This country cottage and garden were inspired by the scherenschnitte wall decorations popularized in Holland and Germany. The house is a symmetrical image cut from a single folded sheet with a utility knife; the fence, trees, and flowers are single images cut along one continuous line (flower centers were made with a tiny hole punch). White cut work mounted on black paper like this was the first preferred style in cutout-crazed seventeenth- century Europe. (Black-on-white silhouettes came later.) Here, heavy paper backing was added between some of the layers before mounting to add depth to the completed piece. If you intend to frame your cutouts, be sure to make them out of nonyellowing, acid-free white and nonfading color papers. You can use our design as a template.