All the patterns are created in Photoshop. Then the patterns are printed on archival card stock and cut out. The edges of each cutout piece is rounded using embossing tools. Another, smaller, piece of card stock is cut out and glued behind each cutout piece. This helps the embossed edges to hold their shape. Then, using the original drawing as a guide, the cutouts are glued together to form the finished art. Small pieces if illustration board and foam core are used to raise various areas of the piece to give it dimensionality.
Samurai Shield Bugs, May 2008