Roses Without Thorns was born with the vision to share the beauty of Pop-up 3D cards with the world. The art of Kirigami, especially the intricate designs and 3D effects, fascinated me. Back in 2003, my family and friends started a craft business in Hanoi, Vietnam, and we were among the pioneers in creating and developing this unique form of card art.
In pursuit of my passion for craft and design, I moved to Canada in 2004 at the age of 16. After graduating as a Floral Designer from Algonquin College in Ottawa, I began my journey as a freelance artist. In 2014, I turned my teenage dream into a reality and established Roses Without Thorns as a professional craft business right here in Toronto.
Our mission is to craft exquisite Pop-up 3D cards that embody love and beauty. Each card is meticulously hand-assembled using the ancient technique of Kirigami. I'm proud to say that some of our custom-designed cards are now available at the gift boutiques of Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, ON, and Victoria, BC.
Link Tong - Founder
Through our ongoing "Roses without Thorns" series, we continue to create artworks featuring my handmade paper roses. These pieces have been displayed in various public places, such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Alta Vista Public Library, and the Royal Canadian Legion. For me, roses symbolize love and beauty, and that's exactly what I aim to convey through every piece in the series.
With over a decade of experience in the craft industry, I pour my heart and passion into every card we create. Thank you for joining us on this journey of spreading joy, creativity, and heartfelt connections through the artistry of Pop-up 3D cards.
Phoebe Vu - Not afraid of challenges
Aside from her open mind, endless energy and optimism, Phoebe, with her background in finances, helps Roses Without Thorns forge ahead in their activities. Not afraid of challenges, and with an eye for detail, she always manages to keep our team in good spirits and focused on our next productions goals.
Tracy Vu - Always mindful of the need for quality products
A mom, a scientist, a crafter…Tracy sure knows how to keep herself busy. Always mindful of the need for quality products, she helps ensure the highest standards of excellence in the manufacturing of Roses Without Thorns’s cards. Her positive attitude is infectious when you meet Tracy at the craft shows we are vending.
Giane Luu - contributing to develop the diverse portfolio of card designs
Giane has been Link's close friend since 2003 when they started their little craft business in Hanoi-Vietnam.
She lived and worked in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse (France) and Birmingham (UK) for a few years, contributing to develop Roses Without Thorns’s diverse portfolio of card designs before moving to Montreal at the end of 2018.
Yiming Cai - always has many creative ideas for the pop up card collection
With background in graphic design, Yiming always has many creative ideas for the pop up card collection. Besides from studying and practicing to become a professional contemporary dancer, he helps maintaining the website and sketching new designs.