Paper Molding

by Deb Valder

Turn a stamped image into a molded, dimensional embellishment.


  • Stamp image with dimensional sections (Fun Stampers Journey Embroidered Rose set used here)
  • Cardstock cut in strips, 3x longer than the image for folding
  • Ink (Pomegranate Splash used here)
  • Scissors
  • Thick liquid or tacky glue (Journey Craft Glue used here)
  • Acrylic glaze or clear varnish
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Fun Stampers Journey products used here: Die cutting machine; Designer Frames Die; Corrugated Board embossing folder; Silver/Gold Fashion Pearls; Journey Paintbrush; Journey Craft Glue; Journey Glaze; Bloom Tool; Spritzer; Pan Pastels; Sofft Tools; Heart Hand-held Punch; Crease Tool; Easy Glide Adhesive; Detail Pro Shears; plastic plate ; Fresh Foliage and Black Licorice inks)


  1. Step 1

    Select a stamp image with sections that can be given dimension. Floral images work well for this technique.

  2. Step 2

    Identify each section of the image and stamp the sections separately on long scrap pieces of cardstock. Stamp a full image on a piece of cardstock for the base image.

    Color the sections as desired.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the first long strip into 3 layers.

    Work with each section one at a time.

  4. Step 4

    Glue the layers together, taking care to apply glue over the entire area of the fold.

  5. Step 5

    While the glue is still wet, cut out the shape.

  6. Step 6

    Before the glue dries, mold and shape the cutout. Set it aside to dry and harden.

    Repeat the process with the remaining pieces.

  7. Step 7

    Layer and glue the pieces onto the base image. Trim around the edge.

  8. Step 8

    Brush the finished piece with a liquid varnish or clear acrylic glaze.

  9. Step 9

    Use the molded piece to complete a card or other project.


For a full project video, visit Deb's channel HERE.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Molding. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What a GREAT tutorial. I have never glued a stack before and love how this technique works. Beautiful!
Prissequito  |  Wed Jul 5, 2017 at 7:08 AM
How do you put those in envelopes?
Debbie Mildwurm  |  Wed Jul 5, 2017 at 8:29 AM
Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial, Deb.
Joanne Travis  |  Wed Jul 5, 2017 at 9:11 AM
Wow, Deb!!! WOW!!!
Carole from Chicago
Carole  |  Wed Jul 5, 2017 at 9:50 AM
looks great, can not wait to try.
mary rishavy  |  Wed Jul 5, 2017 at 11:34 AM
I am really excited about doing this paper molding. I frequently create dimensional paper piecing with foam tape to elevate layers. I'll definitely give this a try. Delightful tutorial...easy to follow and understand. Thanks!
Martie Rollin  |  Wed Jul 5, 2017 at 2:11 PM
Fabulous tutorial, Deb! Can't wait to give the rose a try, then the jewelry!!! OMG-gorgeous!!!
Maureen Scripa  |  Thu Jul 6, 2017 at 4:56 AM
Awesome!!! Journey Glaze? Where do you purchase it? It's new to me.
Elaine Johnson  |  Fri Jul 7, 2017 at 6:41 AM
Elaine, Deb uses products from Fun Stampers Journey. Any acrylic glaze product will do - Glossy Accents, Diamond Glaze, Crystal Lacquer - even Mod Podge or a gloss varnish.
Dina  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 7:41 AM
What an intriguing and beautiful technique. As the other crafter, I also wonder whether this can be easily mailed or is it a card that is given.
hope mitchell  |  Thu Jul 13, 2017 at 6:33 PM

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