Friday, December 2, 2011

My Christmas gift to you…



Years ago when I was a newlywed trying to create holiday decorations with little or no money (hey, I'm still doing that!), I found a pattern to create this piece of artwork for my home.  I cut the entire image out of black card stock with an exacto knife.  Yes, it was tedious, but it was worth it.  It reminds me of the joy of family, and the warmth of the holidays.

The process of cutting paper is called Scherenschnitte.  According to Wikipedia (thanks Wikipedia), scherenschnitte means "scissor cuts" in German. The art work often has symmetry within the design, and common forms include silhouettes, valentines, and love letters. The art tradition was founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century, and was brought to Colonial America in the 18th century by immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania.

I recently updated it by putting green scrapbook paper behind it with white Swiss polka dots.  Then I stuck it in a black dollar store frame that I found in my house.  I wanted to share it with you this Christmas.  All you have to do is print it out as an 8x10 and place it in an 8x10 frame.  (or 5x7 etc.) Even though you will have a print, you will find that it looks like a near exact replica of the original, because I scanned it with a high quality scanner.

blog one to print

Stick it in a black frame (check dollar tree if you don't already have one), and you can enjoy it in your home as well!  Thank you for following me~



  1. Of course I am extremely lucky to have an original! I like how you added the green polka dots. I might do that too.

  2. Really? I don't remember that! LOL

  3. Funny, I feel overwhelmed now at the very thought of ever making two of these! I must have had a lot more time and on my hands back then and a great deal more patience!


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