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In & Out of Studio 3D
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Can't Let Summer Go
Topic: New Work

Don't you love this Flip Flop Doormat from Bed Bath & Beyond? I knew it would be fun to recreate it on a card and hold summer here just a little bit longer. 

I started by running 4 colors of cardstock thru the Cuttlebug for lines of texture. Then I used darker inkpads of the same color direct-to-paper to color just the raised parts of the stripes. I cut the shape of the flip-flop from each piece. Contrasting colors were used to cut out straps and a darker version of these were used to stripe the strap and stamp a flower for the toe.

The back of the straps were glued directly to the base but the toe portion was raised with a pop-dot. Then the flower was mounted with a second pop-dot and a glittery acrylic flower applied on top.

All the flip-flops were glued to a sage green base card using the alternating alignment from the inspiration piece. The text block "Sunny Days" is a puffy acrylic sticker.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 17 October 2008
Nothing Could Be Simpler
Topic: New Work

This bathroom accessories set from Bed Bath & Beyond is by DKNY. I was attracted to the simple graphic quality of these pieces and wanted to recreate that in my card. 

I started with white glossy card and used multiple clear stamps from a variety of sets to build a background of florals. I used Versamark and black ink followed by clear detail powder and heat embossed. I did each flower style completely through the process before starting on the next stamp.

After mounting on black I added a band of black card at the bottom to mimic that on the inspiration pieces. Then a white ribbon was tied and white rub-on text echoes the graphic brand-name on the originals. I added a text sticker at the top to balance the piece.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Dreaming of Inspiration
Topic: New Work

This duvet from Pottery Bard drew my attention because of the combination of golden daisy clusters and the graphic multi-valued blue background. 

My stock of inks limited my interpretation of the background to a more varied range of blues and greens, but the daisy clusters worked great!

I stamped them in color and embossed with clear detail powder. Then I hand-colored them with watercolor marker, applied embossing pen and again used clear powder. After stamping the blue background plants, I used the embossing marker to reserve some whites and embossed in clear. Then the whole background was brayered with two tones of blue.

I used the watercolor marker along the edge of white cardstock to recreate the stripes in the sheets and pillowcases. These were embossed in clear powder for texture. The background card base was run through the Cuttlebug for texture and assembled. The text is a Tim Holtz 'ticket' which I colored with the same watercolor marker as the daisies and the stripes.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Topic: New Work

This inspirational piece is called Song Bird and is from Pottery Barn. I was intrigued by the sage on cream and cream on sage patterns and had no problem getting inspired by it.

I used my newest Cuttlebug folder to impress both cream and sage cardstock. The sage was colored with white ink and the cream was colored with sage ink. Both were done with pigment ink and a brayer to color just the raised portions of the pattern.

A simple layering on a cream card base is enhanced with a green and gold ribbon. I cut a piece of the sage cardstock with a stamp-edge Cuttlebug die and layered with a clear sticker for the message.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Poppin' Poppies
Topic: New Work

My second inspiration piece was this Jonathan Adler 'Poppies' bedroom set from Bed Bath & Beyond. I was inspired by the graphic quality of the flowers and the great use of white space.

I used glossy white cardstock and placed a single drop of three colors of alcohol ink and let them combine as they wished. When they were dry I used black Sharpie and drew in graphic centers and stems.

Note on the bedding that there are chains of colored dots as well as small poppies with black bars. I combined these by creating strings of colored dots using each color from the large poppies and then connected them together with black lines and dot centers.

A watercolor marker was used to write in the greeting and I shadowed it with a black permanent fine-tip marker. Both the poppy panel and the strings panel were outlined with marker before mounting on a dark yellow card base. 




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 13 October 2008
Navy Grid
Topic: New Work

This is the beginning of another new series. I have been reading a lot of blogs where one person challenges another or a group of others to create cards or other art based upon an inspiration piece that is posted.

I decided to find pieces to inspire myself and, after gathering quite a few, set about making cards from the ideas they presented.

This is the first - a  set of bedding called Chantal Navy from Bed Bath & Beyond.

I was inspired by the gold grid on the rich blue and the vines on the pillow sham. This is the card I made:

I changed the grid to be square rather than diagonal on the card and made it first with scoring and then with a gold gel pen. Tiny bits of gold peel-offs mark the intersections of the grid lines. Then I used more peel-off waste to make the vines imitating the pillow sham.

The trim on the sheets and pillow cases was copied using a blue gel pen on each end of a cream-colored card base. Then the plue parts were mounted on top and a tag made to mount the gold peel-off greeting.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Oh Baby
Topic: New Work

Advertising sometimes comes in the cutest packages! These are from a spring flyer from a local store. How adorable!

I layered on green card run through the Cuttlebug, on white for a border, and then on a pink card base. 

Organza ribbon is knotted and held in place with a green flower brad. The text is added with stickers - pink with dots.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Makeup Mice
Topic: New Work


This is another stamped image sent by a friend. I've used watercolor markers again and couldn't resist adding a little lipstick and nail polish to the little beauty at the mirror!

I used the Coluzzle to cut ovals in brown and in red for framing. 

I picked up more colors with knotted ribbon, cardstock tag and brads. The final step was to mount on white card base.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 28 September 2008 1:59 PM PDT
Friday, 10 October 2008
Color Blocking
Topic: New Work

I used my square punch to cut this flower into a grid. Then I glued it on to brown cardstock. Since part of the flower had a green background and part a cream background I used a cream card base and aligned a green overlay on the right side to work on opposites with the photo colors (they actually match in real life). 

The bottom features a knotted grosgrain ribbon and a clear sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Pretty Girl
Topic: New Work

Those of you who actually own stamps of this little girl or have seen it before already know that she has no nose and no mouth. It kind of creeps me out so I finished her face with eyelids, nose and mouth after coloring with watercolor markers.

She has been cut into an oval with the Coluzzle and layered on pink with the corners rounded. This is overlaid on a fold of a blue that matches the coloring in her pants. It has been run through the Cuttlebug on the front of the card only.

A text sticker was added to the front and brads set at each end. Then I didn't like the brads showing on the inside so I lined both sides of the inside with pink, corneres rounded. Then I rounded the corners of the base card. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Field of Flowers
Topic: New Work

This hummingbird photo is from the back of a calendar. The white area is a Wishblade cutting done by a friend which I have backed with red glossy cardstock. I added an oval of the same red cut with the Coluzzle.

I added a curved text sticker to the top. To each end of the sticker and to the center borrom I added flower brads and then I placed the whole unit on a green card base.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Everybody Loves Chocolate
Topic: New Work

This adorable little chocolate lab puppy is one of the little samples on the back of a calendar. I used yellow borders to pick up the color of his ball, brown for the puppy, and green for the grass (the colors match better IRL.

I added a ruffled ribbon at the bottom and added yellow brads in it.

The text is a clear sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 6 October 2008
Sitting Pretty
Topic: New Work

A friend sent me this stamped image in a swap this week. I colored it using watercolor markers and trimmed to oval with the Coluzzle. Her two-toned background is one of my new Cuttlebug folders which I toned using a Whispers inkpad direct-to-paper.

Every layer has had the corners rounded with a punch and a ribbon is tied around the entire front panel by using a slit in the card at the fold.

The text "A Friend Is A Gift" is a puffy acrylic sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 October 2008
ATC (no! not ACT, not TAC, its ATC)
Topic: Web resources

So much talk about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) even though they've been around for years!

These are mini-works of art, usually made individually, that always have the same measurements and are always traded - never sold. There are whole groups of traders out there in cyberspace and many sites that will get you started. The one I find most comprehensive is http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html

I've noted a few books out on the topic, as well, such as:

Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap by Bernie Berlin

1,000 Artist Trading Cards: Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs by Patricia Bolton

Artist Trading Cards by Leonie Pujol

Some people have carried this concept over to Moo cards, inchies, and twinchies. It's all fun!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Another Resource to Recommend
Topic: Web resources

This is another web resource that I return to again and again. http://www.craftcreations.co.uk/ (click on 'free projects') is the website for amagazine. Every month they present several of their magazine's projects in web format for free download. A few of them refer to specific printed papers or special project supplies, but most can be translated into stuff you already have or will spark ideas for new projects.

I've gotten a miriad of stitching patterns, iris folding, quilling, paper piecing, and other patterns from this site.

Put it in your bookmarks so you can see the new offerings every month.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 3 October 2008
Wanna Do It Yourself?
Topic: Web resources

I found this resource for card ideas and instructions a long time ago and it is still there! That's saying something in the world of the Internet where things change all the time.

 The site http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_paper_crafts_cards/0,1788,HGTV_3290,00.html will present a menu of card ideas for which instructions, tutorials, and/or video were presented on HGTV. A variety of shows are represented in the list.

Check it out. You're sure to find something interesting to watch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 2 October 2008
And AGAIN with the Orange Tulips
Topic: New Work

I've used my square punch on the orange tulips to create a grid layout. Then I edged each with black so they would blend in with the background which is black cardstock run thru the Cuttlebug offset to leave an unembossed border at right and bottom.  This was all layered over orange cardstock.

The butterfly is a handcolored rubber stamp image and the text is a clear sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
More Brayer Art
Topic: New Work

I made up this brayer card for a challenge to 'use only orange and brown'. I used masks for the moon and for the horizon and foreground. Some texture is created with sponging. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Floral Joy
Topic: New Work

The hibiscus stamp is back. This time I used watercolor markers in the pink to purple range. Greens and golds were used for the background. I banded the card with a black marker and carried the line over to grame the gold card at the right.

I added a double ribbon as a bottom border and used rub-ons to add the white text. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 29 September 2008
Topic: New Work

This stamped hibiscus was colored with watercolor markers and blended. I started doodling in the background with a sage green marker and kept it up until it was all filled in. I then used a very pale blue to blend the background and to pull some of the flower color out for shadowing.

After I tore the piece out I edged it with black and mounted over a strip of golden card with a fine red ribbon centered in it. The clear text sticker was applied to the same golden cardstock before placing and a single red bow finishes it off. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT

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