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Wednesday, 2 May 2012
It's In The Script
Topic: Stamping

The stamp I used today has such a vintage feel I wanted to use techniques that would enhance that.

I used distress ink pads pressed to acrylic blocks to create pools of color that I then used like watercolors. I used two purples, two pinks and one green. Then I used old paper distress ink to tone the edges.

These first two were stamped on regular white cardstock. Both of them are mounted over ColorMe papers misted with a color spray.

I stamped the other two on watercolor paper and treated them the same as thefirst ones. On one of them I tore and bent the edges for more distressing. These both got a black and cream brocade background.

All four of these are on lavender card bases.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Roy G Biv
Topic: Stamping

Technique featured on another blog last week... make stripes of color with distress ink pads on a craft sheet. Press large stamp into it, move up a bit and ink again, and down to ink again, smooshing in the ink each time. This blends the colors. Mist with water and stamp onto cardstock. Result is a rainbow background (thus the Roy G Biv title - Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet) I only used the top half of the rainbow though.

First I used the technique on a brocade type stamp. I trimmed it down and stamped over the top with some flora, grass and a bird. Layering with black over a white base card and finished up with a stamped sentiment.

Then I switched to a dotted background stamp and stamped quite a few. Some are stamped directly onto a folded card base like these two. I stayed with the flora, grass and bird. I colored lightly in the flora and drew a doodle line around the top and sides.

Another one stamped directly on the card base got an arrangement of cupcakes. I added a hand-drawn cake plate and three strips of gold peel-off borders along the left.

I used an arrangement of sketchy flowers on the last of the direct-to-card backgrounds and again on a single piece that I cut down so it could get a black frame with one side punched with a scallop. These were colored with different selections of watercolor markers. Which to you like best?

I finished up stamping without reinking - just misting with water - and it created much softer dots. I turned one upside down to change the orientation of the colors. I stamped both of these with the bottle image and used very pastel watercolor markers on them. These were both backed with black panels.

I don't have a lot of background stamps and I'm pretty much done with these dots so I can't see using this technique again soon. It was a nice day of play though.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 30 April 2012
Topic: Stamping

Fifteen of 'this', fifteen of 'that', fifteen of the 'other' and then mix them all together for fifteen finished cards. I started with a Hero Arts stamp set (a partnership stamps set with Operation Write Home) cheated a bit on the OWH sketch 119 to create this set. Here is the sketch

From the stamp set I selected the house, the cloud, the fence, and the kite. I stamped each of these (except the fence) on a variety of table scraps and cut them out. Then I Mixed and Matched pieces for a kind of patchwork look. Here's one 'close up'.

Each cloud was stamped twice on matching paper. Each house got the windows cut out and a contrasting piece was stamped and mounted behind. I used warm grey Copic markers to create shadows on them, too. The kites were cut into quarters and opposing pieces matched up to create whole kites. To create each card I stamped three fences on the lower portion of a white card, mounted a piece of green patterned paper over the lower edge with a torn edge. A bird was stamped on the fence and the kite stamped with the string in the bird beak. I used distress ink in 'stormy sky' around the top and sides of the sky and 'old paper' around the sides and bottom of the ground. I adhered the clouds in the sky with one overlapping the kite. Then the kite was assembled on top of the cloud, the house adhered on the grass and a shadow added at its base. Now ain't that cute? I just stamped them with a variety of text phrases to finish them off.

Here are all of them:

Cute, huh?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, 30 April 2012 7:53 AM PDT
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Bottle Bouquets
Topic: Stamping

Sometimes when I buy a new stamp it will sit for a long time before I get around to inking it up. This one, though, I had inked within 48 hours. I loved it that much - so much that I actually paid full price for it. Now THAT is noteworthy!

It is one of the designs that have a sketched look to them. I like every one of these designs that I have, and this is no exception. I stamped some of these fully inked and then stamped some as second generation so they would be a little lighter. This enhances the sketched look even more. I used a waterbrush and distress inks to paint the images in a watercolor style.

All of them were then bordered and mounted to colored cardstock with bordered paper scraps as backgrounds.

The card on the left uses three strips of patterned papers and I used distress ink (old paper) to tone the edges of the image. The sentiment is cut with a flag end and popped up on foam tape.

The one on the right turns the strips to the other orientation, I changed the text and left off the distress ink.

For the card on the left below I moved the sentiment and added tinted paper flowers over the top of the stamped blooms. I gave these rhinestone centers.

The one on the right below got the rhinestone centers applied directly to the blooms and I changed up the sentiment and applied it on an angle for a more casual look. I used pink Liquid Pearls in the center of the heart image.

These last two are the second generation images. Both of them use the same sentiment with blue Liquid Pearls in the heart. The image on the left is left 'natural' and the one on the right has the rhinestones in the flower centers.

Yep, I'll be stamping this image again.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 28 April 2012
Cover Shots
Topic: Scrap Recovery

So, I bought a new pad of 12x12 cardstock for a specific project. Yummy stuff! And when I took the pad apart it had a cover with a wavy-edge aperture cut out of it and some of the graphics from the contents were printed on the cover along with some little elements of possible enhancements - sort of like a 'serving suggestions' photo on a package of prepared food.

My response was to cut up the cover where it incorporated some of these elements as well as a section of the aperture. I mounted these onto colored card bases and then stamped with a birdhouse image. The image was colored in with watercolor markers.

I stamped them both with the same sentiment.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 27 April 2012
Ocean View
Topic: Backgrounds

I started out this project by taking a photograph of one of my watercolor paintings from years ago. Then I printed it 4-up on photo paper and cut down to use as card fronts. I trimmed enough to expose an 1/8-inch border of the base card.

I chose three different sentiments and stamped directly on the photo front.

Here is one in close up.

Because of the glossy finish these appear much lighter than their true colors.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 26 April 2012
I've Learned My Lesson
Topic: Quilting

Every time I set out to make a quilt I try to learn a new technique or lesson from it. I learned FOUR things from making this quilt:

ONE: If a pattern is designed to be paper pieced, don't ssume you can short-cut it and make yards of stripes to set together. It is nearly impossible to make the strips piece accurately enough and you have to calculate in the 'takeup' of the bend of the fabric of every seam. The result of this experiment is a poorly pieced wall hanging from the center motif that I will finish up someday for my OWN wall.

TWO: I learned how to paper piece. Very time consuming but oh-so accurate and satisfying when all the seams match perfectly.

THREE: I tried out a new block construction for the wide border that is called a 10-minute block and goes together like magic. I can see myself making a whole quilt out of these blocks someday.

FOUR: I learned how to make and quilt a smaller quilt and then attach batting, backing, and borders to expand it to a larger size. This was necessary because the throat of my sewing machine is small and this way I could work on a smaller size for the quilting and then quilt the borders after they were attached.

I made this quilt for my son and daughter-in-law for their anniversary. They are lovers of all things Celtic.

So, here is the wide view of the queen-sized quilt I call Celtic Dreams:

Here is a closeup of the paper-pieced section:

And a closeup of the 10-minute block border:

I got the pattern for the feature part of the quilt from www.QuiltersCache.com. It is a pattern she calls Irish Plaid (http://www.quilterscache.com/I/IrishPlaidBlock.html). The 10-minute block is from Design Originals and I learned how to make it on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=sgAZ3_xdkGw


I am SO pleased with this project... and glad it is done!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
A New Angle
Topic: Fantastic Folds

One group challenged a 'star card' and another challenged a 'triangle' card. I decided that a star card has so many triangles in it that I would use it for both challenges.

I've never done this structure before and now I can say I have done it many times. However, this is the only card that resulted as I had so many problems with the measurements that the rest of the papers were creased every-which-way and ended up in recycling. I STILL didn't get them quite right on this as you can see at the edges underneath the blue triangles. Those should be perfect 60-degree corners not open holes. 

One other result was that this made the card too large to fit in a 6 x 6 envelope for mailing. I'll have to make my own envelope if I want to send this to someone.

Over all, I kinda like it. I'll have to dig out some truly ugly papers to fuss with until I can get those measurements right. THEN I can make one that doesn't need patchwork on the front to cover up the mistakes and it will fit in the envelope.

Here is a view of the card when it is opened. I did not do any decorating here.

Yes, you can see inside where I double-creased, trying to fix those measurements. Sigh. Back to the drawing board.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
The Spotlight's On You
Topic: Stamping

Challenge: Make a card with the 'reverse spotlight' technique. I had to go look this one up as I had never heard of that technique. Turns out that it means you stamp the frontpiece of your card and then punch out portions of it that overlap the stamped images. Then you stamp the same images on contrasting paper and mount them underneath to align with the frontpiece.

OK, I'm game. I stamped with several individual images from a new set I picked up, to create a little scene. Just the birds and nest were stamped on this step. Then I punched and mounted those images underneath. It still didn't look quite complete so I pulled the cloud stamp from another set and added three of those.

It was pretty large so I trimmed it to a more standard size and chose some printed papers for framing.

The paper colors were a little too different so I used 'old paper' distress ink on the edges of all, including the frontpiece. I even used a bit of it inside the punched areas. Unfortunately, now they were all too similar in tone so I dragged the edges across a black ink pad to add definition.

This is pretty busy so I may not add any text. Blank cards are very useful to have on hand.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 23 April 2012
Pockets Inside and Out
Topic: Fantastic Folds

Need a card with two pockets? Neither did I, but I saw a neat tutorial for one and I had to go try it out. 

I can't figure out how to make a link to a video 'clickable' so I'll just put the URL here and you can cut and paste if you want to go watch the tutorial for yourself. Patty is using the scoring board from Stampin' Up but it was easy to follow the same measurements and make the card on my Martha Stewart scoring board as well as my ScorPal. If you have none of these, you could easily score with a ruler and stylus. Here's the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b6WlQbBXUKY 

And here's the card I made:

If you don't go to watch the video I'll summarize - this is made from a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 reversible cardstock. It requires 4 folds, no cuts, and a bit of glue. I filled my two pockets with pre-made tags mounted back to back so they are also reversible. The front decoration is made with some table scraps and I glued a bit of picot-edge trim to the pocket edge.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Embossed and Embellished
Topic: Dry Embossing

I love the graphic effect of dry embossing folders and sometimes just want them to be the center of attention. Especially this folder from a Cuttlebug set which included the folder as well as a diecut set of several phrases.  The 'front' of the folder is marked but if used that way it makes the image indented. I really like it with the image raised so I always use the folder backwards. That's just how I roll.

For this first one I used a tan linen-texture paper. After embossing I used Copic markers to color the raised parts a light green. Then I attached sticky-back garnet colored rhinestones to some of the dots at the end of the 'branches'. I stamped the greeting directly onto the face and cut the panel to mounto on a light green card base.

I embossed again on the tan cardstock but this time I used light brown Copic for the coloring. The decorative dots here are gold 'nail head' stickers. I stamped the sentiment the same as before and used a medium brown card base.

Then I wanted to create the color in the background and leave the image light so I applied milled lavender distress ink direct to the inside of the folder before making the embossing on cream cardstock. This was too pastel for what I had in mind. So I used the brown Copic on the stems and dots again. I used ruby colored nail head stickers this time, stamped the greeting and adhered to a pinkish card base.

Still trying to get that background color I went with a darker purple distress ink on the folder before embossing. Much better. I used the light green Copic for the stems and left the dots uncolored. Digging into the stash of supplies I found these bitty purple flowers someone sent in a swap (thank you, whoever you were). I cut off their stems and glued in clusters to the stems to make real flowers out of the image. Oh, yes! I cut some of the cream cardstock to stamp the greeting and layered it over purple to match the flowers. The whole piece is attached to a light purple card base.

Now THAT is one yummy card!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Drunken Acetate
Topic: Dry Embossing

So, this was a challenge on one of my groups: Dry emboss acetate and use Sakura Lacquers to color in the image. Ummm, I don't have any of those. So I'll try out other products and see what works.

First, I tried using Copic markers. They look sketchy as they don't spread like the liquids would do. I ended up using two colors for the stems (green and brown) and two in the buds (yellow and blue). I stamped the text on a ledger paper and used a dry adhesive around the edges to mount.

Then I decided to try out alcohol inks. I put a drop out on an acrylic block and picked up with a water-brush filled with blending soluton. This was painted into the indentations of the embossing. On this one I used the inks to wet and they ran up the sides of the indentations. I let them dry and then used a sanding block to clean up the edges a bit. This scratched up the acetate so I just went with it and sanded it to a satin finish.

I stamped text on a printed cardstock and mounted the acetate over that. a red border sets it off from the very similar colored card base.

I kind of got the hang of it with this one. This technique does not lend itself to neat, clean edges but gives more of a watercolor effect. I used only green ink and mounted over a blue paper. This was such a nice pattern I didn't want to cover it up so I just added a single strip of cardstock with a rhinestone border and three satin bows.

I can't see myself spending a LOT of time with this technique. I do have a couple more made up that I have to turn into cards someday, though.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 20 April 2012
Patriotic Trio
Topic: Digital Projects

I sat down to work with three patriotic digital images and had a lot of fun with them.

First up is the stitched star. I used markers in a sketchy style and added a variety of Stickles and Liquid Pearls to enhance the stripes and the stars. This panel was rounded and backed with matching blue. I created a card base from blue star cardstock and layered with a red stripe and a strip of gold tissue tape.

I like how simple it is.

Next was this little guy hugging his bunny. I got a new set of markers that are all flesh tones. There are two shades in several color ranges that allow for selection in how pink/peach/gold the skin will be. For the baby I decided to go very pink. 

I used a Nestability die to cut the image, allowing it to cut off the edges of the picture. Layering with the same colors, each banded in black, makes for a very graphic presentation. I trimmed the end of the text stamp (also a digital stamp) into a flag shape and popped it up on foam tape.

Finally, I colored up this little soldier and flag. It is such a large image that it fills up a good deal of the card. I rounded two colors to pull it back in a bit. By backing with red and banding in the bright blue it left me wanting to see some of the gold from the pole and the uniform blue so I punched some stars, added some faux stitching with a pen and attached them in a scatter.I also tied some neutral scrapper's floss around the end of the greeting banner.

The buttons, belt buckle, hat band, and environmental stars have gold Stickles. The stars on the flag have silver Stickles.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Tin Man's Flower Can
Topic: Digital Projects

The challenge on coloring up this digital image was to make the watering can look like metal. To do this I used three shades of cool grey markers and really worked on rendering the curve of the shape. I think it turned out really well. I used more cool grey to create a shadow pool for it to rest in. Three flowers were colored up in purples in two shades for each bloom. They got yellow centers.

When I stamped the text it disappeared into the image so I traced over those areas with white gel pen to make them pop out.

All the layers are banded with black and there is a dark green card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Topic: Stamping

A stamping buddy and I traded impressions of out favorite images from out stamp collections. One of my favorites of those she sent was this hummingbird. I like the way it includes double framing.

I colored using Copic markers and then covered the bird with Glossy Accents. This really intensified the color. I used color blocking with tones pulled from the image and framed up each piece with black borders.

MUCH bolder colors in real life.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Impressed - Not Impressed
Topic: Die Cuts

I bought a couple of new sets of Spellbinders dies called 'Piercabilities' that I thought had promise for cutting card edges. This is the first one I used. They have a cutting edge, scrolls or other shapes that emboss, and little holes that I thought might emboss or even I could pierce through them and do stitching.

The edge cuts fine.

The embossing is faint.

The holes embossed so little that it looked tacky. So I left the die in place and pierced through the holes. Looked pretty lame. I decided to do faux stitching with a purple fine-line marker. Still looks tacky.

I decided to back it with purple to match the stitching lines and to cover up the pierced holes on the other side. Then I added a pyramid 3D illustration that I had backed with more purple.

I am not impressed with how this is impressed. I will try out the other 3 dies but don't hold out much hope for them. They may end up in my 'gift stash' to send of with a swap to someone.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 16 April 2012
Three Digital Images
Topic: Digital Stamps

I started a new topic category for this post because I started a self-challenge to use some of the free digital images I've found around the net. I print them out on my inkjet printer which means I have to use alcohol-based markers (Copic, Bic, Spectrum, Promarkers) for coloring. I use brands interchangeably because it is a particular color I am aiming for, not support of any product line.

All the cards I made for this post were printed on white cardstock, colored, cut with Nestabilities Frame dies, bordered in black and layered on coordinating papers, also bordered in black.

I love this little puppy in the wagon. I used somber papers to keep it on the masculine side but also to give it a little nostalgia. I popped up the puppy panel and the text on foam tape. The sentiment is produced digitally, as well, using a little pun.

This one also has a digital sentimen, but with a little creative trimming. I also added some yellow punched flowers with red pearl centers to echo the flowers in the illustration. I used a diedut that allowed the image to bleed off the frame so it puts you right in the picture.

For this last one, I cut it to let the illustration run off the bottom only. I found some printed paper that used the pink and blue from the illustration and then added the brown panel to match her hair. To brint the focus to the tray of hearts, I chose a rose-pink panel (that looks too red in the photo) to stamp the text. This text is made up of a set of separate words that allows you to create and stamp phrases as desired.

On the tray of hearts, the darker ones are covered in Liquid Pearls.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Rock-a-Bye Baby
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Both of the paper embroidery groups I belong to issued a challenge to make a baby card. I chose different patterns for them and non-traditional colors to make them uni-sex.

Fot the first I chose some of my favorite dotted cardstock and stitched a onesie in purple. I happened to have a matching purple bow from a swap and I used Liquid Pearls for the snaps. A purple tone-on-tone makes the card base and a sentiment is created with a gold peel-off sticker.

The second card is stitched with cream thread on cream cardstock. I added text with a white gel pen. A border of tan sets it off from the textured white background (recycled from a commercial greeting card). Another tan border and a white card basecomplete the layering. I used distress ink in 'old paper' to enhance the texture of the white paper and tone the edges of thebaby panel.

Ready for the babies...


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Little Girl's Dream
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I created this pattern for my granddaughter who is learning ballet. She is having a recital and I wanted a special card for her. I am making the pattern available on my free pattern site at http://mystudio3d.com/StitcheryDoDodd.htm

I had a pad of paper that is all about music and selected this black tone-on-tone with a piano keyboard border. I used metallic copper for her hair, cream for the arms and legs, and shimmery lavender for the dress.

I mounted on a tone-on-tone purple card base and added a greeting in gold peel-off stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 13 April 2012
Topic: Paper Embroidery

If I get a challenge to make a card with an insect you will most likely see a dragonfly on it. I've always loved them. As a kid I called them helicopter bugs (truthfully, I still do).

I selected a ColorMe paper of swirls and used Glimmer Mist to give it a silver shine background. The weed is stitched with purple and green metallic threads and the helicopter bug is stitched with gold and copper threads. I used a black shimmer mat and a purple folded card base.

Won't be long and they'll be flying around for real.



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

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