Ardington School of CraftsArdington School of CraftsArdington School of Crafts
Ardington School of CraftsArdington School of CraftsArdington School of Crafts
Ardington School of CraftsArdington School of CraftsArdington School of Crafts
Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Papercut Christmas Cards and 3D Scenes
Course Date: Friday 1st December 2017
Category: Paper, Printing & Calligraphy
Price: £80


Add a handmade touch to Christmas by creating your own papercut Christmas cards and decorative scenes. You will explore letter forms and imagery and master the basics of paper cutting while designing and making Christmas papercuts incorporating seasonal designs and motifs. Cutting techniques will be demonstrated and guidance will be given on design. A wide variety of cut-out items including wooden Victorian fret work, Haitian metal work, Polish papercuts and the tutor’s own work will be provided for inspiration.

Further Detail

In this course you will get to grips with creative lettering and combine it with images. You will learn to translate your ideas and designs into beautiful cut outs using a scalpel. Feel free to bring along any festive imagery that you particularly like to use as inspiration.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • designing for cutting out
  • safe cutting
  • presentation


This course is designed for a range of abilities, including beginners.


Materials are not included in your course fee. The approximate cost of these will be £5, payable to the tutor during the course. This will include the use of scalpels, drawing materials, a range of paper stock including Daler Rowney layout paper and a large plastic wallet for you to transport your work home. If you would like to bring your own papers, please do.

Metal scalpel handles and blades will be available to purchase if you wish.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

What students have said about this course/tutor:

"Learnt a lot in a short space of time. Christine is a wonderful tutor." - Anon

"I had a fantastic time. Christine was excellent and so helpful." - C Davis

"Great fun, great tutor." - J Durnan

Tutor Profile

Christine is an inspiring tutor with a wealth of teaching and design experience and a holistic approach to creativity. Her unique creative profile includes 12 years as a graphic designer at the BBC and being Head of Film and Animation at Kingston University, author of ‘Contemporary Needlepoint’ and Kodak’s Young Photographer of the year (some time ago!). She has also won a clutch of international awards and been nominated for a BAFTA. Her textiles have been shown at the Contemporary Textiles Gallery in London and her graphic work has been published in various journals and books. As a freelancer, she has made 80 velvet scarves for ‘Mary Poppins’ on Broadway NY and even filmed a funeral for the Queen. She is passionate about lettering in all its many forms and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with her students. With her appearance on the BBC's Make! Craft Britain, Christine Green has put paper cutting firmly in the middle of the crafting map. See her work at

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.