Paper tole is an art technique in which part or all of an image is raised from the surface to
3 dimensional effect which enhances the natural shape of the image.
• Art-Stamp Images (use a design that has large individual elements.)
• Scissors, Craft Knife, Cutting Mat
• Hot Glue Gun
• Spoon, Pen, Paintbrush handle, toothpicks, tweezers.
1. Stamp your image and color in. Cut out image if you want to mount it on
another layer as example, or stamp and color in directly on a card.
This will be the base for the project. (Figure 1)
2. Stamp and color 1-2 identical images on
separate cardstock. Color over the edges
of the design. (Figure 2)
3. Cut out the design elements that you wish
to give shape to from the duplicate images.
4. For each design element shown in figure 3, curve or curl the individual piece around the edge of a spoon, the tip of a pen, or simply press in the palm of your hand. Apply hot glue to the underside of the curved design element. Make it as high as you wish to raise the image. The curve of the piece will hide the glue.
5. Immediately attach each piece to the corresponding place on the original stamped design. A tweezers or toothpick will help you position it. Begin working with the bottom or back layers first and build toward the front or top.
6. Mount finished image onto a layered card. (Figure 4)
PAPER TOLE TIPS & CARD EXAMPLES
If you are doing a complicated project, with many pieces, you may want to pencil in a corresponding number to the original and the back of the piece.
This technique requires patience and precision cutting. Your efforts will be rewarded with a beautiful, realistic art piece.
Add special effects! See strawberry box below for example: Papyrus strips glued to the strawberry box give it a more realistic look. Glitter applied to the berries make them look sugared and ready to eat!