Shall we get started?
You will need to cut each file layer separately in a different colour to create the effect you see here - so load the file into your cutting machine, or print off the PNG files and cut the layers by hand and I'll see you back here for the assembly instructions...
If you need any help with using your gnome SVG file (including the other formats), look here...
Papercut layers all ready for assembly
- Make sure you've got everything cut and ready to go. I like to lay everything out layered, as above, to try and keep straight and organised as I'm working...
- We're going to work from the top, downwards towards the bottom - so that's from the intricate top layer, down, with the large silhouette layer at the bottom.
Adding the gnome's beard, hat and pom-pom
- So our first glueing-together will be the top layer and the white layer, which is the layer that makes up the beard, hat-trim, and the shine on his boots - it's in three pieces.
- The beard, hat trim, and boots are positioned from behind, but also checking from the front to make sure you've got it correctly positioned. I used micro-dots to attach the pieces.
- When you're done, it should be looking something like the image just above.
- Next, we'll add the layer for face and hands. This is a large layer and it sticks on the back of the beard. Then there is an additional separate piece for one of the hands.
Showing the back of the gnome papercut - use the white beard layer on the back to line up the main pink piece.
- I found it easiest to turn the papercut over for this bit, so I'm working on the back - and try and line the large piece up perfectly with the beard outline. There's an additional area for one of the hands and a separate piece for the other. Microdots work well for the separate hand-piece but the larger area can easily be stuck down with glue or a glue dot.
- You will then need to turn it back and check from the front that these are correctly positioned. It should look something like this (below)...
Face, hands and beard attached - checking progress on our gnome papercut
- Next, the lantern - pretty quick and easy. Again, I found it best to work from behind and check from the front. I used micro-dots to stick it down.
Adding a glow to the gnome's lantern
- Final step! Last but not least is the background layer. Just turn your gnome over and line everything up. A combination of glue or glue dots and microdots work well here, as you do have some large areas of flat paper for glueing, but you might want to jiggle it around a bit to get it nicely in position...
With the background layer attached, the gnome papercut project is now finished!
Well done, we finished our little gnome!
If my gnome papercut project inspired you to make your own cut gnome, you can get the design file in my Etsy shop. It's available for instant download so you can just get started...
The file comes in SVG, DXF, PNG and EPS formats, so it's suitable for a variety of cutting machines including Cricut, Silhouette and ScanNCut as well as for cutting by hand if you prefer. I've used paper and card for this project, but you can use the file to print, create stencils, for vinyl crafts, or other materials suitable for your own machine or tools.
Please note that if you're using vinyl for this project, you might prefer to 'slice' some of the layers in your design space, as an alternative to layering up.
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