Candyspotting is a laser cutting studio based in Portland, Oregon and founded by Sarah Holbrook in 2009. Though Sarah cuts many different mediums, she tends to focus her efforts on paper. The laser’s ability to both cut and etch allows for some stunning results and it never ceases to amaze me how detailed the final product can turn out. The fine art foray into laser cutting paper is a fairly new trend. Historically, laser cutters have been used for more industrial applications. It’s very exciting to see more artists and designers using this medium – I love discovering new stationery lines that are working with cut paper.
Sarah was kind enough to cut the Oh So Beautiful Paper logo (featuring calligraphy by Bryn from Paperfinger) as a demonstration of the laser’s intricacy. Since Candyspotting specializes in cutting paper, Sarah is an expert at calculating the laser’s settings for the cleanest cut and the least amount of residual burning. The end results are simply breathtaking.
This piece took over five minutes to cut. If you are interested in reading more about the technical side of the process, be sure to visit Candyspotting’s blog.
Squirrel Loves Nut is my own small line of cards. As a rep for so many talented designers, I’m inspired on a daily basis – it’s been a treat to have my very own creative outlet.
This wedding invitation, designed by Candyspotting, combines laser cutting and etching.
Catchy business card design, by Brian Behrens.
Laser cut paper scraps are particularly cute.
Test cuts for a Thank You card designed by Candyspotting.
Many thanks to Sarah for allowing me to invade her studio.
“Laser Cutting with Candyspotting” is a guest post by Carina Murray of Crow & Canary.