So here's what I learnt:
- Some paper is crap for cutting out. Oops. (Sorry.)
- Use good tools. I specially bought a new little craft knife, but it just isn't very good. I should probably have spent more on the better quality one.
- Plan before you start. I just did a freehand drawing and then gaily started cutting out. Which is why my O looks the way it does. Learnt my lesson just in time for the D, R and A.
- Start simple. My first attempt was quite complicated with lots more going on in the headspace and the word 'courage' going down the backbone (Get it? I thought that was pretty clever, pity it got ripped to pieces ... in a fit of pique ...)
- Have patience and cut slowly. I didn't which is why some of the flowery bits got torn off.
- Focus. Lack of concentration is not good. Which is why the M looks the way it does.
- Practice makes perfect, which is why I should do this one over. On a rainy day.
I must still do the release cuts on the red paper (the white is just a guide - the red is the actual cutout).