This fun DIY art project layers paper cuts to create a three-dimensional, colorful art piece for your home! With just a few simple supplies and an electronic cutting machine, you can make your own custom layered paper art.
I am really excited to share this technique with you all today! I have always love complex paper cuts and paper artists, and this DIY was inspired by some of the beautiful works I have admired over the years.
This layered paper canvas art uses a simple technique but gives you a beautiful result that makes people ask, “How did you make that?” You can use this basic technique to create pieces in all kinds of shapes and designs, but I chose to do a simple word art shape for this particular project.
Supplies needed to make your own layered paper art:
- 12″ x 12″ Canvas
- 12″ x 12″ Colored Cardstock (Grab a pack or pick individual colors)
- Removable Glue Dots
- Craft Knife and Cutting Mat
- Double Sided Adhesive Foam
- Hot Glue Gun
- Silhouette Cameo
Step One – Select and Trim Paper.
Start off by selecting the paper you want to use. I found it useful to line up the colors to see how they all look together.
Next, trim down all of your paper to 9.5″ square. I found this size fit well inside the frame on the backside of the canvas.
Step Two – Cut Canvas.
Next, you will need to cut your design from a piece of cardstock using your electronic cutting machine to make quick stencil. I used my Silhouette Cameo and just created my design in the Silhouette Studio software.
With text, you will want to use a stencil font design or remove the center holes from letters like I did with my “A”s above.
Flip the canvas over, and use a couple of removable glue dots to put it in place face down on the backside of the canvas. Then, use a pencil to trace the design onto the back of the canvas.
Remove the paper stencil and use your craft knife to carefully cut along your traced lines.
Step Three – Cut and Stack Paper Layers.
Next, go back to your design in the Silhouette Studio software and select the design. Open the offset window and click on “Internal Offset” then adjust the distance to whatever distance you like (I used .070 inches) and click Apply.
This will create a smaller version of the design slightly within the original design. Cut this design from the first sheet of 9.5″ x 9.5″ cardstock in the ordered stack of colored cardstock you prepared earlier.
When it is done cutting, carefully remove the sheet from the cutting mat.
Next, repeat the offset and cutting process to cut the next layer of colored cardstock. Flip over the first cut sheet and apply double sided foam adhesive to the back.
Then, flip the top layer back over, carefully line it up with the next layer down, and press the adhesive foam in place.
Keep repeating this process. Cut slightly smaller designs and stack them beneath the previous layers with foam adhesive in between the layers until the entire design is filled in.
Step Four – Place Layered Paper Design in Canvas.
Flip over the cut canvas and place double sided foam adhesive on the back side of the canvas. Place the canvas on top of your stack of cut paper and carefully line up the cut canvas with the design.
And that’s it! You can use this process to create all kinds of fun, multi-dimensional works of paper art!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.