crafting for Christmas: my take on Scherenschnitte

Scherenschnitte, which means "scissor cuts" in German, is the art of cutting continuous paper designs. I first read about it on a blog that I love called The New Awesome. I do not know these girls in SF, but they sure seem like fun.

Then I saw this guy (girl?) Koyla's work on Etsy - he cuts city landscapes into that countries currency. It is amazing.

I also saw a company who sells box cards with city landscapes - NYC, Paris, London - but I can't find the link! They were beautiful though (p.s. I may have copied your empire state building). If I find the link again, I'll be sure to post it.

Anyway, my best friend moved to the city this summer. While her home will always be St. Louis, I hope that she feels at home here too. Feeling totally inspired by the projects above, I decided to make her two pictures - one of St. Louis and one of New York City.

I put them in shadowbox frames and separated the layers with foam dots (the kind you use for scrapbooking) to give them a bit of depth.


They were impossible to photograph - too much glare with the flash, but too dark without it. So these aren't great, but they give you an idea.

Anyway, they were really fun to make, and I think I'll do it again. I'd love to have a large piece of cut-out artwork for my apartment. I love you Meg! You are one of the few people in the world I would lose all feeling in the tip of my finger for (note to self: next time, don't press so hard on the xacto knife!).

15 comments:

M Henrich said...

lucky Megan--those are super cool!

Meg said...

I adore these! This afternoon, I will be popping by the hardware store for nails to hang them. Booya to being the recipient of fabulous craft creations. (And the pics really do not give them justice!)

Jaime said...

I love these! Will you teach me? Oh Jill, my fearless crafty leader, you are such a talented wit! What would we do without you?

Janelle said...

Those are amazing! I want to learn too!

Shy Ritz said...

I am so jealous cause your really crafty! you should sell your projects if you dont already!

A Link Per Post said...

WOW! your site really made me miss doing art even more! you have quite inspired me to do art again!

perilloparodies said...

ooh, such neat artsy stuff... well, just had a momentary chuckle escape as i remember almost "losing a thumb" to the vicious exacto knife while i was painstakingly doing a model of my husband's favorite motorcycle. boy do i love him. anyhow, really enjoy your art projects and your touches of humor throughtout the blog. chuckles and crafts... can't beat that!!!

Creative Crafter UK said...

Lovely work - well done - very inspiring blog - you do seem to get a lot of hits! Well done. I found you via Blogger as being a noteable blog today. Congratulations!

Fun4All said...

How awesome, those turned out great!
How long did each one take you??

Countrychic said...

Found you via Blogger noteables and as I buy the 'Handmade' mag (in Australia) was curious. WOW, your work is great! I live between Sydney and Brisbane and I'd like to try doing one of each for friends who live there now I've seen your work.

Evettz said...

wow..this is super creative..want to see more of this...

Natchel said...

Hey Jill
I emailed you last week about the cityscape and you started me off. Thanks! I'm done and while they look nothing compared to yours, I did it! I'm originally from San Francisco so I did some buildings I thought would work. Tell me what you think! Any suggestions?
Thanks again! Rachel
http://naterachelallen.blogspot.com/2008/04/finished.html

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this is a excellent idea, for made some originals Christmas cards, with all those big city backgrounds, and some words, thanks for this information.

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