15 December 2016

Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box

I set myself a Christmas Challenge this year. It was nothing to do with presents, or cooking or wrapping but something that was new, hopefully relaxing, would take my focus away from a ‘screen’ for a short time, and be enjoyable. 


The challenge? It was to be my first time trying out the paper art craft of papercutting … 

Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box


Until a few weeks ago I hadn’t really heard of papercutting. I’d seen the results on craft stalls, but to be honest had not really looked into it or realised how they were made. However, a local small business was launching a new business of delivering beautiful, printed, papercut templates & backing papers straight to your door and wanted people to try it out. Always one for a challenge I thought I’d give it a go.

The parcel from Embellish Box arrived with lovely, distinctive packaging. 

It had a HYGGE theme. 


Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box


Inside were:
  • printed templates
  • backing papers
  • a self-assembly house to collect
  • exclusive themed items such as Snowman Soup(hot chocolate and marshmallows), fingerless gloves, candy cane, candle and a free news subscriber gift of a scalpel – an essential tool.



Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box


Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box

Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box


It really is a lovely and well-thought out package. I can imagine any 'papercutting' fan loving it but also too, anyone who likes craft activities that haven't already tried papercutting.

I decided to attempt the cut-out house. My aim was that it would maybe make a nice Christmas bauble for the tree!

Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box


I carefully put the scalpel together, found a hard chopping board to sue, made myself a cuppa, played some festive songs, and immersed myself in papercutting.

Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box

Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box

I'm not going to lie. It's not easy. You do have to concentrate and take your time. Some parts you cut, others you fold to create the house. It is fiddly, it is tricky and it is a challenge. But afterwards, I also felt like I'd accomplished something.

I did find the smaller more intricate parts of the design particularly difficult but a seasoned papercutter would probably have no problem at all. 

My finished result is not perfect. It's not the neatest but I have made it, and it was my first attempt. See what you think of it ...

Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box



If papercutting is your thing or if you like a new challenge. The lovely Amy at Embellish Box is offering 15% off your first subscription valid until 20 December 2016. 





Simply use the code: MYBOYSCLUB15




Papercutting for the first time with an Embellish Box



Cost: A one-off box costs £19.  A monthly subscription costs from £18 per month. 
I was gifted this box in return for an honest review.
Time: The cut-out house took a few hours so all in all the box with four activities would provide
My Boys Club Rating: Yes it was a challenge but it was creative and enjoyable. I'm not sure I'm going to become an avid paper cutter but if I was bought one of these boxes as a present I wouldn't be disappointed.

Have you tried papercutting?

Deb x


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