H E L L O !
My name is Naomi Shiek (pronounced CHIC).
I create papercut ketubot for private clients in the Nouveau Judaica style.

What is a ketubah, you ask? A KETUBAH is a decorative marriage covenant used and exhibited in Jewish, non-denominational and non-traditional weddings and commitment ceremonies wherein the couple's vows to each other are declared.

Fast turnaround & Ready-to-ship papercuts
can be found in
THE SHOP

Accepting Custom Orders for December
(2 open slots a month)

To Learn More About
CUSTOM DESIGN
go HERE
To Find Your
KETUBAH TEXT
go HERE

FAQ

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MY HEIRLOOM PAPERCUT KETUBOT! 
Below are answers to the questions I get asked most frequently 
about the ordering process.

If your question isn't answered below, you're more than welcome to contact me


I LOVE THE LOOK OF THE PAPERCUTS, BUT ARE THEY TOO DELICATE? 
Not at all. Papercuts are delicate in nature but can be handled more than you think. Like any other paper art, as long as they are touched with clean respectful hands and not placed outside in windy & rainy weather, they'll survive for a place of honor in your home!


WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR PAPERCUTS? 
I sell custom and ready-made papercuts via email and online. My papercut ketubot (or in layman's terms: artwork to celebrate your wedding) are sold in MY ETSY SHOP


WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?
My papercuts are defined as Nouveau Judaica - decorative Jewish art with a modern twist. My style is influenced by Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts, and features nature scenes of forest, flowers, and noble creatures.


DO YOU ALSO MAKE PAPERCUTS OTHER THAN KETUBOT?
Of course! While ketubot are my bread and butter, I welcome any and all commissions. If you're interested in a papercut for a special occassion, for a gift, or to hang in your home,  I'd be thrilled to work with you - don't hesitate to drop me a line!


ARE YOUR KETUBOT KOSHER?
Certainly! First, let me explain: a ketubah is considered kosher (i.e. valid by Jewish law) by its text. The design is completely up to you! A kosher text is one approved by a scholar of Jewish law and/or a community's religious leader. This is only relevant to religious texts, like the Orthodox and Conservative... not the secular texts.

My text templates are rabbi-approved. Of course I defer to the officiating rabbi to approve each couple's text, as there are different versions across the communities in the Diaspora. Your own officiant can tell you if the text you've chosen meets your community's standards. If not, he/she are welcome to provide theirs instead! In short, if your wedding's officiating rabbi approves the text, you're golden;)


WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND?
The standard turnaround time for ketubot in my shop and blog is up to 10 days from purchase to dispatch. The turnaround for custom designs is 3-6 weeks from booking to dispatch. (My first available start date can be found in the homepage. I am often booked 1 month to 2 months in advance.) Standard express delivery takes further 4-6 business days anywhere in the world.


DO YOU ACCEPT RUSH ORDERS?
Yes. Please contact me first to see if I can accommodate you. Depending on the deadline and design, rush fees start as low as $75 and reach as high as $200.


I LOVE A DESIGN FROM YOUR SHOP, BUT CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO IT?
Yes! The beauty of my little atelier is that I can personalize my papercuts for my clients. Say you love the Tree of Life ketubah but want to add your initials, or want the Pomegranate Garden ketubah a different size and shape... All changes to an existing design - from a custom monogram to adding in your pets - are possible for a fee starting at $25 up to $175, just ask!


DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM DESIGNS?
Yes! It'd be my honor to design a unique papercut that will encapsulate your love & memories! Want a design that represents where you and your beloved first met? How about one that incorporates your wedding flowers? No problem! Contact me and we'll discuss your vision for your keepsake papercut. While I won't be able to replicate what's in your mind's eye, I will aim to surpass it.


CAN I GET A PRICE LIST?
Most of my listed papercuts are 11X17" big and range in price from $310-400. Other sizes are $585-710.
Custom design papercuts start at $650 and reach up to $1000, depending on size and design. Popular sizes are 13X19", 16X16", 18X18", and 16X24".
This is the price list for the popular sizes, up to and including as many as 2 papercut layers:
  • Custom designed 13X19" = $650 (includes $250 design fee)
  • Custom designed 16X16"/ 18X18" = $885 (includes $300 design fee)
  • Custom designed 16X24" = $995 (includes $350 design fee)
If you'd like a price quote for a different size or shape, please contact me!


WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT POLICY FOR CUSTOM DESIGNS?
While a listed design order will be paid for in full before work begins, for a custom order I split the payment into two: first a non-refundable deposit & drafting fee to book your date and begin processing your order; and the remainder to be paid upon design approval. I start drawing on the booked date, and email a low-resolution preview of the custom design a week after. Once you approve the design I will print and cut it for you.


WHAT ARE YOUR SHIPPING OPTIONS?
I mail worldwide.
All orders of over $100 in value (all ketubot) are mailed Express Mail Service via Israel Post, which is $40-48 to most destinations. 

There is the option to upgrade to FedEx for additional $125-190.



Express Mail Service: You will receive your package by messenger to your door or at your local post office in 4-6 business days. Service is traceable in most countries (ask me if you're unsure). The courier requires the recipient's signature, so please provide the address you expect to be at for the majority of the day. It's recommended that you provide a telephone number for the courier to contact you.



FedEx Priority: You will receive your package by messenger to your door in 2-3 business days. Service is traceable. The courier requires the recipient's signature, so please provide the address you expect to be at for the majority of the day. It's recommended that you provide a telephone number for the courier to contact you. The item will not be insured over $100.



Buyer is responsible for customs duties and delays in their country. Please check with Customs in your country as duty charges may apply based on the total of your order, or the commodity type. Any duty charge (if applicable) is to be paid by you and is not included in the purchase price or shipping cost.


WHAT TEXTS DO YOU OFFER?
I offer the following text templates: Orthodox, Conservative, Egalitarian, Reform, Same Sex, Secular, Quaker, Christian, Your Own. All texts are personalized and can be edited to suit your wishes. More on that below.


SOURCES FOR CLIENTS
Prospective clients are welcome to read and download the following files to help them personalize their perfect heirloom ketubah:

CAN I CUSTOMIZE TEXT AND COLOR?
Certainly! Each ketubah includes the text of your choice personalized with your names, wedding date and location. My texts can be used as templates and edited as you wish, or you're welcome to provide your own. If your custom text requires translation to Hebrew, I provide that service for a $40 fee.

With both pre-designed and custom ketubot, you get a preview file of the text as it will be printed following payment and within 48 hours of my receiving your text and font choices. I print only after you approve. Please be aware clients are fully responsible for finding and reporting any errors before approving the text for printing. WOODLAND PAPERCUTS is not responsible for replacing approved texts.


HOW WILL MY PAPERCUT BE SENT?
All papercuts regardless of size are mailed flat. I carefully wrap your handmade order in tissue paper before placing it between two of the studio's signature wood boards, making sure it is secured at the center away from the edges to avoid any and all damages.Your order is then placed in a moisture-resistant bag. Finally, the bundle is wrapped tightly for its journey across the seas. The packaging is lightweight and extremely durable.  


CAN YOU SEND MY PAPERCUT ORDER FRAMED?
Unfortunately I can't mail framed papercuts because of fragile mail restrictions. The papercuts are made in easy-to-frame sizes, but I always recommend you choose a reputable custom frame shop over a stock pre-made frame for its forever home.

My personal preference is a white wood frame and acid-free photo matte border to keep the papercut away from the glass. This simple frame option allows your papercut to shine, as it should.

WOODLAND PAPERCUTS is now affiliated with Simply Framed, an online custom frame shop which operates in the US (see blog post). All US orders leave the studio with an exclusive coupon code to be used on the Simply Framed site. Clients can choose from a selection of frame options and mail-in their papercut to be framed by a professional shop with 40+ years of experience.

When you contract Simply Framed for a custom frame, please request a shipping label instead of their packaging, and use WOODLAND PAPERCUTS's original packaging to mail the ketubah to them. Given the fact that they enclose the ketubah in glass and acid-free backing, it should only be framed after it is signed at your wedding.


HOW CAN I DISPLAY MY KETUBAH AT THE WEDDING?
Using WOODLAND PAPERCUTS' signature packaging, of course! (See details above.) The sturdy flat packaging makes it easy to transport your ketubah to the wedding venue, and bonus! the wood boards can be used for presentation at the signing ceremony! For the chuppah and reception I advise that you get a simple ready-made frame in order to protect your heirloom ketubah from curious hands.


WHAT IF I WANT TO CANCEL MY ORDER?
In case of pre-designed orders: If an order is cancelled following payment, only the shipping fees will be refunded. Rush fees are non-refundable.

In case of custom orders: Design deposit is non-refundable. If a client wishes to cancel their order following design approval, a partial refund will be given according to the amount of work completed before the cancellation. For orders cancelled after order was completed but before shipment, only the shipping fees will be refunded.

If there is an issue with your order, please contact me and I'll do my best to offer a solution within the studio's policy guidelines.


WHAT PEN DO I USE TO SIGN MY KETUBAH?
The simple answer is to use your favorite pen (I have written a short post on the subject). The papers I use are ideal for all pen and ink types. As long as you're comfortable with your writing instrument, your signature will come out perfect. I include a blank card of your paper type with every order so you can test your pen collection on it. Take it with you to the stationery shop and test the pens there, you might find a new favorite! And while inks are engineered to last now and no longer oxidize and fade like you see in old documents, if you're worried, look for the 'archival ink' tag on the pen.

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WOODLAND PAPERCUTS BY NAOMI SHIEK keeps the rights to copy, reproduce, display, distribute, or create a derivative work from any design produced by the studio. Copyright is not transferable with sale. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.
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