Mindful Recreations

Meet Your Maker- Maxine from Jolly Decent Cards

Maxine comes from the UK, where the culture of craft markets is, as she said, “very different”. She says she has fully embraced the “camaraderie” of the Melboure markets, and says she constantly admires the talent of her fellow stall holders.


Maxine makes 3 dimensional decoupage cards. Most of her cards have multiple layers, all cut by hand with manicure scissors. But the process starts long before that. Maxine searches for various images, and then creates a collage of these images on her computer. A typical picture might have 10 different images.  Only once she has got this right does she start to layer the picture.

imageimageimageIt all started 6-7 years ago when Maxine needed an operation. She told her boss she’d be back in 2 weeks, 3 months later she was going “stir crazy”, and her husband went out and bought some bits and bobs for her.  Maxine told me “I looked at decoupage and thought I don’t think I have the patience for that”. Then she tried it and now she doesn’t Just do ‘decoupage’, she does 3 dimensional decoupage!  She says the trick is to have a good pair of manicure scissors, and good magnifying glasses.


Her favourite thing is finding new pictures (that are flat), and then working out how to make them 3 dimensional- what to cut out, what to leave, and then how to accessorise them. She also likes that her pictures can come from all over the world.

You can contact Maxine via her facebook page

Or come and see her at the Maker’s Market, at the Abbotsford Convent on the third Sunday of the month



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