This 3-D Halloween card uses a classic technique
of Paper Tole:
layering copies of an image to achieve a three-dimensional effect!
Paper Tole is the art of handcrafting three-dimensional
pictures using layered elements from multiple, identical flat
prints. The most intricate application of this technique involves
layering and shaping
the paper pieces to achieve depth and shadow. Our 3-D
Halloween card simplifies the process to two layers - but the result is
Some vintage images lend themselves perfectly to
paper tole. Look for a bold foreground graphic, a couple
of important middle-ground images, and a relatively plain
We love this painting by Ellen H. Clapsaddle, with
the two mischievous children peering over the huge, carved Jack
O'Lantern. You can make this card quickly, with just a few
images (FREE PDF download) printed on matte photo paper or
white card stock.
- Foam photo mounts (adhesive foam squares).
- Bone folder.
- Small scissors or craft knife. A
paper cutter is useful for straight cuts.
Instructions for 3-D Halloween Card
On the first page of the printed vintage images, score along the left
edge of the image with the bone folder. Fold the paper on the
score line. Using a paper cutter or scissors, trim away the
unfolded edges of the image. You will now have an 8" X 6"
piece of paper folded to a 4" x 6" card, with the image on the front.
- Cut out two elements from the two remaining
images: one Jack O'Lantern with the boy
and girl, and one Jack O'Lantern alone.
- Cut the
foam adhesive squares into ten small pieces and apply five to
the back of
the boy and girl image. Attach this to the card face, lining up the
cut-out image with the background image.
Step 3 with the Jack O'Lantern image, attaching it with adhesive
squares to the boy and girl image.
- Write your personal Halloween message
inside or print one from the FREE vintage images for our Padded Pumpkin Card!
a 4.25" X 6.25" envelope or make your own custom envelope with your
favorite decorative paper. Decorate it with a custom "seal"
from the "Halloween Greeting" scrap left over from your cutting!