This lion layered mandala started as an Access image. I altered it a bit and made this beautiful wall hanging. It is truely remarkable and you will love it! The details of the eyes is especially wonderful.
The project is 7 layers, each layer adding a little more detail. It creates a wonderful effect and is really a lot easier than it looks. The color changes from the original design really make those details pop.
Paper Selection for the Lion Layered Mandala
This project can be made with any paper. The colors for the lion parts were specifically picked to accent the details, but you can use whatever colors you want. Patterns would look very weird for this project but subtle textures, foil or glitter papers might work and add extra bling.
Cutting the Lion Layered Mandala
Start with the bottom layer and cut the designs upward in layer. This is a must!
Be careful removing the lion face parts from the mat because the lines can be thin with the cut outs.
Assembling the Lion Layered Mandala
As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom. Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer. This way you don’t lose the little pieces.
You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue. Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it. I really recommend using foam tape. it adds so much dimension.
Once the layers are all together, you can use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base if you want. Frame the piece with a shadowbox frame. I got mine from Michaels.
Just a tip: The foam tape may stick to your scissors and make them difficult to use. Clean them with a little piece of sandpaper then use the Fiskars scissor sharpeners to re-sharpen them if needed. These scissor sharpener is a must have for any craft room. I use mine all the time!
And your Lion Layered Mandala is done. Enjoy!
Fun Facts About Lions
- Lions are the only cats that live in groups.
- A group, or pride, can be up to 30 lions, depending on how much food and water is available.
- Female lions are the main hunters. While they’re out looking for food, the males guard the pride’s territory and their young.
- A lion’s roar can be heard up to eight kilometres away.
- Lions scent mark their territory, using their wee, to create a border.