Monday, January 10, 2011

Thumbprint Paper Cuttings

Noooo, relax... I'm not talking about the 'ouch' kind of paper cut. Instead, I'd like to show you a gift my son's girlfriend surprised him with for Christmas. She created this great pair of paper cuttings of their thumbprints.

Thumbprint paper cutting

Of course similar, but different!

Thumbprint paper cutting

Inspired by this lovely hand lettered fingerprint art that Arielle created with text, Jessica had the idea to try her hand at a paper cut version.

hand lettered fingerprint art

Cooperation in obtaining a thumbprint was the first essential step. Such a trusting guy, haha.... Bill had no idea what she was going to do with it.

fingerprint papercutting detail

Jess was new to paper cutting, but had done stenciling and rubber stamp making before, which basically use the same skills - a steady hand and patience. She found she really enjoyed it and plans to do more.

I really like the way she positioned each print over a photograph, as the colors add such a nice amount of interest.

fingerprint papercutting close up

Jessica then placed the pair in matching thrift store frames that she had painted in stylish matte gray.

framed papercut fingerprint

I'm thinking a personalized paper cutting would make a really nice gift for Valentine's Day!


  1. so creative! i might try this sometime. thanks for sharing, ann.

  2. What an idea ! And so neatly done. I am inspired too to try paper cutting .Thanks for sharing Ann.

  3. What a nice and thoughtful gift, Ann. I bet you were surprised! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. what a cool gift idea that is. It does look really nice over the colored background too

  5. That was such a lovely idea, and the result is perfect and creativ, thanks for sharing...!

  6. I love the idea of the colour photo showing through the cuts. What a great idea!

  7. What a creative girl your son's girlfriend is! I love this project!

  8. Congrats to Jess, what an original present. I really like how Jess has used different coloured background to show the cutouts.

  9. very interesting & creative! makes me want to try it too :)


  10. What a fabulous gift. I love handmade, personalized gifts, and it doesn't get much more personalized than this!

  11. I love this's very unique and someone you know personally too. It must take an enormous amount of patience.


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