In Japan, Kirigami has been practiced for some time, but the art came to the United States in 1962 when origami writer Florence Temko published the book, Kirigami, the Creative Art of Paper Cutting.
Pop Up Greeting Cards: Use the book, 3D Pop Up Greeting Cards, written by Keiko Nakazawa, this book provides readers with numerous Kirigami designs including flowers, snowflakes, angels and animals.
The Secrets of Kirigami: The book written by Aitoh Co called, The Secrets of Kirigami provides not only patterns for use, but also 58 sheets of origami paper to use to create the images.
An origami club is beneficial because it not only brings people together, but can help you learn more origami facts or introduce you to branches of the paper folding art, like kirigami.
Origami and Kirigami: Origami and Kirigami go hand-in-hand, and this book, written by Florence Temko, called Origami and Kirigami: 75 Fun-to-Do Projects is a definite resource to have.
If you enjoy printable paper crafts, the Scissor Craft site has several downloadable designs for a number of animals that would make cute embellishments for a Kirigami birthday card.
If you'd prefer to purchase a book with patterns for Kirigami cards, you can find a few title recommendations by reviewing the LoveToKnow Origami Kirigami Instructions slideshow.
You may not know that Florence Temko's book, Kirigami, Creative Art of Papercutting, from 1962, was the responsible for making this art of paper folding and cutting so popular.
If you're making birthday cards with a child or just looking for an easy way to familiarize yourself with Kirigami, make a paper snowflake from a small square of origami paper.
If you're looking for projects suitable for young children, you may also want to visit The Origami Resource Center to review their section entitled "Kirigami for Kids."