Friday, May 29, 2015

This Little Mermaid Papercutting Lights Up! AND IT'S SO PRETTY.

Remember my oh-so-crafty friend Renee, who made me all those resin rose petal gems?


♪ Look at this stuff! Isn't it neat? ♫

♪ Wouldn't you say this papercutting is sweet?

 I'm in awe, you guys.

And did you notice?

Little Epbot!

Not to mention all those fabulous seahorses. Squee!

 It's like she knows me.

Renee is one of the most creative crafters I know, and she's constantly trying new things. In fact, I think this is her first attempt at papercutting, which is just insaaaane.
She drew the art herself (!!), then used 3 different types of paper to achieve the different levels of translucency: watercolor paper, marker, and vellum. She even used a tiny piece of clear plastic to make the hourglass:

 AWE, I say!

Then Renee layered them all up in a shadowbox frame from Michaels:

Finally, she taped in one of those small LED strands (also from Michaels), cutting a square out of the frame's back to accommodate the battery pack:

 (The glittery stuff is glitter duct tape. :D)

Here it is without the lights on:

 Sorry about the glare! The back layer has a blue-gray cast, which is really pretty.

I'm completely in love with it, and now I want to try one of my own! Something simple, of course, like maybe a glowing Bat Symbol over Gotham's skyline? Oooh, or a Songbird silhouette with a light-up eye? SO MANY POSSIBILITIES. And they'd make great nightlights for a kid's room!

Off to brainstorm. Hope this inspires some craftiness out there!


And now, my two winners for May's Art Roundup ARE...

salamanda76, who wins "Tea Time With Wampa"
Jasry, who wins his/her choice from the Pinterest Give-Away Board!

Congrats, guys, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!


  1. Wow this is awesome. I'd love to see a glowing Bat symbol over the Gotham skyline papercraft, wish I had the cutting skills to make something like that.

  2. That is amazing! Inspiring. Would an Eye of Sauron night light be too scary for the children's room? ; - )

    -Just Andrea

  3. I love any type of paper-craft...but I never try to make any myself.

  4. She did amazing work! That's pretty and bright!

    For other ideas, what about spider-man's webbing?

    Or Darkwing Duck's eyes over his cape?

  5. AH, that looks amazing! And thank you for the Bat-Signal-Idea, I will steal it for a birthday present for a nerdy friend of mine! *muaha* ;)

  6. That is simply gorgeous!! But frankly, I'm just in shock from a friend telling me that someone who signs themselves Jasry on here won!!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!

  7. This is incredible! This might be my next craft to try. :)

  8. OMG! That is just beautiful and amazing and Ariel is my favorite and how much money can I pay her to make me one???? Just awesome.

  9. WOW!!!! That is absolutely stunning. I am so so impressed. I would buy something like this in a heartbeat.

  10. That is so epic!!!! I think a really simple one of stars with a little epbot looking up at them. I love seeing crafts like this. It makes me want to make all the things lol. But I will content myself with learning to knit. I am determined to make a baby blanket lol

  11. Love it! Need a tutorial.

  12. I so love this! Gotta try my hand at this papercutting!

  13. Wow, this is just stunning! I want one for my house.
    - Sarah
    Oh So Kawaii

  14. That is one of the most gorgeous things I've seen you post. WOW!!! And the little Epbot taking a nap --- how perfect IS that??!!?!?!? Thanks for sharing that Jen.
    Maureen S

  15. GORGEOUS!!!!! I would love to buy it! And the mini Epbot robot napping is all kinds of adorable!

  16. Does Renee have a website? I love both of her projects, and would love to see more!

    1. She doesn't, no, and I'm a sad panda about that right along with the rest of you. I'm hoping to amass her such a fan base that she has no choice but to start blogging again. ;)

  17. So adorable and inspirational! Amazing work, Renee!

    Can't wait to see what you'll make, Jen!


  18. Amazing. This is awesome! You have impressive friends, Jen. :)
    Of all the projects I've ever wanted, this is top five. So I'm going to need this one... and a whole list of others, so maybe a tutorial??
    -- Piper P from Washington State.

  19. Does Renee have a web presence so I can worship at her creative altar? = )

  20. Dear Epbot,
    I have recently started a blogger account, and have made a blog, I was wonder what your process was for developing your blog.


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