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In & Out of Studio 3D
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Bonus Day - Outlines-b
Topic: Online Class

The third technique taught on the Bonus Day (yes, I skipped technique two which was paper piecing) was Mirror Stamping.

To create a reverse image, the stamp is inked and pressed onto the back flat side of a larger clear stamp mounted on a stamp press. This is then stamped onto the desired paper. Touch-ups can be done with a black marker.

A regular impression of the same image is made to another piece of paper and these are both cut out. A black marker is used to color the edges of the cut paper to get rid of the white.

I gave my fish a blue dot background to serve as water with bubbles and wavy strips of XXX and OOO paper. The fish were mounted on foam tape under the bodies with all the fins glued down to the background.

They each got a clear bubble for the eye and 'she' got lipstick added with a marker.

I stamped the sentiment with a 'random words' set.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Bonus Day - Outlines
Topic: Online Class

The outline stamps used on days 5 and 6 were all from a floral set. For the bonus day we got some lessons on alternative ways to use the 'cute little outline stamps that are begging to be colored'.

The first lesson was refered to as 'splodging'. Odd word - beautiful effect!

I created a background by pressing Distress Ink pads onto a large acrylic block, spritzing it with water and pressing it onto watercolor paper. When it was dry it was rewetted with clear water on a brush and Glimmer Mist colors were dropped onto the paper in specific areas to correspond to the stamp that would be used.

After drying with a heat gun I stamped three times with my hand carved butterfly, using masking to allow them to overlap.

I bordered it in a black and white stripe. The stamped sentiment is bordered with the same and cut with banner ends.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 29 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 6 - Outlines (e)
Topic: Online Class

Although I had seen the last technique on day 6 demonstrated many times before and always wanted to try it myself, I had never actually done it. Well, this was the perfect opportunity to do some 'no line coloring'.

For this I stamped roses (my own hand carved stamps) with light sand ink, using masks to create overlapping images. I used three alcohol markers in reds and three in greens to shade and color the image, working from dark to light. I used a colorless blender to remove color on the petals where more light would naturally fall.

I masked the image and used my Copic airbrush system to fill the background with blues and greens.

I wrapped and tied red twine around the base of the panel and attached bordered panel to white card base.

I added a stamped and bordered sentiment using foam tape for mounting.

LOVE the result of the no line coloring. Looking forward to using this new skill again.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 6 - Outlines (c/d)
Topic: Online Class

I wasn't feeling completely inspired by the lessons on day 6 but once I got to the studio and started choosing stamps to use I started developing a vision.

In the same technique as yesterday's card I switched to an image of a flowering branch. 'reverse stamping'. I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed in white. This time I pink, blue and purple Distress Inks and a foam blending tool to make the background.

When this was dry I painted plain water inside the flowers and the branch let it sit just a moment. Then I blotted up the color with a paper towel. When all the flowers were done I dried it with the heat gun.

I then cut the large page into two sections to use on separate cards.

For the smaller of these panels I used a Distress Marker to color in the branch. I then bordered it with a complementary color and mounted with foam tape over a striped card front.  A sentiment was trimmed and bordered and then it too was popped up on foam. I finished it with lavender Liquid Pearls in the center of each of the flowers.

the second panel had two branches and looked better in a landscape format. I used white and purple as layering colors.

The sentiment, stamped on lavender and bordered in white, is popped up on foam over a swirl of baker's twine.

I did not color the branches on this version but I did add the Liquid Pearls to the flower centers.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 6 - Outlines (b)
Topic: Online Class

I can't remember what the instructor called this day 6 technique, but I call it 'reverse stamping'.

I stamped image (my hand carved stamp of feathers) on watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed with white powder. I then used a foam blending tool to make a tri-colored background.

When this was dry I painted plain water inside stamped areas and let it sit a moment or two. Then I blotted up the color with a paper towel. After all areas were completed I dried it with the heat gun.

I trimmed the panel to size and mounted it to a card front with patterned paper. I stamped and embossed a sentiment in gold to finish it.

Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 26 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 6 - Outlines - a
Topic: Online Class

I skipped the first technique from day 6 but was intrigued by the next lesson which the instructor called 'Aggressive Cropping'.

I stamped with the image extending off the edge of a panel with a light brown Distress Ink. I colored this with alcohol markers on the bird, the flowers and the leaves. Then I masked the image and used a blue alcohol marker in the Copic airbrush system to color the sky.

I cut the panel into a tag shape, roughed up the edges and toned them with Distress Ink and foam blender tool. I punched the hole and threaded it with baker's twine.

I attached a diecut word art and mounted the tag over patterned paper with foam tape.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 5 - Outlines (d)
Topic: Online Class

Well, I like this technique much more than the two previous from day 5.

I stamped the hydrangea on woodgrain paper with a very light ink. Then I used colored pencils on the leaves. I used violet ink to stamp the flower three times on text printed cardstock. One layer was cut out in its entirety and glued to the card at the leaf end and raised on rolled up glue dots at the top edge. The next layer had the back flowers cut away and then the blooms were placed on a foam pad and a ball stylus was used to shape them. This was layered on with rolled glue dots. The final layer is just three blooms treated like layer two.

Each of the little blooms got a lavender pearl in the center.

The card was finished with layers, pen borders and a bordered scripture raised up on foam tape.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 5 - Outlines (b/c)
Topic: Online Class

I made two cards from the second technique on day 5. There are actually two different lessons taught for this.

First, the stamp is impressed on chipboard and cut out with a 1/8 inch border. this is glued to another chipboard and cut out again. When run through the Cuttlebug with a rubber mat underneath the chipboard creates a debossed shape on the white heavy cardstock (the lesson used watercolor paper but mine kept tearing).

Second lesson is the inking. The stamp is inked with Distress and stamped into the debossed area. when the ink is dry an aquabrush is used to blend the colors on the image.

For my first card I used a pear image in scrollwork. I inked it in three tones of yellows and greens. This was mounted on printed green background using thick glue dots. I stamped a sentiment in gold pigment ink and embossed in clear. Then I used a Distress marker to shadow the letters and a gold gel pen to border the panel.

For the second card I used an oak leaf stamp and four Distress Inks in greens and golds. After blending the colors with the aquabrush and drying them I used my finger to pat on some gold pigment ink over the leaf. I used the gold gel pen to border the panel on which I had rounded the corners. I adhered a white diecut word and shadowed the letters with a Distress Marker.

Interesting concept but I can't see myself using it much (the debossing). The coloring is something I might actually use.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 5 - Outlines (a)
Topic: Online Class

Day 5 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class focused on different ways to use outline stamps. The instructors used a set of florals for all of them. I chose to use a variety of outline stamps.

I started with a Tim Holtz cupcake stamp for the lesson on embossing in multiple colors. Two methods were instructed but I have a very limited selection of colors of embossing powders so I used the 'alternate' method.

On white cardstock the image was stamped in very light pink. This was used with a stamp positioner to align all the following steps. Distress Markers were used to ink up a single area and stamp it before moving on to the next color until the entire image was in color. Lastly, the whole stamp was covered in Versamark ink and stamped over the top. Clear embossing powder was heat set on over all the individual colors.

I used Distress Ink to sponge on color over the whole background then colored in various areas with Distress Markers.

I used foam tape to mount the bordered feature panel on the bordered background.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 22 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 4 - Alphabets & Sentiments (2)
Topic: Online Class

I only made cards from two of the four lessons on day 4.

This second one is only 'inspired by' the lesson but not really following through on all the instructions and methods. The instructor used many random words to create a pattern on her block so the same word-art could be stamped on a background and on a raised diecut and they would align.

I did not have a bunch of words I wanted to use together so I chose a stamp that had a single word repeated in lots of fonts. It would have been nearly impossible to align it over and over so I only attempted to align the central one where it stretches from side to side of the circle and runs off the edges. The rest of the background and the diecut are just stamped repeatedly wherever they fit. I used different inks on the two layers.

The diecut is bordered with red faux stitching and popped up on foam tape.

I aligned a diecut sentiment over a punched butterfly so the dot on the 'I' aligned with the head. A second punched butterfly was cut in half and the wing was raised off the surface.


I cut the panel to allow a border of the backing red to show only on the sides.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 4 - Alphabert & Sentiments
Topic: Online Class

Our first lesson of day 4 was on using alphabet letters as 'objects' on our card. For example, the instructor used an umbrella image and had letters 'raining' onto it.

I chose to use my letters as leaves.

I first inked the background of an embossing folder with blue chalk ink. When I used the Cuttlebug to impress this on white cardstock it inked the sky while making the embossing of the tree. I then used brown chalk ink direct-to-paper to color the raised surface of the tree and green chalk in to color in some grass.

I stamped the letters of AUTUMN randomly in the tree, falling through the air and piled on the ground. then another brown ink was used to stamp the sentiment which was then shadow-inked with a brown marker. I used this same marker to doodle around the panel.

I mounted the panel on brown cardstock with an exposed border.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 20 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 3 - Alphabets & Sentiments-c/d
Topic: Online Class

The technique used today is similar to yesterday with a few twists.

First, I changed to a stencil of trees. Then I changed to a stamp of 'unreadable script' and stamped that in brown. I used a lighter ink to shade in the voids then removed the stencil. I then shaded the left and bottom of the trunks and branches with a W1 Copic marker (warm grey). I cut the panel into two pieces to use on separate cards.

For the first card I drew a faux stitching line around the panel and mounted it on tone-on-tone brown dot paper. I diecut text and adhered it to the card, then used fine marker to add faux stitching to the center of the letters.

The other panel was attached to a leafy background. I used a perforating tool to create dashed cut lines around the panel. I diecut text and pressed Versamark onto it. This was embossed with clear. I repeated this to create three layers, making a raised shiny surface.

The word 'give' was stamped in brown ink using individual letter stamps.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 19 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 3 - Alphabets & Sentiments - a
Topic: Online Class

Day three of class began a focus on using alphabet and sentiment stamps. The first technique is for creating a 'word search' look for a card front.

I arranged my main message in individual letters on a gridded block. This was stamped in black and embossed in clear. Then those letters were removed from the block and a string of random letters were arranged. These were stamped on the left and the right of every other line using a golden yellow ink. Different letters were arranged on the block and the voids filled in with the golden yellow ink.

I masked out 'thinking of you' on a sentiment stamp and inked up the remainder with black ink. Removed the mask and stamped 'all the time'.

Stamped the clock image in the upper left using black. Used a sponge dauber to apply golden yellow ink to the clock image.

I trimmed the panel and wrapped it with yellow twine.

Bordering with yellow and black finishes off this card.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 3 - Alphabets & Sentiments-b
Topic: Online Class

I don't use stencils all that much but this uses them to good impact.

I taped the cityscape stencil to white cardstock. Then I used a rust ink to stamp a sentiment repeatedly in the void. A sponge dauber was used to apply more of the rust ink to the voids while allowing the stamped text to show through.

The stencil was removed and the sentiment was stamped once in black.

I punched a hole in the sky and mounted a shimmer yellow cardstock behind. The panel was then trimmed and bordered with black.

Backed with a tone-on-tone rust dot and bordered in black for a finish.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:08 AM PDT
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 2 - Backgrounds - Resist
Topic: Online Class

For my last card with backgrounds I wanted to try a resist. I selected a plaid stamp and inked it with Picket Fence Distress Stain and stamped on white cardstock. I heat dried it.

I used four Distress Inks and applied them with foam daubers. Afterward I used a damp towel to wipe away excess ink from the Stain.

I cut down the panel and bordered it with brown. Fall Dazzles in brown and cardstock word stickers created the decor.

Concept: A+ Result: B

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 2 - Backgrounds - Brocade and Lace
Topic: Online Class

The technique taught next was SO elegant looking. The stamp is inked with Versamark on black cardstock. In the class they used Perfect Pearls but I only had Pearl-Ex powders. I applied them like instructed by pounding them on with a soft brush and then using the brush to dust away the excess. Clear detail embossing powder still sticks over this and it is heated to melt it.

For the first card I used the brocade stamp and selected Pearl-Ex in interference blue/green and interference green/yellow. I layered with yellow and green shimmer cardstock and black. These were wrapped with ribbon and cord. three gold Dazzles words were added on the right.

For my second attempt I stamped with four doilies and used duo-gold Pearl-Ex. A doodle-bordered strip and stamped diecut circle break up the mass of laciness. I had already watercolored a scrolled butterfly and fussy cut it with a thin white border. Then I covered it with Versamark ink and embossed it with clear powder. This was repeated for a thicker glassy surface.

I used a yellow tone-on-tone background for a subtle border.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 15 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 2 - Backgrounds - Line-art (5)
Topic: Online Class

The next technique covered in class really did need a graphic line-art stamp. The closes thing I had was a very small (1 1/2 inch) grid with interlocking edges. I stamped it over and over to fill the whole cardstock using brown ink. I colored in the squares with metallic colored pencils and used a lavender one in the spaces between the blocks.

For the first card I used a square punch to make blocks which I bordered in brown. These were placed on a shimmer green background in a non-traditional arrangement. I placed a gold Dazzles dove on each block and colored them with a pastel alcohol marker. A gold Dazzles sentiment finishes it.

I used the remainder of the colored panel as a strip bordered in brown. A thin green strip of cardstock, stamped with a sentiment, fills the center of the patterned strip. This is placed on a shimmer bronze panel and three punched butterflies have brown colored bodies.

I used a lavender card base to pick up the lines in the grid strip.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 2 - Backgrounds - Line-art (3/4)
Topic: Online Class

Day 2 of the class presented more ways to use background stamps. I went to my collection to find some alternatives to those already used in class. The technique was to stamp a line-art background with Versamark and emboss in white. Then three tones of a single color family were sponged on dark-to-light to create an ombre effect.

For my first sample I chose a stamp of tiny circle dots and inked in shades of teal Distress Inks. I trimmed the panel and punched the side edges with a scallop. A printed vellum strip was wrapped top to bottom. Three teal rhinestones substitute for 'O's in the text. All this was mounted on a white card base.

For the second card I used a script background stamp and tones of purple. The panel was trimmed and backed with a dark green cardstock and placed on a white card base. Then I diecut two leafy branches from a sticky-back cardstock and decorated them with five purple paper flowers.

This was too busy to add a sentiment. This lends itself to any occasion.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 1 - Backgrounds - Line-art (2)
Topic: Online Class

I wanted to use the same line-art background with butterflies for another technique.

This time I stamped on white cardstock with gold pigment ink and heat set it. The elements were colored with pastel alcohol inks. It is a very simple treatment that looks elegant. I cut the completed stamping into unequal panels to make two cards.

The narrower panel was adhered to a tone-on-tone brown background. I doodled a line around three sides with gold gel pen. A diecut word from gold metallic cardstock is adhered with tiny bits of foam tape.

The wider panel was placed on a tone-on-tone kraft background. The gold gel pen was used to outline the panel. I diecut words from gold metallic cardstock and again from the background. The gold words were inset.

As a final touch I added a punched butterfly and colored the body with gold gel pen.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 12 September 2014
Leftovers
Topic: Online Class

When I did all the backgrounds with spritzing colors on the craft sheet there was a lot of ink left over and I didn't want it to go to waste. So I swooshed watercolor paper through the ink to create random spots of color and dried it.

I used the best one of these as a backdrop to black elements - a frame, a cut and tuck diecut and a sentiment diecut.

I left a thin border of the card base showing as a frame.

Ddd


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

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