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Make your own paper forest scene

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Time required: 2 hours


Create your own forest scene with layered paper cutouts


List of materials: 

Canson® Iris Vivaldi 240 g/m2 : Fir tree, Moss green, Bright green and Apple green
Craft knife
Paper glue
Template: Forest scene






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Step 1 : Templates


Download the forest scene.

Print each design on to your own sheets of Canson® Iris Vivaldi 240 g/m2, paper.

The example shown uses shades of green, but you can go for other hues.




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Step 2 : Cutouts


Start by cutting out the inner shapes.

Don't worry if you don't cut exactly on the lines: this is the back of the sheet, which will be turned once you are done.

Be sure to use a properly sharpened blade and keep the paper still while you are cutting out the shapes to avoid tearing any of the finer details.




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Step 3 : Frames


Cleanly cut out each edge of your design using a ruler and craft knife.







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Step 4 : Gluing


Apply glue to the back of each sheet and stick them together, matching up the edges.

Use a paper glue that is low in water content to avoid wrinkling the paper (glue stick, gel or aerosol spray).





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Step 5 : Background


Glue your scene (consisting of three squares) into the middle of the pea green A4 sheet.

Then, cut away any excess material to obtain an even frame around your picture.

Depending on your printer, this will give a border of approximately 1.5cm.

You could either frame your collage or send it as a card... See what ideas you can come up with!

Suggested products

Canson® Iris Vivaldi

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Making a paper cut-out artwork, “In the great forest”
The forest is a rich graphic universe and a good source of inspiration for making a paper cut-out artwork.
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