In November, I designed a kirigami card I call Peace-Pop up. Well, I decided I wanted to make more than just a few of these cards but knew that hand cutting “more than a few” cards would be insanely time consuming and, if I wanted to sell the cards, I wouldn’t be able to unless I charged an arm and a leg. I was unsure what path to take until I spoke with my friend and mentor, Helen Hiebert.
Helen and I talk regularly and bounce ideas off one another. I told Helen my concerns and she had a couple ideas, one of which was have them laser cut. Well, I checked that out, but being a total novice to the world of laser cutting, I was unsure about the process. The local folks who do laser cutting told me there would be discoloration around the cut edges. Hmmmm. Not good. So I investigated another option; having a traditional steel rule die made. And that’s the avenue I chose.
I decided to go with Custom Shape Pros of Omaha, NE. I sent them a jpeg of my hand drawn design, they vectored it and sent me the design proof within hours. I approved their proof and voila! A custom die for Peace Pop-Up was born!
The die is 9.5 x 11.75 so I cut Peace Pop-Up on a Big Shot Pro with a 13 x 27 bed. Each pop-up is individually cut, folded and adhered to a card. I love the simplicity of the process, it’s low tech and hands on and I am 100% a part of the each card, from start to finish.
If you’re interested in purchasing the Peace Pop-Up check out my etsy site, Peace Pop-Up 2015 on etsy