Christmas Customs - Nativity Decoupage Card or Icon Picture
Decoupage is an old craft much liked in other eras and
enjoying a revival in recent years. It's often used to make 3 dimensional
cards. The card in the pictures below was made into a decoupage card.
I had a leftover pack of Xmas Cards bought from Cancer Research UK last year. I
am sure you could find something similar this year. This card is very
suitable for decoupage and you will need a minimum of 3 cards although I
used 5 cards of one base card and 4 layers. Avoid using more than 4 layers
of card as the card becomes top heavy and falls over more easily. The 3D relief shows up better in real life.
Decoupage Christmas Craft Pictures
This is the basic Christmas card bought last year from a Cancer Research UK shop.
This card is especially good as it can double as an icon or a centrepiece and it
also has an attractive glazed surface which means it's not essential to varnish the finished
This technique works really well with any simple shapes
like Xmas puddings with holly leaves, candles with flames and Xmas trees.
Check to look for elements you can clearly cut out.
Take the card and trim away the outer edge very carefully. Next use
a black felt marker pen to darken the outer cut white edges of card. You may need to let the
first felt pen layer dry and then do 2 or even 3 more coats. This black felt pen helps
give a three dimensional effect and stops the contrast of white card looking
Now you need to glue it to the base foundation card. There are several methods
of doing this.
You can use self adhesive sticky
squares or spots called Buddies
You can use proper clear acrylic
glue or a glue gun which dries as clear blobs of glue and has the effect of
elevating the card layers.
In many ways this is the best as it is virtually invisible from the side view.
But you may not have any of this glue or a glue gun!
You can scout around the
house as I did and find some leftover one sided adhesive draught
excluder and a Pritt glue stick. Low cost and almost always
found in most homes.
Check the position of layer
one and apply the sticky side of some pieces of draught excluder to the
card. You can if you prefer, do it on the reverse side of the layer to
be applied. Either way is fine. But in the image above you can see
the position of draught excluder cut pieces and the size of them.
Note the size required to support the larger areas of card at the top
Now use a small applicator,
cocktail stick, lollipop stick or old screwdriver to dig out a bit of
glue from the Glue stick. Apply it to the dry side of the draught
excluder. Now position your first layer on top of the sticky bits.
If you try to use the glue stick as it is you may find it drags the
excluder off the card. Try a few ways to find the best for you.
This glue also makes it easy to reposition the pieces.
Now cut the next layer of the Madonna and baby out.
Blacken all the outer cut edges with felt pen. Just run the
marker pen all round the edges of cut white card. Then bend in
the outer edges slightly so they curve under a little. This will be
difficult to do and they look a bit crushed. This latter
technique is not essential, but is especially important when you
want to get elevation and blend the edges more effectively. I
think it is important when doing flowers, leaves and round objects
to make them seem more natural.
Now apply the draught excluder to the back of the
card. you will probably need to trim the foam down a bit as I have
done on the right so that it does not show too much sideways.
Apply glue and stick it all into position. Move it about 1mm
off position of the first layer so an elevation 3D effect shadow
Cut out the next layer and repeat the process of
black felt pen along the edges, Then stick pieces of draught
excluder on the card back. As the card layers get smaller the layer
is the best place to apply the excluder as you can see where you are
If some areas have too much lift then shave away
some of the draught excluder tape with a small manicure type
In this instance I used the head of the Madonna from
the next stage to save wasting another card. If any draught
excluder seems to be visible reposition it or shave a little away.
Add the final layers as before. You can see the elevation from the
side. These images ABOVE were done without curving the edges
under, but in the image below this text the edges were curved under to get a
more seamless rounded blend which has more natural elevation.
To curve under the edges just press the edge of the card with your
thumb and forefinger or roll it with a clay or sugarcraft ball tool
on a suitable craft mat.
You can of course do all your cutting in one go and all the sticking
in one go. Children may find it easier to work in stages.
You can use this decoupage technique to make all sorts of simple
Christmas cards and pictures. The final image can also be varnished using matt
or gloss clear wood varnish. This card has such a good
lustrous finish that it wasn't really necessary.
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