Friday, June 26, 2015

Starburst Wedding Invitation

These two are getting married today. I decided to make them a papercut as a gift. I never know if people want something handmade as a gift or if they are gonna be like, "that Cindy Bean is one cheap lady." I am really excited about this papercut though, it's opened a whole new world of options for me. 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wedding Papercut

A friend of mine is graduating from the ranks of singledom. I owe her a papercut because she bought one at a silent auction a while ago. Good thing I procrastinated making that!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Template Tuesday - Folk Art Valentine

I was researching Victorian Valentines on Pinterest and came across all these Heart in Hand ones. Turns out they are more Shaker/Amish/Pennsylvanian Dutch/Masonic than Victorian, but same time era, right? I don't know, history is not my strong point. I found a little blurb of information from this website: Sheaff Ephemera
"Heart In Hand" is a traditional folk art motif, associated with the Shakers, the Amish, the Pennsylania Dutch and the Masonic IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows). It was widely considered to symbolize charity, "from the heart". The IOOF considered it to represent friendship, love and truth.

Here's what the template looks like. My only advice is to be careful when doing the Ts. I don't know what it is, but the Ts were tricky for me.
Download your free template here: Hand and Heart

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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. 

Template Tuesday - Pioneer Valentine Three!

Oh boy, do I love Valentine's Day. It's filled with love and schmaltz and anticipation. If you are the sort who likes to plan ahead a bit, you can cut out this Pioneer Valentine and write a little love note on it. Or you can wait until the night before and cut it out, too! It looks complicated but it's really a little more time consuming than difficult. I love pieces that you fold because they look pretty impressive but aren't that hard at all. See my other two Pioneer Valentines here: One & Two.


Here's what the template looks like. Be sure to use a thinner paper. I created the above one on regular printer paper (I scanned on old sheet of paper to make it look antique and printed that on one side and the template on the other). That might be a little too thin for your taste, but I wouldn't get too much thicker than that since you're cutting through 4 sheets. My only other advice would be to make sure to cut in from any corner spots and not out towards that corner. Here is what the template looks like.



Download your free template here: Pioneer Valentine Three!



©2015 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, December 31, 2014

Template Tuesday - Happy New Year!

So it's a Wednesday and not a Tuesday, give me a break! I just had a baby! I figured I should get one more thing posted on here before the end of the year. We sang the song that this papercut is inspired by in church on Sunday and I haven't been able to get it out of my head. It doesn't help that I've been drawing part of a verse of it since then either. Pretty soon I'll have a different earworm, but for now I'll just keep on humming Longfellow's poem. It's a pretty song and it could be worse! I hope, wherever you are, that you are comfortable, warm and content. Happy New Year!


Here's what the template will look like. The tricky part about this is to not get cocky about the thin lines. When you get cocky, then you slice through one. I know this from experience. The other tricky part is to not look at it and think it'll be easy because there aren't very many letters. Letters take forever for some reason!


Download the template here: Happy New Year!

©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, September 17, 2014

Commissioned Piece - Team OHSU Race


A friend of mine works up in Portland for OHSU and recently asked me to design the t-shirt logo for the race they were going to be participating in (Race for the Cure). The design originally had the name of the race but they liked it enough to want to use it for other races they might be involved in, so they scrubbed that part. It was fun to work on and research. All those little running people to cut out really maxed out my skills.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Commissioned Piece - The Pond

A little while ago an old friend of mine commissioned a piece to go in the entryway of her home. The only prompt she gave me was bubbles, I can't remember why. I decided to do a little fish papercut for her with bubbles. The fish represent the family, two parents and four kids. Now all I have to do is mount it and mail it!


Here's a detail shot of how it looked like when I was just sketching it.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Commissioned Piece - L'chaim!

Sometimes I get to do papercuts for friends who've had my heart for a long time and you can tell a little more love goes into them. Mazel tov to Eve and Jared, may the bluebird of happiness sit in your heads forever.