Free DIY Printable Thank You Papercut Art

November is the month to be thankful.

I think it's important to let your loved ones know, as often as you can, that you're thankful for them and thankful for their actions - even for the little things like helping take out the trash. And I think it's nearly as important that you thank strangers for their assistance when given and customers for their businesses.

"Thank you" is such a powerful phrase. I'd like to think that it has a similar effect on people as a smile. So I created the printable below to remind us all the things we are thankful for each day. :)

 printable thank you papercut art (free download here)

MATERIALS: 8.5" x 11" card stock paper xacto knife (with a new blade is best) self healing mat (not pictured) ruler 4" x 6" colored or glittered paper 4" x 6" photo frame

STEP 1: Print the My Dear Darling Printable Thank You Papercut onto an 8.5" x 11" paper. Card stock (thick paper) works best.

STEP 2: Place the printable onto a self healing mat. Using an xacto knife, carefully cut out all the yellow portions. You will need quite a bit of patience for this project unless you're really good with an xacto or if you've done this before. This was my first real papercutting project and I took a couple breaks in between since I tend to tense up my fingers. And please note it doesn't have to be perfect. ;) You can see below that mine is far from perfect:

TIP 1: Start with the thinnest sections first. For example, I started cutting out the section between the eyes and mouth of the penguin first. This is so it's less likely to rip.

TIP 2: Work on all the yellow sections before cutting out the frame.

STEP 3: Take a break and smile at the hard work you just completed. Seriously, you deserve it! ;)

STEP 4: Using a ruler, carefully cut along the outside border of the papercut.

STEP 5: Place the 4" x 6" colored or glittered paper behind your artwork.

STEP 6: Frame your artwork and think of something you're thankful for! :D Note: I ended up using a black frame instead of the white one pictured in the materials section since I loved the gold and black combo better.

You can keep the artwork for yourself or gift it to someone you're thankful for.

You can gift it to someone special with a mini penguin!

Or gift it with a beautiful bouquet! (The clay flowers are from my wedding which were handmade by Deb of Keepsake Blossoms.)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy this printable! :D

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

Please note: The Printable Thank You Papercut Art design and PDF download are copyrighted material. For personal use only. Please do not reproduce, copy, and/or sell. Thank you!

If you have questions or other printables that you’d like to see by My Dear Darling, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Info AT MyDearDarling DOT com!

In case you're looking for more, here's a link to all My Dear Darling free printables!

Free DIY Printable Zombie Penguin Mask

Halloween is a week away, do you have your costumes ready? No?! Well, you've come to the right place! ;) You can be a My Dear Darling Zombie Penguin and munch away on all your Halloween treats!

printable zombie penguin mask (free download here)

MATERIALS: 8.5" x 11" card stock paper scissors hole puncher string

STEP 1: Print the My Dear Darling Printable Zombie Penguin Mask onto an 8.5" x 11" paper. Card stock (thick paper) works best.

STEP 2: Cut out the Zombie Penguin mask along the black outer line.

STEP 3: Cut out the holes for the eyes.

STEP 4: Use a hole puncher to punch out holes for the string. They are marked with an "X" on the sides.

Step 5: Tie each end of the string through the mask. If you'd like to make it adjustable, you can take two long pieces of string and tie one end of each string to the mask.

STEP 6: Place the mask over your face and act like a Zombie Penguin!

Wishing you a Happy Halloween!! I'd love to see your Zombie Penguin costumes, if you decide to be one! :)

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

Please note: The Printable Zombie Penguin Mask design and PDF download are copyrighted material. For personal use only. Please do not reproduce, copy, and/or sell. Thank you!

If you have questions or other printables that you’d like to see by My Dear Darling, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Info AT MyDearDarling DOT com!

Free DIY Printable Valentine's Day Card

print-it-yourself valentine card

 

The printable Valentine's Day card will require a little bit of work (complete with instructions) but I hope you enjoy putting it together and sharing it with your loved ones... or maybe keeping it for yourself? ;)

 

printable valentine with niko darling
(free download here)

 

 
materials:
8.5" x 11" card stock paper
xacto and/or scissors
scoring tool (optional)
ribbon
hole puncher
tape
glue

 

step 1: Print My Dear Darling Printable Valentine and the hearts and bows patterned paper onto an 8.5" x 11" paper. I suggest using regular paper for the hearts and bows and card stock (thick paper) for the printable Valentine.

 

step 2: Cut out the card and as many hearts as you wish. You can use an xacto knife with a ruler to get a clean straight cut for the card itself. (A metal ruler would be best but I only had an "ultraflex" that Husband let me borrow.) :p

step 3: Fold the card in half. I used a scoring tool to get a cleaner fold line.

step 4: Punch out the white circles on Niko's hands with a hole puncher.

step 5: Tape the hearts on ribbon and tie onto Niko's hands. You can write a message on the hearts before you put it on the ribbon.

back view of card at this point
 
step 6: Glue the patterned paper onto the back of card and trim down.
step 7: Write a love note and gift it to your Valentine. Hehe, Bruce just happened to make this cute little face when I showed the card to him yesterday morning. I think he liked it. ;)

 

you can gift your card by itself...
or with a package wrapped up in hearts too!

I hope you like these printables! I'd love to hear feedback so if you get a chance please leave a note. :)

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

Please note: The Printable Valentine's Day Card design and PDF download are copyrighted material. For personal use only. Please do not reproduce, copy, and/or sell. Thank you!