Paper Blossoms - Ray Marshall

A true and funny story... last week I received an email from Marshalls, a store here in the U.S. The ad was edged with images of folded paper roses that looked quite cool... similar to the kind quillers make, but more angular... origami, I guessed. Off I went on a quick search, hoping to figure out who had made them/how to make them, by googling "Marshalls paper flowers"...

Lotus, Water Iris, and Dragonfly

Lo and behold, the very first result was something unexpected, yet intriguing... it was the website of a paper engineer named Ray Marshall. Forgetting about the roses, I clicked over and my eyes were immediately drawn to a scrolling list of Ray's recent Tweets... because I saw my own name rolling by. What the heck?!

Bird of Paradise, Heliconia, Anthuriums, and Gingers

It seems Ray had noticed my cherry blossoms card and retweeted the link, encouraging his followers to check out this blog. So if that tweet didn't earn Ray a feature post here, I don't know what would! Just kidding... his work is amazing and I need no excuse to introduce it to you all today.

Spring Bouquet

Who doesn't love a pop-up? They're surprising, clever, and intriguing all rolled into one.

Since 1979 Ray has made a name for himself as an award-winning designer of pop-up books for children - 25 of them, in fact - as well as designing advertising and greeting card pop-ups. In the 90s and most of the oughts, Ray worked as a graphic designer, but returned to his love of pop-up books in 2008 by creating a children's title called The Castaway Pirates, for which he also wrote the story.

Ray's most recent book. released just this past autumn by Chronicle, is something a bit different. Paper Blossoms - A Pop-Up Book of Beautiful Bouquets for the Table is just that... a book loaded with intricate, colorful details - it's meant to be displayed and admired. The first three pictures above are examples from the book.

Read about the interesting steps involved in making a pop-up book on Ray's site.


He has also generously posted downloadable files so we can make pop-ups of our own, such as these gerbera and potted plant cards.

Potted Plant

By the way, I never did find any information about the Marshalls roses, so if you see anything, let me know!
Ann Martin
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  1. oh my, that pop-up flowers are fabulous!! :D
    thank you for sharing the informations ;)

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  2. wow beautiful BOPs and heliconias they are very attractive

  3. We sell that book at work! I'm so excited to share the freebie with customers.

  4. I love all your creations and this is again beatiful!
    Greetings Baukje

  5. How inspiring !The lily spread and the roses spread look so lovely and colourful. I hope I can make a simple pop up sometime.

  6. Goodness, what else do paper artists/geniuses like yourselves create?! These pop-ups are fabulous! (Will try to look for Ray Marshall's pop-up children's books, too.)

  7. These make me long for a tropical vacation!

  8. Awesome. I LOVE pop up books!! I just bought one for Lachlan the other day. :D

  9. Beautiful flower pop ups...TFS this man's I spring work!!!!


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