Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pyramage Decoupage tutorial

I saw some really cool cards out there called pyramage decoupage which stands for pyramid decoupage.  Still lost, decoupage is the art or technique of decorating something with cut-outs of paper, linoleum, plastic, or other flat material over which varnish or lacquer is applied.  Basically layering the image to create depth.  When I went to explore it further I discovered there are sites out there where you can order the images pre-colored and set just for cutting out and layering.  Well I never like to do anything simple, so I thought it would be neat to create with this style but not be limited to the company colors and/or shapes, so I put a twist to it using the Prairie Fairy Designs image So Sweet.  Follow the tutorial to see how easily you can do this with whichever image and shapes you choose.

1. Color two images the exact same way. I chose colors that would match my background paper.

2. Cut them out after coloring is complete.

3. Adhere them to patterned paper, I used two sheets as the pattern wasn't repetitious and I wanted them to match exactly.

4. I chose Nestabilities scallop ovals as my cut outs.  I layered them on one of the images to see how I wanted my layout to be.  You will see that two of the die cuts are face down and two are face up.  I cut the inner circle and the third circle at the same time.  The placement of the other two dies allowed me to see the spacing needed.  I removed them before running the image through my Big Shot.  Hint:  When doing this I did it on my Big Shot cutting mats so they wouldn't shift by moving the paper to the machine.

5. Here are the results of cutting out the inner circle and the third circle at the same time.

6. Next you will take your second image on your cutting mat.  I layed the inner circle that was cut out on top of the image so I would be able to line up the scallops for the 2nd and 4th circle die cuts to be placed correctly.  On the second picture, I took a close up and pointed it out with the pink arrow for you to see what I mean.

7.  I have lined up all of the cut out pieces for you to see the pieces I am working with.

8. I attached pop dots on the inner circle of the largest circle.  I only have about 1/2 of the pop dot on the paper as I didn't want it showing on the next layer.  Line up the next largest circle with the image and adhere to the pop dots.

9. Attached second layer.

10.  Repeat step 8 on the inner part of the third largest circle, you will need less pop dots on each layer.

11.  Line up and attach second layer.

12.  For the top layer I attached the pop dots to the back of the top layer as I didn't have an inner cut out to use as a gauge. 

13.  Line up and attach top layer.

Here is the view from the side.

14.  Finish as you desire and add to your card front.

I would love to see what you create with this technique, please send me a link so I can see your creations.


febe said...

Beautiful work on the layers and the colors. Cute image too!

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Olga Wright said...

Great work of art, perfect layers. I ove your technique. Very well! Keep it up.
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