Book nook, shadow box, light box and papercut templates

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Announcement    I sell my original design shadow box, light box and paper cut templates for hand and machine-cutting and occasionally finished paper artwork in this shop.
I also have another shop where I sell non-papercutting related digital downloads


Last updated on Apr 6, 2021

I sell my original design shadow box, light box and paper cut templates for hand and machine-cutting and occasionally finished paper artwork in this shop.
I also have another shop where I sell non-papercutting related digital downloads


2308 Sales

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About seasaltandsamphire

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Sea Salt and Samphire

Sea Salt & Samphire is owned by me, paper artist and designer, Lindsey Hills. I live in a lovely old house in Chalkwell (near Leigh-on-Sea) Essex.

Where I live and work inspired my shop name. I’m very lucky to have a view of the Thames Estuary and Two Tree Island from my studio at the top of the house.
I can smell the salty sea air when I crack open the window and samphire grows abundantly on Two Tree Island.

All my finished paper artwork, templates and related items are my own original, copyrighted designs.

Unlike mass-produced paper cut art available in many high street stores, I don’t use a laser cutter to cut the paper. All my original finished paper artwork is painstakingly and skilfully cut by my own hand using a surgical scalpel. This makes each piece unique.

Most of the downloadable templates I sell are based on art pieces I have created in the past. I have taken my original drawings and simplified/modified them in a way that they can be cut by hand (moderately!) easily or by cutting machines. I do test my templates on a Silhouette Cameo to make sure they cut correctly.

For my finished art and commission pieces I used to sketch the design in pencil, before tracing in reverse onto the cutting paper. More recently I have been experimenting with drawing my designs digitally on my iPad. It saves the tracing and scanning step and I can get straight to the fun part!
Depending on the size and complexity, a hand cut piece can take anything from 30 minutes to several hours, or even days, to complete.
I change to a fresh blade roughly every 10 minutes. I use a glass cutting mat, rather than self-heal, so this along with the paper dulls the blade quite quickly.

My preferred paper weight range is 120 – 160gsm and my preferred blades are Swann Morton 11 and Swann Morton 15a.

Paper is such a delicate medium. I use high quality, acid free paper for my paper art which prolongs the longevity of the artwork over time. My favourite papers are Canson Mi Tientes and Fabriano Tiziano pastel papers as they are a dream to cut.
All the other materials I use, including glues for infilling and collage work, are acid free.

I use bespoke, handmade real wood frames to frame my finished artwork as I believe this adds to the quality and uniqueness of my work.
I buy my frames from an independent framer in the UK who also runs her own small business.

Shop members

  • Lindsey Hills

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I'm a creative person who is lucky enough to live by the seaside. I like making beautiful things and sharing them with the world.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Please take time to read my shop policies before you purchase. If you are unclear on any points please feel free to message me for clarification.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.


Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.


Payment is due at the time of purchase.


Sorry, currently I only ship physical items within the UK.

All framed items will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery (insured).
Unframed items will be sent either by second class or first class post (this will be stated in the listing).

All items sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery will need to be signed for upon receipt.
Postage and packing costs are non refundable.

Damage in Transit:
I ensure all items are packaged well and securely in special padded boxes (framed items) or padded envelopes (prints/unframed items) to prevent damage in transit, but unfortunately sometimes this is out of my control.

If you find your item has been damaged in transit, please contact me within 48 hours stating the damage that has occurred. I will require photographic evidence of the damage to claim insurance from the delivery company. After 48 hours, I am unable to make a claim from the courier so will be unable to offer a replacement or refund.
If you notify me and supply the necessary photographic evidence needed to make a claim within 48 hours, I will ask for you to return the item (at cost to myself). Once I have received the item back, I will replace it as soon as possible.

Additional policies and FAQs

This purchase comes with a Limited Commercial Use Licence:

You MAY:
Sell up to 100 of the finished PHYSICAL items of this design
Use the design to create other PHYSICAL items to sell including cards, invites, and decals (these count towards your 100 finished items total).
Sell PHYSICAL items made with this design at craft fairs, in physical shops, on your own website, on social media and on marketplace websites such as Etsy.

Sell items made with this design on ʻinvite onlyʼ selling websites which have exclusivity clauses, such as Notonthehighstreet.
Use the design files to create physical prints to sell.
Use this licence to create or sell clipart, logos, digital prints or digital paper or any digital material. It only covers completed physical items.
Print and sell the uncut templates, e.g. as part of a craft kit.
Manipulate the digital file or design and ʻpass offʼ as your own.
Re-sell, share or in any way redistribute any of the digital files. The design and files remain the property and copyright of Sea Salt & Samphire.

Credit Sea Salt and Samphire as the designer in all cases, including sharing images of the design/resulting physical item on social media.

These are the brief main terms of use for clarity to help you whether this licence is adequate for your needs before you purchase.
Please read the more detailed full terms of use document in your download after purchase.

If this licence does not suit your needs, then please contact me to discuss purchasing and Extended Commercial Use Licence.


This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy.

Information I Collect

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (e.g.for a custom order), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention
I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction.
Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud and Dropbox are Privacy Shield certified.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

If you would like to access, correct, or delete personal information held by Etsy, you should contact Etsy at for assistance.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Lindsey Hills, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at lindsey [!at] Alternately, you may write to me at:
Lindsey Hills, 11 Whitefriars Crescent, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 8EX

This policy was last updated March 16th 2020
See this Seller Handbook article for a sample privacy policy you can customize for your shop.

More information

Last updated on May 19, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Which template file type do I need to use?

If you use Cricut Design Space as your cutting software then please use the SVG file (or PNG Files) and not the DXF files. I cannot get consistent results with layered DXF files in Design Space.

If you use Silhouette Studio Basic Edition then you will need to use the DXF file (or PNG files) as Basic Edition does not support SVG. If you have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or higher then I highly recommend using the SVG file as it will just make life a lot easier!

I have an issue opening the SVG file

SVG files should in most cases unzip/open fine on your computer. Sometimes however it defaults to wanting to open in your internet browser instead of your cutting software - it may even show up as a Chrome/ IE/Firefox etc. icon on your desktop.
The file will still work, however rather than double-clicking the file to automatically open your software, you will need to open Design Space or Silhouette Studio (or other software) first and then upload/import/open the file by navigating to where it is saved on your computer.

The reason for this issue is that SVG format was originally created as a way of displaying vectors on the internet so it will often default to this association.

Using layered SVG files

After you have opened your layered SVG file in Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space (or other software), you may need to select and ‘ungroup’ the design before you can move the different coloured layers around independently.

The DXF file is opening the wrong size in Silhouette Studio

When opening DXF files in Silhouette Studio you must make sure that your settings are set to open this file type ‘Centred’ (or ‘As is’) otherwise it will default to opening to fit the document you currently have on your screen.

To do this go to Edit > Preferences… Click on the ‘Import’ icon, and under DXF select ‘Centred’ from the dropdown next to ‘Open’. Save the settings. Now you can open your DXF file and it should open the correct size on your mat.

Using layered DXF designs in Silhouette Studio - Pt1

If you wish to resize your layered DXF, you must do this first by selecting everything and resizing in one go, otherwise some of the elements may be the wrong size.

Be aware that the colour of a particular layer may not necessarily be the exact colour intended for the final layer. DXF files require a different colour cutting line for each separate layer. This means that if two or more layers are intended to be the same colour in the final paper cut, they will have to be different colours in the DXF file. Cutting software can also not read white layers in a DXF file, so usually these will appear as grey or black.

Using layered DXF designs in Silhouette Studio - Pt2

Unfortunately the Silhouette Software imports DXF cutting lines ‘ungrouped’, even when I have grouped them in my design software when creating the files.
Once you have opened your DXF file you will need to make sure the elements on each coloured layer are grouped before you can move them around ready for cutting.

To do this go to Edit > Select by color. Under ‘by line’ you should see the different colours of each layer. Click on a colour (it will select all the elements of that colour) and go to Object > Group.
Unfortunately you will have to do this with each colour in the list. Once you have you will be able to move each layer around separately without fear of the design breaking up.