Using decoupage to make a greeting card

by Aug 11, 2021Crafts & Crafting

Decoupage was a popular pastime in the Victorian era. It involved the cutting out of printed decorative paper and applying the cut paper pieces onto objects like wooden boxes, scrapbooks and screens.

Modern decoupage

Decoupage is still the art of cutting paper and is used today to make greetings cards. But, you can now buy die cut decoupage sheets so you only need to pop out the piece you need, no scissors required.

Decoupage as we now know it is layering each piece on top of the another to build a 3D image.

Decoupage birthday card

Here is an example of a card I made for my next door neighbour for her birthday.

I’ve used glitter card and a green polka dot patterned paper on the base.

Then I layered the decoupage and attached them to the front of the card.

To build up the layers you can use either silicone glue or I prefer 3D foam pads.

Then I added some little gems for a bit of sparkle.

Decoupage birthday card

Another decoupage card

decoupage card

Buying and using a sheet of decoupage

Here is what you would expect to get when buying a sheet of decoupage. Usually, you get two designs on a page depending on the size of the design. If it is a large design you would only get one per sheet.

Each piece is numbered for example A1, A2, A3 and so on, this means that all the pieces numbered with an A all go together to make up your 3D image.

Always start with A1 and then place A2 on top of A1 and then A3 on top of A2 until you have used all parts to the design you have picked.

Decoupage sheet

Separating the layers

On the back of each piece of the design you need to either use 3D self adhesive foam squares, tape or sheets, these foam pieces keep a gaps between each layer and give it the 3D look. You can also use a silicone glue if you prefer.

foam pads to separate decoupage layers

Side-on view of the layered effect

Here are a couple side view of the decoupage sheet we looked at earlier, you can see the effect of the layers by using the 3D foam pads.

side-on view of decoupage layers
side-on view of decoupage layers

Finished decoupage card

Here is my finished card using the decoupage, for the background I used an embossing folder with some gold gems for a bit of sparkle.

Of course you can use whatever you have to hand and the decoupage really does make a card look very special.

Finished decoupage card

Gadsby’s stock a range of decoupage sheets and the foam spacers etc.

Jane is a member of the Gadsby’s team. She has a wide knowledge of the arts & crafts products and materials sold by Gadsby’s both from the perspective of an advisor in the shop and, for many of the products, from personal use too.

Please note that this is not a service that Gadsbys offer to clients – just an example of the private work done by one of the highly skilled and knowledgable Gadsby’s team shown for your interest.

 

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