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In & Out of Studio 3D
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Get Out Your Party Dress
Topic: Die Cuts

Some time ago I made a bunch of these little dresses by cutting Vs out of the sides of diecut scalloped circles. They were originally designed to be strapless but I think adding loops of ribbon makes them even cuter. I also used a strip of the same ribbon for a waistband. I used floral wire to construct the little hanger.

For background I selected a printed tag and then found papers that copied some of the same elements. I aligned one edge of the blue dot paper with a line in the tag and adhered the little dress at an angle.

I added a line of silver peel-off zig-zag border to the bottom and top edges of the dress and then applied a silver peel-off greeting.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 28 July 2012
A Passing Glance
Topic: Stamping

Wh, here I am with another 'kit' card. I wanted to use a collage stamped piece that was a make-and-take from a stamp show I went to several years ago. I love the range of colors in this and the use of masking paper strips to create the grid for stamping.

I used a lavender card base and a printed teal background paper to pull colors from the stamped piece. A yellow punched border is in keeping with the overall pallette and I bordered the stamped purple heart with teal before mounting on foam tape.

Very, very simple - oh, so classy!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 27 July 2012
View From On High
Topic: Paper Embroidery

With an assignment for 'the great outdoors' I took to the skies with my hot air balloon pattern. The background paper selected was so expressive that I went with pastel versions of my standard hot air balloon colors. I think it looks very 'French' in this combination of thread colors and background.

I stamped clouds on decorative papers, trimmed them out and popped them up on foam tape over the edges of the balloon. Then I added some gold peel-off tree-tops to the bottom edge to set the scene.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Dear Little Deer
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I have an assignment coming up to stitch a card with a favorite animal. That was easy! We have plack-tail deer on our property and are delighted when the does drop their fawns in the back yard. This year we have two single babies and a set of twins. We've been enjoying watching the pair play together - jumping, playing tag and hide-and-seek.

I found this pattern in the paper embroidery book I own and had to stitch it upin honor of our local babies. I colored the spots black as the instructions specified but, in reality, our fawns have white spots.

I also added more grass than the pattern contained, but it was needed. A little butterfly gold peel-off is perched on the fawn's nose.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Rising Star
Topic: Stamping

For some project a long time ago I stamped out a bunch of these phoenix on kraft cardstock from my hand-carved stamp. I don't even remember what I was going to make with them!

I pulled out a black and white paper to use but the white was too stark so I toned it with 'old paper' distress ink. So the layers are black folded card base, cream cardstock, toned black and cream patterned paper, stamped image. I also pulled out a variety of die-cut swirl in different neutral tones. Since I had multiples of the image I used a star punch on one and inked the edges in black to make it stand out. This is popped up on foam over the main image.

No sentiment for this one.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Frilly Heart
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I had one of these frilly heart prints left from the scrapbooking book with pages of images to use. I trimmed it out close around and combined with a tag, sentiment and background using colors pulled from the image.

I rounded the corners to unify the elements.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 23 July 2012
Orange You Glad I Showed You This?
Topic: Stamping

This little 'onesie' is another image that I stamped a long time ago for another project and then didn't use it. It is stamped on patterned paper so no coloring was needed. I did, however,do some shading in the leg holes and neckline for dimension.

I just selected a bunch of masculine-looking papers for a fun mix and added a pre-stamped sentiment.

As a finishing touch, I used blue marker to make faux-stitching on two sides of the sentiment block.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Potted Plant
Topic: Scrap Recovery

From the old stamp catalog I colored up all the elements of a little garden set and cut them all. Then I arranged them into a little vignette on a tag for this card front. Some bright striped paper and a brown cardstock complete the scene and I added some 3D elements to the upper left for balance.

The sentiment is a gold peel-off.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Hearts A Plenty
Topic: Stamping

I decided to work from the 'kits' I put together the other day and pulled out a bunch of them that use the stamped 'Love' heart image.

This one uses a variety of patterned papers. I unified them by using a gold metallic paint marker toadd a band to all of them. Two have rounded corners as well.

I had this 'postcard' tag  and decided to make the love heart the message. For the address portion I stamped 'hello handsome' in 'old paper' distress ink so it was a subtle image. I chose papers for the background that were more masculine.

I gave this heart some holographic pink brackets as 'wings'. A green card base coordinates with the green flourish tag and I added pink floral paper and a pink ribbon in the tag to go with the heart.

Some of the clock print was paired with a lined tag and a green heart. There was not enough contrast so I banded all the elements with dark green. A very tiny green houndstooth print is featured in the background.

All the colors of this card are keyed off the tag I selected. This gave me a pink, burgundy, and a seafoam green to work with. For a little interest I added a single white heart brad to replace the 'O' in one of the words.

These went together really quickly since I already had all the elements selected.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 20 July 2012
Dreaming Mouse
Topic: Stamping

I just can't stop using this cute stamp! I had colored this one up and set it aside. But when I ran across this page from the scrapbooking page-a-day calendar I thought how fun it would be to feature him laying in the flowers. I used a bit of wiggly green trim to stand in for the grass and made a sun by punching a circle from yellow cardstock. I had lots of clouds stamped out on white card with raised dots so I trimmed out three of them to mount on the card.

I stamped the text on the sun and added dashed rays around it. Some fun, huh?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Blue on Blue
Topic: 3D paperwork

I used up more of the blue Hobby Dots as designed. This one makes a round frame which I had pricked out on a pink cardstock with doily print. I filled it with a dark blue floral 3D image and added a dark blue double-loop satin bow to the bottom. This is backed with a dark blue folded card base.

This is also a 5 x 6.5 card, like yesterday's.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
As Designed
Topic: 3D paperwork

The blue sheet of Hobby Dots is actually the one the book is designed for. So I tried a pattern using the dots as they were meant to be used. This one is two side borders and I filled the center with a frame-style foil 3D image. I love the effect of these. For the base card I used a brushed gold metallic so it would fit with the foil 3D.

I added a shimmery gold ribbon at the bottom and a prestamped sentiment at the top. The pattern makes a larger card than most I make but I trimmed it to fit envelopes I keep on hand. It is 5 x 6.5 inches.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Hobby Dot to Dot
Topic: 3D paperwork

I had another run at doing a project from the Hobby Dots book my friend gave me. This, again, had to be done with a different page of dot shapes than those the pattern was designed for. I had a sheet of metallic finish pink shapes and I had already pricked out the design on pink... voila! Then I added some from the red sheet and went looking for a 3D element that would go along with these colors.

Only one really worked which made the 'decision' easy. I chose a dotted green cardstock to fill the other half of the page, coordinating it with the green of the leaves.

Crazy camera ... there is much more pink in the left side and the shine on the rose is because of the glossy finish.

I used one of the pre-stamped sentiments and backed it with a thin pink border.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 16 July 2012
You Just Gotta Stick With It
Topic: Supplies

I thought I'd talk a bit about adhesives today. I realized that I had reached for three different products in the process of making one card and decided someone might benefit from knowing what choices I make for different parts of a process. So I wanted to share the products I have on hand and what I use them for. In some cases I am particular about the brand and in others I usedifferent brands of a similar product interchangeably.


Without a doubt the liquid I use most is Glossy Accents. I use it as tiny dots to glue paper to paper, as a thin coat to glue acrylic to paper, as a top coat to seal glitter or create a shiny surface, and as a fill for 3D effect.

I use Aleene's Tacky Glue for adhering FlowerSoft to accent pictures. It also works pretty well when gluing cardboard and wood objects.

Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue is also on hand. I think I got it to use with quilling but since I don't do quilling, I don't use this glue. Must be some other good use for it, though.

Also from the Aleene's line is Tack It Over & Over. I use this in a very thin coat on rubber unmounted stamps. This makes them cling to my acrylic blocks as well as to the CD cases I use to store them in. If it ever gets 'unsticky' it can easily be removed and reapplied.

For heavy-duty adhesion I really like Crafters Pick The Ultimate. This is a super thick white glue that grips like nobody's business and creates a bond quickly. I used it to glue a canvas cover to a scrapbook and it works like a dream.


No sense in picturing the standards: Scotch Magic Tape which I use mostly to stick down my threads when doing paper embroidery, Scotch Removeable Tape which I use for taping patterns and templates to my cardstock, and Scotch Double Stick Tape which I use occasionally for a variety of applications.

Mostly I use a 'snail' refillable tape runner for layering papers and cardstock on cards. I don't know what brand this is, I just buy 'the blue one' when I need refills! I have had other brands that did not have the staying power of this one.

I bought an ATG gun on deep discount but picked up the wrong rolls of tape for it. So I haven't used the gun but I have used the tape right off the rolls. It is some powerful stuff.

I use Scor-Tape when I want a dry adhesive that has gorilla-strength. I used this for adhering the papers to the wooden lighthouses and the cardstock would shred long before you could get the adhesive to let go.

I have some vellum tape that is 'supposed' to not show under vellum and parchment. I am not impressed. You can still see it.


I also have some Sticky Dot Tape for the same uses. It is some better for vellum and parchment but I don't find it to adhere as well.


Not Pictured: Clear Silicone  Kitchen and Bath Adhesive. This is used in little dabs (applied with a toothpick) to separate the layers of 3D images.

Foam squares are used for layering elements on cards, for making 3D pictures and for making focal pieces 'pop'. They come in varying thicknesses. Some are even round instead of square. The round ones waste so much product! I find they are all acceptable but preference goes to ones where the liner comes off easily, the foam is not as thick so layering does not raise your card to absurd heights, and ones that can be cut with scissors to make smaller pieces. There are some good ones that are about 1/4 inch square and 1/16 thick. Many of these have some from swaps or as gifts and they just keep getting put to the back of the supplies.

This is my REAL preference - 3M Foam Tape on a roll. It is thinner than many squares and can be esaily cut to whatever size needed. For a sentiment I can even just cut a strip of it.


I use two products interchangeably and have no problems with either. Zots is one brand and Glue Dots is the other. I get them in 1/2 inch, 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch and 1/2 inch that is thick for 3D.


Quickit Glue Pen is a new-to-me adhesive. It rolls off the pen like a gel roller ball so you can put the glue right where you need it. Unfortunately it takes some time to dry so you have to hold it in place to keep it from popping off. Goes on blue and dries clear so you can see where you are putting it.

For a spray adhesive (when I need one) I prefer 3M Super 77. It does not come undone like other brands I have tried. WARNING: Despite what you see on TV craft and decorating shows you don't want to just spray this willy-nilly. It gets on everything and is a bear to clean up. Use a spray box to contain overspray, mask anything that it might get on where you don't want it and use sparingly - it stinks!

I have some sheet adhesive with a red liner front and back. This is great when you need super-grip with a strange shape. You can trim it to whatever shape you need and peel the liner to adhere it. It also comes in rolls in varying widths but I am all out of those.

And finally, the Xyron. I only have the one size although they have larger and smaller ones, down to sticker size. Mine will do a card front and that is big enough for me. I find this is my pest option for sticking down parchment or vellum as the adhesive goes over the whole thing so there are no lines or dots to show.

Ha! I almost forgot my glue gun. I have hot glue and cooler glue, large gun and mini. I mostly use the cooler mini. Actually, I mostly don't use my glue gun!

So there you have it. I can stick most anything to most anything else and be pretty sure of a secure hold.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Thank You, Two
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I've had a bunch of little bits-o-things laying around the studio waiting for me to get around to doing something with them. Some are from a page-a-day scrapbook calendar, some from the big stamp catalog, a few are stamped images, some jewelry pictures from a catalog, there are some die-cuts, etc. So I sat down and did all the trimming on all of them to make them ready for use. Then I found matching elements for them, usually a printed tag, and added matching printed cardstock from the table scraps bin. I found a piece of card base for each of them, folded these and tucked all the parts inside. Now I have a big stack of 'kits' to work on.

Once I got these kits set up I pulled out a couple of them and started cutting parts and assembling. 

For this one the element was the heart from the stamp catalog, colored with watercolor markers. The printed tag was backed with black to separate it from the background featuring three strips of paper. I added a ribbon snippet to the tag and pulled a pre-stamped sentiment to cut as a banner. It is popped up on foam tape.

For this one I started with the pie - a cut out image from the scrapbooking page-a-day calendar. I had the die-cut border in the 'use this soon' bin and backed it with a patterned block and a strip before mounting on a blue background with bitty stars. The sentiment is, again, from the pre-stamped bin and I added a single brad to repeat the image of the cherries on top of the pie.

Off to use up more of the 'kits'.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Jungle Wishes
Topic: Backgrounds

Finally, the end of the waxed paper backgrounds started way back when. This one is another of the brick patterns, mostly hidden by the other elements, though.

I added black-banded strips of dark red-brown and a green print. I pulled tones from these as well as the brick to color up the jungle image from the bargain stamp catalog. The Distress Markers worked great for this. Rounded corners softens the image and makes it fit better with the 'tag' element which came in the form shown. The image is popped up on foam tape.

The tag says "Wishes are the magic in our hearts that cause beautiful things to happen. --Flavius". In keeping with this theme I added "Best Wishes" to the card bottom using gold peel-off stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 13 July 2012
Billowing Sails
Topic: Backgrounds

Although not much of it shows, I started this card to feature the waxed paper background with woodgrain. Then I chose the three background strips. Thr dark red and the green both match stripes found in the center strip.

I pulled out my new Distress Markers and selected colors that were found in the other elements to color the ship (which was stamped and sent to me by a friend). I rounded the corners with a punch and used 'old paper' Distress Ink to tone the edges. Then I mounted it on a burgundy background and rounded those corners as well.

One of the pre-stamped sentiments was trimmed down and backed with burgundy before placement. Then I popped up the ship on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Candied Poinsettia
Topic: Paper Embroidery

My friend who visited from The Netherlands brought me two spools of thread for paper embroidery. I decided to use both on this card and it looks like the poinsettia is made of spun sugar.

The flower portion is a verigated thread from white to burgundy in short repeats. For the leaves I used the thread that is made up of multiple pastels in yellow, green, blue and pink. I used a solid burgundy to stitch the greeting.

I mounted this on a burgundy card base and trimmed it with a scalloped gold peel-off sticker strip. Then I added Liquid Pearls dots in the flower center.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
We Three Trees
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I've stitched this set of trees up several time and I like it every time. I decided to place them on a patterned background this time and that required stitching with dark threads. I first stitched the stars  with a deep yellow and found they did not show up so I touched their threads with red marker which turned them into orange stars.

I used liquid pearls to make snowcaps on the branches and the ground (hard to see in the photo).

I hand-lettered the text on the background, using the pattern like a grid.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Butterfly Kisses
Topic: Backgrounds

When I needed to make a background for round one of a serial swap card I fell back on the waxed paper technique. This time I worked directly on the surface of the folded card base. As each pressing creates two pieces I got to keep one for myself. This is what I used for today's card.

I inked it up with Mustard Seed distress ink. This rich yellow needed strong colors so I added a bold stripe and a block of patterned walnut brown. I rounded the corners to take the harsh edge off of all this color.

The little mouse sleeping in the tulip was trimmed close so he would fit with the background but not disappear. 

When I decided on the sentiment stamp the card called out for the adding of 'friends' so I chose three clear butterfly stickers with one resting on the mouse's nose.

How sweet.



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

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