Thursday, February 5, 2009

Paper Tole Tutorial

Remember this fun card? I thought that I would pop it into this post because this adorable Clear Dollar Stamps Lion is the image that I chose for this tutorial... I actually took the pictures for this tutorial when I was making the card above *grin*

The supplies that you will need are:

Versa Mark
Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Watercolour paper or any heavy cardstock
any Colouring Medium that you would like

The basis of this tutorial is paper tole steps itself, rather than how to colour the image. Tap, tap, class, let's begin *wink*

1. Here you will see my base layer (everything will be added to the top of this lion). I have stamped the image in Versa Mark, added embossing powder and heat set it on 140lb cold press watercolour paper. The purpose of this is to create barriers for my watercolouring (so that the colours don't run together) and to create kind of a speed bump for my scissors (so I don't cut off any extra pieces by accident). I always do this when I am going to later my also adds a lovely glossy shine :D

I have watercoloured this image with re-inkers and let it dry. This lion has more layers than most of my paper tole (sorry about that!) I chose him to do the tutorial on because I actually remembered to pull out my camera when I was making him, but you can make this lion less dimensional by cutting back on some of the layers and he will look just as adorable.

2. I usually number all of my layers so that I know which parts of the lion not to colour because it will be cut off later. You will see here that I coloured everything except the tail. And yes, I do colour outside of the lines when I am just cutting out the images, but try not to at all on the base layer.

3. Layer 3 will consist of the main, head and feet. I always visualize what would be the closest part of the images to me if it were already 3 dimensional (in this case its the nose so that would be the highest part of my image.)

4. Here I have only coloured the paws, main and head.

5. Next up I have decided to bring out some of the facial features...

6. And the last step to colour is the nose. Are you confused yet? I am! lol

I put this photo in here so that you can see the evolution of my colouring stages.

I popped this image in to show you what they look like all cut out and ready to go. It's kind of nice having this view because you don't have any extra paper and colouring outside of the lines to distract you. *wink*

1. Here we go with the layers :) Add step #2 to your base image (whole body of lion minus the tail). I used dimensionals (mounting tape) to created the depth.

2. Add step #3 (front legs and head)

3. Add your paws and and lion's head with the main.

4. Add your lion head minus the main

And the last step is adding your muzzle and nose :D - Remember that I did warn you that this was a lot of steps involved *wink*

Here is a complete paper tole lion and the photo was taken straight on. Even on a straight on shot, this guy really stands out. Sorry about the crummy lighting for this tutorial! I couldn't get my lamps adjusted right to bring out the true colours of the images - even editing them didn't help!

There you go! Please let me know if this tutorial helped you in any way :) I love to hear feedback especially since this is only my second tutorial. If I was babbling too much and confusing you then please feel free to email me your questions :) Thanks for popping in!

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CarrieFlanagan said...

very cool! thanks for the step by step and pics! ;0)

Kcherrie said...

Wowzers! Lots of work, but the end result is just awesome:) I must give this a try.

Tori Wild said...

Oh my WOW!! Yep... REALLY needs to be in a museum.... I want to see one of these IRL!! LUV IT!

Melody said...

Wow! What beautiful work. Thanks for the tutorial. I will use your ideas.

Tracey said...

A fantastic card Kim! Love the effect! And thanks so much for the tutorial!

CRYSTAL said...

love the layering!!!

Amber said...

this is too cute u did a really good job on this ! And love the lion ! Hope you have a good day and a great weekend

Jennifer Meyer said...

WOW! LOVE the tutorial Kim and your card is so cute! LOVE the fun layers and darling design.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Jennifer :)

Scrappinangler said...

This is amazing. Thank you for taking the time to photograph each step and create this tutorial. Can't wait to try this after my sinus infection goes away! :)


Lorri said...

Kim, thanks so much for the tutorial really will help in the future for me to make that card really "pop". Always love looking at your cards.

npschmidt said...

Great Tutorial! Looks like a lot of work but you did a great job of showing all the steps!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tutorial Kim - I think you did a fantastic job. Appreciate you taking the time to share it. (looking forward to more!)

Carla (cardsbycarla)

Kim said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial!! I love your paper-toled cards, and bought the Eskimo set to try to case one. This tutorial will really help. Thanks again!

Becky said...

Very cool! thanks for showing :)

Maraya said...

Thank you for the step-by-step tutorial. The heat embossing trick is really cool. I will have to try that. Your coloring is really beatuiful.

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! That is an awesome tutorial girl! And your lion is so beautiful!!!

Lisa S. Luckey said...

Very nice. Thank you for doing the tutorial.


Jose said...

Excellent tutorial, first visit to your blog, but I will be back for sure, thank you for the detailed tutorial.

Margo said...

awesome step by step photos - super easy to follow!!

Anonymous said...

wonderful tutorial! i think even i could attempt this! LOL
the step by steps make it very
easy to understand. i am a visual
learner and this was wonderful!

Colleen said...

Great card and tutorial. I love that lion!

Joy said...

WOW! Your detail is absolutely STUNNING!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow this is fabulous! Thank you for the tutorial. I'm going to save this and give it a try!

liannallama said...

great tutorial and such a wonderful card!

Karen B said...

You've done an excellent job of presenting each step. Very clear and straightforward. Your images are so needed. Thanks for including them. I have been wanting to try tole in my club night class and now I can confidently go ahead. Your work is amazing. You are indeed a true artist. Thanks for sharing with us. Karen

AlienAnessa said...

Oh my holy stinking goodness, the card is fantastic but then you showed how you did it. Wowy, thank you SO much for sharing this!!

bellameabhn said...

totally awesome, kim! thanks for the fabulous tutorial, as well!
abrazos,mirabella(saw your tutorial post on scs)