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In & Out of Studio 3D
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
I'm Falling for Autumn
Now Playing: some 'on the road' stitching stickers
Topic: New Work

A gift of stitching stickers led to this card. I first stuck each to a colored cardstock and stitched with a single strand of regular embroidery floss. Each was then cut out and I mounted on a card covered with a leaf-print scrapbook paper. The mounting was done using silicone to allow for the depth of the stitched stickers.

A fabric text sticker with the definition of autumn is the finishing touch for this card.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 15 October 2007
The Magic is Back
Now Playing: such a neat technique
Topic: New Work

I am intrigued by the results of a magic card. Even ones I make myself are fascinating to manipulate - making the image become colorized then black-line only - over and over again.

This is the version that I created today for an assignment.

 

 

I was only required to make a single card, but had all the parts so made up three altogether while I was at it. 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Emboss and Stitch
Now Playing: my new stencil
Topic: New Work

I got a new stencil from a friend that allows for embossing as well as stitching. It is a very free-flowing design.

Now, the problem is I chose a cardstock that was too thick to see through on the lightbox so I had to 'feel around' for the indentations and got discouraged partway through. This is only about 2/5 of the whole stencil.

Next time I'll test the card before I start!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Peel and Stick
Now Playing: stickers are my friend
Topic: New Work

Isn't this a beautiful dollar store sticker? I've used another of my gift Cuttlebug backgrounds.

The embossed circles reminded me of snowflakes.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 12 October 2007
More Stolen Elements
Now Playing: don't throw away received greetings
Topic: New Work

I stitched up another of these floral wreaths, this time in purple. Then I received a commercail card from a friend and stole the Thank You 3D letters from it. I mounted them in 3D on my card and now it is ready to go.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Stamp, Color, Create
Now Playing: for the birds
Topic: New Work

This is another of the black and white stamped images sent to me by a friend. I colored these little birdhouses with watercolor markers.

I mounted on really bright cardstocks to keep up the cheeriness of the image. Too much camera flash on the vinyl sticker prevents you from seeing that it says 'Laughter'.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Hardware Store Finds
Now Playing: more scrappy crafting
Topic: New Work

I truly can't remember where I found this great illustration but I found a paint strip that perfectly enhanced the colors.


One little sticker says it all.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Teddy Tea Party
Now Playing: love the Cuttlebug
Topic: New Work

This is another of the Cuttlebug background shared with me by an online friend. I found this great teddy on a sheet of stickers from the dollar store.

I gave him the tea set and he is set to have a party.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 8 October 2007
Christmas Poinsettia
Now Playing: combining favorite elements
Topic: New Work

Lately it seems that I am stuck on doing 3D cards! Have you noticed?

I really like this poinsettia illustration and found some vellum in my stash printed with white diamonds. I laid this over some scrapbook paper of sheet music.

The finishing touch is the gold peel-off greeting.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 7 October 2007
Stolen Image
Now Playing: when you find something you like
Topic: New Work

I got a notecard from someone a few years back. It was a shaped card and consisted of these stacked teacups. Well, I have been saving it for reuse and finally put it together.

I used scraps of striped scrapbook paper up the sides and a patterned paper up the middle. The text is a vellum sticker.

I got several of these sheets of vellum stickers at the dollar store.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 6 October 2007
Rhinestone Butterfly
Now Playing: enhancing the mundane
Topic: New Work

I really like to cull illustrations from good quality jewelery catalogs. Their photography is so crisp and the images enhance cards like nothing else.

The center square of this card is a paint sample of a Ralph Lauren paint . Into it is mounted the cloisonne butterfly from the catalog and enhanced it with self-stick rhinestones in green and gold - including a green teardrop for the body.

At the top and the bottom of the opalescent white card are irridescent rubons from the dollar store - made for use on blue jeans! 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 5 October 2007
Leftovers Challenge
Now Playing: bits and pieces from previous projects
Topic: New Work

On one of the groups I belong to we were given a challenge to make a card from leftovers from previous projects.

This card uses a scrap of printed sheer ribbon, a scrap of 1/8 inch satin ribbon, and a scrapbook paper. A leftover green tag with an illustration from a collage sheet is affixed and more ribbon used for a bow. The text is the final scrap from a sheet of vellum stickers. And finally the oval 3D sticker finishes it off.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 4 October 2007
On Edge
Now Playing: ...she said in a husking voice...
Topic: Some Backlog

Related to quilling, husking is a technique that creates images with strips of paper mounted on edge. The major difference is that quilling features rolling the paper into a coil and then shaping it.

Husking, on the other hand, uses a board with pins in it and the strip of paper is wound out around a far pin and back, then glued to the point of origination.

At our retreat in Pittsburgh, J'Lu taught us to do both quilling (which I do not like doing) and husking (which I do like doing).


The most frustrating thing is that it is difficult to find patterns for husking. I would like to find lots of patterns and do more husking.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Brass Stencil Embossing
Now Playing: when you don't find what you want
Topic: Some Backlog

Several years ago I took a jewelery and metalsmithing class - several times. One of the techniques we had to work on was called metal piercing. Essentially, this is sawing shapes out of sheet metal.

I chose to make some brass stencils of shapes and/or sizes that I could not find elsewhere. These two leaf stencils are about the size of a penny. The Japanese character for happiness is avout 2 inches tall.

I've not done any more stencil cutting since leaving the class but I now have the skills and the tools to do so if I wish.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Stretching it a Little More
Now Playing: from my scrap drawer
Topic: Some Backlog

This flower illustration was much more square but I wanted to fill a longer card. So I laid a matte over it and cut behind. This allowed me to move the right and the left sides outward creating an elongated illustration.

The jeweled hummingbird is a jewelry catalog illustration that I cut out for use.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 1 October 2007
Reading Recommendation
Now Playing: rubber stamping resource for cards
Topic: Books

Today I would like to review for you a book on making rubber stamped cards. This 2006 publication by North Light Books uses 52 different stamps - all of which could be easily substituted by those in your own collection. The stamp styles are generally line drawings by Hero Arts stamp company.

Click to enlarge

Simply Cards by Sally Traidman (ISBN 1581806744) presents two projects for each of the stamps, each resulting in completely different styled cards. I found not a single bad idea in this 128 page volume.

Highly Recommended!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 30 September 2007
Paper Draper
Now Playing: unexpected background
Topic: New Work

For this card I first started with making the 3D element of the pillows and jar of buttons. But however I tried to mount it on a card looked boring or contrived. I had a print of a quilt from a catalog ad but it was printed as a full, flatt, spread out quilt.

After trimming to the edges of the quilt I applied dry-line runner along all the edges and 'gathered' here and there to make it look like it was draped over the top edge of the card. By smoothing out the folds and attaching them as needed to make it lie down, I thing I succeeded in turning it into a more realistic background.

Then I set the 3D illustration at the bottom. 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 29 September 2007
Two Little Buddies
Now Playing: more along the same thread
Topic: New Work

From our friends at Form-a-Lines come these adorable field mice. They are supposed to be on a stalk of wheat but I had already pricked them out on yellow so chose to give them a pink wildflower to perch on.

Background papers were selected to enchance the pink of the wildflower and both little guys have a black bead as an eye.

LOVE these, and they work up very quickly.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 28 September 2007
A True Original
Now Playing: my 3D sheet in use
Topic: New Work

I found a beautiful image of a hydrangea on the internet and made my own 3D cutting sheet using PhotoPaint. I worked it up and mounted it up on a beautiful deep pink and that over blue to complement the colors in the flower.

I finished it off with gold peel-off corners and a greeting.

 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 27 September 2007
MONEY, Money, money
Now Playing: spend a little less, get a little more
Topic: Web resources

If you are shopping for paper crafting and scrapbook supplies (and who isn't?) you will ALWAYS get a good deal at www.frugalities.com

Every day, when you open their page, you get a notice of the discount of the day. Everything on their website is discounted by that percentage for the whole day. Next day - different discount! On the day I am posting this their discount is 49%.

Once you get into the store you can shop by brand, by manufacturer, or by type of product.

Some Fun!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT

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