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Saturday, 25 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B22
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Simple can be boring or it can be classy - I choose the latter for OWH bonus sketch B22:

Sometimes I forget until it is too late that placing vellum stickers on a colored background will change their color. I wanted that green background but didn't intend to get all that green in the petals. Oh well.

I selected colors from the illustration for the background strips and bordered the main panel and the background  with white.


I trimmed down a pre-stamped sentiment to include a thin white border and popped it up on foam tape.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 24 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B21
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Due to a heat wave I have been able to work in my cool basement studio without guilt. Now we're up to OWH bonus sketch B21.


This time I played it straight, only diverging by letting the clear vinyl butterfly sticker escape the bounds of the circle element.

I backed this with a piece imprinted with lace in white, gold and silver.

I used the extensions above and below this panel to stamp the sentiment in two parts.

The main background is yellow to match the butterfly.


I used a white card base with a small border showing all around the edges.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B20
Topic: Sketch Challenge

There sure are a lot of non-traditional card shapes in amongst the OWH bonus sketches. Number B20 is another square one.


A plaid and a dot were chosen to echo the colors in the vellum sticker mounted on white.

When I cut the circle, I placed the upper plate only down to the beginning of the ribbons. This allowed me to remove the partially cut circle from the die and finish the shaped portion of the cutting with a craft knife.


I cut out the pre-stamped sentiment with a round punch and mounted it with foam tape.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B19
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I love a good pun used on a card. I got to indulge myself on OWH bonus sketch 19:


I had to do a little adjusting to accomodate the balloons on the gold peel-off sticker but it is still in the spirit of the design. I placed the sticker on shimmer paper and used a craft knife to cut away the portions inside the balloons. These were backed with different colors of shimmer paper before the whole piece was mounted on a white base card.

On the same sticker sheet was the text phrase I used. It is hard to read in the photo - it says 'Fishing you a happy birthday'.


The lower piece of paper serves as the 'table' so it is appropriate that it is visible through the 'water' in the bowl.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B18
Topic: Sketch Challenge

You sure can change the entire look of a sketch with bold paper choices. That's the route I took with OWH bonus sketch B18:


Oh, how quite and calm this sketch looks.

I decided to carry over the one big circle into the papers for all the background elements. I chose a large black and white dot for the base and a multi-colored medium dot for the horizontal band. 

The large black circle is cut from a paper textured with small dots.

I had a vellum sticker sheet with only two round dots left on it. These were used on top of two white dots on the background tying it back to the multi-colored band.


A big red and gold vellum heart sticker fills the black circle.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 20 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B17
Topic: Sketch Challenge

We step back into a more predictable design with OWH bonus sketch B17.


Another selection from the sheet of rub-on violets was the starting point for this card. I gave them a neutral background of grey dots and then chose solid colors for the other paper which reflected those in the illustration.

I chose to run my colors right out to the edges of the card without leaving a border of the base card showing.


The sentiment in the sketch looked disconnedted so I attached it directly underneath the picture. This left a lot of empty space on the right which led to the addition of a peel-off sticker bloom. It was silver on the sheet but i colored it with alcohol marker to match.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B16
Topic: Sketch Challenge

OWH bonus sketch B16 provides another non-standard shape to work with:


Whilt I still had the grey papers on the top of the scrap heap from a couple of days ago, I decided they would make a nice neutral grid on which to feature some more colorful elements.

I cut multiples of 4 different prints to fill the 9 blocks. these were mounted on foam tape over a yellow card base in the prescribed 4.25 x 4.25 size.

I selected a variety of butterfly stickers from a clear vinyl sheet and stuck them on randomly.


The predictable thing would be to stamp a sentiment in the center block. So I went another route and mounted a pre-stamped yellow block to the surface in the lower right quadrant.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 18 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B15
Topic: Sketch Challenge

And now for something completely different! Oh how I love what they did when designing OWH bonus sketch B15:


You see, the black area is the actual folded card base, measuring 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Then the large circle is mounted extending above the fold so the finished card still reaches 5.5 inches.

I had some rose stickers (three the same in different sizes) that I wanted to use in a curve on the circle. this led to the selection of the outline rose paper which set the color pallete for the background to grey and white. I chose a grey dot for the large circle.

The circle was cut and mounted to the folded card base with the proper amount of extention. Then I layered the rose stickers around the lower curve.


In searching for just the right color of paper for the horizontal piece, I ran across a printed vintage paper with text printed in English and French. The text reads "My Beautiful Vintage Garden - Mon Beau Jardin"

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 17 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B14
Topic: Sketch Challenge

When I used OWH bonus sketch B14 it spiralled off in a whole different direction than I had envisiioned - but in a good way!


See, the sketch is such a quiet, unassuming thing- don't you think?

As soon as I chose the illustration I knew I was going to have some bold colors that would stand up to it. So I chose the blue 'pearls' paper to surround it and bring it up to the prescribed size.

The best red I had was the one covered in white hearts so that wash chosen next.

I had a hard time deciding what to use for the horizontal band as most things I tried looked just stuck on. I liked the red scallop but it was too close to the background so I cut the white scallop to surround it.

A gold heart sticker with a cutout area for the red to show through fit well with the sketch but the sentiment contained in an oval did not. I finally used a pre-stamped sentiment on a matching blue background and cut it as a continuation of the center block instead of offsetting it like the sketch.


The reds and the blues really do match in real life but you know how these cameras mess with the color.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B13
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Another balanced design that calls for elegance is found in OWH bonus sketch B13:


As usual, I started by selecting an illustration to use. In this case it was a rub-on floral which I applied to a dotted background.

I wanted a background to pull colors from the floral and came to select a blue lattice. This led to the choice of some blue and white twine.

For the yellow I used a mottled paper in the deep background and a light script paper for a mid-ground layer.


I think this has a romantic feel to it - maybe because of the script that looks like it could be from a love letter.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B12
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I decided to go with a little copper and silver for OWH bonus sketch B12:


The 'copper' is in color only as there is no metallic shine to it. I used a dot and a solid for background and feature and a lighter solid for the banner.

The feature is a silver peel-off sticker and I used a 1/2" corner chomper to round the top edges of the panel to mimic the sticker shape.

Before adhering the background to a white card base I applied a decorative silver peel-off border to the base. When the background is adhered over it a very fine scallop peeks out from behind.


I used a silver peel-off greeting sticker where specified in the sketch.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B11
Topic: Sketch Challenge

A balanced layout in a horizontal format is so serene:


In rifling through my stock of papers I came upon a floral that I don't remember ever using! WHAT?!?!?

I cut blocks of it for the two side pieces and found that one of my favorite dotted papers matched beautifully. YAY! I found a scrap for the center that was more subdued and left me a place to stamp.

I first stamped the little greeting and masked it with a post-it so the too-long stems of the floral would not overlap it.


This is all mounted on a white card base with a border exposed all around.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 13 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B10
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Color me happy! OWH bonus sketch B10 let me use some great color blocking:


I first chose a sticker with apples and trimmed it down to the size shown on the sketch. This was considerably smaller than the original sticker but I like how it frames out the illustration. This got bordered in black.

Then I selected 5 colors of solid papers from the picture and cut them to the specified size. I arranged them in a balanced sequence and adhered them to a black base card with even spacing.


I stamped the sentiment directly on one of the background papers using black ink.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B9
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I'm taking liberties with OWH bonus sketch B9. This is the sketch:


Now why cut all those vertical strips when I have a perfectly suitable striped paper? I let the paper become the focus of this caaard because the prints were so interesting.

I pulled colors from the stripes for the horizontal bands and selected a pre-stamped sentiment on a similar color.

There was no prescribed place for a sentiment so I just polaced it where it looked good to me.


The border for the sentiment is the same as te base card.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 11 July 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - July
Topic: Multi-Technique

Go big or go home! that was my dilemma when starting to replicate the July tag from Tim Holtz. Here is his creation:


Tim made HIS tag with the mini versions of the patriotic blueprint stamps which I do not have - I have the standard size of them.

The solution was to up-size the whole project into a 6 x 10 hanging wall piece.

Here are the steps and supplies I used to complete this project:

- adhered text-printed scrapbook paper to the surface of a chipboard cut to size.

- use sandpaper block to scuff all 4 edges.

- stamp patriotic blueprint stamps onto heavy watercolor paper using black Archival ink.

- use deckle-edge ruler to tear against at the top and the bottom of each image.

- use Distress marker ink as watercolors to color the images. include drop-shadows painted with Pumice Stone ink.

- smear Versamark across images to create a resist. (this didn't seem to have any effect so this step could easily be skipped)

- use a very wet brush to add Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the images. blot off excess ink to keep smearing of colored images to a minimum. dry with heat tool.

- trim sides off images to fit them on text background.

- distress the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Wet with aquabrush. dry with heat tool.

- adhere centers only of the images to the text background.

- stitch around all 4 sides of all 3 images. (this is the reason the glue was only in the center in the last step - so the machine needle would not have to go through it)

- decorate flag panel with rhinestone 'stars'.

 

- add silver Dazzles 'celebrate' peel-off sticker at the top of the USA panel.

 

- add stickers, rub-ons, rhinestones to star panel.

- use spritzer to spray black soot Distress Marker ink on panels.

 

- punch holes on upper two corners of panel.

- color opposite edges of cream colored seam binding using a blue Distress Marker and a red one.

- spritz ribbon with mini-mister to start colors running. blot before colors run together in the middle.

 

- dry with heat tool, scrunching to wrinkle as it dries.

- tie ribbon to holes, attaching star charm by stringing through one end of the ribbon.


So, here is my completed hanging decorator piece which I used as a hostess gift for the neighbors who hosted our Independence Day get-together.


It's on a different scale than Tim's original but the general effect is the same.

I also covered the back of the chipboard piece with scrapbook paper to create an attractive finish.

Ddd

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 10 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 7
Topic: Sketch Challenge

And finally...

Version 7 of OWH sketch 256 is the biggest departure from the sketch while still having all the elements in place.


This all started with a pansy rubon and a snipped of floral paper. I wanted to use yellow as the background because of the yellow centers in the flowers and also found a snip of yellow and white to use as the horizontal piece.

I added another rubon bloom to be the round element and then more where the three dots were supposed to be. I filled in three tiny purple flowers for those dots.

Lots more rubon leaves were used as fillers to unify the parts of the design.


I found some yellow rhinestones to place as the flower centers on the pansies and a tiny green one for theyellow bloom at the top.

A white card base keeps this looking fresh.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 6
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Today's version of OWH sketch 256 is designed to blend in. Here's the sketch:


I chose a rather busy text background and then a more calming dotted feature panel. I used vellum floral stickers on both, one for the feature and one to play as the round element.

The horizontal piece was subtle so I used it as a place to stamp a sentiment, which carries over to the feautre panel.

Three tiny purple rhinestones became the dot elements at the top.


I used a cream base card as white was too high contrast for the papers.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 5
Topic: Sketch Challenge

SWOOSH! That's the interpretation on OWH sketch 256 that I did for today. Here's the sketch again:


Because the heart sticker I chose to use was ls big, I kept the feaature panel the same as the sketch but let the sticker hang off the side.

I chose the background with the radiating lines and concentric circles to give some movement around the heart.

The strip I had for the horizontal was not wide enough so I doubled up on part of it for better impact.

In place of the round element I used two gold hearts (from the same vellum sheet as the red heart) in different sizes.


The three dots got changed to red heart brads and moved to complete the swoosh started by the heart stickers.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 4
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Yesterday's treatment of OWH sketch 256 was all oversized. Today I scaled way back to little pieces. Heres a reminder of the sketch:


I selected the little bird sticker with the text from a sheet I have had on hand for years. I thought it would be perfect to let them sit on some banner paper so cut a piece to size.

Papers bor elements and backgrounds were color coordinated to give this a very low key treatment.


I gave the horizontal piece a banner end and replaced the round element with two stickers of whimsical dragonflies.

The feature panel was popped up on foam tape.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 6 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 3
Topic: Sketch Challenge

This time it will be harder to see the sketch in the card. Here's another look at OWH sketch 256:


I combined this creation with another shallenge to make a card with only the color green.

I started with a sticker of a bindle of green beans and added a 'mesh' background block behind. It is a little wider than the sketch.

I added a green horizontal paper and then found some green adhesive letter stickers. These replace the round element and, in fact, take over the whole left side. But that's a good thing in this case, cause the text suits exactly.


Because of the oversize letters I needed to give the dots some heft as well. So I selected some very large green brads to use.

Ddd


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

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