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    I came up with the idea of making intricate paper cutting art designs due to my love of art and intricate home decor. I wanted to make unique paper cutting designs that were made to order, being personal to the recipient and that would stand out once framed and hung in the homee creating a personalised paper gift. Here's how I do it: -

    To start I draw the design onto greaseproof paper ensureing the design is exactly how I want it. I use graphite sheets in order to trace the design onto the card, this makes it an easier way of transferring the design and it also means I can keep the original design if i wanted to use it again. Once the design is complete and transferred onto the card I'm ready to start the cutting.

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     To start cutting out the design I use a cutting board behind the card and make sure I have a specialist cutting knife with different tips. The cutting is the crucial part as if you get it wrong there's no going back! Sometimes it difficult to try not to get too excited when cutting as you can get carried away, I find I have to have breaks and make sure I'm nice and fresh and concentrating on what I am cutting. the pressure is on towards the end as that is when you really don't want anything to go wrong.

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    The window part in this design was the most tiresome part, difficult to not get bored of each little window and to remain with the concentration needed.

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    The exciting part is the end when it all comes together and you are then happy with the end result. This customer did not want any background of the frame as she wanted to be able to put it on the wall and have the colour of her wall as the background. I therefore took the backing board out of the frame and used another sheet of glass for the back instead. The tricky part with this was trying to get the design in the correct place when putting the glass together. I used very small pieces of clear sticky back plastic on some parts of the design so it wouldn't slip down in the frame.

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    Many thanks

    Amanda

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  2. I want to share how I created this Art Deco Black & White Photo Frame. I love trying to come up with new designs and experimenting with colours. 

    I started this project by finding a suitable base frame for the design I wanted. This was quite important as I wanted the mosaic tiles to be in lines around the frame and the frame would need to be a certain width so the mosaic tiles were nicely spaced from each other without the gaps being too large. I started by placing a piece of paper over the glass of the frame to make sure the glass is protected. I then started to make sure the tiles would fit in a nice way around the frame and then to the edge of the frame. Spacing is important to get right as I didn't want to get to the end of a line and start having to squash the tiles together.

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    I just built up the frame by glueing the mosaic tiles onto the frame ensuring at all times the spacing was correct. I used a nice strong glue to glue the tiles onto the frame as it is important that the tiles do not become loose whilst I apply the grout. Once all the tiles were glued on I gave it some drying time. I them ran my thumb and finger along the tiles to make none of them were loose, I would re-glue any that became loose. Once this is done it was time to start grouting. 

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    I had white grout to mix up with water however because I had used white mosaic tiles with this project I wanted a grey grout so the white tiles would still stand out, I therefore mixed up the white grout and added some black Acrylic paint into the grout. This was mixed well until I was happy with the colour. Once this was a good consistency, not too wet and not too hard, this was then applied to the frame. I have a grout spreader which makes things easier but you can just use bits of cut up cardboard which does the job just as well. I made sure using the grout spreader that the sides of the frame and also the inner part of the frame was nice and neat.

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    I then left the grout to dry for approximately 15 minutes, this allowed it to dry enough for me to start wiping the frame down. You need to be careful you don't let it dry too much on the top as it will then be difficult to wipe it down. I would wipe with a damp cloth constantly washing out the cloth between the wipes. this would take some time as you may need to wait for it to dry a little more and then wipe again until the tiles become completely clear of any grout covering them. Once this is down I normally let the grout dry hard overnight. 

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    The finished project is below. 

     

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    Many Thanks 

    Amanda

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