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In & Out of Studio 3D
Saturday, 14 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - May
Topic: Multi-Technique

Yep, back with another in the 12 tags series. In this case I actually made a single piece and then cut it in two to make separate cards.

Here are the tags that Tim combined this month:

And here is the project he created with that combination:

These are the steps I used on my project

- Select multiple stamps to use

- Apply tissue tape to selected areas where featured stamps will be used

- Stamp featured stamps over tissue tape using Archival black ink (I used fish)

- Stamp other images to cardstock as background (I used coral and seaweed)

- Use a palette knife to apply clear texture paste through a stencil in selected areas (I used medium dots)

- Let dry completely

- Colorize surface wiith Distress stains (go lightly)

- Mist with water to blend

- Dry completely

- Blend on Distress inks to highlight

- Buff to remove excess ink from tissue tape and stenciled areas

- Mask off tissue tape areas

- Spritz with gold metallic paint

- Trim to card size

- Border with black cardstock

- Mount on colored base card

Here is the top of the finished piece that I used for the first card:

Tomorrow, I'll show the bottom half - also made into a card.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 13 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - April
Topic: Multi-Technique

This is SO not a tag!

Tim Holtz works on tags to demonstrate his techniques but I rarely do. I mean, what do you do with a tag you've decorated? Tim recognizes that not everyone wants to work on tags but he is really just teaching technique ans encourages people to make the project their own.

Here are the two tags he selected to combine in April:

And the tag he made with these techniques:

Here are the steps I used to create my project:

- Selected a shaped container with a removable metal lid

- Stir some sand into a little modeling paste.

- Apply a layer to the top surface of the box with a palette knife. Smooth out

- Allow to dry completely

- Cut decorative papers into mosaic shapes with rounded corners

- Glue shapes to box top using matte medium, leaving a small space between shapes

- Top coat with matte medium

- Allow to dry completely

- Top each shape with Glossy Accents

- Allow to dry completely

- Sponge Distress ink to tint the 'grout'

- Buff the tiles to remove ink

- Use matte medium as glue to attach trim to sides of lid

- Coat trim with matte medium

- Allow to dry completely

- Sponge Distress ink on trim to tint

- Place lid back on the container and mark where the lid stops

- Remove lid

- Use Distress Paint on upper part of the box base (above the marked line)

- When dry, add printed cardstock to the area below the line using Xyron ahesive for good adhesion

- Allow to dry completely

- Use finger to cover paint and paper with Microglaze (to protect the box from grime)

- Buff off extra Microglaze with a paper towel

- Place lid on box and admire your work!

Ready for the big reveal?

See? REALLY not a tag!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 12 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - March
Topic: Multi-Technique

I'm kind of in 'catch-up' mode on these Tim Holtz-inspired projects. So, right on the heels of the February one, we're on to March.

Here are the two techniques that Tim mixed:

And this is the new tag he created with the techniques:

Here are the steps I used to create my card:

- Use a shaped die to cut a void in corrugated cardstock (I used a nativity on buff)

- Add white distress stain to surface. dry

- Add distress inks to shade

- Set aside

- On non-stick craft sheet, sponge three Distress paints

- Mist with water

- Swipe cardstock through it

- Dry with heat tool

- Tap into leftover paint on the craft sheet

- Dry again

- Use glue stick or tape runner to apply random glue (not much)

- Lay foil sheet over glue and burnish. Peel up to leave foiling

- Mount diecut corrugated piece over top

- Use alcohol marker to draw in drop shadows

- Trim bottom edge at 3/4 inch

- Use letter diecuts to cut phrase from scrap of background cardstock

- Back cutout letters with cardstock to match drop shadows

- Trim to width of corrugated piece

- Lay three pieces together and tape/tack together

- Use strong adhesive to mount combined pieces to folded card base.

And here is my finished card:

Thiis is a larger card as the size was dictated by the original diecut.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - February
Topic: Multi-Technique

I am WAY behind on creating tags from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016. I finally created the project for February - in MAY! 

This year he reprises two old tag techniques he has done in past years and combines them into one tag.

Here are the two tags Tim combined for February:

And the tag he made combining techniques from these:

I will warn you that my project looks nothing like his!

Here are the steps I used to create my version:

- Cut down a piece of watercolor paper to card-front size

- Apply Distress Stains over entire surface (I used a teal, a green and a brown)

- Spritz with water

- Dry with heat tool

- Ink BACK of a stencil with three Distress Ink Pads (I used a stencil of birch trees)

- Spritz stencil with water

- Place on the stained watercolor paper

- Cover with paper towel and press to soak up extra moisture.

- Lift stencil

- Dry waterolor paper with heat tool

- Ink edges with walnut stain Distress Ink

- DRY with heat tool (I forgot this step and had some problems later down the line)

- Place another stencil on the surface and squeegee modeling paste through selected areas (I used a stencil of birdcages hanging from branches)

- Remove (and clean) stencil

- Sprinkle with gold embossing powder

- Let dry completely

- Heat emboss powder

- Add stamping to embellish (I used one large and many tiny birds)

- Add word stickers (I used some of Tim's Kraft stickers)

- Use Distress marker to create drop shadows on all elements

- Apply a metal charm using Glossy Accents as adhesive

- Add green Stickles to charm

- Trim if desired and add to a folded card base.

Here is the card I created:

I really like my version a LOT!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Working a Little Harder
Topic: Pretty Paper

This is the last project I make using this tic-tac-toe board


Felt                    Stamp                Butterfly


Twine                 Summer              Buttons


Stickers            Design Paper          Stripes


I used the center column for Stamp, Summer and Design Paper.

when I thought about the theme of 'summer' my mind immediately went to the beach. I decided to use the design paper to create a scene. There are 4 papers used: lace for the beach, swirls which I cut to resemble waves on which I added paint for whitecaps, a teal dot for the sky and doily print from which I punches two sizes of circles and arranged them to create clouds.

The stamps I used are that of the text, which has some added fill-in on the letters using black pen, and the grouping of seashells. I used Distress markers to color the shells and add a shadow underneath them.

A tan base card matches the front seashell.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 9 May 2016
Topic: Pretty Paper

I had another go at using this papercrafting tic-tac-toe game:


Felt                    Stamp                Butterfly


Twine                 Summer              Buttons


Stickers            Design Paper          Stripes


This time I chose the diagonal starting at the lower left for Stickers, Summer and Butterfly. (It could also be the bottom row but I used that for tomorrow's card).

I liked this design paper from a 6x6 pad that combines several patterns from the pack.

Then, among my miriad butterfly stickers I ran across these Dazzles brand stickers that come in three colors and have diecut parts. This allows you to place the outline in one color and internal features in two other colors. Fortunately, the colors of pink, teal and yellow/gold matched the paper I had chosen.

I constructed three butterflies with varying color combinations.

I added a sentiment in a gold peel-off sticker.

Nothing specifically says 'summer' on this card but the flowers and butterflies always come out then so I think it qualifies.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 8 May 2016
One Two Three In a row
Topic: Pretty Paper

The challenge on a papercrafting board was to select a line from this tic-tac-toe board and make a card:


Felt                    Stamp                Butterfly


Twine                 Summer              Buttons


Stickers            Design Paper          Stripes


I chose to use the far right column and create with Butterflies, Buttons and Stripes.

Fortunately, the striped paper I wanted to use actually had butterflies on it already! I was using the cover of a 6x6 pad showing the variety of papers that it contained.

I had two different styles of button stickers: one-inch cardstock and 1/2-inch acrylic so I layered them together for the left side.

I added a strand of twine for more texture.

I added a banner-cut strip of design paper for a silver peel-off greeting to hang out on.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 7 May 2016
Star Struck
Topic: Quilting

 I've seen several quilts with the wonky stars pattern but I was ezpecially drawn to those that interlock. I used the layout to draw up my own version based on a 5-inch block and pulled out all my scraps with shimmery, shiny, glittery and metallic finishes.

I chose a patterned black for the background fabric.

I did the quilting in loops and stars using glow-in-the-dark thread. There is a star in the center of each colored block and where each four black 'windmills' come together.

This 'shot-in-the-dark' from my camera just barely captures the light from the glowing thread.

This quilt will go to Passages - the 45th one I have donated to them.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 6 May 2016
Home To Roost
Topic: Quilting

I found a cute pattern for a chicken block on Pintrest and used EQ7 to draw it up in a larger size (I used 3-inch strips). I made some other modifications, like removing the upper background strip and then made four blocks using greens for the backs, tans for the chests and rusts for the combs and beaks. The eyes are painted on using acrylics.



I set these together using sashing and borders of egg print fabric and then used a chicken wire print for the four setting triangles.

I quilted the chickens using stitch-in-the-ditch and then for the outer triangles I quilted from the back by outlining some of the chicken feathers on the backing print.

This quilt finished up at 60 inches.

This will go to our neighbors whose free-range chickens wander the neighborhood. When we go for a walk the chickens fall in line and join us for exercise.

They DO go "Home To Roost".


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Book Me For That
Topic: Field Trip

On previous cruises I have played with the blank book craft that they make available.

The kit includes a blank book, a sheet of stickers, a sheet of die cuts, two ribbons, a crocheted lace, a bottlecap, some paper clips, photo corners, brads and three sheets of printed cardstock.

Let's see if I can find pictures of the previous books I made:

For this one I used the printed cardstock to create pockets for the front and back covers before decorating with stickers and a tag. FRONT:


For the next one I used the photo corners and the ribbon (to make handles) so I could make it look like a suitcase. Both sides are covered with the printed cardstock. FRONT:


So, I wanted to do something a little different this time, with the same supplies.

I cut an aperture in the front cover, backed it with clear cellophane from the original packaging and added a piece of map paper with stickers behind that.

The rest of the front got other decorations to further the theme:

I used one of the ribbons to create a permanent bookmark and added an arrow charm to it. Then on the inside of the front cover I backed the aperture decor with blank paper and added a couple of tags and a clip:

The back cover got a couple of printed cardstock attached to create a pocket:

The envelope is just there to show the pocket layers.


SO, that is the end of the Field Trip review. Something different coming tomorrow.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
What's Your Identity
Topic: Field Trip

In the kit of paper crafts we got a plastic luggage tag sleeve and hanger and a diecut for adding our address.

The diecut was a foldover so we could decorate the back with more of the kit supplies.

This is the tag I made:

There were still a lot of diecut bits left over but I left them for future crafters to use.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Topic: Field Trip

From some of the left-overs of the first card, I made a second front that I will just add to a white card front:

We did have access to some foam tape so I was able to add some dimension to this one.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 2 May 2016
Art on the High Seas
Topic: Field Trip

On the cruise there were some sessions for making art projects.

We got a packet of supplies that contained white cardstock, printed cardstock, some printed diecuts, ribbon, an envelope and a luggage tag.

I made three projects from my kit.

Today's project is the first of two cards:

These types of crafts are not my favorite (cut and paste with limited pre-selected supplies) but I understand that they are catering to a clientele that (if my table-mates are any indication) know nothing about paper crafting.

In every session I ended up showing people how to use a brad, how to use a 'snail' glue runner, etc.

A nice break in the day, though.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 1 May 2016
Down Mexico Way
Topic: Field Trip

For its one required 'foreign port' our cruise ship docked in Ensenada for a day. We've seen enough Mexican ports to last us our lifetime so we only stepped on the dock long enough to take pictures of ourselves and the ship and then got back aboard.

This was our view leaving port:

It's always fun to see the seals/sea lions perched on the buoys:

They also cover docks, rocks and play in the bay:

I guess these mammals are increasing in numbers everywhere and causing much distress to fishermen. But they are still a novelty to us and fun to watch.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:22 AM PDT
Saturday, 30 April 2016
Topic: Field Trip

We only had time for one more museum and chose the Model Railroads.

They had several rooms (28.000 square feet) with vast landscapes and featured O, HO and N scale trains.

We didn't get to see it all as we had to make a run back to catch our ride back to the port.

In fact, we didn't even get to use our fourth museum pass at all, due to time constraints.

I can't imagine trying to see all 15 museums, let alone participating in many of the other activities at Balboa Park.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:20 AM PDT
Friday, 29 April 2016
To Infinity and Beyond
Topic: Field Trip

For our second museum pass at Balboa Park we selected the Aviation and Space Museum.

There was an amazing number of things to see here but we did't take many photos!

There is an atrium where aircraft hang overhead and they were neat to view:

This museum covered everything from the start of aviation through the plans for privitazation of space travel.

This actual suit from the early days of space travel was fun to see:

We chose to NOT ride the simulator that enclosed you in a capsule and gyrated you every way from Sunday. I'll KEEP my lunch, thank you!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:19 AM PDT
Thursday, 28 April 2016
San Diego Museum of Art
Topic: Field Trip

The first museum we toured with our pass was the San Diego Museum of Art.

Their main floor had a focus on Asian and Middle Eastern art. There was a lot of pottery, sculpture and religious objects.

The upper floor was featuring an exhibit called Brueghel to Canaletto. Like our time in the Getty in LA, we were content to stand so close to works by famous painters.

There was one I don't have the identity of the artist:

There were a couple by El Greco:

a Brueghel:

a Canaletto:

a Rubens:

and a Tintoretto:

even the frames are astounding!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:18 AM PDT
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
A Walk In the Park
Topic: Field Trip

The largest urban park at 1,200 acres featuring 9 performing arts and international culture organizations, 15 museums, 14 restaurants, 19 gardens, 13 recreational activities including hiking and biking trails, a dog park and 9 other attractions - including the San Diego Zoo.

Our ticket included transportation to and from the park, a quick driving (orientation)  tour and entry into four museums of our choice.

I thought I'd include pictures from the quick orientation drive:

The buildings, as you can see, are beautiful.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:18 AM PDT
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Twas a Drippy Day
Topic: Field Trip

The day we spent in San Diego was a rainy one but, being Oregon people, we don't mind a little rain. We started with an open-sided trolly tour through old town.

Along the waterfront were some nice views:

Of course, someone will alwaysdrive into your perfect shot!

The old historic houses were neat to see:

On the way back to the port we enjoyed seeing several tall ships:

Hard to get nicely composed shots when you're whizzing by in a bus, but the photos are a personal reminder of what we saw.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:16 AM PDT
Monday, 25 April 2016
Down the Coast
Topic: Field Trip

Our next port of call was Santa Barbara. We arrived at dawn:

A trolley tour through the hillsides took us 'near' where some famous people 'sometimes stayed', 'used to live', or 'once built'. I would be quite happy to never hear the name Ty Warner (the creaator of beanie babies) ever again.

We drove past the famous 'most beautiful courthouse ever':

and stopped at the mission to admire even more of the Santa Barbara signature architecture:

Most welcome view? Our cruise ship at anchor:

In spite of it being touted for the history, architecture and the famous residents of the past - most of the tour got out to shop at the mall. Nothing special, just another American mall. Sigh.


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

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