Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Technique #26

Today's challenge is Paper Tole.

Paper tole, also known as three-dimensional decoupage, is the art of handcrafting three-dimensional pictures from flat prints. This art is created by skillfully cutting, shaping, and assembling pieces of paper layered onto an image until a three-dimensional version of the image emerges. Though there are a number of ways to use paper tole, one of the most popular is to frame the image in a deep wall frame and display it as wall art.
The techniques used in paper tole are specific and quality projects involve specific skills. Precise cutting with no tattered or cracked edges is the key to creating the pieces that are reassembled onto the project. Cutting is thus generally done with an Exacto® knife or other precision cutting tool. Assembly requires patience while the artisan carefully attaches the separate pieces onto the print. An understanding and knowledge of perspective is also an important skill. (Information from

I just started in this craft and this is my third attempt at it. I just LOVE IT!!  I can print off photos on heavy card stock and then sit and fussy cut while watching TV in the evenings.  It is difficult to find "Free" prints but if you search you can find them. 
Most web sites are from Europe.  I hope you give it a try.   ~Anna

1. This is how the art work comes out of the printer 

2. This is after I cut out each layer. 

3. I sprayed each layer with Color Bloom by Prima - Pearl White spray mist

4. Beginning of layering process 

5. All layers in place 

6. Finished card. 

Happy Crafting
Theresa & Anna

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