Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Dabbling in Decoupage

As an antidote to a miserable October I have been getting stuck into craft and revisiting my love of 3D Decoupage. There is something quite comforting to quietly snip away, cutting out beautiful images with precision and care and then assembling all the pieces up into layers onto beautiful cards and paper. By nature I am a very impatient person and feel it is a good discipline for me to indulge in a hobby that tests my patience!

I like to listen to classical music on the radio whilst cutting out the images and I feel as though I am being transported to another place and time. It is possible to buy die cut decoupage now but the fun for me is in the cutting out, getting into all those nooks and crannies with all the dexterity one can muster.


The decoupaged images shown in this post are available from Joanna Sheen. She has a beautiful collection of decoupage prints to buy including those by Kate Greenaway (shown below) and Walter Crane and lovely backing papers including William Morris prints.
It is very difficult to photograph decoupage but hopefully you will be able to make out the layers in the photo above. There are 5 layers in total. I use a dimensional glue so that sticky pads do not show through at the sides.
I got a lot of pleasure from making these cards and have lots more projects in the pipeline including cross-stitch and sewing projects. I predict that November is going to be a very productive month for me.


11 comments:

Sal said...

Lovely, Simone.
Decoupage is something with which I have dabbled on occasions but not really in depth..so I will add it to my list !! ;-)

Amanda said...

Oh I love decoupage and bought some christmas papers a few years back. I never had the time to sit and do something so intricate, especially when I have so many cards to make - but now I'm off work for the next week I think I might try some - you've inspired me!

Judy said...

I've always wanted to do decoupage but just haven't done it...no patience again!! I love yours, it is so pretty.

serenitymeadow said...

Simone, what beautiful work you've done. I am so impressed with this. I am sure you will inspire a lot of crafters to try their hand at decoupage. My goodness...it looks tedious...you must be a very patient person. Really, really lovely.

Rosie said...

The cards are lovely such delicate work. My brother-in-law makes decoupage pictures and I love to look at them when we visit :)

LOUISE said...

Beautiful cards Simone. Talking of cutting, have you ever thought of the art of silhouettes, I think you would be very good at these, maybe another project for November? I hope you have a very happy and productive month ahead. x

periwinkle said...

i like the one thats a snowman - I don;t think I would have the patience and would probably end up cutting off an arm or something!
lisa x

Julia said...

Really lovley Simone - I would never have the patience to try it!!:0)

Carol said...

They are lovely Simone, I would like to have a go at making some cards, the Link is great - thank you for sharing it.
Carol xx

Gina said...

Sounds like the perfect way to put the previous month behind you! Your cards as really beautiful..I know what you mean about papercraft..get the same pleasure from my scrapbooking and card making..Looking forward to seeing more of your creations :D

Cowboys and Custard said...

This autumn has really inspired your crafting Simone.. beautiful cards!

Michele xx