I've long been entranced by handmade cards and like to think of them as small works of art. That's not to say I don't appreciate a good Hallmark moment, but there's something so very special about sending or receiving a card that's made with just one person in mind.
Tracy Chong makes imaginative hand-cut pop-up cards for nearly every occasion. I recently featured a page of her designs that's in the new 1000 Handmade Greetings - Creative Cards and Clever Correspondence book, and today I'd like to show you some of her appealing cards up close.
Introduced to Masahiro Chatani's origamic architecture at an early age, Tracy was fascinated by how a single piece of paper could be transformed into a beautiful three-dimensional object by simple cuts and folds. Hundreds of cards later, she says she's still excited by seeing a design spring to life from a blank sheet of card.
I love how Tracy presents each card in her Etsy shop with a little vignette about it. This delightful hummingbird card is from her line of 180 degree pop-ups which are made with a special technique so that the cards lie flat on a surface.Tracy is currently a grad student working toward a career in science. She says she looks at the wonders of nature in the microscope daily and feels inspired to design beautiful things - that art and science go hand in hand.