A 3D picture is a great way to enhance the look of a handmade card or to simply frame by itself. 3D prints can be purchased from craft suppliers in a range of themes to suit your project. The image I have created was to add on to a birthday card I was making.
Completed 3D image affixed to patterned craft paper
Time: 60 minutes depending on image being used (a little longer to allow drying time if using the gloss or laquer).
Materials 3D picture sheet available from craft suppliers
Decoupage scissors and craft knife
Double sided adhesive squares or dots
Craft gloss or 3D Crystal Lacquer or PVA glue Tweezers
Cut out the individual images using decoupage scissors. Use a craft knife for those fiddly areas that the scissors cannot easily get to. A small pair of normal scissors can be used but the small decoupage scissors with the curved blade make it easier to cut around curves and corners.
Picture sheet before cutting
Individual pictures cut out
After the images are cut out, I coat them with one of the glosses or a thin coat of PVA glue (which dries clear). Firstly, it gives the final image a lovely glossy finish, but also once it has dried, the paper images are a little stiffer and easy to handle. Leave to dry.
Turn individual images picture side down and affix the adhesive squares or dots. As you want the final product to stick together well, make sure you put the squares close to the outer area as well as in the middle of the image.
Affix the adhesive squares to the underside of each image
Start to assemble the image, from the largest piece at the bottom to the smaller piece on top. As the small bits can be fiddly, this is where you may find the tweezers will come in handy. Make sure each individual piece of the picture matches up with the piece below.
You now have a 3D image ready to affix to the project you are working on.