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About the Artisan

Many years ago, an artist working in an adjacent studio gave me a book that truly changed

the course of my work as a paper card artist. "Paper Sculpture", written in 1946 by the renowned
paper sculptor and display artist, Arthur Sadler, opened my eyes to the three dimensional nature of
paper. While I had been fascinated with paper since I was a child, and already begun professionally
designing greeting cards with enhanced textures and surfaces, I saw in Sadler's work, the magic of turning a single piece of paper into a form with folds, depth, chiaroscuro, curves, sharp edges and curls. By scoring, folding, shaping and coaxing paper, Sadler created many celebrated paper sculpture displays for New York's finest shops in the early 1900's as well as magazine and book cover designs. I opened his book late
one summer afternoon and it was day break of the next before I finally closed its pages!
The beauty of paper sculpture is, I believe, it's innate simplicity. By manipulating the surface of various papers, it grows upward from it's flat beginnings, much like clay forming on a potter's wheel, taking on whatever forms the artist 'sees' . I decided I wanted to uniquely incorporate this three dimensional art form into my invitation and stationery lines. I wanted to bring the purpose of the greeting alive and say eloquently from the sender to the receiver, " This is a very special occasion; we must celebrate!! ".
Today, many Gillian Cards designs are created using paper sculpture principles, the classic
" Daisy Collection " being the trademark line. My cards and invitations have traveled all over the world.
I have had the pleasure of helping couples to announce their engagements, weddings, births and later the birthdays for their children. My paper art lines celebrate all of life's very special occasions.



FAQ's about Gillian Cards:  (Wish I had a loonie for every time I answered these four questions in the past 15 years!!)


  • How long does it take to make a card? 20 minutes to 2 hours.

  • What kind of glue do you use?     White children's glue - no mess, non-toxic, cheap!

  • Do you REALLY cut out all those tiny pieces yourself?  99.5% of them!

  • Where do you get all your ideas?   The ideas appear in the every day course of working with paper.  The first four or five years I worried constantly about ever dreaming up another new card!  Now, sometimes just the way one paper falls on another will give me an idea.  Sometimes it will be something I am observing in nature.  Yellowbirds is an example of this - a result of watching water birds out on the late winter ice - arguing over fish.


History of Gillian Cards


Established:  December 1987


Storefront:  1991 to 1999 in Toronto


Shows:  One of a Kind Art Show -

Toronto, Canada:  five showings


Numerous local shows


Special Events: Designed Paper Floral table centre pieces for the Philanthropy Awards

Luncheon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre 2001


Publicity:  Featured on CTV - Canadian Living Show


Nature of  Business:

Gillian Cards creates original handcrafted greeting cards:

  • using cut out, collage and origami techniques

  • fresh and cheerful designs

  • featuring lots of flowers, ladybugs and  seasonal images.

  • bright primary colours

  • The specialty at Gillian Cards is the

    The Daisy Collection  

  • Free Monthly Newsletter

  • On-line paper card shopping

  • Sign and mail service (for the time-challenged individual!)

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Card-Making Tidbits:


Collage:  An artistic composition of materials pasted onto a flat surface


Origami:  The ancient Japanese art of folding single sheets of paper into the forms of animals, flowers, etc.


Paper Types:  For Basic Paper Facts visit the excellent Overpeck Site -


"Much of the artist paper today is manufactured using a process known as "mould made", where a modern machine manufactures paper using mechanical processes that emulate the hand made papermaking process"


The first Greeting Cards: The oldest known greeting card in existence, is a Valentine card made in the 1400's and can be admired at the British Museum (London).