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Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Back To My Roots
Topic: Coloring

This stamp is one of the first I owned when my daughter bought the set of four seasonal stained glass for me. For today's cards I stamped on regular cardstock and colored with alcohol markers.

I did not do any shading on these as I wanted them to look like flat glass rather than 3-dimensional objects. This one was done in 2 reds, 2 yellows, 2 greens and 2 browns. I trimmed the panel and bordered it in black. The base card is also trimmed in black and features a large diamond in two-tone green. The sentiment is metallic red stickers.

For the next I changed some of the colors. One of the blues is lighter and I swapped out orange for one of the reds in the border. I used a rust-colored base card and left bands of it showing downthe sides. Wide strips of yellow and green patterned paper form the background and are bordered in black along the outside edges. I popped the feature up on foam tape and added a peel-off greeting.

The coloring on the last one swaps 2 yellows out for the reds in the border and it certainly changes the character of the piece. I chose to change the orientation for this card and made use of brown and black bordering. The colored background strips were decorated with a gold foil sentiment and gold peel-off stickers.

Stay tuned for an encore....





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 9 December 2013
Snowflakes and More Snowflakes
Topic: Coloring

Snow is forecast for today but I'm hoping today's cards are all I see of it!

Last week I showed some cards stamped with the 4-way Christmas stamping block - one day the poinsettia and another the pinecones. I didn't use the side with the holly this year but did stamp several of the snowflakes. These are stamped on regular white cardstock and colored with the palest values of alcohol markers. I did the flakes themselves in yellow, peach and pink and then filled in the swirly background with blue.

These were cut out and all of them matched up with a snow-covered glossy cardstock. It is hard to match up blues but these worked together so beautifully.

For the first card, I used a dark blue shimmer card base and a pink shimmer border on the feature. Then I added a sentiment sticker.

Next I did two identical ones (I KNOW! Right?) by using Sizzix dies to cut the block into a shape and backing it with a larger version of the same die shape. The base border is glimmer white and the shape border in glimmer mauve. These got a plastic sentiment sticker. I'll just show one of them:

I then repeated the style using different border colors. The first uses the same glimmer white for the base and a bright glimer yellow for the shape. The second uses blue glimmer for the base and a pale yellow for the shape. Both got a gold peel-off greeting:

Finally, I used a cream glimmer for both borders and made the block border thinner. This got a couple of penguin stickers and a peel-off sentiment on the feature block.

All of the cards have the feature block popped up on foam tape.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:27 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 9 December 2013 8:47 AM PST
Friday, 6 December 2013
Piney Woods
Topic: Coloring

From the same big block of Christmas images as the poinsettias I used the pinecones and branches. This is an overall image and works well when stamped continuously as a background.

I used very simple watercoloring on this with one brown and two greens. Since there was so much stamping (9 times) I just did one piece of this and kept as much as possible for the card.

I selected a piece of cardstock with a plaid stripe and some supporting trims already printed on it. I used red bordering to pick up on the plaid.


The plastic sticker for the sentiment has a little edge of pines that makes it blend in with the background.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Mmmmm, Chocolate
Topic: Coloring

One of my dollar purchase stamps had this image of a cup of hot chocolate. You can't mistake it for coffee because of the mini-marshmallows on top!

I wanted this scene to be a cup shared with friends so I used masking to add a second serving.

For the first one I used a snowflake background. Chocolate brown is the bordering and I combined two stickers for the greeting.

I kept everything the same for the second except for the background which is now a plain blue embossed with circles.


So, here's to a cup of cheer!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
The Bloom of Christmas
Topic: Coloring

The stamp used on the card today is one of 4 on a large cube. They are all Christmas images: poinsettia, pinecones (showing later this week), holly, and something I've forgotten now. The poinsettia works best as a self-contained unit so I stamped once on the watercolor paper for coloring. I used the Distress marker ink in three reds, two greens, and a yellow.

The first impression did not stamp very darkly so is not as well-defined.

The other got a better inking and is much easier to 'read'.

I decorated both the same - glittered strip, red borders on card base and strip and then an acid green border on the rounded cornered feature panel. It is also popped up on foam tape.

Both got the same gold peel-off greeting.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Cardinal Colors
Topic: Coloring

Continuing with the watercoloring on stamps I went back to the image of the two birds in the pines. I have colored these up as bluejays before since that is what we have locally, but for Christmas I decided to go with the cardinals as the stamp is designed for.

I used the ink from Distress markers again, three reds and two greens. I used a dark yellow directly from the marker for the beaks.

The first one got sage bordering and a strip of glittered stripe as an accent. I used aplastic sticker for the sentiment.

The second one uses the same background paper and strip but I bordered with dark green and added a gold peel-off sentiment.

These birds are very time consuming to paint but the result is very regal.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 2 December 2013
Furry Friend Greetings
Topic: Coloring

Time to get serious about making Christmas cards! I decided to do some sets of stamped/colored images and started with a small pad of watercolor paper.

The first set I did was by combining a little polar bear with a decorated tree, stamped three times.

I used ink from Distress markers and an aquabrush to watercolor the image. The bear and snow have just a touch of blue shading.

On the one above I added three silver stars in the sky. Below I added the stars to the tops of the trees.

I bordered with dark red and added a silver peel-off greeting.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 22 November 2013
The Three (er, Four) Bears
Topic: Coloring

I grabbed another set of those free digital images to color up for cards. These are again colored with alcohol markers.

I used the same two reds for the balloons on all of them and then pulled some color off with the colorless blender to create 'shine' to make them look 3-dimensional.

I colored each of the bears with a different set of two browns and gave each a different outfit color using two coordinating markers. Each bear was trimmed into a rectangle and the corners rounded. Then I chose a background to go with the bear colors and accents to pick up on the other parts of the stamp.

First bear actually got a green background and bordering to go with the clothing. The hearts paper repeats the heart balloons and I added some tiny green rhinestones down the left edge of hearts as an accent.

Bear two is dressed in purple so the bordering paper is also. I used red accent paper to echo the balloons and a strip of self-stick ribbon to pull some of the pink from the outfit. 5 rhinestones in pink are the accent.

I didn't want to go too bold with the fuschia of the outfit so I used the honey color of the bear, red hearts like the balloons ad then added a soft green accent strip. The light pink bordering gives nod to the outfit colors without competing for attention.

Lots of red hearts to key off the balloons on this one. I used the bear color for the accent strip and a strip of blue self-stick ribbon to echo the stripe in the outfit. Three blue rhinestones finish it off.

These cards will go to Operation Write Home to be used as 'Love', Valentines' or 'Kids' cards.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Blocky The Snowman
Topic: Coloring

This free digital image is self-contained in that the frame is part of the image file. I colored the frame in red, the sky in blue - using care to NOT color the snowflakes, the trees in green, and the scarf, hat and nose in traditional colors. The image was then trimmed close to the border.

I used a red, busy print for the background since the image was so simple. The image was backed with dark blue with rounded corners. Finally, I tied a length of dark green ribbon around the base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
I Believe This Is Yours
Topic: Coloring

A couple of the free digitials I downloaded were winter images. Love little snowmen!

This image has a snowman whose hat got blown away. Fortunately ther is a helping hand available.

I used blue marker and a bit of light gray for shading on all the snowy elements. The man's overcoat was made into a plaid with markers, striping first one way then the other.

I bordered the image in burgundy to match the neckscarf and added a plaid background paper to echo the overcoat.

The greeting is a combination of a clear sticker and a foil sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 18 November 2013
These Roses Are Only Sew-Sew
Topic: Coloring

More of the free digitals I downloaded for coloring. These roses and leaves come as separate images so they can be colored, cut and mounted individually.

I started with two tones of red-violet for the rose and two grassy greens. I used a red-violet for bordering the card covered with two green patterned papers. The leaf tips and whole rose are on foam tape. Leaf bases are flat to the card face.

This one is brighter than the camera depicts. The rose is two-toned purple, the leaves are yellow-green, the backing paper is olive and the wood strip is NOT purple as it appears but a soft milk-chocolate brown.

Green is the bordering for this card tomatch the leaves. I chose the rosebud print to go with the yellow rose and accented with some old striped paper in bright colors.

Larger cream-colored roses on the backing paper echo the orange feature piece. The greens on the leaves are darker so I went with a dark blue accent strip. 

Cream color for the bordering echoes the rose-print paper.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Little Papa Bird
Topic: Coloring

Today's cards are companions to yesterday's. This time I colored them up with the big bird as Papa.

The first uses background papers in yellow and pink patterns and bordering in blue.

I used pink bordering and background paper for this one along with a yellow patterned paper strip.

This background paper has a very subtle watercolor effect and I added a light pink lacy print strip. Bordering in pink again.

Digitals are a good way of having an image available in the size you need it. I resized these to get exactly the proportions I wanted on the card.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Little Mama Bird
Topic: Coloring

I recently got a link to a site with digital images. They had several that were freebies so I scooped them up and printed multiples to color with alcohol markers.

The first was this little bird pair. I colored three of them up like the big birds are the Mama. On the first one I used blue as the bordering color and a light patterned background. I added a strip of coral patterned paper and popped the image panel up on foam tape.

For the second one I reversed the papers and then bordered the image panel with yellow to pick up color from the flowers.

For the last one I replaced the strip of paper with two lengths of sticky-backed ribbon in blue.

I went for a very simple coloring on these, without any shading.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 11 November 2013
Birdhouse of Love
Topic: Coloring

This is the last in the project of stamping images on fancy diecuts and coloring them with the custom palette for the Cosmo Cricket Tea For Two kit.

The image of two lovebirds in front of their house sent me right to the red paper covered with hearts. There was not enough definition behind the bracket portion of the diecut when placed on the patterned paper so I added a diecut panel of pink. The center is popped up on foam tape and I tacked the edges down with red heart brads.

Borderin of blue to pick up the sky in the image is continued around the stamped pink sentiment panel. The pink was choses to match the pink flowers in the stamped image.

So... what's next?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Family Time
Topic: Coloring

When I colored up this image I was thinking 'fall' but the first person who looked at it immediately thought of 'genealogy'. So I changed the focus of the card to a family tree and took the project in a different direction than I had initially intended.

I used blue bordering papers to go with the sky in the image. Green backing papers coordinate with the letter stickers I pulled from the Tea For Two kit.

I stamped the top phrase using separate word stamps from a set. Each of the letter stickers got a bottom and right side line drawn in to create a drop shadow.

The image panel and its border are popped up on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Roses For You
Topic: Coloring

Back to stamping and coloring images on fancy diecuts... For today's card I stamped the simple rose and colored it up in yellows from the custom palette. One of the papers in the Tea for Two kit is covered with tiny yellow rosebuds so that was a natural background choice.

I used bright yellow for bordering and accented with a green strip from the kit.

Grey dots around the image mimic some in the backing paper and I used two stickers from the kit for the sentiment. Green rhinestones anchor the sentiment.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 8 November 2013
A Sunny Bit Of Thanks
Topic: Coloring

A diecut was stamped with a sunflower for the card today. I am still using the custom palette to go with the Tea For Two 6x6 pad.

I used a large patterned paper for the background and had just a narrow strip as an accent. I saw the ribbon from yesterday still on the desk so I bordered my narrow paper with two pieces of the green.

The yellow of the flower was echoed by backing the diecut so the dark yellow showed through the holes. I carried this further by adding dark yellow enamel brads on each end of the diecut.

The sentiment was diecut from two papers and layered with a drop shadow.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 7 November 2013
In Ceramics
Topic: Coloring

Oh, look! Another teapot image! This time it is a whimsical pot and I added to the casual feel by drawing in my own wallpaper behind it.

Similar colors of patterned paper from the Tea For Two 6x6 pad echo the layout and I used some peel-and-stick ribbon to anchor the diecut to the card. The rose brads pick up color from the ceramic teapot.

I used some stickers from the kit and a word stamp to construct the sentiment.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Rose On Point
Topic: Coloring

Today's card reminds me of a Victorian parlor with rose wallpaper and lacy antimacassars. I had fun coloring up this rose, working on getting the shading just right.

I useda diecut for the blue backing piece behind the lacy diecut. Then I cut two colors of the sentiment with a die and layered them with a drop shadow.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
China Teaset
Topic: Coloring

I finally used the Tea for Two papers with a 'teatime' image! This is one from a clear set that I colored with the custom palette.

The blend of colors lent themselves to being backed by papers that resemble wallpaper, tile and doilies which adds to the theme of a table set for tea.

I used a diecut set to cutout the sentiment and the circle behind the lacy circle.



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

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