Papercraft Inspirations

From delicate tracery to bold sculpture, papercraft artists bring a tactile sensibility to graphic design. These 10 examples bring together a showcase of the best designs and most exquisite techniques.

Letterpress

In these days of paperless communication, there’s something decadent about letterpress on a luscious, heavy card stock.

These beautiful coasters by Melissa Baldwin of Elf Letterpress are a beautiful gift for the typeface fetishist and their clean, simple lines show off how effective typography can be when used on a luxurious substrate.

 

Kim Burks from PaperLovelyPress makes these ultra-clean, Franklin Gothic letterpress calling cards.

 

Not all letterpress has to be minimal, as these bright and cheerful designs from Letterpress Delicacies prove.

 

Papercutting

Handcut paper silhouettes have been popular in China for centuries where complex mythical beasts like dragons and lucky lions emerge from thousands of delicate cuts. Modern papercutting artists may draw on a different mythology, but this piece by CaryCanary, subtitled “Hare and Rabbit do agree – everyday is a good day for tea!” is whimsical and striking in equal measure.

 

Here, her Sing a Song of Sixpence card shows the delicate touch required to create such bold silhouettes.

 

This bold, bright trailer and bunting makes a summer statement. Designed by Erin at Holler and Whistle.

 

These stunning arrow cards make bold use of negative space. (Ashley Pahl)

 

Paper sculpture

This stunning lamp is an homage to an $900 shade by Anthropologie. The raw materials? Cupcake cases and a simple paper orb.

 

Hermés pulled off a delightful marketing coup when it created a papercraft template of its iconic Kelly bag. What a fabulous way of showcasing this classic design.

 

Quilling used to be the epitome of twee, but mod designer Erin Curet of Little Circles has rescued this artform with her striking, geometric designs.

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