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 I recently made this three-layer index-card papercut:


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It is a cut sheet of black paper, on top of a sheet of white paper. The white paper has a few holes in it to let the bottom paper, which is red, show through in a couple of places. The holes in the white paper have to line up exactly with the holes in the black paper, so that the red is outlined by black.

It was ridiculously difficult to get the holes in the white sheet in the correct places. I would carefully  mark and cut them, and then three quarters of them would align and the last few would be off in the middle of nowhere. Took me four tries, and a special rush delivery of swears from the manufacturer. And it's still not perfect, merely good enough.

There is actually a word for the process of lining up the parts of a layered image: registration. (Used mostly in printmaking and photography.) I like that. The existence of that word says: you are not alone, others have done this and burned through truckloads of swears, others will do it after you. This is surprisingly comforting and inspiring. Jargon as the mark of shared experiences.
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