I went in search of unusual handmade greetings cards on Etsy and found three shops that feature special ones you won't find anywhere else. First up, Art Papier, which showcases the clever work of French artist Daniel Mar.
He cuts and sculpts white paper "to build a fragile world", then photographs the scene and transforms it into cards and posters. Some examples are whimsical and lively, while others are serene.
A feature I especially like is that the cards come with an easel and cardboard support so they can be displayed as small works of art.
Visit Daniel's website to view a video of his process. He is also on Facebook.
Starfly Creations features stylish cut paper cards designed by Starla Apodaca of Texas.
She holds a BFA in graphic design and says about her work, "knowledge and love of design combined with digital
and presentation experience has enabled me to develop a style of using
both positive and negative space to create unique cut paper designs."
Each card is modern and fresh with the bonus of personalization.
Pop Up Card Making of Seattle invites you to try your hand at the Japanese cutting and folding technique of kirigami.
photo instructions are available in PDF format as an instant download so
you can start creating immediately. Print out the pattern on sturdy paper, fold, cut, and
I know a couple of little guys who would enjoy receiving a bobble-head dinosaur or pop-up black widow spider and I'm certain these koalas would bring about a smile as well.