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Monday, 19 September 2011
Play On Words
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Assignment: Make a card combining Paper Embroidery with Iris Folding

I made my own iris folding pattern for an iris several years ago and pulled it out for this card. I used a pebbled glittery cardstock for the main panel and completed the flower in folded tissue before pricking out the border. This border is actually bits and pieces from a template I got in a swap. I usedgreen threads on the top to echo the stem and leaves and used yellow on the bottom to echo the top of the iris.

I rounded the corners of the main panel as well as a dark purple shimmery paper as a backing. This is mounted onto a light purple folded card base. Both the purple layers match those in the flower.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Paper Pin
Topic: Fantastic Folds

Sometimes an idea just pops in my head and I have to go try it right away. Such is the case with today's project.

Question to myself: I see everyone making those cool pleated rosette flowers. I wonder if it would work to cut a strip of cardstock and punch it with edge trimmer, pleat on the bumps and valleys.

Answer: Yes it does work to some extent. The issue is really the 'spread' of the design in the border punch. The one I had at hand folded at just under 1/2 inch making for a very tall bloom.

Solution: Find another use for it instead of a card. So I added a rhinestone on a stem to the center, mounted the pleated flower on a big glue dot. To this was added three gold paper leaves (left over from cake decorating days), and two strips of ribbon. I backed this with another glue dot and backed it with a punched circle. Another punched circle got slots cut into it and a pin back fed through. Then glue dots hold whis circle to the rest of the pin.

Here is the result:

Cute, eh? But being paper it won't be durable. I wore it once and it looks nice, though. If I were to do another I might leave off the pin back and use it to decorate a gift box as a permanent 'bow'.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 17 September 2011
E is for Egg
Topic: Paper Embroidery

As we continue down the Alphabetical Stitching challenge, I chose to do E is for Egg. I colored the Color Me paper forst with distress ink and stamped the text background on it. Then I pricked out the design (I left off some other foreground flowers inside the egg. After stitching I used Copic markers to color inside (yellow) and outside (grey) the egg.

I had the plaid printed cardstock on hand and mounted it over yellow folded card for the base. Then the main image is raised up on foam squares over that.

I had set aside the recently stitched koi to serve as F is for Fish so the next one up in this challenge will be G.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, 30 May 2011 3:06 PM PDT
Friday, 16 September 2011
VBS Artwork
Topic: Other Projects

This is a wide-ranging group of projects. I spent some days making artwork for Vacation Bible School (back in June) and thought I'd gather all of them together to show today.

We had a 'Gold Rush' theme so I was asked to pain some animals for the sets. The project managers enlarged outlines with a projector and drew them out on butcher paper. Then I painted them with tempera paints.

Here is one of a pair of howling coyotes that stand about 6 feet tall:


Then I painted a huge grizzly bear:

This was followed by a horse (almost life size):

I did some shading of already painted rocks:


On a huge collapsible wall in one building they put up butcher paper for a mural. I was asked to add some miners around a campfire - these I had to draw as well as paint:

I also painted up a couple of fish and added them to their stream:

My next project was to letter some advertising banners to go in the lawn. These vinyl banners come with the picture graphics and the top caption. I did all the informational lettering and the signpost at the bottom with magic markers. I made two of these:

And finally, I made 11 posters for the Kickoff Festival games and for the daily registrations. These I did freehand with large magic markers and copic markers:

And that's it...


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 15 September 2011
One Thing Leads to Another
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Very late in posting these cards for the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #70. Here is the sketch they provided:

As soon as I saw this a bunch of ideas just popped into my head and when I woke up the next morning I had dreamed up even more. I hurried to write down all my ideas and off to the studio I went to implement a few. As it turned out I ended up making all of them and even made a couple of them twice. I finished 15 cards from this sketch in one session.

The first set is very standard interpretation using printed cardstock with big dots for the circle element. I used a punch and removed one of the dots and popped it up on foam tape for dimension. This got a couple of gold peel-off hearts, too. This is one that I liked so much I made another just like it except the main paper and accent strip are reversed.

I then went on a sports kick. First I made a hand-drawn basketball and colored it with copic markers. The flooring in the background was grey wood-grain cardstock that I colored with copics and I hand-drew the accent stripe and added a sticker for the text.

The baseball came next with details drawn with copics. I got some smudges on it with my fingers so I just added lots more smudges to make it a well-loved ball. I used printed scrapbook papers for the background and accent strip and stamped the greeting.

The third sports ball is for soccer. I didn't make it wide enough to fit the sketch exactly so I offset from the right edge and added some inspirational sports stickers. I used another one on the accent strip and then pulled a sticker 'ticket' from the same set as an additional focal.

The first idea I had, but not the first executed, was this daisy. I sketched onto yellow dotted cardstock and used copics to add shading. The scalloped center piece was table scraps that I popped up on foam. I chose two other papers from the same set with different colors and different dot sized. The greeting on the accent strip is stamped.

I love it when the vision becomes reality and looks exactly like what I had in my head. I was so glad to find these woodgrain papers in a new pack I had just bought. They made the perfect background to represent the covered wagon. The wheel is two layers - the hub and the rim are popped up on foam. The greeting is letter stickers. Loved finding the grass print in my scrap drawer!

This background paper is from the same new paper pack and really looks like stone. I put the bug stickers on it and made shadows for them with copic markers. Then I cut an acetate circle and a metallic rim and handle. Details are drawn with Sharpie marker. When adhering the finished panel to the base cardstock I used foam under the magnifying glass and regular glue under the rest. This makes the lens bulge out.

I cut circles in three sizes for these pig cards. The snout is punched with a 1/8 inch hand punch and the ears and feet are cut freehand. Eyes are white brads with Sharpie marker details. The snout and the head are popped up on foam. I stamped flowers all over the background and colored them with watercolor markers. The flower centers were dotted with a white gel pen. This was another design that I liked so much I made another the same - with different papers.

I had been wanting to try out making a poppy with coffee filters and then when this sketch was presented it seemed like the ideal time to do it. I placed a button in the center of the filter and wrapped tightly with thread and tied it off. Then I twisted the paper to give it the crinkly look and crinkle-cut the edges to fit the prescribed circle. I cut wedges toward the center and rounded the outside edges. Then I colored all the petals with three copic markers. I used a brown copic for the center and to add some veins in the petals. This was mounted on a backing circle and then onto the grassy paper. The accent strip has a rub-on scroll and the greeting is stamped.

The idea for the paper doilies was to use them like a stencil to create a background. But it wasn't working for me so I set the project aside. When I went back later I realized the doily itself with the ink on it was looking pretty cool so I decided to use it on the card. The center is a couple of pieces of tex-printed scrapbook paper that I wrinkle-distressed and popped up on foam. I used a pearl-centered brad to hold all the layers together. The background paper and accent strip are printed cardstock. Text is stamped.

The rest of the samples turn the sketch on the side. For this one I rotated the circle element to the top and, instead of adding the circle I subtracted it. I used the circle cutter to cut out the top area and mounted the patterned paper over 'flesh' toned cardstock. Then I used lace to add trim to the neckline and used gold peel-off to create a chain. The cameo is a sticker which I burnished from the back to make it rounded in the center. Then I adhered it with foam tape, added a gold bezel and drew in a drop-shadow with copics. The text is a thick acrylic clear sticker.

And this one is rotated 180 degrees from the last one. I used the circle element on patterned paper, scalloped the straight edge and adhered lace underneath with glue dots. the bottom of the skirt is attached to the card with foam tape but the top of the skirt is sliced so it will lay flat to the backing with regular glue. I drew in some pleating with copic markers. I had a gold peel-off sticker 'bodice' that I placed on printed pink matching the accent strip. Tehn I cut close around it and adhered over the top of the skirt. The text is a thick acrylic clear sticker.

And, finally, I made a bouquet of roses by stamping my hand-carved blooms, using a lot of masking. The outer leaves are hand-drawn and the whole thing is colored with watercolor markers. I layered with simple strips for accent and stamped the text.

And that's it. 15 cards from one sketch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Sticker Shock
Topic: Stickers

I decided to try using up the last of the floral panel stickers I started with a while back. So I sat down and selected a main backing color for each, a card base, and sometimes another piece that 'goes with'. This is what I came up with, making additions to each one as it was created.

First, I went very simple, using a torn edge on the left over the dotted paper. Then I found two yellow scraps and layered them to frame out the sticker. The text was stamped after the sticker was adhered to the card front.

The next just uses a lot of varied layers to create a rather elegant card. I stamped along the edge of the red panel as a finishing touch because it was a little too plain.

Another one created with very simple layers. On this one I used a piercing tool to poke holes along the sides of the brown panel to add some interest. The sentiment was selected because it fit in the space!

When I got to this layering it needed a little 'zing' so I added a scallop on the left side. By shifting the panels to the right then the left it creates a balance but is not semetrical. This, also, was stamped with the text after the card was complete.

After laying out the layers for this one they looked too stark so I used a distressing tool to rough up the edges. Then they showed too much white so I inked the rough edges to tone them down. The vertical stamp was added at the last, after completion.

I chose to tear the edges of the mounting panel on this one to soften it up a bit. I cut slits around the stem and threaded sheer ribbon to tie in a bow. The violet panel was cut with the scallop punch and the torn panel is popped up over it on foam tape. I used glue dots to adhere a metal tag that reads 'dream'.

For this card I chose a background cardstock with tiny tone-on-tone stars then ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Stars embossing folder. A printed text panel frames out the floral sticker and these are raised up on foam.

Finally, I had a printed piece from a cheesy card 'kit' and used one panel as a backing. That panel includes only the violet on the left with the white 'happy birthday' greeting and the dotted side on the right. I adhered the butterfly sticker and then added the stem and leaves with green marker. The bloom is a silk flower, folded in half, and held in place with glue dots. I used glue dots to adhere it to the card as well as to attach the flower rhinestone to the fold. A sheer ribbon, tied in a knot, defines the line between the two sections of the cardstock. I rounded two opposing corners on the printed panel as well as the base cardstock.

How's that for variety? Now with all these floral sticker panels used up, I'll have to move on to something else for a while.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
'Star'ring Scraps
Topic: Scrap Recovery

When I bought my new star punch I needed to try it out right away. I pulled a scrap from the table scraps and punched three times. Then I set them aside for 'later'. Hey, 'later' finally came!

I ran across this photo from a catalog of a wall hanging. Also in my bin of 'use this someday'. Hey, 'someday' fianlly came, too!

Now, with a folded green marbled card base, a border cardstock for the text panel, a scrap of striped cardstock and some foam dots, this is what I created:

I used a pink pen to doodle around the card border and a green pen to doodle around each of the stars. The upper two stars are mounted direct to the card face. The lower star and the text panel are up on foam tape.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 12 September 2011
Over the Top Words
Topic: Stamping

OK, so only two of today's cards have stamping. But since the general technique is the same I am lumping a couple of others in with them.

This is going back to the technique of layering printed vellum over an image to create a focal piece. In this first case I used a stamped and colored image of a blossoming branch. The vellum is wrapped to the back and adhered. I then used brads to attach it to the brown backing panel and glued this onto the folded card base.

Then I stamped and colored another of the dogwood images and layered a vellum panel over it in the same way. This was ahdered to a double layer of colored backing panels. I punched two holes in the backing panels and tied sheet ribbon through. Then these were all layered onto a speckled folded card base.

Next are a couple that use the printed vellum but do not use stamped panels behind them. These use printed tissue that has been wrinkled, flattened and adhered to cardstock. (I bought a couple of packages of floral printed tissue paper just to use on making cards.)

This first card uses heart brads to attach the vellum to the panel before mounting on the pink folded card base.

Then, working in the opposite orientation I created slits in the vellum and floral panel to weave ribbon through for a faux bow. These are then attached to the card base.

I love the variety of looks you can get using these printed vellum overlays.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Are You Chicken?
Topic: Stickers

I designed these two cards to use the stickers of the roosters. Since they faced in opposite directions I made the cards to be exact flip-flops of each other to make the rooster face inward.

The paper the roosters are mounted on is the last of the border paper to which I added a red doodle line. The striped cardstock is table scraps. After layering on a yellow card and the green folded card base I created the floral accents. These are two felt flowers and a folded scrap of red raffia held together with a red flower brad.

The greeting is stamped.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 10 September 2011
What Can You Do With Silver and Blue
Topic: Supplies

ASSIGNMENT: Make a card using only Silver and Blue

I started with a piece of silver cardstock and a new star punch. I took the randomly punched stars and popped them up on foam tape. Then I backed the holes with blue paper and bordered the sides with more blue. I've had a piece of silver mesh for years (from a supplies swap) and tore out a strip to weave behind the stars. The rest is accessorizing with two tones of blue rhinestones and lots of silver peel-off stickers.

Little folds of silver sheer ribbon peek out from each of the punched silver stars and the whole is mounted on a shiny silver folded card base.

What a party!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 9 September 2011
Blue Jeans Baby
Topic: 3D paperwork

Well, this is a bit different interpretation of the topic 3D paperwork, but it applies in an oblique sort of way.

I started with a piece of printed scrapbook paper that looks like denim. Then I used copic markers to add shading that would create seams, folds, and top-stitching. Voila! A jeans pocket! I added three antique silver brads to serve as rivets and then sliced along the top edge of the large pocket. By placing a lining paper behind and raising the two side edges on foam squared the pocket actually stands out from the jeans (actual 3D).

I had a sticker that matched the color and look of leather so I placed that on the 'waistband' to serve as both text and the jeans label. The jeans are mounted on a printed cardstock with antique script and this is what appears on the back of the card as well. The inside of the card matches the inside of the pocket lining.

I created a tag out of mulberry paper to look like a hankie in the pocket.

However, it is reversible and has some of the text cardstock on the back so it can also look like there is a note in the pocket.

This was actually used for a Father's Day card and a gift card was tucked into the pocket behind the tag.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 9 September 2011 9:07 AM PDT
Thursday, 8 September 2011
The Beauty of Scallops
Topic: Stamping

I started with one of the 'leftover' dogwood stamped images and layered a parchment text panel over it. This was accomplished by wrapping it to the back and adhering it with dry adhesive.

I had purchased a new pad of printed cardstock and selected three pages to combine. I made scalloped edges with my new punch and stacked until I liked the arrangement. 

Then I mounted the image panel with foam tape and added two ribbon flags using glue dots.

This was the card I gave my Mom for Mother's Day.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Joy of Reading
Topic: Other Projects

ASSIGNMENT: Bookmark - THEME: Joy of Reading

I had a 'kit' with book circulation cards, date stamp, book pockets, etc. I used one of the circulation cards and stamped a range of dates down the left side. I hand wrote an author, title, and 'signed' funny names that had 'checked out' the book. I used old paper distress ink to shade it and a distress tool to rough up the edges. I colored a suitcase image (from the stamp catalog) and glued that to the front and mounted the whole thing to patterned cardstock.

The top corners were rounded with a punch and I used a small hole punch in the center to thread with a thin ribbon.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Hoo Likes Owls?
Topic: Paper Embroidery

ASSIGNMENT: Make a paper embroidery card on the theme "Owls"

I found this pattern in a book I own and it was perfect for this swap. I stitched the window grame in copper metallic thread, the window grid in gold metallic and the owl in silver metallic - on black cardstock.

I mounted on shiny gold metallic cardstock over a white folded card base. I like this pattern as it is more realistic than most of the 'cute' owls one sees in patterns.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 5 September 2011
Act of Kindness
Topic: Backgrounds

A friend sent the colored/stamped panel in a swap of stamped images. She created the background with distress inks and stamped over it with a silhouette flower. I simply layered it over a cardstock with a blue jeans print. Added to a moss green card base, the blue jeans panel was then stamped with a quote stamp.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Forest Walk
Topic: Scrap Recovery

If you look in the right catalog you will find a picture of a print you can buy to hang on your wall. If you cut out that picture with an oval nestability die and layer it on a beaded oval diecut of printed cardstock you will have the feature for today's card. I chose to layer it using foam tape over a brown plaid paper and a brown folded card base.

What a serene scene.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 3 September 2011
Seven Up
Topic: Stamping

A while back I was using a shadow stamp on card projects and stamped up a bunch extras in a variety of pastel colors on white cardstock. So, in a push to use them all up, I pulled out some other stamps and treated them in similar ways.

First I stamped over all of them using a script background in coordinating colors. Then I used a tall flower stamp on the right side of the blocks. I have a set that offers 4 different flowers. So I used each of them twice, except for the lily. Then each of them was colored with watercolor markers and cut out with a nestabilities die - using a variety of them. Finally, each got a text stamp.

I then pulled out base cards, background papers, and ribbons in suitable colors and set about assembling the following--

With the lily stamp I colored in yellow, layered with green, yellow and blue and added a sheer blue ribbon:

This Iris was colored with light purple, cut with a scallop die, layered with dark purple, lime green and light purple. It got a sheer purple bow:

The second iris was colored with a blue-violet marker and has a darker shadow stamp background. A faux bow on the purple cardstock layer balances out the image panel which is popped up on foam tape. The green layer is torn on the right to soften the layout and this is finished off with a violet card base:

Next is the Allium. The first is a blue-violet version which has a thin green border peeking out from the image panel. This is popped up on foam tape over a blue panel and bordered with a glitter-green strip on the left. The base card is pastel violet:

The secons Allium was colored with a raspberry coloring so I added a shimmery pink torn panel behind it to reinforce the palette. A sheer ribbon is knotted through slits on either side of the stems before popping it up over the pink/green layer. Dark red-violet card base on this one:

These final flowers are labeled paperwhite narcissus which one presumes would mean they should be 'white'. However, that would be boring! So I made them yellow and orange. The first I gave a simple layout since the flower itself is more detailed. A borl text stamp adds some weight to the panel to anchor it. Both the backing and the base card are in tones of spring green:

The second paperwhite also got a horizontal treatment (it just worked out that way). I got a new nestabilities die with a cool 'beaded' edge that the ovals die fits precisely. I used it on a shimmery yellow cardstock and popped both on foam tape over a grass-green card base and a strip of playful plaid:

Isn't it fascinating how much the look changes from one card to another with different shapes and colors?




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 2 September 2011
Asian Stitches
Topic: Paper Embroidery

ASSIGNMENT: Make a stitched card with the theme GLOBETROTTING. I chose to make my card Asian in support of Japan.

I used a collage rubber stamp on white cardstock and colored in a few areas with watercolor markers. Then I pricked out areas as I went along and stitched in with the appropriate threads.

For the medallion I stitched in red over the yellow coloring. Then I stitched heavily in the ferns with lime green. The dragonfly is stitched with irridescent violet in two tones.

I used a printed tissue, crushed and flattened, over light purple cardstock base and added the stitched panel on top.

Here is a close look at the stitching on the dragonfly. You can see I did just a few lines on each wing and then stitched sections into the body.

And off it went to its new home in England, so I guess the card itself is a globetrotter!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Four Dogwoods
Topic: Stamping

ASSIGNMENT: make cards illustrating what you like best about SPRING in your home area. (Yes, I am very late in posting these, though they were completed in April!)

For me, the best thing about Spring is the flowering of the trees. I love the magnolias, the plums, and the dogwoods most of all. As it happens, I have a dogwood clear stamp and I chose to use it four ways (because I don't like being repetitive) because I don't like being repetitive (LOL).

For the first I stamped three times on white cardstock, blocking out the text on two of them. They were colored with watercolor markers and then I used a square punch to cut them out, changing the orientation so they would look like different branches. Then I rounded two corners of each and hit all the edges with Old Paper distress ink on a foam applicator. These were then attached to a butter yellow cardstock strip. I selected a cream base card and stamped over the whole face using a flowering branch stamp and Old Paper distress ink. It was a little stark so I used an aquabrush to color in the blooms and branches which melted the ink color into these areas. I mounted the image strip and then rounded the two outer corners. Here's the result:

Yes, it IS yummy! But I kept going. I selected another white cardstock and stamped all around the outside with the dogwood stamp to create a frame and then colored it with watercolor markers. I used a nestabilities labels die to cut out the center and the next larger one to emboss a frame around the cutout. I used Old Paper distress ink to tint the whole frame and mounted it to a cream card base using 3d glue dots around the inside and regular glue dots at the outer edges. I stamped text onto white cardstock and cut this with the next smaller nestability die and tinted it with the same distress ink. Here's a look:

Ooooh! Aaaaah! But we're not done yet.

Next I stamped the dogwood only twice onto white cardstock and blocked the text out on both. Then I colored with the watercolor markers. This I cut with a large scallop oval Nestability dieand tinted with Old Paper distress ink on a foam applicator. I selected a cream card base and used a Cuttlebug embossing frame folder on the front of it. I stamped the text and used a watercolor marker to add vines all around the edges. Then I mounted thedogwood panel using foam tape. Are you ready for this???

Lovely, no? And one more...

This time I stamped the dogwood three times in an arch and colored with watercolor markers. I cut this into a panel and rounded the corners before using the Old Paper distressink on the whole thing. I chose another cream card base and ran this thru the Cuttlebug with the Script foldes. I burnished it lightly to flatten the embossing a bit and then used the distress ink to very slightly color the raised portions. I added the stamped panel with foam tape and then rounded all four corners of the card.

So there you have it. One image stamp, one background stamp, four markers, one distress ink pad, two nestabilities sets, two embossing folders, two punches, four cream card bases, one yellow strip.... four awesome cards for Spring.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
J is For Jazz
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Another card for the alphabet paper embroidery series...

J is for Jazz because I couldn't think of anything else for J that I had a pattern for! I embossed the white paper first and then pricked out the design (by Joke de Vette) onto it. I stitched in a variety of bright colors to illustrate the jazz theme.

After rounding two corners I mounted it on a background of green glitter cardstock using foam dots and glued this to a yellow-orange card base.

I found some acrylic button letter stickers to spell out JAZZ and used a Sharpie marker to turn them into musical notes for the text.



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

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