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In & Out of Studio 3D
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Starring Horses
Topic: Quilting

Way back when, my second quilt was from the Attic Windows pattern and featured fields of running horses. I had just a little of that fabric left over so I combined it with other scraps from quilts I have made and created a 46-inch square star quilt with sashing and cornerstones.

I had just enough to fussy cut four dark horse groups, four light horse groups, and one oddball block. Then I used the leftover scraps to cut the cornerstones featuring just horse heads.

I backed it with cream tone on tone and wrapped it to the front for binding. This will go to the hospital Passages program.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Cloud Cover
Topic: Backgrounds

I had a hard time deciding what topic label to put on this series. I went with a generic label as so many techniques were used.

First I used the clouds embossing folder on glossy cardstock and went over the whole thing with distress ink. When that was dry I used Picket Fence Distress Stain on the clouds only to lighten them. I tore a green patterned paper to create a grassy area and you might recognize those sheep and rainbow from a previous card. I added the vellum sun sticker this time and a clear text sticker on the ground.

Then I used the clouds folder to emboss some waxed paper and made some waxed paper backgrounds. I used Distress Ink to color it and then embossed the background. Finally, I used Picket Fence Distress Stain on the raised clouds. The torn ground is the setting for a clear nest sticker and a chipboard bird. The sky is filled with clear sticker text.

This one uses the reverse of the waxed paper background so embossing it makes the clouds indented. In trying to rework this I inked after using the white distress stain so they now are light blue. Ah well. I tore the ground and added peel-off stickers of an outline deer, backed with designer paper, and some trees. The text in the ground is a clear SRM sticker.

This started out the same size as the rest of them but I messed it up over and over and over and kept hacking away the ratty bits until this is all that was left! I had already added the peel-off deer and trees so I just framed it out and mounted it landscape on plain white cardstock. It was very plain so I added gold peel-off borders and corners. Much better, but the ground was so much larger that I went looking for a large text sticker. I actually used a combination of stickers to create the text.


Now I can get my head out of the clouds and go onto another project.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Poppy Field
Topic: Backgrounds

At a recent closeout sale I found several sheets of diecut 12 x 12 sheets. I cut them into quarters to use as backgrounds for cards. For this one I backed it with a green patterned paper and trimmed it to size before rounding the corners and mounting to a tan card base with rounded corners.

The text medallion is from a sticker sheet and includes the 3D butterfly.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 4 February 2013
Maroon Medallion
Topic: Paper Embroidery

One of the upcoming swap themes is to stitch a medallion. I chose a tone on tone houndstooth paper and stitched in maroon to keep it all in the same color family. I added an extremely fine maroon border as well.

The text strip is a clear sticker from an SRM sheet.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Dotty Corner
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Next challenge up was to paper embroidery a corner pattern. I decided to go graphic by stitching bright red and yellow on a black dotted background. I added a 3D rose in yellow foil.

I decided to leave off a greeting and not clutter this up.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Chinese New Year Kanji
Topic: Paper Embroidery

On assignment to make a card for Chinese New Year I REALLY wanted to stay away from the zodiac sign for 2013 so I used a Kanji 'good luck' pattern that I designed a few years back. I stitched it up in red on a metallic gold background and placed on a red folded card base.

I used gold peel-off stickers to add corners, borders and text.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 1 February 2013
Gracious Get Well
Topic: 3D paperwork

The card that started this whole 3D marathon was this one for the challenge ("make a card using 3D sheets"). This is another of the images that looks like a woodcut and includes the strip of lace with 'woven' ribbon. I placed this over a lattice background and added two butterflies from elsewhere on the 3D sheet.

The text is silver peel-off sticker.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Chocolate and Peppermint
Topic: 3D paperwork

We had a challenge to make a card with brown and pink. This is one of my personal favorite color combinations so I had fun with this challenge.

I used 3D roses from the same sheet as yesterday and placed it on a tone on tone brown dot cardstock ofer a pink folded card base.

The text is a silver peel-off script. I used a butterfly from a set of 3D stickers rather than from the 3D image sheets.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
A Bouquet of Thanks
Topic: 3D paperwork

Well, with these diecut 3D images that just get popped out (no cutting!) a complementary patterned background and a colored card base for framing these cards have really been coming together fast.

Today I selected a lacy diamond background in gray over a pink card base.

The butterfly was the only thing with a touch of blue so I used Copics to color a silver text peel-off before putting it on the card.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
An Elegant Thank You
Topic: 3D paperwork

I pulled out a second sheet of 3D images to work with. These are more photographic than the last ones. I built today's white roses on a patterned aqua background and mounted that on a yellow card base to match the butterfly image.

The text is a silver peel-off greeting that I colored with Copic marker (yellow) before adhering.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 28 January 2013
Congrats, Congrats, Congrats
Topic: 3D paperwork

This rose spray is from the same 3D sticker sheet as yesterday. they have a woodcut feel to them and look very old fashioned. I tried to reinforde that by using more of the cardstock sticker trim, this time on  apricot card base.

The text is diecut from irridescent cardstock that matches the sticker trim borders.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Topic: 3D paperwork

I pulled out some 3D sheets for a challenge and ended up making more than I needed to for fulfilling the assignment. So that gives me some shares for the next 6 days! Enjoy...

This one is built upon a diecut medallion in 3D. I used a clear sticker to place the text and added the butterfly from another part of the 3D sheet. The background is the front of the lavender folded card base. to this I added three rows of cardstock border trim.

I added some pink 'dew drop' stickers in the trim and also added a couple to the centers of the roses.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 26 January 2013
We've Been Framed
Topic: Techniques

As a follow-up to yesterday's introduction of the embossed tape technique, I promised to show the cards I made with the tape I created.

I used the red and gold tapes to frame out a sticker with red and yellow in it. I trimed around it and rounded the corners. I used a horizontal band of gold cardstock to pick up the gold in the embossing and cut a flag end on the right. A printed background of text (love) was layered with a red hexigon and a black/white chevron. Red and yellow layers around the frame and a gold peel-off greeting finish it up.

I used another of these little girl stickers for the second card, framing it with the green and silver tapes. I built a card base for it with yellow and green topped with black pinstripe and silver. The silver has a textured stripe on it. I cut a pre-stamped greeting strip with flag ends on both sides and curved it for interest. The center is popped up on foam but the ends are flush with the background. I echoed the flowers in the sticker with three white paper flowers and added yellow rhinestones to the centers.

With the use of metallics in the layering papers the metallic embossing really stands out.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 25 January 2013
Really Tacky Embossing
Topic: Techniques

The online class I am taking this month started out with a technique for embossing on double-stick tape. The tape and liner (I'm using Scor-Tape) are stuck down to a non-stick craft mat. A bit of the liner is peeled up and embossing powder is sprinkled on the exposed tape.

You can mix powders so I did one of red and gold with distinct areas and one with them combined. I did the same with a green and silver combination. The powders are pressed into the sticky and the extra brushed away.

Then the heat gun is used to emboss the powders. When they are cool the tape can be peeled up and you have a sticky strip of embossing.

The one that is second from the top is the one I used yesterday behind the 'Celebrate' diecut. I used two strips side by side for a wider block.

I will use the remaining tape on projects over the next few days.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Golden Celebration
Topic: Stickers

I picked up the fantastic set of 3D Susan Branch stickers (K & Company) the other day and wanted to use them right away. I created the backing for the Celebrate diecut with an embossing technique that I'll share tomorrow. I learned it in the online class I'm taking 'Creative JumpStart'.

I arranged the stickers and embossed panel on shiny gold cardstock and rounded the corners.

A yellow folded card base coordinates with the butterfly stickers.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Basic Shapes
Topic: Stickers

Here's another of the clear stickers of framed girls. I used only basic shapes (heart embossed background and striped paper) to continue the graphic look started with the tiny checks and dots in the sticker. I wrapped and tied red twine around the black strip and cut the text with a die.

The blue from the sticker is echoed in the fine border showing from the folded card base.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Beautiful Inspiration
Topic: Stickers

Today's card is a repeat of the ballet girl stickers. I gave this set pink distressed circles and overlapped them over striped paper. I cut off the right edge before mounting on a pink card base and then used a pearlized border sticker strip along it.

The leotards were, again, filled with Pearl Pen - white this time, and the text is created with Tim Holtz word stickers.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 21 January 2013
You Go Girl
Topic: Stickers

I liked the outline stickers of ballet girls that I made last week and decided to use them again since I had more on the sheet. I wanted them to really be front and center so I mounted them each on a punched circle and distressed the edges before grouping them closely so the grid marks were all continuous between them.

I popped the group on foam tape over a Spellbinders label shape and a striped paper.

The lighting is not so good on this but you can see that I filled in the leotards with pink Pearl Pen.

The text is created with word stickers from Tim Holtz.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 20 January 2013
Truly Amazing Kid
Topic: Stickers

These little framed girls in clear stickers are so cute. They remind me of Mary Englebreit but they are not. I had pulled out the two black papers to use with this one and then had to find some way to pull the other colors into it. I went with a red border and red rhinestones to go with her hair bow. Then I created the flags by stamping individual parts of a phrase so they could be cut out separately.

The only color not repeated is the yellow of her hair but I think that draws attention back to her.


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Saturday, 19 January 2013
Drive, Fly, Sail
Topic: Stickers

Some little boy will love getting this card from mom or dad overseas. I started with the sticker - as with all those I have been making lately - and pulled papers and cardstock to match. The cream piece was too plain so I used a text stamp to create a background on it. (How can I NOT have any dark blue ink pads? This one really comes off looking purple.)

I used a stamp and black ink to create the caption at the top.


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

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