We first became enchanted with LovePop last Christmas when a few sample cards showed up in the mailbox; the snowflake, teddy bear and evergreen sculptures—commonplace designs in older, less enthusiastic pop-ups—were dazzlingly intricate. An exploration of the LovePop website revealed a wealth of creative, complex designs ranging from a pop-up choo-choo train to two themes featuring Santa: one of him having a snooze in a hammock between two palm trees and another atop a souped-up motorcycle.
In early January, the company was infused with a $12.5 million investment from financiers, and since then, LovePop has dialed up its array of hand-crafted paper sculptures. Its latest wonders include delicate miniatures of Japanese bonsai and sakura trees, and eye-catching tulip and rose bouquets. Prices run from $13 for one card to $10 apiece for multiples of five or more.