Japanese Papercut 3-Dimensional Card—Butterfly on Iris
This pop-up card is really a small paper sculpture of a butterfly alighted on an iris bloom. It is an example of kiri-e, a traditional Japanese papercut art form. This 3-dimensional design is quite complex. When the card is held open, the butterfly appears to be hovering over the iris. Artist Kyoko Niikuni designs her kiri-e nature-oriented vignettes from what she sees from the window of her Seattle-area home. She cuts her shapes from black paper using an X-Acto knife—all by hand. The card front has a collage of decorative papers. The closed card measures 5 ½ in x 3 ¾ in. It comes in a white envelope.
Card front: Each paper collage decorating Kyoko’s card fronts is a unique composition. You will receive either the one pictured in this photo or another lovely variation.
Prop: Ceramic top in this photograph used as weight for display only and not included with this card. You may use any small object you have on hand.
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