Decoupage is a paper craft many card making enthusiasts use to decorate their homemade cards. It is the technique of layering pictures or decoupage prints on top of each other using silicone glue or 3d foam to create a gap between each layer, and therefore giving the print a 3d appearance.
Sheets of decoupage paper are sold in most craft stores and there are styles and prints to suit every occasion. I am going to show you how to decoupage and create a few cards using different types of decoupage prints.
Decoupage Prints And Ideas
This is the most common type of decoupage paper you will find in craft shops. The decoupage sheet has many prints on it ranging in size and detail. The largest print on the sheet labelled number 1 will be the main image which forms the first layer. of your project. The second image, labelled number 2 will form the second layer. The second print is similar to the first but certain details from the first print will be missing. The third layer will have even more detail missing from the first and second layers and so on. Once more layers are added the image will become more prominent and full bodied in appearance.
The images on this sheet of paper are designed for a wedding card and are probably one of the most simple to put together because each layer is numbered so you really can’t go wrong.
The second print will have some of the detail missing, in this case some of the cake is missing. For any fiddly bits that need removing from the centre of the image I would recommend using a scalpel as scissors will be difficult to use and can make the image look tatty, especially if you are trying to remove a small part.
You then need to attach 3d foam to the back of the second print ready to be mounted onto the first. Some people prefer to use silicone glue, however this requires a certain amount of drying time so I find 3d foam much quicker and easier to use.
Place the second layer onto of the first taking extra care to get the positioning absolutely right, once you have let go you will not be able to reposition the second image as the 3d foam will stick quickly.
Cut a small slit in the fold of the card to allow your ribbon to pass through.
An insert for the card can easily be made by folding a sheet of A4 paper in half then trimming each side apart from the folded edge, so it is slightly smaller and fits inside the card. You can then print or stamp the wording or your card verse ideas before attaching it to the inside of the card using double sided tape.
The second example I am going to show you is different from the first as the prints are not numbered and therefore the choice as to how to build it is left to the card maker to determine what parts of the decoupage prints will be used and what parts and details will remain 2d. This sheet has four images printed onto it that are identical.
It is always a good idea to spend a bit of time deciding which parts you are going to cut out, once they are cut you will not be able to undo what you have done. Try to envisage what your card will look like once finished and how you want the layout to be.
Even if it takes you an hour or more it is good practise to visualise the end result in your head. Try playing around with the layout before fixing things into place. A good tip is to sketch the card onto paper to get a rough idea.
You can purchase specialised scissors however if you do not have these to hand normal scissors will work as long as they are nice and sharp.
Make sure the card is A4 size and then fold it in half to create an A5 size card.
I used a score board and bone tool to make the crease, if you do not have these items in your card making supplies then simply fold the card with your hands and press down firmly to create a clean fold.
Place both the strips along the left edge. Because the strips are quite narrow you may need to purchase some very thin double sided tape. If you are going to use a wet glue then take care not to add too much as this has a tendency to squirt out the sides when being pressed down.
To make the embossed images on the right hand side use any scraps of the blue pearl card and emboss the baby themed images using embossing tools. If you do not have any baby related embossing stencils then a pattern will work or just leave this part out.
Printing the word from a computer gives you the added option to change the font and size of the font to whatever you prefer.
Use a ‘pokey’ tool to pierce two holes at either end of the name plate. It is a good idea to place a rubber or sponge behind the area you are piercing so that you do not poke through your cutting mat or worse, your finger!
You could decide use the brads to secure the name plate in place. However this will expose the other side of the brads once you open the card. You will need to cover these over so they will not be seen.
This last example is really good value for money because it consists of more than one decoupage. This means you can come up with several different ideas for your homemade cards. You may even decide to use all the images and create a single larger card.
Begin by cutting out each image on the sheet. In the above picture can see clearly how each image has a small part missing. The prints on this sheet are numbered so you can quickly see which ones should be placed on top of the other. As before use 3d foam or silicone glue to mount each image.
Using a rubber stamp or by printing from a computer, print the words ‘Thinking of you’ onto some white card. Mount the words onto some of the stripy paper you have left over using 3d foam.
Cut around the wording leaving a small border of the stripy paper.
Place your decoupage prints at the bottom of the tag and secure it in place using strong glue.
Cut the wording into the desired shape.
This tag can then be used for any of your handmade card ideas. To change the occasion, simply change the wording on the front.
Decoupage is a really relaxing past time and can be very rewarding. Quite often I will sit in front of the TV of an evening cutting and putting together my decoupage prints. It really is quite therapeutic and something I would definitely recommend to others.
The application of decoupage is not just restricted to card making and scrap booking but can be used on a variety of things such as furniture, clothes and food.
You can also buy printable decoupage sheets that can be printed off at home. Personally I feel the time and cost of ink and paper in making your own printable decoupage does not outweigh buying ‘off the shelf’ decoupage sheets. However if you do decide make your own printable decoupage sheets you could come up with some lovely and unique designs.
I would love to see what decoupage prints and ideas you guys can come up with.