PaperSpecs Presents: Animal Themed Greeting Cards

With all the pressures of deadlines and budgets these days, it’s easy to forget how fun and rewarding it can be to design items just for fun. It’s something my good friend Dganit Dahan often reminds me of with creations like these laser cut greeting cards, which stand tall as they display the sender’s handwritten message beneath 1 of 6 animal silhouettes .

When in the early stages of designing a new 3D object or calendar for her studio Sabai Sabai Design (, Dganit starts with a sketch of the side view. And sometimes those profiles take on another life like a greeting card.

Here, the American Bristol C1S cardboard was digitally printed CMYK by @Ilan Print ( to create 6 different cards, each in a different color.

The recipient simply follows the illustrated instructions to fold it into a standing position and secure it with the provided rubber band. The uncoated front gives the sender plenty of space to jot down a personal message.

At the top of the card, a unique animal shape has been laser cut just enough to make it easier to remove the surrounding paper, after which voila: the silhouette of the card’s creature emerges from the rest of the card!

I especially love the subtle way a second color is worked into the front of the card, whether it’s the red bird perched on a hippo’s back or the green tree next to the fox. (And if this fox and this tree look familiar to you, it’s probably because you saw them in a previous Sabai Sabai calendar:…)

At a time when personal notes in the mail have taken on even greater importance after years of social distancing, these greeting cards have even more impact. That’s especially true thanks to the way they can stand on your desk, showing off the personal message and eye-catching creature – whether it’s a bear, moose, hippo, fox or cat – for months or years. years to come.

The lesson that Dganit learned from this project? Always be flexible. You never know when your ideas might take another form.

Mika R. Pyle