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Quantity Produced


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Production Time

1 Week

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

4.25 in × 4.25 in

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Paper Stock

Mixed, Various Weights

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Brush Script (used, jokingly, for inserted explanation of the card)


On top of the kind, humorous and long-lasting friendship, one of the perks of being friends with Marian Bantjes is that you receive in the mail the most wonderful surprises when you have just begun to wonder why nothing fun comes in the mail anymore. On a regular, yearly basis you can expect to receive an envelope in Halloween and one in Valentine’s Day. The latter is especially satisfying as Marian is able to transform the trite clichés of the holiday into something unmistakably awesome.

We also follow Marian on Facebook, and around the end of December and beginning of January she started asking for all those holiday cards people receive and might eventually throw away. A mysterious request but one that was well obliged. A few weeks ago we received our Valentine’s Cards from Marian and it all finally made sense: Recycling all those doomed holiday cards, she created a heart design that she used to create some lovely laser-cut cards, all of them unique in their own way as they all were different papers, colors and textures. It wasn’t all fun and games obviously, as Marian explains:

I learned that laser cutting is quite sensitive to thickness of stock. I had to sort all of the cards into different weights (using just a snap of the paper to guess at relative weights) and supply them to the laser cutter in 5 batches of sorted approximate weights.

Now, we patiently sit by the mailbox until Halloween.

Marian's Valentine's Cards --- Marian's Valentine's Cards

Images above provided by Marian, photos below of our two hearts by us
--- Marian's Valentine's Cards --- Marian's Valentine's Cards --- Marian's Valentine's Cards --- Marian's Valentine's Cards --- Marian's Valentine's Cards --- Marian's Valentine's Cards


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Marian’s Valentine’s Day Cards


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Heart by Marian Bantjes
Holiday Cards by Various



Arkwel Industries (Laser Cutting)

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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March 16, 2010


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