home in his luggage. I cannot say enough good things about working with Marthe!


United States