Girl Cat Christmas Ornament

by Becky Hayes
(Franklin, Virginia)

Girl Cat Christmas Craft

Girl Cat Christmas Craft

(Girl Cat Pyramage / Pyramid 3D Decoupage) We will be making an embellishment to adhere to a vintage background to make a Christmas ornament. You can also use this embellishment on cards.

What is a Pyramage / Pyramid Image?

It is a 3D image that looks like a pyramid from the side. You print several images which get progressively smaller, cut them out, and glue or foam dot them on top of each other to make an attractive embellishment.

Easier way

I could have done this an easier way by saving the Girl Cat image on a background such as a rectangle, square, oval, or circle.

Each time I would make the image smaller, I wouldn't have the fine details to cut out like in this example. However, I wanted the details to stand out when glued to the vintage music sheet.

Three Methods

I have given instructions for three methods:

1. Method 1 (Print and Cut) is using a computer graphics program to manipulate your images to print so you can glue them to cardstock, core board, or wood to make a wall hanging (or glue/foam dot to a card as an embellishment).
2. Method 2 (Digital) is using a computer graphics program to manipulate your images and saving each image (on separate layers) on top of each other. You don't have to print unless you want to.
3. Method 3 (Using a Copy Machine) is using a copy machine's function of reducing the size of an image. This is useful if you don't:
a. Have a computer
b. Want to use a computer.
c. Have a graphics program

Supplies You Will Need

• Two images.
• I downloaded the Girl Cat image from Vintage Image Craft (VIC) here.
• Background image. The Music Sheet image I used can be purchased here. You can use any image for your background - patterns, kaleidoscopes, gradients, vintage paper, etc.
• Computer.
• Program to manipulate the graphics. I use Corel PaintShop Pro X4. You can download a free 30-day trial from here.
• Mod Podge® or Decoupage®
• Foam dots, such as Glue Dots®, if you want the Girl Cat image to appear more 3D.
• Scissors.
• 1 sheet of photo paper or stock paper, letter size (8-1/2" x 11").
• 1 sheet of photo paper or stock paper, 4" x 6".
• For the back of the ornament, select one of the following, size 4" x 6":
o Cardboard
o Core board
o Wood (light-weight, cheap, flat)
• 2 brads
• 2 decorative embellishments, such as flowers.
• What you will be hanging your ornament from - a wire hanger, ribbon, bow, etc.

Method 1 ~ Print and Cut

Erase Background on Girl with a Cat Image

• Upload image of the Girl with a Cat into graphics program.
• Copy and paste as a new image.
• Close the image you downloaded from VIC (you do this so you don't mess up the original!).
• Go back to the new image you just pasted.
• Erase background or cut around the image and delete the background.
• Crop close to image. Mine ended up being 3.007" x 5.79", 300 resolution. Your image will not necessarily be the same size.
• File, Save as PNG so background will stay transparent. (I named mine Girl Cat-1.png).
• Do NOT close the image.

Create New Blank Screen

• Create new blank image:
• Image Dimensions: 8 1/2" wide x 11" height (also known as letter size)
• Resolution: 300 pixels/inch
• Image Characteristics: Raster Background
• Color: Transparent
• Save as a PSPImage – I saved mine the same name as my other image (Girl Cat.pspimage).
• You now have three images:
• One you downloaded from VIC (that you have closed and do not need to use anymore).
• PNG image (of the Girl Cat image).
• PSPImage (a new blank screen).

Copying / Pasting Girl with a Cat Image

• Go to Girl Cat-1.png.
• If image is not already selected, then select the image.
• Copy image.
• Go to letter-size page (Girl Cat.pspimage).
• Paste image.
• Move image to top left position.
(FYI: The blue/white checkerboard is just the background for my images so I can help align them properly. The checkerboard does NOT appear on the images when I print!)

Reducing Size of Girl with a Cat Image

• Go to Girl Cat-1.png.
• Image will still be selected.
• Click on:
• Selections
• Modify
• Contract
• 25
• OK
• Copy image.
• Go to letter-size page (Girl Cat.pspimage).
• Paste image.
• Move image to right of previous image.
• I kept repeating these same actions until I had a total of 9 images pasted on the letter-size page (Girl Cat.pspimage).
• File, Save as Girl Cat-2.png.
• The number of images does NOT matter - use as many as you want to make your pyramage/pyramid.
• It does NOT matter how the images are arranged on the letter-size page just so they do not touch each other.
• You will need to remember which order they are in (largest to smallest) when you glue them later. I find it helpful to paste each image order.

Closing Girl with a Cat Image

• Go back to Girl Cat-1.png.
• Deselect
• Save
• Close
• You do not need to use this image anymore for this project, but you might want to keep it for other projects.

Background Image (Music Sheet)

• Locate an image you would like to put your pyramage/pyramid on. I'm using a music sheet, size 4" x 6".
• Use Mod Podge® or Decoupage® to adhere the back of the music sheet to a piece of card board, core board, or light-weight wood that is cut the same size as your background image.
• Let dry.
• Mod Podge® or Decoupage® the front of the background image.
• Let dry.

Cutting Out Girl Cat Images

• Go to letter-size page (Girl Cat.pspimage).
• Print on letter-size heavy stock or photo paper.
• Cut each Girl Cat image out.
• Mod Podge® or Decoupage® the back of each image that you cut out.
• Let dry.
• Mod Podge® or Decoupage® the front of each image that you cut out.
• Let dry.
• Mod Podge®, Decoupage®, or use foam dots (such as Glue Dots®) on the back of the largest image to adhere it onto the music sheet. Do NOT put your image where you will be cutting out the holes at the top!
• Keep using Mod Podge®, Decoupage®, or foam dots (Glue Dots®) to adhere the next smallest image on top of the previous size.
• Line up each image according to something you visually see in the graphic - hair, bow, arm, etc.
• I did not add any "sparkle" to my pyramage/pyramid, but it would certainly look nice if you don't use too much (smile!).

Adding the Hanger and/or Ribbon

• Make a hole in the location(s) where you want to insert your hanger. You can cut, drill, or use an awl to make the holes.
• Insert a brad through a decorative item, such as a flower. You might want to also insert the brad through your hanger or ribbon, depending on how you are hanging your ornament.
• Insert the brad and decorative item in the holes to make more durable.
• Insert your hanger, wire, ribbon, or whatever through the holes.
• Hang on your tree, wall, from a suction cup in a glass cabinet, etc.

Method 2 ~ Digital

If you would rather make this pyramage/pyramid as a digital project instead of a print and cut:
• I pasted the largest Girl Cat image on top of the Music Sheet instead of a new letter-size sheet.
• I added a layer for EACH image, EACH brad, EACH embellishment, and the bow.
• I added 2 shadows on EACH image (including the Music Sheet) so they would appear 3D:
o Offset Vertical: 5
o Horizontal: 11
o Attributes Opacity: 90
o Blur: 25
o Color: Black
o Then REPEAT, using a minus in front of the 5 and 11 (in other words, Offset Vertical will be -5 and Horizontal will be -11).
• Use the same instructions as for Method 1, then REPEAT for each image.
• Line up each image according to something you visually see in the graphic - hair, bow, arm, etc.
• I saved this as Girl Cat.pspimage. In Corel PaintShop Pro X4 you can save layers as a PSPimage.
• If you decide to print it, I would suggest saving the PSPIMAGE as a PNG or JPG.

Method 3 ~ Using a Copy Machine

• If you would rather use a printer, use the reduce feature of the copy machine to reduce the Girl Cat image the number of times you want.
• Cut and print as in Method 1.

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