Friday, April 08, 2016

Springville Museum of Art 92nd Annual Spring Salon

I went out of my comfort zone and tried something new a few weeks ago. I entered a couple of pieces into the jurying process for the Springville Museum of Art 92nd Annual Spring Salon. Since I was a young, fabulous BYU Coed, I've had friends who have entered art into the show. Most of my artwork up until a few years ago has mostly been on the graphic design side of things, not really Spring Salon material, so I've never tried to enter anything. Lately though, I've been trying to stretch myself a little bit, to develop a style and to put a little more care into the pieces I cut. Yesterday they announced the accepted entries and I got in! I feel pretty honored. I submitted two pieces and got one in. I'm going to share the one that didn't get in now and the one that did get in after the opening night.

This is the piece that didn't get in. I called it "Gestohlen." I flip-flopped between a few different titles. I love the squirrel getting into the nest, he's my favorite. Of the two pieces, I love the flowers the best on this one, but the energy on the one that was accepted was far greater. The other piece was my favorite and I'm glad they chose it.


If you feel like swinging by, the opening reception is on Wednesday April 20, 2016 from 7:00-8:30 pm. I'll be there with my squad. They have asked that the artists be there to talk about their work, so if you're interested in seeing a variety of talent from the Utah area, head on down to Springville.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Template Tuesday - Thank You!

So, two weeks ago it was my birthday. In an attempt to get more attention, I shamelessly asked for a birthday gift of 1000 followers on Instagram.You guys delivered! Thank you so much! As of right now I'm up to 1044 followers. That's small potatoes to a few of you, but to me it's nice and cozy. I'm also so excited for all the new followers I've received from the Salt and Honey Market publicity for their upcoming Spring Market that I'll be participating in.

In response to your kindness, I made a little Thank You papercut. The size it currently sits at fits nicely on an A7 card (5" x 7"). I cut it out last night. It took about 3.5 episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" to cut out, so I guess if you do cut this one out, you'd probably better be really thankful!


Here's what the template will look like. The shaded parts are the inside bits to cut out first. You might be tempted to cut out inside the Thank You part, but you're not supposed to. You can if you want though!



Anyway, thanks for being so great! I hope you enjoy these little templates! Here's your free Thank You papercut: Thank You

Cindy

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Template Tuesday - Easter Lilies

I was working on a different piece for Easter that had Easter lilies in it and I thought that something with lilies would make a great Template Tuesday. So I did one!


Here's what the template will look like. This is definitely a more difficult piece if you're not comfortable with cutting thin lines. Just look at the whole thing as a bunch of lines. Try not to go over the borders. These are forgiving lines though, if you accidentally cut through one, the rest will still support it.

Here's the Easter Lilies Papercutting Template: Easter Lilies

©2016 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.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Template Tuesday - Two For Tuesday - Valentines Papercuts!

I made a couple of Valentine's templates this week and thought I'd share them both today since there are no more Template Tuesdays before Valentine's. There's one for the beginner and one for a more advanced cutter. The one for the beginner I think I'll tape to our bathroom mirror before the husband gets up on Valentine's day.


Here's what the template will look like. The trickiest part in this one is to not cut through the centers of the Os. Unless you like that look. That look is pretty trendy in papercutting and you could just go that route, too. It's a whole lot simpler.


Download you free simple papercutting template here: I Love You

And here's the more advanced style. This one takes a bit of time, but lucky for you Talladega Night's is on Netflix right now. The Ballad of Ricky Bobby will tempt your ears while you cut this out.


Here's what the template will look like. My biggest advice for this is to cut from the center of the flower first. If it's the side view of the flower, cut from the bottom center. This way when you get to the top, you still know what to cut out. Maybe it's not as tricky for this template since there are double lines all around it. I just have a single line from my original cut and cutting the flowers gets confusing. A lot like this paragraph.

Download this free heart papercut here: Valentine's Heart

©2016 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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Template Tuesday - Squirrel Valentine

I'm pretty sure I've done a few squirrel valentines as templates, but I don't think you can really have enough squirrel valentines, really. So here's another one! This is a daring, yet shy kind of squirrel love. He found an acorn that looked like a heart.


Here's what the template will look like. I've sized it so it fits on a 5" x 5" card. As always, you can resize it if you have the know-it-all. Nothing too tricky about the cut, maybe the stems on the acorns. Remember to cut the stem part first and then cut away from the stem on all sides. Does that make sense? It makes it so that you don't cut through the thin line accidentally.

Download your free squirrel papercutting template here: Squirrel Valentine.


©2016 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.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Freebie Friday - Sister Witches!

Today I am getting my gallbladder removed. Here are two ladies that look like they might have had a few stones in their lifetime, too. I like to call the one on the left, Ratty, and the one on the right, Batty. Two sisters who are oh so different in all the same ways. Does that make sense? It sounds cool.


Here is what the template looks like. It's not too hard, the trickiest part is not tearing the little twig lines. Have fun! Download: Sister Witches.

©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. 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Throwback Thursday! - Zombies!

So, way back in October of 2011, my friend, George, was making these Vote Zombie t-shirts. It looks like the site is still active, I don't know if he's in charge of it or not. I'll find out. You're on the edge of your seat, I know. Anyway, I made him a zombie template to have fun with. He particularly liked the grandma zombie, if I remember correctly. Here are all five of them.
But this time around I have a little tutorial on what you can do with these templates. You can put them up in your window! Crazy zombies! The grandma one would look awesome on a sliding glass door.

First thing you do is print one of them out. I sized it to the size I wanted it and then when it came time to print, I clicked the "tile" button and it automatically printed everything out on different sheets. All I had to do was tape them together. I printed mine on 11x17 size paper.


Then, you tape that tiled zombie to your paper. I had a giant roll of black paper somewhere in my basement that I used. Marie Kondo would have thrown that away a long time ago. Not me! Anyway, you could use butcher paper. I think they still sell that somewhere, right? It's at all schools. Just go to a school and use theirs. I'm sure everyone would be fine with that.


Then you cut them out and tape them to your window.


I just used the business men zombies.


Here's what they look like from outside.


Spooky! Hide your brains!


This is what the template looks like and here's the download: Zombies! Have fun!

©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.