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December 13, 2012



Hi, some of you will know me as Chris in France ( MidiMinis ) or just plain Chris.
Although I am English I have lived in the South of  France for 16 years. I have  taught and sold a variety of crafts for over 30 years.  Usually, when I teach paper sculpture techniques I am in the same room with the students to demonstrate and answer questions. It was a challenge  to write these instructions in a way that could be clearly followed without me by your side.  
I created this tutorial for one of my mini groups a few years ago. It should not take long to complete and is my Christmas gift to you. Have fun and have a wonderful Christmas.






Santa 3D picture.



This 3D picture can be used as a table decoration propped with a suitable support or a wall hanging. You can also use this relief picture as part of a christmas card design.


Print out the identical Santa pics (you will need a minimum of 6 - there are spares in case of mistakes)

White glue and a cocktail stick

Exacto or fine point sharp scissors and tweezers

Embossing mat eg. spare mouse pad, reverse of the cutting mat, shoe inner sole or the palm of your hand

Moulding tool eg. piece of thin dowel or BBQ stick sanded to rounded tips at each end, 1 blunt and 1 more pointed.

Thick card or mountboard

Optional acrylic varnish

Optional - A little unravelled white bunka.


Before you start glue one of the pictures to a piece of thick card or mountboard. This is to stop the picture curling while you work and can be used as a mount for the finished picture. Use removable tape if you want to remove the backing board when the picture is complete.


You will now be cutting out sections of the picture to mount onto the original. In most cases the parts that you leave when you cut away will be discarded but, when you are cutting only tiny pieces from a picture some of the remaining parts of that picture might also be useful - so save them.


Each time you cut out a section you will mould it before you glue it in place. So, for each cut piece you will lay it face down on the embossing pad. Then using the blunt end of the moulding stick, work all over the back with even firm pressure in circular movements. You should see the picture start to bow slightly. Next use the sharper end to run around the edge of the cut and moulded piece.


You will only apply glue to the edge, here and there, and place directly over the corresponding point on the original picture.  If you are unable to mold sufficiently to achieve sufficient 3D effect you can resort to the aid of sticky pads or silicone.


Order of cutting:


1.     Cut several frames carefully and glue each one on top of the others to create a frame with depth. Alternatively you can use thin wood for the frame and glue on top of one of the pictures of a frame. Your frame is then glued in place onto the frame on the picture previously glued onto the mountboard.


Then cut everything except the sky and the ground (snow) from one of those pieces. Fig 2. Glue in place on the original picture.


2.    Cut the same as before but excluding the roof behind Santas head and the small piece between  the bobble  of his hat and his shoulder. Fig 3. Mold as before and set in place.


Note that in the picture a tiny piece of window remains attached to the bow by mistake, discard this.


3. Santa with his mail bag and present. Fig 4. Mold as before and set in place.


4. Santa’s hat, beard, moustache and mail bag. Note that the edge of the present is cut with the beard and a portion of the arm is cut with the mail bag. Fig 5. Mold as before and set in place.


Cut the mail sack into its 3 seperate sections for molding and discard the piece between the flap and the body of the bag.


5. Santa’s arm, hands, buckles, and the bow from the top of the present and parcel from sack. Note the portions of present left with the hands and the portion of fur trim left with the other parcel. Fig 6.


Note that the present itself, including another copy of its bow, can be cut from one of your previously cut pictures or from a spare picture (not illustrated).


Sometimes you can use a blunt needle to draw around some features such as the house roofs and an indented impression will be left. It doesn’t always work but when it does it gives added dimension. When you are sure that all the glue is thoroughly dry you can varnish the picture if you want to. The picture can then be further enhanced with unravelled white bunka or similar placed over the fur trim, beard and moustache. Fig 7.


Now you can follow the basic principles to use any picture for this technique. You can also choose to add additional layers in some places the next time you do this picture, such as the roofs of the houses or the sack at Santa’s feet.


Enjoy!    Chris.


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Comments (1)

johanna janhonen said

at 3:02 pm on Dec 13, 2012

Thank you Chris for this nice project :). Gonna try it "some day". :)

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