Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Template Tuesday - He Is Risen

Two weekends ago, I spent almost the whole weekend on the couch listening to Conference. I enjoy it because I get to sit for basically 8 uninterrupted hours and draw. Sometimes I sleep though. For 4 of those hours I got in a few good drawings and now you all get to benefit from that. I was thinking of doing some Easter template Tuesdays and I did the one from last week that is more secular in nature. I was thinking of more bunnies and whatnot for the next piece and then realized that Easter is not really about bunnies and egg hunts, it's about the glorious fact that the Savior rose from the tomb and in doing so, saved us all from that same death. Easter is such a beautiful holiday, one of hope and reflection and new beginnings. I hope you all get to take the time to give thanks on this next Sunday for all the Lord has done for us and remember that He lives and because of that, so can we.


This is more of a time consuming template than anything else. Be careful around the little stems around the flowers and be patient around the stems in general. Other than that, cut out the inside parts first and then the outside and you'll be fine!
Download your free template here: He Is Risen. I was thinking I'd sell these for $35 each if anyone is interested, I'll put some up on my etsy.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Template Tuesday - Easter Banner


I was looking around my house the other day and realized I was severely lacking in Easter decorations. Not a bunny rabbit in site. Because I'm thrifty, I decided to make a few myself (check back next week for another one). Here is my very first Easter Banner.


It has all the cute Easter things you can imagine, kids hunting for Easter eggs, bunnies, ducks, chicks and frolicking lambs. Below is what the template looks like. It's separated out onto two 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper. I used a kind of thinner scrapbooking paper (so it was easier to cut through, yet still rigid enough for the lambs to frolic in the air).

Here are my helpful hints for cutting this out.
1. Notice that there are notches underneath the letters. Those are so the letters don't bend in the middle when you fold the banner.
2. Tape or glue the tabs on the side BEHIND the next scene so that it will look like a continuous banner.
3. When I translated this papercut into vector format, some of the eggs got a little wonky. Don't' be afraid to make the eggs actual ovals instead of cylindrical like they look here. They aren't supposed to be that way!

I think that's it. Enjoy cutting! You can cut this out with an Xacto knife or use your Silhouette or other digital cutting machine. I have no idea how to go about getting it from your machine to that cutter, all I know is that other people have done it!

Download the template here: Easter Banner

©2014 Cindy Bean (www.bean-cutter.com
These templates are for personal use only. You can make them for your mom, you can make them for your aunt, you can make them for your family reunion, etc. Please don't sell these free templates for your own personal gain. I put them out there as a service, don't make me get frustrated and stop doing them. Don't ruin it for everyone else! Also, if you're going to sell art, maybe you should make it your own. You can do it, I promise! It's not good karma to pass off someone else's art as your own. 


Monday, April 07, 2014

Henny Monsters


Since 2009, almost once a year, I've been a penpal with a child from my friend Rama's 5th grade class he teaches. In general, these are some of the most fun papercuts I do all year. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's that it's for children and I know they aren't too terribly picky and so therefore I feel less inhibited? I don't know what it is, but I sure do enjoy them. This one is the postcard my student will receive this year. These are the ones I created in previous years: Dinosaur vs. Robot; Watership Down; Deer Car Thriller & David & Goliath.

You may not be able to own this particular papercut, but you can have a print of it (or a clock or a rug or a shower curtain) if you visit my Society6 page. Right now there's a special artist's promotion going on where you can get FREE shipping and $5 off of almost any product!* Go here to get the deal: CindyMindyPindy Promo! Also, there I put up a bunch more state prints. If you don't see your state, let me know and I'll put it up ASAP!



*Please note that this promotion is NOT automatically available in my Store, the promotion is only available once someone clicks on this link: CindyMindyPindy Promo. Promotion expires April 13, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time. *Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Template Tuesday - Pot O'Gold

We're comin' up on the best month of the year, when all the best babies are born*, the month of March! In comes the spring time! Out pop the flowers! You'll be sure to be looking for that pot of gold sometime in the near future. Don't go too crazy searching for it because that leprechaun has hidden it really well. Isn't he cute? I call him Seamus.


Here is what the template looks like. It's not too tricky. The hardest part might be the stems of the clovers. Remember to cut from left to right (or right to left if you're left handed) so you can see how thick a cut you are getting.


Download your free template here: Pot O'Gold
*It just might so happen that my birthday is in March.

©2014 Cindy Bean (www.bean-cutter.com
These templates are for personal use only. You can make them for your mom, you can make them for your aunt, you can make them for your family reunion, etc. Please don't sell these free templates for your own personal gain. I put them out there as a service, don't make me get frustrated and stop doing them. Don't ruin it for everyone else! Also, if you're going to sell art, maybe you should make it your own. You can do it, I promise! It's not good karma to pass off someone else's art as your own.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Feature: The House That Lars Built

I'm so honor to be featured on 'The House That Lars Built'. Brittany (who is the mastermind behind the blog) and Trisha came over to my house and photographed a few things and made it all look so beautiful. Check it out: The House That Lars Built

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Template Tuesday - Love Birds


It's almost that wonderful time of year again that some people hate and some people love and some people are indifferent to. Well, regardless of your Valentine's status, here is a papercut that I hope you'll enjoy. This year me and my Valentine and our mini Valentine are going to go see the Lego Movie. I hope you get to do something you enjoy on Valentine's Day, even if it's to be a hater.

I also created the template in an easier format for beginners. It doesn't have the eyeballs or the breast parts cut out. Go ahead and give one to your Valentine just plain like these or take one of those online calligraphy classes and write a tender sentiment in the middle. I took this online one (Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy by Molly Jacques) and it made the envelopes to our Christmas cards so jazzy.


Here's what the template will look like. This is one that you need to fold in half. Be careful not to cut through the beaks and the center of the heart part or else when you unfold it, the heart will fall apart! I color coded this in two ways. The light gray parts are the part you can cut out if you want the beginner version. If you're feeling confident, cut out the darker gray parts. Remember to cut the gray parts out first before cutting the outer edge.


Here is the link to the template: Love Birds. Happy cutting!

©2014 Cindy Bean (www.bean-cutter.com
These templates are for personal use only. You can make them for your mom, you can make them for your aunt, you can make them for your family reunion, etc. Please don't sell these free templates for your own personal gain. I put them out there as a service, don't make me get frustrated and stop doing them. Don't ruin it for everyone else! Also, if you're going to sell art, maybe you should make it your own. You can do it, I promise! It's not good karma to pass off someone else's art as your own.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Joy to the World

I've been a little (okay, a lot) slackerly about posting stuff this December. All the holiday festivities got the best of me. I made up this little video though and wanted to share it with you. Hope you enjoy and hope you are having a Merry Christmas!



(From a 2010 Template Tuesday - Nativity)