Review : Teach Yourself to Papercut by Mr Yen Designs

Teach Yourself to Papercut Ebook by Mr Yen Designs

Disclosure : I received a copy of this ebook for review purposes. I am not compensated to provide opinion on books, products, or other items for review, unless otherwise noted. The opinions expressed within this site are purely my own.

As a papercutting enthusiast and longtime fan of Jonathan Chapman’s (aka Mr. Yen’s) papercut art, I was so excited when he recently released his first ebook, Teach Yourself to Papercut.

I’ve dabbled a bit in papercutting, but it’s always intimidated me to the point that I’ve never done anything more than a simple cut here or there, and one of the awesome things about this ebook is that Jonathan lays everything out in a way that’s not intimidating at all. His love for the art of papercutting is obvious, as is his desire to help others learn many of the tips, tricks, and secrets that he has during his six years as a papercutting artist.

Papercutting Template Guide | Mr Yen Designs

As you work your way through Teach Yourself to Papercut, you’ll learn about the specific tools and supplies that Jonathan uses, and you’ll also be able to hone your own papercutting skills with several tutorials that take you from cutting basic shapes to more complex projects, like letters and a beautiful, papercut butterfly.

Papercut Letters Template | Mr Yen Designs

Printable templates are included in the ebook, and I like that Jonathan has provided a number of different sizes and layout options in the more basic templates. For example, when you’re learning to cut squares, you’ll have the chance to practice cutting a large square, a small square, grouped squares, and overlapping squares, which will help you build your skills and confidence as you imagine the different ways in which you can incorporate the shape into your own projects in different layouts and configurations. Jonathan shares many helpful tips throughout and, at times, I almost felt like he was right there in-person, saying, “you can do this!”

Papercut Butterfly Template | Mr Yen Designs

In addition to helpful tips and tricks, Jonathan also shares a number of inspirational ideas and gives examples of how he has been able to use his skills in real life contexts. In the Deluxe Edition, he also shows you how to frame your papercut art, which is quite useful if you plan on hanging your creations or giving them as gifts, and he shows you how you can incorporate papercut details into your handmade gift wrapping projects. Plus, the resources section in the book will help you find even more places to pick up ideas and inspiration.

Teach Yourself to Papercut is a great resource for anyone who, like me, is interested in developing his or her papercutting skills but may feel somewhat intimidated by what’s involved. I’ve learned so much from this ebook and have been inspired to work on my own skills without being afraid of the process.

You can find out more and pick up your copy of Teach Yourself to Papercut, the Normal or the Deluxe Edition, in the Mr. Yen shop.

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Father’s Day Cards, Pt. 2

Is your dad a fisherman? A hunter? A super dad? A legend? If your dad is any of these, or a little bit of each rolled all into one cool dude, then I think you’ll find something that strikes your fancy in this roundup of rockin’ Father’s Day cards. Oh, and be sure to check out part one, too!

Father's Day Cards, Pt. 2 as seen on

Above, clockwise from top left : One Canoe Two // a. favorite // Smock // Idlewild Co. // Wednesday Press // Moglea // The Beautiful Project // Emily McDowell

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Father’s Day Cards, Pt. 1

Last week, I celebrated grads, and this week (and next) I’m celebrating dads! There are so many great designs among this season’s crop of Father’s Day greetings, and I hope that you’ll find something that’s perfect for your dad in this fun and clever bunch:

Father's Day Cards, Pt. 1 as seen on

Above, clockwise from top left : Cardtorial // Hammerpress // My Dear Fellow Co. // Isabell’s Umbrella // Night Owl Paper Goods // The Hungry Fox // Ink Meets Paper // Rifle Paper Co.

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Islet Playing Cards by Karla Pruitt

Islet Playing Cards | Karla Pruitt

These beautiful playing cards by Karla Pruitt take me back to my early teen years, when my sister and I would take summer vacations with our grandparents and play game after game of Hand and Foot in the evenings and on the not so great weather days. Our cards weren’t nearly so stylish – we always played with the standard Bicycle brand – but the gorgeous, hand painted patterns and illustrations and tropical color palette in the Islet deck remind me of those fun summer days. Plus, flamingo queens and alligator kings? Gotta love that.

Islet Playing Cards | Karla Pruitt

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Weekly Wrap #169 : 6 Dotty Designs

Dots are always in style, and these six dotty gift wrap designs will undoubtedly come in handy for so many different occasions. Smock’s black and gold dots wrap would look just as great on a birthday gift for him as it would on an anniversary gift for your parents, and kikki K.’s pastel Tacksam wrap would be right at home on everything from a baby shower gift to a little girl’s birthday present, to mention but a couple of examples. Check out all of the dotty designs below:

6 Dotted gift Wrap Designs as seen on

1. Watercolor Polka Dot | Norman’s Printery 2. Dots | Smock 3. Indigo Spots | Sycamore Street Press 4. Tacksam | kikki K. 5. Shimmer Dot | The Social Type 6. Shiki | Kelly Hyatt

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