Sue’s Fussy Cutting for Beginners

Deflecto Hot off the Press Frame 5497

What is Fussy Cutting you ask?

Fussy Cutting is a quilting term meaning: the selective cutting of a fabric based on a particular element or design.  To cut pieces of fabric so that a particular part of the printed design is centered or featured.

Scrapbookers and Paper Crafters have adopted the term using it to select and cut around specific images on a printed paper.

When I fussy cut, I look for larger, whole images that are easy to cut out.  You’ll need to have a good, sharp pair of scissors with a fine tip so you’ll be able to cut smaller detailed images.  For layering, my favorite thing to use is thin 3D foam mounting squares from Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L.

HOP Paper Pack

Above is a picture I created using Hot Off the Press Artful Watercolor collection.  The paper pack comes with two sheets of each design.

Below is the framed picture broken down into sections.

Deflecto HOTP Frame numbered

  1. I used a second sheet of the scrapbook paper (with the large white flower) and cut along the design to create a pocket.  The pocket was inked with brown ink to make it stand out more.
  2. I added my daughter’s picture right at the top of the pocket.  I cut post cards from a another sheet from the collection and inserted into the pocket covering the bottom of the picture.  The picture and postcards are secured into place with my double adhesive tape.
  3. I cut out two white flowers from the floral scrapbook sheet from the collection.  Cut close around the image.  I gave the flowers shape by rubbing the back of the flower with a large ball stylus tool on a soft foam or rubber surface.  Adhere the flowers together with a thin foaming mounting square.
  4. Cut the center only from two additional flower images.  Round the centers (step #3).  Adhere to the center of the white flower using a small thin foam mounting squares.
  5. Place finished picture into the floating beveled frame.  Mount layered flower on top the large white flower that is under the glass.

Deflecto Hot off the Press Frame 5486         Maya Angelou Frame 5641

Close up of the flower.                      Maya Angelou Quote in a 4 x 6 clear acrylic frame.

“This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

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