I've been crafting with paper for years, but recently the idea of turning paper into full color toys has really started to gain momentum. A new book, Papertoy Monsters, has recently arrived on the scene and I can't help but love these projects that don't even require scissors.Papertoy Monsters was put out by Brian Castleforte with the help of Workman. It's a collection of 50 different monsters from 25 of the best papertoy artists around the world, all contributing a few really great characters that are just waiting to be assembled.
The characters within Papertoy Monsters come pre-die-cut so they are ready to pop out, fold and glue (which is an ideal time to use that bone folder you simply had to buy from Martha Stewart's line of crafts). It's bold and hip and combines the edginess of anime with the goofy fun of Uglydolls and other collectibles. Each character also comes with it's own name and backstory. How cool is that?
I think it would make a great last minute Valentine's Day addition (or addition period), to any home as boys and girls alike are sure to have fun with these crazy creatures. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders for around $16.
(Image: Papertoy Monsters, Matt Hawkins, Barnes and Noble)