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Videogame craft = win #3
The Professor Layton games are some of my favourite so I’m going to show you how to recreate Limbos style of graphics within a Professor Layton papercut.
Papercutting is pretty much what the name suggests; paper cut into intricate designs. A lot of the time only 1 sheet of paper is used (so it looks like a stencil!).

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  • How to make a papercraft. How To: Limbo Inspired Papercutting   Professor Layton And The Curious Village - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather some Inspiration images so you have a good understanding on what you want your papercut to look like. I picked out different things from each picture and then put them all together to create my own unique image.
    I put the images in Photoshop and turned them into ‘stencils’ so I could see what I would have to cut out, I made sure they were the right size then I printed them.

    If you would like to make my papercut download the template, just resize them to fit your paper.

  • How to make a papercraft. How To: Limbo Inspired Papercutting   Professor Layton And The Curious Village - Step 2
    Step 2

    If you’re a good drawer you can just draw your designs freehand onto the black card, if you’re like me and lack in drawing skills then you can trace your designs instead using Transfer Paper. Use a Stanley knife to cut around your image; I also cut out the windows so I could put yellow/white paper behind them.

  • How to make a papercraft. How To: Limbo Inspired Papercutting   Professor Layton And The Curious Village - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out the rest of your designs. Make sure everything in each design is connected, any loose pieces will fall out, for example: if writing words, be aware that letters like A, B,D,O etc. will lose their middle section. Also you want the top layer of your papercut to have a border around it, this is so it can hide the messy edges left by the other layers/double sided tape and give your papercut a nice framed finish.

  • How to make a papercraft. How To: Limbo Inspired Papercutting   Professor Layton And The Curious Village - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now you want to start layering your cutouts. Use a new piece of card for the background, put your first cutout on top of the background card, secure it with double sided tape and lay another sheet of tracing paper on top. Continue this: Cutout-secure-tracing paper-secure-cutout-secure etc… When you have come to your last cutout make sure you put double sided tape around the whole border so it stays flat.

  • How to make a papercraft. How To: Limbo Inspired Papercutting   Professor Layton And The Curious Village - Step 5
    Step 5

    You’re done! You can frame your papercut normally or put it in a lightbox frame (a shadow box with a light bulb in the back) if you can’t find one, try making one!

    This is great if your papercut design has something in it you want to shine, like windows!

  • How to make a papercraft. How To: Limbo Inspired Papercutting   Professor Layton And The Curious Village - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using these instructions you can create a papercut of anything you like, use your imagination! Here is another one I made inspired by ‘The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess’
    If you would like the pattern for this one just pm me =]

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Olivia H.
Olivia H. · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 32 projects
Hooray, another Professor Layton fan! Love the work here, it looks awesome!
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