This is a custom kirigami mandala made for a couple who will soon be married in the Gilbert, Arizona Temple. She loves books. He went on a mission to Portugal (the Portuguese cross.) Lovebirds hold a heart. The books mark the cardinal points, showing them the way ahead. The couple carry walking sticks for hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Beneath their feet is the Temple.
This one was a nail-biter. I had to cut very slowly through the details. Whew.
Anyone interested in commissioning a papercut for a special occasion, check out my etsy store here: www.emerlyeartskirigami.etsy.com