3D Decoupage Technique - MFT Techniques & Tutorials

April 7, 2018

Another new monthly feature called Techniques and Tutorials starts at the MFT blog today. Some of the DT members make a project and share step by step tutorial of the project.

I made this card using the 3D Decoupage technique. 3D Decoupage technique is a good way to add an interesting 3D effect to your card by layering paper pieces partially. Look the photos below to see how the boy image looks from other angles.

It may hard to see in these photos, but I rounded his face, arms, and boots etc for a more natural dimensional look.

Here is a list of the supplies used. In addition to these, you'll need an embossing stylus (or something with a round point) and a dark brown water-based marker.

1. Cut navy card stock to 4-1/4" x 11" and create a top-fold card.

2. Die cut a rectangle panel from white card stock. Blend aqua distress inks over lower one-third portion of the panel and add some ink splotches by spattering. Stencil raindrops with distress inks. After inks dry, adhere the panel to card front. 

3. Die cut rectangle frame three times from tan card stock. Stack and adhere them to the stenciled panel.

4. Stamp boy image on thick card stock (mine is 110 lb.) four times with dark brown ink and color as shown in the photo below. Stamp and color accessory images, too.   
**You don't need to color the boots, the left hand and the ears of the bottom right boy image. Sorry for my mistake!

5. Cut out the colored parts of the images with scissors or a craft knife. (I used the matching die to cut out the fully colored boy image.)

6. Color the edges of each piece with a water-based marker from the back. Make sure you use a water-based marker to prevent ink bleeding through to the front side. I used a watercolor brush pen.

7. Add roundness to each piece using an embossing stylus. Put a piece on a soft mat face down and add pressure in a circular motion. Imagine how human's face, body, boots etc would look like in real life to add pressure to "right" place. 

I used a piece of foam sheet as a mat. A mousepad also would work.
For the umbrella, put the piece face up and add much pressure along the rib lines.

I hope you can see the roundness, especially on his cheeks.

8. Assemble the boy using thin foam adhesive. Apply thin foam pads only to around the center of the part that the next layer should be.

9. Attach the boy and the accessory images to the panel to create a scene.

10. Stamp sentiment on white card stock. Die cut and adhere to the frame. Add faux waterdrops around the images as you desire.

It may take a little longer than usual to make this card. But I'm sure this is worth it. And I think this is easier than watercoloring (at least for me. LOL!).
I hope you like this tutorial and you'll give it a try!

Head on over to the MFT blog for more techniques and tutorials that the DT have shared with you today.

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. Oh! I love how this looks. So much fun.

  2. The dimension on your card is amazing, Torico! I had no idea what the 3D Decoupage technique was--thank you for a great tutorial, I love the finished result!

  3. Thanks for a great tutorial, Jo x

  4. So amazing!!! Absolutely love how this turned out!

  5. わ~、アートの世界ですね!3Dデコパージュの存在自体を知りませんでした。こんなにきれいに完成したらお部屋の壁に飾りたいです! くまこ

  6. This is a fabulous tutorial! thank you!

  7. What a fabulous card this is, Torico! I love the 3D effect and your details are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your step-by-step instructions with us :)