Review Part 3: Behind the Scenes Cricut Made Paper Portraits

In this final part of the Cricut Maker series, I just had to fulfil a creative desire: stop animation paper portraits.

I’ve been experimenting a lot with paper for my stop motion animations lately, mostly making paper flowers to use in other compositions. However as my other love is illustrating faces as @thesaintdraws on Instagram, it feels like a natural transition to create portraits for paper. That’s where the Cricut Maker has come in.

The Cricut has been a-mazing. The level of detail I’ve been able to achieve has been astounding.

Daenerys, Mother of Dragons Paper Cut Portrait Illustration | The Content Designer blog

At time of writing this post, Game of Thrones Season 8 has finally landed. I’m so excited! Therefore it’s the perfect time to make a portrait of one of my favourite characters and Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.

The idea popped into my head quite by accident. I’ve been experimenting with animating paper hair and started with this paper portrait illustration created with my Cricut:

Cricut Maker Review" Paper Cut Portraits for Stop Motion Animation | The Content Designer blog

As I looked at her, she had an air of Daenery’s about her. Voila, a paper portrait obsession was born!

Making Daenerys Targaryen from Paper

Vector drawing of Daenerys Targaryen in Illustrator. Saved as an SVG for the Cricut Design Space | The Content Designer blog


The first step was to draw Daenerys in Adobe Illustrator. I then saved her as an SVG file, to be imported into the Cricut Design Space.

Daenerys Targaryen in the Cricut Design Space | The Content Designer blog

To create Daenyrys I’ve used a selection of 216gsm cardstock. Both Cricut and American Crafts have a great selection of colours and work beautifully with the Cricut Maker machine.

The separate elements to make the Daenerys Targaryen paper portraits | The Content Designer blog

For the Daenerys Targaryen.stop motion animation, I wanted to animate the fire. To animate fire, I’ve created 3 different fire shapes and single flames. Along with her hair, they will be the only parts that move. I wanted to keep it simple.

Close up of paper portrait of Daenerys Targaryen | The Content Designer blog

I use sticky foam pads to raise parts of the paper illustration up, which creates more depth and shadow.

Close up of paper flames for the Daenerys Targaryen stop motion animation | The Content Designer blog

For the stop motion animation part, I don’t want to permanently stick the paper fire down, so I use white tack to raise them up.

Daenerys Targaryen paper dragon close up | The Content Designer blog

I cut the two versions of the dragons. One in blue and one in red to add more depth and a touch of colour to make them stand out more from her jacket. The red of the dragons also matches Daenery’s lips.

Close up of paper Daenerys Targaryen hair braids | The Content Designer blog

I’m particularly pleased with the paper braids. The strips of paper are approx 3 millimetres wide and cut perfectly with the Cricut. Impressive.

Paper strip to use for the Daenerys Targaryen hair braids but by the Cricut Maker | The Content Designer blog
Daenerys Targaryen paper cut illustration details | The Content Designer blog
Paper fire details for the Daenery's Mother of Dragons stop motion animation | The Content Designer blog
Paper cut dragons for the Daenerys Targaryen stop motion animation | The Content Designer blog

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed creating this paper portrait and I have many more planned. It’s been made so much easier with the Cricut Maker. As well as quicker. I’m hooked!

See my other Cricut review posts:

Part 1: The Cricut Maker Is The Perfect Cut
Part 2: The Cricut EasyPress

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