Custom house portraits and personalised papercut gifts

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Announcement    Custom house portraits, personalised papercut portraits, pet and wedding illustrations. Colourful travel inspired cards and gifts. Orders are dispatched from Liverpool, UK.


Last updated on Feb 7, 2022

Custom house portraits, personalised papercut portraits, pet and wedding illustrations. Colourful travel inspired cards and gifts. Orders are dispatched from Liverpool, UK.


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Nicola McGovern

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Nicola McGovern


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About ImagineAttic

Sales 767
On Etsy since 2014
Video summary: Custom Papercut House Portrait time-lapse work in progress movie.

How It All Started

Following traditional fine art training, I started painting portraits on canvas as gifts for friends and family about 20 years ago. Baby portraits and retro portraits in ‘70s colours were very popular and friends started commissioning me to create portraits for others. Each painting helped me develop my digital design skills, explore new colour palettes and improve my techniques.

However, the paintings took days to make as each layer needed time to dry and a few coats to achieve a flat colour. So when I needed a last minute gift for a friend, I decided to experiment with layers of coloured paper instead of paint. The feedback was fantastic, so I added papercut portraits to my website, started getting orders from people I didn’t know and opened an Etsy shop in 2015.

My product range now includes custom family portraits, pet portraits, wedding, car and house illustrations as well as ready made items including papercut seascapes, colourful cards, prints and jewellery.

Shop members

  • Nicola McGovern


    I'm an artist based in Liverpool (UK) who loves travel, knitting, photography and empty beaches. When I'm not working in Imagine Attic, I deliver creative arts workshops with children, families and community groups.

Production partners

  • a UK based printing service

    Storrington, England

    My printers are dedicated to eco-friendly printing and only use environmentally friendly materials.

  • A UK based printing company

    Leeds, England

    My printers are an Investors In People accredited company, who create all their merchandise and print in house.

  • A UK based print company

    London, England

    My personalised printing company ensures environmentally friendly production processes and protection of human rights

  • A UK based print company

    Leeds, England

    Their eco credentials are fab - stock papers are 100% recycled and they use a carbon neutral delivery service.

  • A USA based fabric printing company

    United States

    My fabric printers support independent designers to create custom printed fabric. Their digital print process uses eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks and dyes which produce very little waste

  • a UK based laser cutting company

    Middlesbrough, England

    My laser cutting company is indie loving and provides a lovingly ‘handmade’ service

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Processing time
The time I need to prepare an order for shipping varies. For details, please see individual items. If your order is urgent, please contact me to check for availability of a priority order.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Digital downloads
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Conditions of Return
If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact me within 14 days of receipt to arrange an exchange or refund. If your order is returned within 30 days of delivery in perfect condition - still in any packaging - then I will provide a refund. Return shipping costs are the customer's responsibility. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for custom or personalised orders, digital downloads or items on sale.
I accept payment by Paypal or debit/credit card, as well as Etsy gift card. I do not accept e-cheques.

If you wish to cancel your order please let me know as soon as possible. Once your order has been posted then a refund is only possible once the item/s have been returned to me in saleable condition. Please note that personalised orders (such as custom portraits) cannot be cancelled once the production process has started.
Shipping Information

UK Delivery
UK delivery is by Royal Mail First Class service, which aims to deliver to UK in 1-3 working days. However, please note that this is an estimated delivery time and cannot be guaranteed (especially at busy times such as Christmas).

International Delivery
International delivery is by Royal Mail International Standard service, which aims to deliver to Europe in 3 to 5 working days and to the rest of the world in 6 to 7 working days. However, please note that these are estimated delivery times and cannot be guaranteed (especially at busy times such as Christmas).

Shipping Notification
I always send a notification to advise when I have posted your order.

Delivery Queries
Sometimes things do go wrong with delivery which are out of my control. If you have not received your item within 10 working days (UK) of me posting it then please get in touch. For international deliveries please allow 25 working days.

Unpacking Your Items
Please take care when unpacking your order not to use sharp objects to avoid potential damage to you items.

Customs and Import Taxes
Any customs charges incurred are the sole responsibility of the customer, and it is the customer's responsibility to check any relevant customs charges, tax or duty, which may be payable in their own country before placing an order. I cannot be responsible for delays due to customs.

EU customers please note that from 1st July 2021, for orders to the EU of goods totalling below €150, Etsy will collect the VAT at checkout. For orders to the EU above €150, the customer will be required to pay VAT to the delivery service when the goods are imported or delivered, and a courier handling fee plus a customs charge (which varies depending on the country and the product).

Shipping Address
As a buyer you are responsible for making sure your shipping address is correct. If you notice a mistake please contact me as soon as possible.

Postal Strikes and Holidays
Please be aware of any postal strikes and national holidays - I'm afraid I can't be held responsible for any delays as a result of this.
Additional policies and FAQs
All images, designs and custom portraits are copyright Nicola McGovern and should not be reproduced without my explicit permission.

Reviews are much appreciated - I'd love to hear your feedback. Please contact me first before leaving negative feedback, as I will do all I can to resolve any dissatisfaction.

Custom Papercut Portraits
While I base my colour choices on the original photos provided, my palette is limited to paper options available and exact colour matches aren't always possible.
Privacy Policy
At Imagine Attic we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our customers. We don’t sell, rent or trade data with other companies and businesses for marketing purposes. In this privacy policy, we are providing detailed information about when and why your personal information is collected, how it is used and how it is kept secure.

We will only use your contact information:
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfil your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)

When someone places an order with Imagine Attic, a digital receipt is saved for tax return purposes. Order receipts contain a shipping name and address and are kept for at least 6 years before being securely deleted.

When someone visits Imagine Attic on Etsy a third party service, Google Analytics, is used to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Designs for custom portrait commissions will be kept on file indefinitely in case a previous customer wants to reorder a copy.

You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. Email your request to shop owner Nicola McGovern and data will be deleted or anonymised within 1 month of the request.