Layers of rubber stamped tissue paper have been used to decoupage this cute gift box. This simple technique can be used to cover plain boxes and other items to create unique effects. The thin tissue paper allows the layers to show through and this gives an interesting dimension to the project.
The beauty of this technique is that you can use different rubber stamps and colored inks to vary the end result. I used white tissue paper with an ornate rubber stamp and black ink for an elegant finish. Brightly colored inks would have given a fresh and breezy finish while brown or cream inks would have created an antique effect. Instead of cutting the paper, I have torn the paper into small pieces. This means that every piece is a little different in shape and size. The torn edges give a more organic and less structured look.
I used three parts white glue (PVA glue) diluted with one part water as a decoupage medium. Adhesives such as Mod Podge would work equally well. Thin decoupage medium works better with light weight papers such as tissue paper. You can achieve unusual finished effects by adding glitter or mica to the glue.
- Plain papier mache (paper mache) box
- Tissue paper
- Rubber stamps (I used a stamp from the Laurence LLewelyn Bowen paper craft range)
- Waterproof ink
- Decoupage medium
- Paint brush