Guild of American Papercutters
Turning cut paper into art....
The tips below are suggestions by our members for beginning and advanced papercutters. If you are a following of the Guild's Facebook page, you will find many additional tips in the threaded conversations and "Files" section of the site.
If you are having problems with your thin cut lines tearing, you might try starting with a slightly heavier weight of paper.
Deep black and matte, white on the reverse.
One UK Source - http://www.paperpanda.bigcartel.com/product/papercutting-supplies-20-x-blank-black-paper
Papercuts by Joe Blog: http://papercutsbyjoe.blogspot.com/2011/02/blade-tips-how-to-cut-thin-lines.html?m=1
Self-healing vs. glass: most folks use self-healing mats and find them less slippery and kinder to knife blades. Craft and sewing stores (e.g., Michael’s, JoAnns Fabric) usually carry self-healing mats and offer periodic discount coupons that make the mats quite affordable.
Floating frames -- typically used to display a paper cutting between two sheets of glass, with no background, so as to make the paper cutting appear to float in the frame when it is mounted on the wall. Another style of floated cut is to lay down multiple layers of a paper cutting inside a deeper shadow box style of frame.
Double glass floating frames can be found at many frame and craft stores such as "Michael's" in the US and "Paper Panda" in the UK. A great source for inexpensive shadow box frames is IKEA, specifically the "Ribba" style. Shadow box frames will require an extra sheet of glass or acetate to "float" the layers of paper above one another and/or against a background. Exploded view of the construction of a floated paper cutting in a shadow box.