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I don't think I've ever been this excited to share a new paper cutting with you!!! Course, I don't think I've actively worked on one for so long either.

Please take "actively" to mean as I much as I could squeeze in here & there as a busy Mom with a full-time 9-5 job, Cut Paper fingerprint orders to fulfill at night, soccer games to go to, etc. . .  You understand, right? ;)

It all started about a year ago when I read this post by my friend & jewelry designer, Lisa Leonard. Immediately after reading it, I texted her & asked if I could turn her words into a paper cutting. Thankfully, she said yes, and thus I get to share this with you.

Hand-in-Hand Paper Cutting  |  Lori Danelle

And, as a little extra, I made a time lapse video of the cutting process! As you watch, I have two things to mention: Yes, that's a bathtub behind me, & look for the animal entourage. :) 

I hope you love this piece as much as I do. I've spent a lot of time in my sketch book getting things just right before heading to a big piece of paper, my scanner & computer. The final piece is about 23" x 28", took me a little over 22 hours to cut & I have no idea how many X-acto knife blades!

After the first few I started wishing that I had kept track! Each second in the video is equal to about 10 minutes of work. You can find a 16" x 20" laser cut version of this illustration in my shop.


Hand-in-Hand Paper Cutting  |  Lori Danelle


AND!!! As much as I love this paper cut piece, I decided to take it even further by sharing with you 2 full-color, illustrated variations of it as well!

Hand-in-Hand Wrapped Canvas  |  Lori Danelle

I have the illustration in my shop as both a print and as a WRAPPED CANVAS!!!!

Can I just tell you, the canvases look AH-MAZING! I was so, so happy when they arrived. Even the corners on these things are folded oh-so perfectly. I'm kind of a perfectionist about such things. Who would have guessed, right!? ------------------ I really hope you all love this design as much as I do.

Lisa, THANK YOU for being so open in sharing her heart on your blog — AND for making such incredible jewelry (!!!). My girls might be under the impression that she is my personal jewelry designer. . . No idea where they got that from . . .  ;) If you haven't seen her designs yet, prepare to be impressed!

xoxo Lori Danelle



Kudos! Amazing work. Loved watching the video.

May 27, 2015


Gorgeous! I just ordered it for my husband for christmas..can’t wait to see it in person!
you have amazing talent :)

May 27, 2015


Thanks Lesley! It was a lot of fun to do, though a little weird at first to have a camera firing at you every minute! :) Can’t wait to do the next one!!!!

May 27, 2015


Lori. Amazing. That time lapse video is so cool. I love that you did that so we could all get a little sneak peek into your process. You are a talent my friend.

May 27, 2015


Shh!!! You’re letting out my dirty little secret! :)

I currently am displaying the original very safely in my paper file drawer. . .. I have plans for it, but haven’t had time to do it yet. Hopefully I’ll get it framed soon & I will definitely share photos when I do!!

May 27, 2015

Randy Walter:

WOW!!!!!!! How are you displaying the original? Pictures?

May 27, 2015

Tina Cline:

Oh my word, Lori! This is exquisitely beautiful! You have taken my breath away and I love the print on the dark canvas. I’m going to go drool over everything in your shop now and save my pennies to have your incredible talent on display in our new home. :) (PS: I’m a fellow #STARTalum and so glad I found you there!)

May 27, 2015

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