3D Tutorial

This is a copy of the tutorial I did for Just Magnolis Monthly challenge which is no more. Its probably full of spelling and grammar mistakes. Bev proof read and edited the tutorial so it made sense!
I also made a tutorial for the High Hopes Challenge blog .

It was a great honour to be asked by Bev and Jacqui to do a tutorial on how I 3d my images for my cards. I call it 3d because I don’t completely layering the images like decoupage. 
I use Prisms or Polychromes with paper stumps and sansador to colour my images . Some of the sansador has been poured into the plastic dish with a makeup sponge which I dab my stumps into it, this way there’s no spillage of the bottle.  I use Memento inkpad because you can almost instantly start colouring as soon as you stamp your images and thin card that I buy at Staples. I almost always choose my papers first and try to colour to match them.

I always have one Tilda has a base and parts which are not going to layered are coloured with a bit of extra depth for shadowing as do all the parts that are going to show. Then I work out the layers in this case the frilly petticoat, the dress, the apron and the top part of the apron.  Before I cut out properly I use a cutting blade to cut out awkward bit like inside Tilda’s legs. I find using a glass cutting board easier that a cutting mat to do this.

I’m not sure you can see in the photos but once my images are cut out I always run a grey pen round the edges to hide how badly I have cut the image out, yes its time consuming but just do it once and you will see how better they look but please don’t try to a black pen it’s too harsh. I also emboss the back of all the individual parts but with the skirts if I sticking the top bits flat I try not emboss those parts. The best pad for embossing is the one you can get for parchment craft although when my mat went missing I used a mouse mat.

After putting all the pieces in a safe place I make the card for Tilda and then using silicone glue, zig two way glue pen and a cocktail stick I start putting Tilda together. Using a cocktail stick I put some silicone glue to the base Tilda down where I like her to go. If you want you can leave her for ten minutes so the glue starts to set but I’m far too impatience for that and I start gluing the layers. Sometimes I just glue the petticoat to the skirt and sometimes I
use silicone like this time.

You might find it easier to put the silicone onto the base Tilda like above and I use the glue pen at the top of the skirt because I don’t want it raised.

I layered the apron the same way gluing with the pen at the top and using silicone to raise the bottom edge. The bib of the apron is glued on with the pen to cover the unfinished bits of the skirt I do this where there is a belt too.  A nice size blob of silicone for the head.

The bow on Tilda’s head is large enough to put a tiny blob of silicone to help the 3d bit to stand up and the bows on the shoe are glued in the middle. I use one end of the cocktail stick to help with the size of silicone blobs and the other end helps to manoeuvre the parts to fit better. You can see here that not all parts are raised. You do need to watch what silicone you use, don’t used Do-crafts own and Stix and because of the high water content is leaves a watermark. You can decide how much you want to 3d some images it can just be hat or bow or even a pocket.

Here’s the finished card I used Bev’s sketch from Week 3
Thank you Just Magnolia for inviting me to do this tutorial for you and give you an insight how I make my cards.


  1. thank you for showing us how you did this ... its most helpful cher xx

  2. I use to use silicone glue but gave up because it left the marks you mentioned. Can I ask what glue you use now, I might give that a go again instead of the millions of foam squares I battle with each time. PS is that glue pen any good...I have a little one for adding fine glitter but looks like you have a bigger version there? Ta pal xx

  3. Your images always look amazing Debby! Thanks for sharing your techniques with us :)

    Sharon x

  4. Debby, I came across your site via a Pinterest post, and am so happy that I did. Your cards are beautiful, and I am especially intrigued by your 3-D paper piecing! Thank you for this tutorial...so much work is involved with this technique, but the results of all the time and thought you put into your creations is just amazing! Thank you for the inspiration...can't wait to give this a try!

  5. fantastic Debby. I don't think I have the patience to do the fiddly work you do. Thanks for showing the tutorial

  6. thank so much for the tutorial...the hint about the grey pen is awesome. I can't wait for winter (more time for fiddley work) to try this. I am also so glad I found your work on pinterest, so I could find your blog. You do amazing work. Wish I lived in the UK and not Canada so I could spend some time craftin with you

  7. Wow this is amazing..so time consuming. I love and admire your work, it is beautiful. TFS

  8. Debby, thanks a lot for the tutorial! very useful! I have just a question for you - where did you take the Silicone Adhesive? I can't find it (( Can anything else be used instead? Glue gun, e.g? But with the same result of course.
    Thank you!

  9. thank you Debby,

    awesome work you have done!

  10. Just seen your tutorial and well it was very informative thank you so much
    jacqui x

  11. Debby can I ask what colour pencils do you use for skin I have prismas but not sure how to colour skin for some reason
    jacqui xx

  12. awesome post Debby, thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x

  13. Can you please explain what you mean by embossing the back of each piece? Is this step for rounding them to stand off the image?

  14. Lovely card, love the way you have stamped and then made into a a 3d.
    I use Scap Dots by Helmars and I find that it works perfectly every time and the tube last forever.

  15. I always wondered how you got such lovely definition Debby . . . now I know. Thanks for sharing your technique. (I visited this from Shaz in Oz's link.)

    Sarn xxx

  16. Thanks for this informative tutorial, and greatly appreciated all the pictures you showed for the different steps. Would like to know what silicone you used, and I wondered about the embossing on the back also. Guess it is just for 'rounding' the paper shape? Thanks for your help, and love your cards.

  17. Hi Debby, fantastic tutorial, I popped over from Shaz in Oz. Your cards are gorgeous, Cathy x

  18. FABULOUS TUtorial! I look forward to checking out more of your work...

  19. Hi!!!! where can i find this papers design for international shipping? theres nothing like it in my country :(

  20. Good morning Debby,
    thanks for the great tutorial !!
    Your work is fantastic.
    I admire your talent.
    You make beautiful cards !!!
    Many greetings from
    your slowly swan ;o)

  21. Many thanks for this tutorial !!! Your cards are so beautiful!! May are ask you .. the Sarah Kay are they stamps or where have you get these ? Many thanks, beautiful Job

  22. I love this lesson, its helpful.. You may love the 3D Cards from http://popupcards.net. Maybe you will like that website.


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