Jul 17 2009

Paper Toling Combined with Acrylic Painted Wildflowers


    I’m excited to share with you today that my fabulously fun friend, Jenny Gropp, from  One Krafty Cat has invited me to be the guest designer for the challenge today over at  Our Creative Corner.   I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to be playing along with the very talented designers of Our Creative Corner.

The details for the challenge are:

      Triple Play:   Less is not always More! You must pick at least three types of embellishments to use on your card or project. These are your choices: Brads, Eyelets, Bling, Ribbon, Buttons, Thread/Floss, Beads, Charms, Rub Ons, Liquid Applique, Crystal Lacquer  (items highlighted in pink are the elements I used in my design).

       I agree with Jenny, less is not always more.  Those of you who are familiar with my blog know that I typically design more is more designs so this challenge is right up my alley.

       A little about the design:  I recently came across a picture of an egg that was beautifully decorated by an artist with paper tole.  I’ve seen paper tole in books, but have never attempted it and decided to give it a try for the challenge.  I’m sure I’ve made some mistakes with this technique, but overall I’m very happy with my first attempt.  I’m thoroughly hooked on this form of art and hope to learn more!  A drawing was provided by the artist for the design that was on the egg.  I transferred it onto Bristol paper and painted it with acrylic paints.  Once it was dry I made four photocopies on white cardstock using a color printer.  I cut out the flowers only from one of the photocopies and adhered them flat onto the cardstock.  I then painted in the foliage around the flowers directly onto the embossed cardstock.  Using a craft knife, I cut the petals and stems from the copies, toled the paper, and adhered the pieces down using thick crafters’ glue.  I continued to do this for three layers.  The petals were painted with Mod Podge.  I punched several leaves with a Martha Stewart punch and cut small tendrils of green paper.  I wrapped the tendrils around a paintbrush to curl them.  I adhered bits and pieces of the leaves down randomly creating the foliage and painted them with Mod Podge.  Once the Mod Podge was dry, I painted the entire design with crystal lacquer, giving it an enameled lustre.  I finished the floral arrangement by painting gold paint around the petals, stems, leaves, and green tendrils. Once that portion of the design was complete, I went to work on the butterfly.  I stamped and embossed it onto cardstock using gold embossing powder.  I painted the butterfly using the same acrylics that I used in the painting.  I used the same technique to tole the butterfly as I did with the flowers. 


      You can see touches of pink and lavender in the petals in this picture.  I’m including several close up photographs at different angles to show you the detail and dimension of the design.  I love the little flower buds.  Each flower and bud is four layers.  Looking carefully you can see the tiny stems, they are two paper layers thick.


       In this photograph you can see the dimension of the layers of the buds, stems, and the center flowers.  A closer view of the background painting is shown in this photo as well.  I used a liner brush to paint in small stems and leaves.  The same liner brush was used to paint the gold on the edges of the flowers, leaves, stems, tendrils, and the butterfly.   


       I had to squeeze some ribbon in here somewhere .   .   . LOL .   .   . what are flowers without the stems being tied with beautiful white silk ribbon to hold them together!


      This photograph shows off the Swarovski crystals.  They sparkle like diamonds in real life.  Off white, ballet pink, peony, and lavender acrylics were used to paint the flowers and buds. I painted the flowers Off White and then glazed the petals with pink and lavender hues.  You can see hints of the colors in the petals.


      A close up shot of the bejeweled butterfly, her abdomen consists of six 2mm green Swarovski crystals, her wings and antennae are loaded with 1.5mm crystals.

      I’m giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to my store, A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique to one lucky winner.  To enter all you have to do is play along with the OCC challenge, follow the rules provided above, post your card on your blog or your gallery at Splitcoaststampers using the keyword OCCC.  Leave a comment on the OCC blog linking your design so they can check it out.  The drawing is random, the winner will be announced next Saturday on the OCC blog.  Be sure to check back there next Friday to see if you’ve won.  

      If you’re looking for inspiration for the challenge, be sure to check out the fabulous designs of the OCC Ladies on their blogs – Jenny Gropp, Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner (my DDA sister, big hugs Girl!), Jennifer Meyer, Vicki Garrett, Loretta Lock, Joycelyn Turner, and Frances Byrne.

      Shopping info A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique –  Embossing Paper:  Carnation White, Light Pink, Olive Green, Hunter Green, Bristol paper,  light box, 18K Gold Krylon pen, PergaKit 3D Adhesive, acrylic paints,  Removable Tape, Zip Dry adhesiveparchment paper, Perga Soft, craft knife, stylus/embosser, Joy! Foam Pads, Joy Pearls, Martha Stewart leaf punch, paint brushes, Mod Podge, thick crafters’ glue, tweezers, Swarovski crystals, gold paint, Ranger gold embossing powder, heating tool, Encore gold ink, color printer, computer, white card stock, crystal lacquer

      Parked on Rubber:  butterfly stamp

      Stamp Simply Ribbon Store – Bow Easy, white silk ribbon

      Thank you for stopping by, I truly appreciate your visit! 


102 responses so far

102 Responses to “Paper Toling Combined with Acrylic Painted Wildflowers”

  1. jennifer says:

    GENIOUS! and absolutely beautiful!!!


  2. KathyN says:

    This is beautiful and stunning Jerri!

  3. Michelle R says:

    A gorgeous work of art done in true Jerri Kay style! Awesome and truly beautiful!!!

  4. Wendalyn says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous…

  5. Kathy Kelsheimer says:

    Jerri, this card is just too beautiful for words. I’ll try with “breath-taking” or “amazing,” “stunning,” “beautiful!”

  6. Teresa says:

    You are far from just a card maker, you are a very talented artist. I love your work.

  7. Karen W says:

    This is truly amazing, you are the most talented artist, I love every inch of it. Just gorgeous.

  8. Edie says:

    This is so beautiful, I don’t have words for it. You are one talented artist.

  9. Jlynn says:

    All I can say is, WOW! Beautifully done.

  10. Pinky says:

    Jerri, each card you make is truly a work of art! I have never seen this technique on a card before, you have taken your talents to another level. Your talents truly amaze me! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Nancy says:

    Your card is a true work of art. I would frame it. What do I like about it everything. And for your first attempt you nailed it.

  12. Elaine says:

    Oh my gosh…this is absolutely gorgeous!! I can’t believe the flowers are paper!!

  13. Pam P says:

    Jerri, you are simply amazing! All of your work is spectacular. A work of beauty like this deserves to be framed and hung on the wall for everyone to see….

  14. Linda Bullard says:

    Well, what can one say??? This is over the top of your always over the top artistic creations! I can’t even imagine what this must be like in person. The effect is amazing and inspiring. I’ve always loved paper tole, but I’ve never seen it look like this! I hope to try this on a small, elementary scale. Thanks so much for sharing this and all the wonderful details. Linda

  15. Luci says:

    WOW! What an incredible wok of art! Your talent and art is phenomenal!

  16. WowwwwwwwwwwwwwZERS!! Oh my gosh….that is just incredible looking! The detail is amazing!

  17. Aimee says:

    Oh my gosh, this is just unbelievably incredible. If you ever offer a class on this, please let me know!

  18. Carole RB says:

    Hi Jerry

    I’m speechless, your card is magnificient!

    Have a nice weekend.

  19. Silke Ledlow says:

    OMG – Jerri!!! This is incrediable amazing!!!! I think you need to frame this one!!! Your talent blows me away – GF!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend and it’s so fun that you our Guest Stamper this week!!! Hugs ~S~

  20. Heather says:

    Gorgeous as always, Jerri, the flowers look like fine china.

  21. Loretta Lock says:

    Your work is always so much more than a card – it’s a work of art!

  22. Dedra says:

    Your card is stunning. I would love to try your technique on maybe one flower to start. Who makes the crystal lacquer and where can it be purchased. Thanks.

  23. Pauline Vairo says:

    Hi Jerri, You did it again, absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!! I love it. I need and want you as my teacher.

  24. Cathy Green says:

    This is truly amazing! I’ve admired your creativity for a long time. You always do fabulous work!

  25. Bev J. says:

    Just so very beautiful. Looks like a design on fine china! Love it all-amazing!

  26. You just keep on stunning us with these creations!!!!!! One day your work will be in a museum! I think they will become heirloom pieces your family will treasure always. Wow Jerri, this is phenomenal!!!!!!!

  27. Gorgeous Jerri, I love your work.

  28. Joycelyn says:

    Oh WOW!!! Jerri this is SPECTACULAR…what a gorgeous work of art!!!

  29. Velta says:

    Jerri ~ You are BY FAR the most talented artist I have ever witnessed. Your work on this is just beautiful, gorgeous and stunning!! What I would give just to have a day working beside you and learning all of your wonderful techniques. Thank you for sharing this !!!

  30. OMG Jerri, I can’t believe the beauty and artistry of your creations…………just stunning!!! Hmmmmm, I have a birthday coming up in September!!!!LOL

  31. Valerie says:

    Your card is exquisite….truely a masterpiece.

  32. Jenny Gropp says:

    This is beyond amazing. B.E.Y.O.N.D.
    Your creations are stunning always. This one is so detailed with all the flower petals the lacquer — the crystals eveywhere, the bejweled butterfly, it’s quite a sight. Thank you so much for playing along with us OCC gals this week and for sponsoring this week’s giveaway. You inspire!

  33. Dru says:

    This is absolutely beautiful and just amazing!! I am interested in purchasing a couple of your stencils. I love the one you used on this card (I’m assuming it’s one of yours) but I did not see the name of it or a link. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  34. Darlene says:

    Oh wow!!! As soon as I saw your name pop up in my inbox I knew I was in for another treat and rushed right over. Again I am overwhelmed by your creation! This is absolutely gorgeous!! The attention detail and the laquer on the flowers are over the top. I just love all the pearls you’ve added. What an inspiration you are to me. TFS

  35. Vicky Gould says:

    THUD!!! Your FIRST attempt? A+!!

  36. Sandi Doemel says:

    How beautiful, you are an inspiration to all of us. I want to produce beautiful cards like yours. I would never get rid of any of your cards. I do need to keep practicing, because I’m not any where close to your talent. LOL

  37. Kim Teasdale says:

    *Happy sigh…* I was going to try to come up with some words to describe how I feel when I look at this card and the only thing that comes to mind is peacefulness. I just want to sit here all day and drink in your fabulous details 🙂 I hope that you frame this amazing piece of art! *happy sigh* :0)



  38. Wendy K. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the 3D layers!!

  39. Sandy Knecht says:

    Your cards just keep getting more fabulous! What a talent you have. This is a masterpiece.

  40. Kittie says:

    Mu jaw has dropped and my mouth is hanging open. This isone of the most gorgeous pieces of paper crafting art I have ever seen. Jerri, you are amazing.

  41. Yes, another masterpiece!
    Just curious — how long did this take to make?!
    Simply devine…

  42. Konnie Burlon says:

    I just love it when I see A Touch of Grace on Joy, my computer. What a most delightful and beautiful card. You are amazing with the art of paper crafting. I want to be Jerri when I grow up!! Thanks for sharing so much with us.

  43. ***THUD***

    Absolutely STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS!!!!

  44. Sue says:

    This piece is absolutely spectacular!! After reading all of the details in making it, you must have the patience of a saint! This is a true masterpiece!

  45. Conniecrafter says:

    Wow!!! Your work just takes my breath away, Amazing!

  46. Verda says:

    Your card is absolutely amazing. Would you share the picture and instructions you had for the egg pattern, if possable?

  47. Thelma says:

    This is so beautiful, Jerri. I did paper tole maybe 20 years ago. It is child’s play compared to the things you do. How clever of you to do color photocopies for the additional prints needed for layering. This is another masterpiece! Thank you for posting. Are the acrylic paints just ordinary paints you would buy at a craft store?

  48. Sue R says:

    I love looking at your cards Jerri! They are pieces of art and so gorgeous. I see a “kit” coming – LOL.

  49. Lady3050 says:

    This card is fabulous I want to try this myself. LOL maybe something like this.

    Regina N

  50. WOW Jerri, your card is SO beautiful! LOVE the stunning detail and beautiful layers – your cards are a work of art!! Thanks for joining us on the OCC!

    Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Jennifer 🙂

  51. Linda Crowder says:

    What a beautiful technique. I really love this card and the layers really make it pop! thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us. Best wishes, Linda

  52. Elaine Allen says:

    Jerri –

    This is just a fantastic piece of art! So very lovely and a keepsake.

    Elaine Allen

  53. Beth Norman says:


    I have really missed you. Even though I am a subscriber, I still peaked in to see if you were posting and I wasn’t seeing. No wonder you haven’t posted in a bit; you were busy with this beauty!! I’m trying to post less so I have time to do better work. I’ve got to pull out that kit I bought. You might be interested in a watercolour with Tombow tutorial I posted on Tuesday. Have a good day!

  54. Beth Norman says:

    Opps, I totally forgot to tell you I love what you did with this card. Your paper tole is amazing!! For a first timer, you look like an ol pro! The lacquer is a gorgeous touch. You are so talented!

  55. stampmonkey says:

    I’m in absolute AWE! Each project is a true masterpiece, but this one is so intricate and detailed it has my jaw dropping. This does NOT look like a paper project; it looks like porcelain. Stunning!

  56. Amy Johnson says:

    wow! What a beautiful work of art…..as always! I love the shimmer and dimension.

  57. Jill Haddad says:

    I’m amazed- as usual. Phenomenal work with this.

  58. jojot says:

    stunning is just too simple a word for this masterpiece

  59. Patti Jo says:

    What hasn’t been said! This is a masterpiece! You have taken paper tole to another dimension completely!!! Absolutely gorgeous!

  60. Rebekka says:

    This is stunning, and thank you for going into such great details.

  61. Hi Jerri, this has to be the prettiest card I have ever seen. Your talent is amazing 🙂

  62. Marion (Australia) says:

    Absolutely amazing.
    I wasn’t fussed on paper tole until I saw this.
    Just beautiful

  63. Hi Jerri,
    Today I came across your blog and was in total awe of this beautiful papertole card. I make framed animated papertoles and truly get so much enjoyment when I have finished my projects. I hope you make more of these cards as they are an inspiration to me. Thankyou

  64. Oh my Jerri this is the most beautiful card that I have ever seen. You have done such an amazing job working on this card. It must have taken you days. The dimension you have done as well as all the embellishments are truely stunning. I would frame it and place it my house. Again stunning.

  65. ABBY says:

    I am in aw of your work! This is so incredibly gorgeous there are no words to describe how stunning it is. It looks like porcelein you’d find on a fine china cup that no one would be allowed to touch:)


  66. Wow, wow, wow! This may be the most beautiful card I’ve ever seen. You are amazing.

  67. Lori M says:


    I check in with you almost everyday waiting for a new post. It sometimes seems so long for the next one . . . but it’s AlWAYS worth the wait. I am never disappointed and always amazed at your work.

    Thx for sharing

    Lori M

  68. Deb Saaranen says:

    Oh my, Jerri! No one can come close to your gorgeous designs! They are simply one of a kind! Your attention to every detail is so apparent! Wow!

  69. Carol R says:

    Exquisite and beautiful. I love how the crystal lacquer looks on the flowers. That is something I will have to remember to try. Trust me. I do not come anywhere close to what you do but I dream of it! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  70. Carolyn says:

    This is breathtakingly beautiful. I LOVE the sparkle and shine of the images. The butterfly is my favorite, but everything on this card looks as if it were given timeless attention. The details are amazing and the effect and results are stunning. Your artistry is to be commended. What an inspriation! You are in a league of your own. What a pleasure to come here and see your art. Thank you for sharing it with us.


  71. Jeni says:

    This is a museum worthy piece! I’m absolutely floored on how much went into this and the hours of work it must have been. Thank you for sharing your technique and I will be checking our your store! You’re an inspiration! – Jeni http://jenislack.blogspot.com

  72. Chris Olsen says:

    Stunning!! This is incredibly beautiful!! Your talent always blows me away!

  73. This is beyond beautiful Jerri. I can’t believe the amount of detail that is in this creation. I have seen this done before but not like this. Gorgeous design. TFS

  74. Debbie McKelvey says:

    Beautiful! It looks like you attached jewelry to your card, not paper! It’s stunning!

  75. This is beyond elegant Jerri! What care you’ve taken…you seem to have mastered papertole WOW a work of art!

  76. Breath-taking. Oh Jerri this is so incredible. This (along with all of your creations) needs to find a frame as it is truly a work of art..

  77. jan gingrich says:

    Hi Jeri,
    Well, this is a true masterpiece, stunningly beautiful!!! Thank you for all your time and effort in creating this lovely piece of art and for sharing it with us. Keep up the great work!!!

  78. Denise M says:

    Absolutely amazing!! Looks like soooo much work went into this. I’m impressed!!

  79. Becca Feeken says:

    As always Jerri, this is simply a work of exquisite art!!! You have such the touch, my friend!!

  80. Jerri! This is absolutely breath taking!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  81. Kay says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! This is absolutely stunning!!! I always love your work but this has got to be my favourite so far. You really out did yourself. First try? You’re a natural! Thank you for sharing your gift with us. You are truly awesome!

  82. Maggie says:

    Wow! The flowers remind me of porcelain! You’re so meticulous. I’m in awe of you. Just when I think you can’t get any better, you top yourself! (bowing) I’m not worthy………..lol

  83. Joan Fricker says:

    Jerri, you truly are an artist. This is just too pretty for words. I love the colors and the flowers look like porcelain. It is just stunning.


  84. Susan Daly says:

    This is amazing!! You do beautiful work and I’m sure it takes alot of time. I would like to give you an award at my site.

  85. This is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen! I am a huge fan already….everything you make is creative and gorgeous, however, this is beautiful beyond words!!! The Lord has blessed you with special gifts…thanks so much for sharing them with us!!!!

  86. Janine says:

    Such a work of art Jerri!!!

  87. Rose Ann says:

    Oh my gosh…what can I say that hasn’t already been said!! Amazing, gorgeous, incredible, inspiring……need I go on? ; ) Stunning creation, Jerri!!

  88. Nancy L. says:

    What a work of art, the flowers are truly amazing! Would you mind sharing what stencil you used for this card?

  89. Mary Friederichsen says:

    Absolutely Stunning!
    If this was just your first attempt, can’t imagine how you could improve on it!

    This is my first time on your blog,found you thru Lorelie’s blog,I know I will be back! you work is truely inspirational!

  90. Linda Duke says:

    OMW!!!! WOW! WOW! WOW! Jerri, this is absolutely stunning to say the least. I’m going to order some of your paints right now. Mine will never look like this, but I’m going shopping. Truly inspirational.

  91. Candy says:

    Wow this is a work of art Jerri!! Beautiful, love all the little details and the colors!!

  92. I am totally speechless — the close up photos show that amazing detail so well — I want to touch this card! As always, this is a piece to be framed. You are so totally AMAZING! There isn’t anything I can add that hasn’t already been said, and I couldn’t say it anyway as my jaw is still on the floor!!!

  93. durandconnie says:

    You did a terrific job Jerri. God has blessed us all with your talent – which you share with us. QUESTION: What is the pretty white paper behind the flowers. The stencil? Did you had cute out the details? Thanks, Con.

  94. Michelle says:

    I just love this! It’s truly amazing! Michelle

  95. leslierich says:

    My goodness gracious, Jerri! I think I’m in a dream! I might be typing in my sleep right now. This is definitely the kind of dream from which it’s very disappointing to wake up. Oh, what beauty! What more can be said? This is truly inspirational.

  96. Judit V says:

    Wow…this is so gorgeous! Love it very much!!

  97. Betty says:


    GASP!!!! This is so beyond gorgeous I am absolutely speechless!!! What a true God Given gift you have!!! Stunning work!!!

  98. THUD!!!! You have rendered me speechless! Exquisite, lovely, and gorgeous!

  99. Debbie Olson says:

    Jerri, every work of art that you create mesmerizes me–you are fabulous, sweetie!

  100. Lynne Didrikson says:

    You have mentioned a kit for your card of cards. Are they available through you? You have a gorgeous style. Also, is there a tutorial for tole paper process? Thanks.

  101. nancy littrell says:

    I know you have heard this many times already Jerri, but really……your paper tole flowers and the colors are just Stunning! All the delicate details just have me fascinated. Wow…what a true artist you are. TFS

  102. Sande Lyons says:


    This is absolutely breathing….gorgeous! Wow is all I can say…and this is your first attempt. You are truly a gifted artist and it shows. Had to send this my daughter and share your wonderful work.

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