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In & Out of Studio 3D
Monday, 22 October 2007
Fly Away
Now Playing: stitching a frame for focus
Topic: New Work

Sometimes the stitching on a card is not meant to be the focus, but an enhancement of some other feature. I don't do very many of these.

However, in my files I found this geometric frame created by Regina from Brazil. I stitched it on a square card (also not a common thing for me) and chose a printed diecut of a butterfly to be the central theme.


I used two butterflies on top of one another on each card. The lower one is mounted flat to the card. The upper one has the wings bent up at the body and they are held in that position using silicon.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 21 October 2007
Kitty Bling
Now Playing: using up the scraps
Topic: Some Backlog

Here's another card I made using a jewelry catalog illustration. With great lighting their photograph makes this piece look very 3-dimensional. I did the embossing using Fiskars Shape-Boss.


Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Going in Circles
Now Playing: just stringing you along
Topic: New Work

As a swap assignment I had to make a beaded spirelli card. This is NOT my favorite technique to do but I perservered and this is the card I came up with.

 I used some of the flat metallic Sulky for the winding and mounted the circles with separation between to make it dimensional. The center is a clear leaf sticker while those on the card are printed die-cut.

Fabric text stickers finish off the top and bottom.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 19 October 2007
So Faux, So Good
Now Playing: two polymer clay resources
Topic: Books

I recently picked up two books on polymer clay, both of which teach faux techniques.

The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects (Watson-Guptill, 2007, ISBN 0823103626) by Donna Kato uses transfers, stamps, stencils, ink, paint, and more to treat the surface of polymer clay projects. In doing so she manages to mimic other mediums such as carved wood, metals, and fabulous stones.

Irene Dean' Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay (Lark, 2005, ISBN 1579907512) creates the look of marble, scrimshaw, mother of pearl, malachite, leather, cork, pewter, and many precious stones.

These two books teach totally different styles but the results of either will be stunning.

Ddd stucio3d@ccwebster.net


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Tough as Leather
Now Playing: distressing ink makes a manly card
Topic: New Work

This card started with a piece of cream paper which I wrinkled up and smoothed while leaving ridges on the surface. I used Ranger Industries distressing ink pad and brushed it over the raised ridges. Then a spritz with water makes the ink run and finally it is ironed to dry and flatten it.

I had a neat magazine clipping of the books and globes that I added along with a text sticker at the bottom. The side edges are trimmed out with silver peel-offs and a greeting with silver peel-off at the top.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Bordering on Beautiful
Now Playing: getting framed
Topic: New Work

This card has already been shown on one of my groups because it was for a challenge. We were assigned to make a card using a frame.

The border on this card is from a scrapbook sheet that is printed with nested frames in coordinated patterns. I used it for showcasing a 3D cutting of a teaset.

A bit of scrapbook paper with a lace print was used on the bottom portion to serve as a 'tablecloth' for the teaset to rest upon.

The text block is a scripture on a vellum sticker.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

 


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

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