Monday, 7 April 2008

Reverse Pyramage and Variation

I recently made a reverse pyramage card and managed to confuse people about what I'd done so I thought a tutorial might be a good idea and I'll try to explain it better! As an added bonus, all you need is one extra image and you can get a second card out of what would normally be waste. How many images you need will be decided by how many layers you want - for this one I have used 5 layers including the base. All the images are the same size.

Click on the pictures to enlarge

1. Start by putting your two base layers to one side and turn the other four over. Mark off 1cm around each edge of the first one, 1.5cm off the second one, 2cm off the third one and 2.5cm off the fouth one.

2. Using a craft knife and ruler, cut out the centre square of each one. This will leave you with 4 pictures and 4 'frames'. Put the centre squares to one side for now.

3. Put either 3D foam squares or silicone glue onto the back of the four frames and assemble them on top of the base image starting with the widest frame and finishing with the narrowest.

4. When you've finished assembling it, it will look like a set of steps going down and will draw your eye into the picture.

5. Then you can assemble the squares you cut out onto the other base image to create the usual type of pyramage
That's all there is to it and I hope you enjoy creating your own.

The images used here came from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD.


The two pictures below show a variation for these cards - a diamond shape. It is done in the same way as the one above so step by step photos aren't needed.

1. Mark the halfway point on each of the four sides of each layer.
2. On the first layer mark another dot 1 cm in from the edge of the card in line with your first dot that you made to mark the middle of the side. Repeat for the other three sides then join the dots to give you the diamond. Using a craft knife and ruler, cut out the diamond shapes.
3. Repeat for your other layers making your second dots at 1.5 cm, 2 cm and 2.5 cm from the edge and cut out in the same way as the first layer.
The assembly of the cards is exactly the same as above. You can see samples of these here on my main blog.

If you would like to create a frame card for your pyramage images, you'll find a great tutorial at Papertake Weekly.


Beryl said...

This is a lovely idea and so helpful to those of us who are not so talented as you.
Thank you. I'll add this blog to my favourites.

Beryl xx

Jane's Crafty Creations said...

That is brilliant ... must remember to try it sometime!!

Patricia said...

Thank you very much for this tutorial - was looking everywhere on how to do my own Pyramage and inverted Pyramage!