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Using decoupage paper on handmade cards

Hi there crafters! My blog post today is about using decoupage paper on handmade cards. I’ve not got any fancy techniques for you but I just wanted to show that they can be very versatile and don’t have to be reserved for decoupage projects.

You might recognise the gorgeous blue snowflake paper that I’m using – it’s the same pretty Craft Consortium decoupage paper that I used for my Christmas heart decoration. Whilst I had it out on my desk I decided to make a few cards too. A little goes a long way in fact – I have made three cards and a decoration and still have some of the first sheet left! You get three large sheets in the pack so there’s plenty to go round all your projects.

Using decoupage paper on handmade cards – christmas heart card by StickerKitten

This is the first card I made, and I began by covering an ivory scalloped card blank with a square of blue snowflake decoupage paper that I’d torn from the larger sheet. I prefer to tear decoupage paper as it gives a more rustic or shabby chic feel to the card to have rough edges. I always tear along a ruler so the lines stay relatively straight and you don’t rip through the whole thing! I used double sided tape to attach the paper as it’s translucent and you don’t want to be able to see any glue through it.

Next I die cut a heart using the Xcut filigree heart die and some pretty pink polka dot paper from the Craft Consortium Wild Rose paper pack. I carefully glued the centre of the heart (leaving the sides free to curl forward) and stuck it in the centre. To create the border across the front I cut a strip of pretty white lace from the Craft Consortium Always & Forever wedding range and adhered it with double sided tape. I then glued a strip of blue polka dot paper across the front and placed a gorgeous pearl and diamante heart gem in the centre. To finish off the card I attached a stamped sentiment in the centre of the heart and added lots of Snow-tex for a snowy effect along the heart, border and sentiment. You could also adapt this design for a winter wedding card.

Using decoupage paper on handmade cards – christmas bauble 'let it snow' card by StickerKitten

For this next card I again used an ivory scalloped card blank as they are a good size (6×6″) and give quite a sturdy luxury feel to the card. I used the same technique as before to attach the background square of decoupage paper, and then I added a smaller square on top. Because the paper is translucent you can see the colours change as you build up layers. I then added a ‘let it snow’ bauble, die cut from my Xcut Christmas sentiments die set, and then just finished off the card with a grey stitched ribbon bow (Stampin’ Up ribbon) and silver gems.

Using decoupage paper on handmade cards – christmas bauble 'let it snow' card by StickerKitten

Finally, this card is pretty similar to the previous one except I added a strip of decoupage paper down the left hand side rather than as a centre panel. The red bow is from Hobbycraft and I added a few little sequins from my Penguins and Presents Frosted Berry sequin pack.

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