Sunday, 19 June 2016

Review: Decorative Paper Craft by GMC Books

I was busy browsing craft books when my eyes met upon this book.   I knew I had to have it as the projects within it were completely irresistible.  I've never done any form of delicate paper cutting before but I knew within a few seconds that this was a craft I wanted to take up.

I got in contact with GMC Books who kindly sent me a copy of the book to review and off I went to Hobbycraft to purchase my supplies.  It's a really cheap hobby to get started with; all I needed was a scalpel, cutting mat and some good quality card.

I decided straight away that I wanted to make the pop-up bunny card because it just had that instant wow factor.  I also imagined the ways I could incorporate the template in to books I could make for my children.

The templates for the projects are at the back of the book and I did have to get a bit technical as the layout had to be enlarged by 200%.  This is something I have never attempted before with my printer, but after a bit of fiddling I worked it out.  It also means that more projects are packed in to the book so I am not complaining.

The instructions along with the photographs were very easy to understand and as you can see I was more than pleased with my first attempt.  I didn't have any frustrating mishaps and I was left with an urge to complete more projects from the book.  As suggested in the book I added my own illustrations to the blank rabbit and flower shapes to give the card a bit more character.

I liked the fact that the book gives you lots of tips along the way to expand the way you can alter a project.

There is such a lovely blend of novel projects that you can never get bored with this book, as you turn each new page there is always something new to inspire you.

Basically, the book is jam-packed with novel ideas.  I have my eye on completing the following projects:

Money Box Bear made out of paper mache

Notelets Gift Set

Floral Wall-hanging
My next project from this book though will most definitely be the fairytale papercut project which graces the cover of the book (see above).

This will remain a firm favourite within my crafting library and with the variation of projects will be a book I pull out time and time again.

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  1. Really inspirational! Looks so beautiful.

  2. Oh wow. What a fab book. I may need to buy it to add to my many other books x 😂😂😂😂

  3. The Money Box Bear looks great.