Decoupage cards were the very first cards I started to make and all you really need is a good pair of sharp scissors (non-stick are best) and some 3-d foam (you can get this from poundland for £1!) or silicone glue, if you prefer. And of course the card that you are going to mount your topper onto (with or without matting & layering- see lesson 3).
Decoupage essentially means taking an image and layering it to create dimension. Each layer removes part of the image (usually the background). The card below shows this in detail.
The 1st layer (base layer/original image) shows the entire design. The 2nd layer brings forward the cats head, the right hand side balloon and the girls head & dress. The 3rd layer is just the girls head as this would be furthest forward in real life.
Decoupage can be bought in ready made sets where the different layers are already determined for you. Alternatively, you can buy sheets that have the same flat image 3 or 4 times for you to choose which aspects to cut away. It is easier to start with the pre-determined style until you are confident with how it works. You can also get some decoupage that is 'die-cut' (already cut out for you) which is, of course, even easier. These normally come in sheets where you just remove each piece from the sheet where it is held with small knicks of the card. It is best to cut these carefully with your scissors.
As you become more confident with how the images need to change then you can use lots of different things to create that decoupage.
- A large scale image on wrapping paper will work.
- You can print a copyright free image from the internet or from a special crafting cd-rom.
- You can use stamps to create your images (more about this in lesson 8)
- Calendars work really well but you'll need to buy at least 2/3. This is how I started and if you buy your calendars in February/March then you can get them cheap too. The cards below were made from calendars bought for just 50p. That means I got 12 decoupaged toppers for just £1!