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In & Out of Studio 3D
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Not As Old As I Appear
Topic: Stamping

The caption refers to the CARD, not me!

I've had this collage stamp for a L-o-o-o-n-g time (got it in a used stamp grab-bag)  but it isreally not my style, so I hadn't used it before. I used watercolor pencils for the flowers and to edge the 'papers' in the image.

NOW WHAT? It sat in my pile of stuff for months waiting for inspiration to strike. When none did, I finally just grabbed it and started right in. I tore around the edges and then inked them in black. Then I focused on a 'postage stamp' in the upper right and suddenly had inspiration. 

I pulled out my box of foreign postage stamps and sorted out ones with a similar color palette to the flowers. These I glued all over the brown base cardstock and then used 'old paper' distress ink to tone down all the white parts of them. I added the same to the stamped image. I cut around the upper right flower and inserted a real stamp over the image that was there (yes, the one that started the inspiration) and used a black pen to enhance the cancellation mark.

I used a rub-on to add the text and mounted the image over the postage stamp background with foam tape. The last step was to pull an organza ribbon around the front layer and tie a bow.

The colors and the distress ink give this a vintage look but, trust me, it's brand new!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Faith Defined
Topic: Stamping

I'm going to categorize this one as stamping even though there is a dry embossed background. We're talking 'featured technique' here, folks.

This is another image from my marathon stamping/coloring session last month. I used watercolor pencils and an aquabrush for coloring it. A nestabilities label die provided the cutout and edge embossing which is then mounted on foam dots over a Cuttlebug embossed background. The brown is a white-core cardstock that cracked a little at the intersections so I inked over it with walnut distress ink.

The base cardstock is lemon yellow to match the flowers in the image. The other photo colors are fairly close though. I added some pre-made ribbon roses to match toe image colored ones and then a clear text sticker at the top.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 2 August 2010
Oh My Stars
Topic: Dry Embossing

I hope you are patient with me while I try to figure out the color balance on my new camera. Outdoors it is fantastic but, with the indoor photo booth, not so much. I always end up doing a lot of 'tweaking' in the photo editor program on the computer and it is never 'exact'.

With that said...

I had two scraps laying around that just sort of fell together for this card. I had made the Cuttlebug star background a while back and then set it aside as I wanted to try an inking technique for a the project I was working on. So this one was in my 'pile' and I also ran across the gold bordered star that I had cut off of a Christmas card front a couple of years ago. The star fit perfectly on the background so I glued it right on there.

After I had assembled the card, including a vellum sticker that matched to colors and images to perfection, I though it needed a little 'punch' so I applied Stickles in 'ice' and 'diamond' to the two parts of the star. Perfect!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Memory of Trees
Topic: Collage

Remember the field and trees images I used some time ago? Well, I had one left in my scrap pile so I pulled it out for this card. Three colors from the image are echoed in the backgrounds. I added a text strip and an oval 'memories' sticker.

Glittery raised dots enhance the layout.

NOTE: The color is washed out in this photo. They are much brighter in person.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Kraft-y Friend
Topic: Stamping

Ohhhh, I like this best! Of all the birdcage images I have used lately, this turned out the best.

I used two distress inks to tone the image more like the background and glued it on. To the opposing corners I stamped simple scrolls and adhered paper flowers. The flowers got self-stick pearls and the card got three more on the scrolls.

I used the distress inks to tone the edges of the kraft cardstock and then added a single line doodle around the edge. Lastly, I penned in the 'friend' text.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 30 July 2010
Rose Cross
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Stitched on purple with irridescent lavender thread. I rounded the corners and added to yellow folded card base with rounded corners.

I added rose vine peel-offs to the cross, corners, borders and then trimmed up some punched butterflies and used peel-offs on those as well.

NOTE: The color on this image is WAY off. The actual card is Easter Egg purple rather than blue as it appears.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Cross and Violets
Topic: Paper Embroidery

This simple cross was stitched with purple metallic thread. I used a scallopped nestability to cut and impress the oval. Once I selected the background color of cardstock and chose the violets rub-ons, I realized I needed some green in the image. This I added using a distress ink pad.

I mounted the oval with foam tape and added a single green rhinestone to the center.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
New Housing
Topic: Stamping

Our little bird has moved house - smaller quarters!

This background is the reverse side of the printed cardstock from yesterday's card. I added a crocheted lace and a grosgrain ribbon on the left and added a sticker greeting at the top.

Again, I popped up the cage 3D on foam tape, but I did not curl this one.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Bird on a Wire - or a perch
Topic: Stamping

Trying some different designs to use these stamped birdcages. In this case, I cut close to the image and curled the edges slightly back to make it look three-dimensional. It is mounted to the background (printed cardstock) with foam tape.

I chose the folded cardstock to pull out the color from the background and added a round rub-on and two appropriately colored stickers.

The rub-on border at the top was added to give the birdcage something to hang on. The chain is glued flat to the background instead of raising it 3D like the cage itself.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 26 July 2010
Plum, Purple, Iris
Topic: Scrap Recovery

The only thing not scrap on this card is the iris and lattice. They were cut from a partial sheet of printed parchment. I then used glue dots to mount on the light purple background, rounded the corner and mounted on the folded card.

I rounded the upper right corner of the card and stamped the greeting. Then I added the two corner brackets, the leftovers from Cuttlebug die-cutting.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Hit Parade
Topic: Photo

Love visiting small-town America on a holiday. We sat roadside for the 4th of July parade in such a town near our farm (after the pancake breakfast and before the spectacular fireworks show).

This was my favorite parade photo - really highlights the meaning of it all:

I especially love the red, white, and blue wrapping on the 5-spoke wheel covers - turning them into big stars. Clever!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Topic: Photo

As we sat on the bank of the river (at our farm) on the 4th of July, this amazing bald eagle swooped in and lit in the trees on the opposite bank. He stayed long enough for me to go back to the camper for my camera, return to the bank, and take a series of shots before he took flight up the river.

What a beautiful sight! Thank you, to our national bird for this Independence Day visit.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 23 July 2010
Sometimes You Just Feel Blessed...
Topic: Photo

...to be in the right place at the right time. In this case, it was being down on the farm at about 6 pm when this rainbow dropped from the sky.

Isn't that awesome?

I'm hoping this is God's promise that the rain is over for the summer. We've had quite enough, thank you.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Stand Up and Be Counted
Topic: Stamping

As assigned - make a stand-up card. My dimensions are not as per the original design but I made it work like I wanted to. There are Z-fold wings on each side that fold to the back. The card then stands on its own.

For this birdhouse image I drew in light vertical lines to look like wallpaper. They get washed out in the photo, though. The center panel of the card was Cuttlebugged for texture and then the center aperture cut out with Nestabilities. The white stamped piece is actually mounted on the back to show through the aperture.

I slit both sides to feed ribbon through and tied a bow off center. This is a counterbalance to the stamped greeting tag in the upper left. That tag is mounted with foam dots.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Gift of Children
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Back with the bib pattern. For this one I used a verigated thread and then picked up the same colors in the decorative sticker and the background paper. This paper is more from the 'scrapbook page-a-day' calendar.

I had another of the vellum text stickers and placed it on yellow cardstock before trimming out. Since the pink heart matched the paper this time I did not cover it with a flower!

I mounted the bib and text on foam dots and then added rhinestones to the skateboard wheels and the dot on the 'i'.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Golden Roses
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I stitched up these roses in gold metallic thread thinking they would make a great card for a 50th anniversary. When I ran across the super-shiny gold cardstock I was really excited to get this put together.

I ran the gold through the Cuttlebug folder for texture and mounted the stitched panel on foam dots. The gold peel-off greeting was added to a piece of cardstock that matches the folded base card.

So hard to photograph metallics, this is much brighter in person.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 19 July 2010
Aged Leaves
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I started with the leaf stitched on burgundy cardstock with orange thread. Next I chose the background paper and then the 'definition' cardstock. Some cutting, trimming, corner punching, layering, and the addition of a text tag and some gold peel-off leaves and ...

... this is what you get.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Make a Wish
Topic: Stamping

Here is another of the stamps from the set with text embedded in the flower image. I kept the coloring very soft on this to reflect what one would find on the seed head itself.

The image was torn out to keep the casual feel and I also tore the background paper which also got a sheer ribbon tie. The pink layer and the printed background are layered flat and the stamped image is on foam dots.

I added sticky pearls to the center of the seed head and to the upper right and lower left of the card front. "Best Wishes" in gold peel-off stickers are added to the text in three places.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Refreshingly Simple
Topic: Scrap Recovery

This image came from a recent travel brochure and I stamped the greeting right on the picture. The layers are all colors pulled from the photo.

I sliced the folded edge enough to thread a ribbon through and helf the ends in place with an adhesive-backed silk flower.

It took about as long to explain it as it did to make it. So simple.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 16 July 2010
Birdhouse on a Branch
Topic: Stamping

When I bought this stamp set of birdhouse images I expected it to be really neat to work with. But I soon realized that stamping the birdhouse on white and mounting it on color makes it look goofy. One would normally see through the bars to the background.

So for this one I used colored pencils to mimic the background color in the image and trimmed close around the birdhouse and chain. The backing piece was cut out with Nestabilities label 11 and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, using only a portion of it for the top and another part for the bottom.

The piece was then brushed lightly with distress ink to bring up the texture more. I added a piece of calligraphy behind it and corner punched to mimic the edges of the centerpiece. A ribbon was added as a carrier for the gold peel-off greeting stickers.

I stacked chololate cardstock base, calligraphy, leafy piece and them popped up the birdhouse on foam dots. As a final touch I tied a bow in some soft cord to make it look like the birdhouse is tied to the chain.




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

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