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Saturday, 7 April 2012
The Thinker
Topic: 3D paperwork

I made up this little 3D image at least a year ago and kept setting it aside over and over. I finally decided to MAKE myself use it.

I first cut it out using a scalloped die and in the process flattened all the self-stick pearls I had placed on it. Now they are little colored disks, but it will mail better (LOL). I used fine line marker to doodle the scallops as they did not stand out enough from the background.

Speaking of the background, this is make up of strips of table scraps.

I stamped the greeting onto the background and used a soft golden folded card base.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 6 April 2012
Vision Check?
Topic: Supplies

In a recently recieved gift package I got a card 'kit'. There were 5 envelopes, 4 folded white cards and 3 cello packets of silver, white and pink snippets. I pulled some light pink checked paper from another packet and - for one card - also added some burgundy table scraps. I came up with 4 cards but they are very sparse on the decor and, due to the coloring of the elements, really freaked out the camera. It was like taking pictures of a white rabbit eating cotton balls in a snow bank.

If you can manage to see any detail on these, consider yourself fortunate!

This uses the pink background paper, a square of white cardstock (part of the packaging), a square of pink non-woven mesh, a square of vellum, a mother-of-pearl heart charm, a white bow (not part of the kit), a silver paper imprinted 'thinking of you', and a single heart rhinestone.

This card was turned on its side and border punched throught the front layer. It uses the pink background paper, a square of white cardstock (part of the packaging), a square of pink non-woven mesh, a square of vellum, a mother-of-pearl circle charm, a strip of silver cardstock, a silver paper imprinted 'thinking of you', and three heart rhinestones.

I went back to the original orientation for the rest. This uses the pink background paper, a square of white cardstock (part of the packaging), a square of pink non-woven mesh, a mother-of-pearl heart charm, a silver paper imprinted 'thinking of you', three heart rhinestones, and a couple of strips of silver peel-off borders (not part of the kit).

Running short on the provided bits I added some burgundy dotted cardstock for more impact. To this I added the pink background paper, a mother-of-pearl circle charm, two strips of silver cardstock, a silver paper imprinted 'thinking of you', three heart rhinestones, and a diecut burgundy heart (not part of the kit).

I guess it is OK that the 5th folded card was not in the kit as I only have a single pink rhinestone heart to decorate it with. THAT would be understated!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Purple Is the Color Of Love
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Like yesterday, I used an illustration from the clipart section of my bargain book. This time it is the frilly heart. You've seen this one before as there was a whole page of them in a couple of sizes. The colors shown are so far off as to be laughable. The only thing that appears really correct is the love heart and the flowers in the basket. The embossed background matches these exactly in real life! The frilly heart is printed in pink and yellow rather than the orange and green it looks like.

These were all left-over pieces except for the flower basket 3D sticker which was a gift I received from an online friend. I added the ribbon snippet to the basket and to the tag to tie the elements together.

No sentiment - I let the embossing and the heart say it all.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Elephant Says Hello
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I'm still finding little illustrations I got from the clipart section of a book from Goodwill. This little 'ark' and elephant were cut away from blocks in one picture.

I pulled out a mix of table scraps for making a striped background and connected all the pieces with faux stitching using a Sharpie pen. I layered a couple of punched border strips and then created a black diamond for the ark background.

The card did not have any blue to match the elephant so I found a scrap to stamp the greeting. I backed it with black like the ark and added 'stitching' to it as well.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Friendship Row
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I used all sorts of table scraps and an illustration from the page-a-day scrapbooking calendar to put together a little collage card.

The row of birdhouses is the main feture of this card and I tore two edges to border the top and bottom of it. This is layered over a circle-dotted paper on which I added a strip of text-printed scrapbook paper. The clouds are stamped from one of the Hero Arts sets onto printed paper and cut out. 

Because of the lines created by stamping the clouds I thought it needed more lines so I added faux stitching around all the torn edges.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 2 April 2012
Owl Always Love You
Topic: Dry Embossing

I started with a dry embossed page and used a craft knife to cut away the plain background. I backed this with a pink and green hand-marbled paper and placed both on a green folded card base.

I used large letter stickers and little tag letter rubons to create the text.

OK, it's a bit corny but I kinda like it.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 1 April 2012
All the Pretty Tags
Topic: Multi-Technique

The commonality between all of this batch of cards is that they use printed decorative tags as their focal feature.

For the first I pulled out a background I've had for a long time - a glossy cardstock stmped with Versamark and brayered with multiple colors. I tore some printed scrapbook paper for the left edge and then added a matching tag to the right side. On top of this I layered a square 'sample' from the packaging of some scrapbook paper (save everything!). Then I placed a cameo from a jewelry catalog as a feature. Multiple stampings of text from one of the Hero Arts sets and a ribbon are the finishing touch.

For this next one I started with an embossed white background and carefully colored in the raised elements with markers. I backed it with a green mat and added the same mat to the chosen tag. On the tag I stamped with oen of the Hero Arts stamps from the OWH sets and added the stamped solid hearts. When they did NOT stamp solidly I filled in with markers and it gives them a 3D look. Cool! I stamped the 'love text' heart on blue scrapbook paper and layered it over a white mat. This is popped up on foam tape.

I love this little bear I cut from the clip-art section of an arts book. The only disappointing thing is the face is so dark and then they did not color the hands so the head really stands out a bit too much. Oh well, it is what it is. I chose a lacy tag to back it and then used a razor blade to scrape some of the edges to remove printing and give it a shabby-chic feel. For the background I pulled out a patchy pastel with overall text script. The Hero Arts stamp set had this cute house and I used it to stamp over the whole background. The text and hearts on the banner are from the set as well.

This one has a totally different look. Dark tones are the main difference and bandinge every element i black is a part of this. I chose a couple of butterflies in different materials (one tatted and one punched) and different colors. The yellow is then echoed in the text banner and base card. The white is echoed in the heart border. Then I echoed the pink heart with the tag ribbon and glitter inside the white butterfly. The stamp set used for this one is NOT the Hero Arts.

4 tags - 4 looks.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 31 March 2012
Background Check
Topic: Backgrounds

Challenge: Use a scoring tool to make a background with the scoring as the focus.

I started with a scrapbook paper with a large diamond tone on tome print. By scoring all the intersections as well as halfway between each of them I created a small diamond that now looks like argyle! I had enough to make three cards from this sheet.

First I added a scalloped border to the bottom and a tag to the center. The tag was stamped with a combination of stamps. I got the jeans illustration from a tag on the new pair I bought. The tag had a button printed on it so I took a cardstock one, tied twine through the holes and popped it up on foam tape. One rounded corner makes it even more casual.

For the second card I started with the same card base, background, and tag. I added an illustration from a page-a-day calendar and a scrap of polished stone background paper with a stamped text. This stamp is from one of the three new Hero Arts sets in cooperation with Operation Write Home. I just picked up all three sets. To create a more casual feel I added faux stitching lines around all the elements.

With two smaller pieces of the argyle paper left I used it to create bands at the top and bottom of this card. I started with a dark blue card base and added a greenish leafy print paper. Over this I added the bands of argyle and a center band of polished stone paper. Each of these was thinly banded. Two scalloped borders of dark blue frame a strip of felt diecut hearts. I added one rhinestone to the strip of hearts and on the lower right is another stampr from the Hero Arts set.

I am loving having all these challenges from the groups I belong to - it gives me a great starting point when I sit down to create.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 30 March 2012
Get Out Your Sunglasses
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Color Challenge: Yellow and Orange


I used two tones of orange and one of yellow to stitch on yellow cardstock. This was layered on two tones of orange cardstock and added an orange punched dragonfly with orange Stickles on him.

The text is gold peel-off stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Spread Your Wings Again
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I last did this butterfly in multi-colors as designed. This time I decided to just use two colors in keeping with the assigned theme - Spring.

I stitched onto pink printed cardstock and cut with a Nestability die. Under this is a yellow layer covered with printed tissue and the base card has a strip of tissue tape at the top and bottom. The butterflies on the tissue tape are tinted with Copic markers to match the pink, yellow, blue theme.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
A Little Birdie Told Me
Topic: Collage

With lots of those bird images left I did some matching up with various table scraps and die cuts then added a mix of embellishments to come up with several cards that are quite different from one another.

First is a selection with which the starting element was the frame left in white cardstock after having diecut scalloped oval. These had all been sprayed with a shimmer mist. This first card uses a couple of birds with a lot of purple in their coloring. I backed the aperture with a bit of floral printed tissue paper, tied the base with a ribbon, rounded the corners, and mounted the birds. A lavender card base and letter stickers finish this one.

Another simple treatment uses a single bird and lots of swirls. The swirl background paper is placed behind the aperture and diecut swirls mounted over it. I placed tissue tape across the bottom and used Copic marker to lightly tint it and the bit of card below it. Another diecut swirl was added for the bird to stand upon and dark blue marker stitches drawn around the aperture and the panel outline.

For the next card I cut the aperture cardstock down quite a bit so other papers could be seen around the outside. The yellow layer is the back of a printed index card, the pink layer is leftovers of a paste paper, and the center blue layer is leftovers of a cardstock sprayed with Glimmer Mists. More scraps (background from a cardstock used to clean the brayer) were cut into long triangle strips to serve as branches for the birds.

This next one also uses a cut down aperture, this time with rounded corners. I laid some music printed tissue on the folded card base. More paste paper scraps are used at the base of the aperture (the pink and the woodgrain). Then the pink is repeated in strips at the top and bottom of the card. The bottom strip serves as a backdrop to the text sticker. All this pink is to echo the bird colors and provide balance.

Finally, I used some of the music printed tissue to cover the aperture cardstock and cut the aperture back out of it. Behind this I placed some 'polished stone' cardstock. The bottom is banded with layered tissue tapes and I added two diecut swirl elements and a bit of tied twine. This bird has subtle coloring but the red background and blue base cardstock pick out elements of its palette.

Then I made three cards using a variety of branches for bird perches. The simplest branch is just a single long triangle. I used this for the card using a background of printed glossy cardstock with some torn music over one corner. A printed tag serves as a backdrop tying the birds together and I stamped the text.

By adding two more long triangles to each branch you get little twigs. I did this on a background created with wome of the paste paper scrap overlaid by a diecut scrapbook paper. I used a scrap of the diecut paper in the upper corner and stamped a greeting.

The last set of branches were free-hand cut and laid over a background of leafy scrapbook paper and a marbled paper. This is so simple that I added some gold peel-off corners and stamped partly onto one of the birds.

For the next card I went super-simple by using a plain white background embossed with birthday greetings. I tore a piece of green scrapbook paper for a grassy knoll and tied these onto a brown cardstock with a bit of twine. The coral base card echoes the color of the bird.

I had several diecuts on the table and layered them creatively on a blue card base to pick up the colors in the birds. The text is stamped. Simple and elegant.

And, last, is a mix of stuff I had pulled out when I started the series and hadn't used yet. All are table scraps and I just layered for the best effect.

Yep - all these cards in one sitting. And I'm all done with the birds!














Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Four The Birds
Topic: Multi-Technique

A long time ago on a blog far-far away I collected some free pages of hand-painted birds and printed them out for later use. Later finally came.

I cut out the individual birds and matched them up based upon their coloring. First up were two that had a base rose coloring. I pulled out a background I had created by spraying doilies with Glimmer Mists. I had laid them on the same spot on cardstock to spray them with different colors. Rather than treat it as scrap I saved it to use. Glad I did. For the birds to stand upon I tore a piece of green patterned paper and created a branch of it. One strip of tissue tape and a few silver peel-off stickers bring it all together.

Next I used a little blue-colored bird. I echoed the black in the bird with black bordering on the other elements. The background for this one is from a commercial thank-you note I had received. Love the coloring of this. The center oval is from table scraps and I used a Nestability die to cut the scalloped backing for it. This is all raised up on foam tape and I added a black peel-off sentiment.

Finally, I had two of these golden birds. I treated them essentially the same with lavender card bases, embossed backgrounds, a printed tag, and diecut hearts. This first one only had a bit of ribbon and a rubon text.

The final one got a table scrap diecut popped up on foam with a rubon text. Then I added torn tissue tape borders to the top and bottom.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 26 March 2012
Stand Up and Be Counted
Topic: Fantastic Folds

Now that I got a taste of the Funky Fold (center step) format I really like working with it. So I used some table scraps and feature elements to whip together a couple more.

First up is this adorable bunny from a scrapbook page-a-day calendar. I used an embossed background that is 'numbers' but by exposing only a bit of it it becomes an abstract design. The original borders of the page were cut and used as borders on the outer sections. Added to that on the lavender base are a bit of frilly diecut border and a cardstock text sticker.

Then I took a selection of super-bright elements and combined them for an eye-popping production. It started with the heart from the old stamp catalog colored up with watercolor markers. The black and white stripe came next followed by the pink border. Everything else just leaped on board! I'm not sure if I created this or it created itself.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Fancy Fingers 2
Topic: Other Projects

And then there are those fingernails again...

I ran across a website on different techniques for doing manicures and was fascinated by the 'sponging' way of blending different polishes to create an airbrushed effect.

I tried this using a solid dark pink base, a light pink and a candy-apple red blended toward the center, and a silver glitter and a gold glitter blended toward the center.

These have soo much more movement and depth of color in real life that is difficult to capture in a still photo.

I will definately use this technique again.








Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Vintage Vision
Topic: Collage

The assignment was to make a card with a vintage look. This is something I am not too good at doing and it always comes off looking like the elements were tossed on the table and stuck wherever they landed.

For my vintage collage I used some printed papers, cardstock stickers, rubons, lace, paper flowers, rhinestones, and a clear text sticker.

So there you go. Assignment complete. Done. Fini!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 23 March 2012
Funky Fold
Topic: Fantastic Folds

Some groups call this a center-step card but I have another style that I have refered to by that name. So when another group called it a Funky Fold I was good with that! I had never made one from this design.

I used table scraps to decorate the front panel with black dotted paper, a color-me tag and a colored heart from the stamp catalog. A diecut border piece I got in a swap fit the bottom perfectly and a couple of narrow strips finished off the sides.

Silver peel-off stickers are great! You can color them with alcohol markers while they are still on the sheet so they match your project. I made mine green.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Easter Egg Basket
Topic: Scrap Recovery

The central image on this card is from a scrapbooking page-a-day calendar. I trimmed it down, rounded the corners and added a doodle line around it. I had the dotted pink base card in the table scraps and pulled out several spring print papers to create a striped background.

After layering the background I used the marker to 'stitch' the papers down or together so they look like a pieced fabric panel.

The text is made up of stickers that are cut like little postage stamp shapes. The pastel colors of them suited perfectly. Due to the unevenness of the top wordI cut a single egg from one of the background papers for that space.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Nautical Guy
Topic: Collage

For a challenge we were to create a masculine card with a nautical theme. I happened to have cut out this sailboat from a book of clip art and used that as the jumping-off point.

I selected some of the shaving cream background for the watery look and cut a wavy slit to tuck the boat hull down into. In my batch of printed tags I found this postcard printed one and used ink colors found in the boat image to stamp clocks, maps and a compass onto it. I also stamped the text greeting.

I punched a scalloped edge on the bottom and knotted some scappers floss around the base of the panel before attaching to a teal-blue card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Use These Colors
Topic: Color Challenge

We were challenged to use Blue and Tan on a card. I found a beautiful blue cameo in a jewelry catalog and a printed tag using the same color range of blue.

Blues are hard to match up as they can go toward the gray, the red, the green, or the pastels. I was fortunate to find blues and tans in the table scraps that worked perfectly well and a folded card base that was great, too. These were layered in strips as a base for the tag, to which I applied blue distress ink  before mounting.

The tag also got a snippet of ribbon through the hole and two clear text stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 19 March 2012
Beachy Keen
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Assignment for this card was to make a 'thinking of you' card with a beachy theme.

Table scraps and parts & starts yeilded up: a silver shimmery 'color me' paper with swirls, a purple doily from the recent doily challenge, a purple cardstock strip with a diecut scalloped hole in one end, and a calendar page with a picture of a beachside setting. Not much work to round off the purple cut panel to the shape of the aperture, round the corners of the card and layer all these elements together.

I just added a round 'thinking of you' sticker to echo the silver background paper and a couple of blue wavy border stickers to reflect the blue in the photo and evoke the waves.

Wham! Done in record time.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT

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