May 14, 2019

Book Review: Papercut Landscapes by Sarah King

Book Review: Papercut Landscapes by Sarah King

I'm giving the book, Papercut Landscapes, a huge thumbs up! I was not paid to do this review, nor did I receive a free copy of this book. I first heard about it from Ann Martin’s blog, All Things Paper, and then I requested at my local library. So if you want to support an author or artist, this is a great way to do that.

I was so inspired by Sarah's joy, which is evident throughout her examples, that I had to make a birthday card in her style. I was worried I didn’t have enough patience because I normally cut things with a machine, but I kept getting drawn by the warmth of images that were obviously handmade, so I just had to do it.

papercut landscapes drawing

My friend and I love to garden, and she loves bunny rabbits, so I drew a pair here, longing to pilfer. 

papercut landscapes pencil

Sarah uses pencil to draw her sketches, and thickens up the lines, so I started like that but then I used a Sharpie to get a consistent line thickness. 

papercut landscapes strathmore paper

Then she cuts out her template out of white card stock. I used this Strathmore Cream with deckled edge. It’s probably a little too thin, but since it’s a greeting card, I figured it’s ok.

papercut landscapes tracing

Sarah cuts her colours out of card stock, but I’m using Daiso paper. I didn’t have any transfer paper, so I just used a pencil and cut along the lines. Then I glued it with my fine tip glue bottle or sometimes I’d reach for a glue stick.

papercut landscapes birthday card

Sarah explains how to layer each section at a time, and you don’t have to cut every detail because you can overlap.

 Papercut Landscapes Book

Sarah gives a great explanation about how to transfer your image, tips on hand cutting, how to add highlights and shadows, colours, sketching, adapting photos, and includes templates for you to follow. As a fan of paper, I hope you’re as inspired by Sarah King's book, Papercut Landscapes, as I was! Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Your card looks wonderful, Cecelia, and your gardening friend is bound to love it! You've definitely captured Sarah's delightful style. And thanks for the shout out... I'm happy to hear my blog post inspired you to seek out the book.

    1. Glad you like my card Ann! I'm always looking out for your latest news on papery goodness!

  2. What a beautiful card! I'm going to have to get that book!

    1. Happy to hear that Diana! I'm sure Sarah's work will have you cutting by hand in no time!