Category Archives: Shaping Paper-Beginning and Advanced

Basic Shaping

Shaping the pieces of paper that you have cut out for a Paper Tole 3D picture is one of the most important steps to take your finished picture of flat stacked paper to a very realistic and impressive finished 3D picture.

After cutting out all of the picture pieces from your Paper Tole/3D Decoupage Craft Kit or Prints, AND after coloring the cut edges with Brush Marker, place each print piece face down (white side up) on a re-useable Shaping Pad one piece at a time. Using the smooth and curved side of a Wood, Metal or Plastic Shaping Tool, gently rub the white (unprinted side) of the cut picture piece until the edges begin to curl upwards. This step softens the paper and rounds the edges helping to make your finished 3D picture much more dramatic and realistic. Shaping also adds additional height and helps to hide the clear DSC Craft Silicone between the picture layers. With a little practice this easy shaping step will transform your Paper Tole/3D Decoupage Craft Kit into a beautiful and realistic finished picture you will be proud of. Continue reading Basic Shaping

Advanced Shaping

Advanced Shaping with the DSC Metal Shaping Tool

These directions assume that you are working with 6 Identical Prints.

After gluing the first print onto your Mounting Board follow these Shaping instructions for the remaining 5 prints. With white Elmers glue and a sponge or paint brush, paint the entire unprinted side of each print and allow to dry completely. When the prints have fully dried follow the 3D Kit Cutting Guide and cut out all of the prints pieces as directed. It is normal for the prints not to be perfectly flat after the glue dried.

The Glue you have applied to the paper will now allow the paper to stretch and retain very exact detailed shaping and embossing. As an example: when shaping a leaf, place the cut leaf print piece face up on the Shaping Pad. Select one of the smaller tipped Metal Shaping Tool tips and firmly outline each leaf vein, then turning the print piece over (face down-white side up) you should be able to see the leaf vein outline. Now using one of the larger Metal Shaping Tool Tips rub the area in between each of the leaf veins. The results will make the leaves look so realistic that others will find it difficult to believe that your 3D project is really just paper! I also use my hands to bend and try to duplicate the exact look if the item was real. Continue using this same technique for all of your print pieces, just adapt accordingly for the desired details and effect. As practice we suggest that you shape many of the Cut print pieces that will be hidden under the other print pieces. The will also protect your project from Silicone “dots” showing thru over time. With a little practice you will soon be very comfortable and able to use your own Creativity for any 3D Kit Project.
Remember: This is a FUN Craft…enjoy yourself! J