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In & Out of Studio 3D
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Pear Wine
Topic: Backgrounds

When I made the latest Tim Tag, I 'used up' the extra alcohol inks, mixatives and blender solution on the non-stick craft sheet by swiping through them with other pieces of glossy cardstock and set them aside for later use.

Today is 'later'.

I took a piece with multiple colors and stamped it with a 'stained glass' stamp using Archival ink in black. I love how this really has the look of colored glass.

I chose one of the colors in the background and backed the trimed out stamp with this red-violet. A black border on this really gives the stamped image impact.

I chose another color from the image and found it in a printed snowflake paper.

Placing this on a black base card while leaving a border showing makes for a Christmas card that will go out without a greeting.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
All Buttoned Up
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Another swap assignment from a Paper Embroidery group - the theme is 'buttons'.

I really thought about doing something with a telephone, calculator, ATM, or something else with buttons but decided to play it straight.

I chose copper metallic cardstock and pierced a border off center. This was stitched with dark orange and yellow threads.

I had two sheets of stickers with buttons. They were the perfect color for this project. The smaller buttons were acrylic domes but the larger three were flat cardstock stickers. I covered these with Glossy Accents so they were shiny  like the others.

I used a yellow base card and added gold text sticker for the sentiment.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - September
Topic: Multi-Technique

It's time again for an art pieceinspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015. We're up to September now:

Here are the steps I used to create this

- on non-stick craft sheet scribble metallic mixatives from the alcohol ink line

- shake and scribble several colors of alcohol ink directly over mixative

- shake blending solution over top

- swipe glossy cardstock through inks

- set aside to dry

- on heavy cardstock use foam tool and distress inks to blend color to complement alcohol inked piece.

- mist with water and dry with heat tool

- trim alcohol piece to desired size

- select stamps for feature

- ink with Archivel black ink and stamp on alcohol piece. dry with heat tool

- place stencil over top

- use plastic card to squeege  clear mmatte medium through the stencil

- carefully remove stencil (wash it immediately)

- allow piece to dry naturally

- stamp the same stamps on heavy vellum using Archival black ink

- heat dry and cut out

- shape if desired

- over dried matte medium very lightly sponge with Archival black ink to show the texture

- use sponge to ink edges of piece with Archival black ink

- use sponge to also ink edges of the heavy cardstock piece with Archival black ink

- tear a piece of black cardstock the same width as alcohol piece

- pierce four corners

- cut label shape from metallic cardstock and add metallic text sticker

- string thin wire through ends of label

- place metallic brads into pierced holds

- wind wire ends around brads

- assemble piece: alcohol piece to heavy cardstock piece, black strip to bottom, stamped vellum over stamped alcohol piece

- spritz surface of piece with spritzer and Distress marker in black

Yes, I made another display piece instead of a tag like Tim does.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 28 September 2015
Lavender, Violet, Purple, Plum and Eggplant
Topic: Color Challenge

Have you ever tried to make a card using ONLY purple? That was the challenge I answered.

I first selected a checked background paper and stamped leaves and stem with a Milled Lavender Distress. I used Seedless Preserves Distress marker to sketch in some leaf details.

With this background prepped, I punched a zillion tiny flowers out of five shades of purple. I then used a ball tool to shape them over a foam pad. 

Starting with the darkest flowers I attached a layer using Glossy Accents as adhesive. This was followed with a layer of the next darkest, not going all the way to the edges of the darkest. Continuing in this manner I used all the tiny flowers and finished with a dot of Stickles in the center of each. I also outlined the leaves and stem with Stickles.

I used Seedless Preserves Distress marker and a spritzer to spray the whole surface. 

Here's a look at the many layers of flowers that make up this bloom.

I finished with a stamped sentiment bordered with a dark purple the same as the border on the whole card.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 27 September 2015
When All Is Said and Done
Topic: In The Kitchen

Actually, not DONE because even with these 28 loaves of fine zucchini bread baked, cooled and wrapped there are three larger ones in the oven and SIX more waiting for their turn to bake!

The really sad thing is that after the crisps shown yesterday, the loaves shown today AND one ridiculously large squash that was cut up and fed to the cows down the road, there is THIS:

And who knows what has been going on under those big leaves in the garden when I was baking instead of picking.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 26 September 2015
Crispy, Crunch and Oh So Yummy
Topic: In The Kitchen

When I got tired or making mock apple pies from the zucchini I decided to make a couple of pans of mock apple crisp. I modified two recipes - one for mock apple crisp and one for apple crisp, combined the two and then added a few other refinements.

I placed the crumb topping in a vacuum seal bag, covered the crisp with foil, wrote instructions on the foil, taped the crisp to the outside and put them in the freezer.

When we were having a LOT of people over for a BBQ I only had to take them from the freezer, pour 1/3 c apple juice over the top, cruble the topping and spread it and they were ready to bake (uncovered).

Look how nice the 9 x 13 desserts look!

They were served with vanilla ice cream and, trust me, you can truly not tell they are zucchini instead of apple.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 25 September 2015
Green and Twisted
Topic: Beads

When I was at the closeout sale at the bead store I picked up some parts to use on making evenly spaced triple bead strands. These included silver pieces that transition from three loops to one loop and silver bars with three holes.

I dug through my bead stash and selected tiny gold beads, tiny light green beads, medium grass-green beads, medium-large olive beads and medium-large turquoise beads. All were translucent except the turquoise.

I used beading wire to string three strands of the beads working randomly on the color mix. I attached the three strands of wire to one of the triple-loop terminators. Then I strung 2 inches of beads on each of the wires, twisted them around one another and threaded them through the holes of the spacer bar to keep them twisted.

Another two inches on each, twisted, threaded through a spacer, two final inches, twisted and then attached each to a loop on the other terminator. I used crimp beads to attach the wires to the loops, threaded the extra length of wire through several beads and clipped it.

Here is the finished bracelet and you can see the spacer bars holding the twists in place.

Here you can see the terminators to which I added jump rings. One got a lobster claw clasp.

Now that's something different for me.

I have now used up all my bargain purchases.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Rose With No Thorns
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I needed a paper embroidery card for a swap with the theme of 'roses'.  had one more of the 3D roses on a background and chose to prick out the same circle and vines pattern that I had used before.

In this case the rose was light pink so I chose a verigated pink thread for the circle and a very dark green thread for the vines.

I used a craft knife to cut away the center of the embroidery circle and mounted the picture behind. As I punched out (the 3D image was diecut) the parts of the rose I used foam tape to mont them, overlapping the frame wherever they needed to be.

I mounted thefinished piece on a bright pink card base and left off any greeting.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
It's All the Fashion
Topic: Paper Embroidery

A challenge to do a paper embroidery card with the theme of 'fashion' led me to make this one.

I stitched the dress using irridescent blue thread on shimmery white paper. This was followed by the application of gold stickers of a necklace, shores, handbag and a single word.

I mounted this to a dark blue glittery card over a plain white card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Purple and White, That's Right!
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Group challenge: Make a paper embroidery card using purple and white.

I chose an shimmery purple cardstock and pricked out a floral pattern. This was stitched using shimery white thread.

I decorated the card with white rubon text and used white glittery Stickles inside the petals.

Here's a look at those petals:

I mounted the card on a shimmery white card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 21 September 2015
A Kiss To Miss
Topic: Around the House

The other day both of us walked all over the deck, arranged chairs and a fold-out table, wiped down the chairs and when we sat down were shocked to see a little visitor up with us on the second story. Somehow we had managed to miss seeing him in all the activity and yet had missed stepping on him, too!

He was so still we weren't certain he was still among the living but, when he was nudged onto a newspaper for transport, he demonstrated his good health and leaping abilities.

Look at those cute sucker toes!

I assume he was able to crawl up the siding to get up to the deck. He did NOT take the same route down, though. Our hudges with the newpaper encouraged him to take a giant flying leap off the edge of the deck. 

We must assume he landed gently and hopped away to a new home (because we would to hate to think anything bad happened to him).





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 20 September 2015
The Stars Still Shine
Topic: Beads

When I got an email that a local bead store was having a BIG sale pending closing the store at the end of August, I went in mid-month to have a look-see.

The owner asked if she could help me find anything and I explained that I really wanted to learn how to do beading beyond just stringing strands. She politely told me I should have come in before because she USED TO do classes several times a month. Then she sat down, picked up her cell phone, and proceed to play Candy Crush. Thank you SO much for your service!

I wandered around and picked up a few things that interested me anyway and got the 50% discount.

I didn't learn anything new and ended up doing exactly what I had been doing all along... stringing strands. I did, however, make two nested strands to switch things up a bit.

The beads I bought were the irridescent stars, the Irridescent drops and the clear blocks. From my own stash I pulled polished garnet chips. Way up at the top where you can't see them are 3/4" gold tubes and a magnetic closure.

The other thing I did new on this piece was use beading thread with knotted ends instead of stretchy cord or beading wire with crimp beads.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 19 September 2015
Waxed Paper in the Cuttlebug
Topic: Backgrounds

I was telling someone the other day about how to use waxed paper in a Cuttlebug folder to iron between glossy cardstock pieces and ink/buff for a great background. In the middle of the explaination I found that I had several pieces of this prepared cardstock so I demonstrated the inking step (to ooohs and aaahs).

I used Shaded Lilac Distress ink.

I didn't have an illustration to match the lilac but found a printed tag that looked good with it. I cut a slit in the top and the bottom and wove a strip of dotted paper through.

I gave the card a thin border of green and mounted it on a lilac card base.

I had a pre-stamped sentiment on glossy cardstock. I used the lilac inkpad to color it to match the background and popped it up on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 18 September 2015
Letterpress Stars Still Shining
Topic: Dry Embossing

This really is the last of the letterpress backgrounds.

When looking for patriotic papers I found a great blue stripe that looks like matress ticking. I set it up beside the red star letterpress and added a strip of red dot and a scalloped piece of denim blue.

I added Stickles to the scallop to give it a 'spangled' look.

A pre-stamped sentiment fount its way onto the striped paper and I used colored pencils to add some detail work.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Letterpress Is Still In the Stars
Topic: Dry Embossing

HA! Just when you thought I was all done with the letterpress technique (I did say I was done) I ran across two more pieces I had made and turned them into cards. I had originally set them aside because they were splotchy but after I trimmed them down to pieces that were the best parts they were still big enough to use.

Both use the same folder - the stars. One today, one tomorrow...

I started out going for a patriotic theme so I pulled out a distressed blue paperfor the background. Another paper had a linen look with what looked like stitched flowers along two edges. I trimmed these away with a craft knife and used colored pencils to give them some color.

I didn't want to add green and spoil the two-tone look so I colored the leaves and stars lightly with yellow.

Simple layering on a dark red card base was followed with the tuck-in of a prestamped sentiment.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Letterpress and Watercolor
Topic: Dry Embossing

For this letterpress card I combined techniques used on previous ones.

I used a folder of a flower garden in a landscape format.  I applied ink only to the background (sky), blending blue and yellow for some interest. As before I misted the cardstock and the folder then ran it through the Cuttlebug and dried it with a heat gun.

I pressed inkpads to acrylic blick and used an aquabrush to 'watercolor' the leaves and flowers. After this layer was dry, I applied darker versions of the same inks to portions of the illustration.

When this was dry I used a fine-line black marker to trace out all the raised areas of the design. I also used the marker to add a double lne border all around the card 'behind' the flowers. I gave this a double green border.

I used jet black Archival ink to stamp the greeting directly on the panel.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:10 AM PDT
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Letterpress To the Limit
Topic: Dry Embossing

You would never guess how this was made if not for all the step-by-step that I have been posting.

To start with, I inked the folder with four different Distress pads using the corners of them toapply color to specific areas. I used peacock feathers for the background and picked raspberry and mustard for the flowers. Mowed lawn was used for the leaves.

I did the same as on the previous cards, misting for cardstock and the folder before running through the Cuttlebug and drying with the heat tool.

I pressed these same ink pads to an acrylic block and picked up the color with a brush to paint onto the white lines.

Finally, after drying with the heat tool, I used a fine-line black marker to trace all the lines in the design.

I found a sentiment printed on vellum and trimmed it to allow more of the original art to show around the edges. It is mounted with tiny glue dots and there are black rhinestones to cover them.

I mounted this on a black card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 19 August 2015 7:25 AM PDT
Monday, 14 September 2015
Letterpress With Leaves
Topic: Dry Embossing

I watched an episode of "Scrapbook Soup" on public television with a guest from Spellbinders who demonstrated using embossing folders and inkpads to make letterpress backgrounds. I chose seven different embossing folders and used a variety of additional techniques to make each card different.

For this fifth background I used a brocade folder. I smeared the  Distress ink pad over the surface of the folder and misted it with water. I also misted a piece of white cardstock and inserted it in the folder. Once through the Cuttlebug and I hit it with the heat gun to dry it.

Then I used the same ink pad to apply direct to paper hitting just the raised parts, changing them from white to colored. I had a vellum sheet with colorful leaves printed on it. I ran it through the Xyron to apply adhesive to the entire back of it. This was adhered to the letterpress piece and both were trimmed together.

I used a 1/2" corner chomper to round all four corners. Then I tied twine around the panel and attached a pre-stamped sentiment.

I used a dotted card base for this one.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Letterpress With Hummingbird
Topic: Dry Embossing

More letterpress with the Cuttlebug. This is the fourth of seven I made in this project series.

For this card I used the leafy branch folder. I smeared the bundled sage Distress ink pad over the surface of the folder and misted it with water. I also misted a piece of white cardstock and inserted it in the folder. After running through the Cuttlebug I hit it with the heat gun to dry it.

I used the bundled sage Distress marker to create drop shadows under the leaves. Then I attached a pre-stamped sentiment to it.

The hummingbird is printed on vellum. I ran the whole piece through the Xyron to apply adhesive to the whole back of it. Then it was placed on the leafy panel and both together were trimmed to size.

I hand drew in the eye on the bird and mounted the background to a sage green card base.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 12 September 2015
Letterpress Porcelain
Topic: Dry Embossing

Creating more cards using the Spellbinders demonstrated technique using embossing folders and inkpads to make letterpress backgrounds.

This is the third of seven different embossing folders I played with.

For this I used a larger folder with a stylized vine border on one side. I smeared the scattered straw Distress ink pad over the surface of the folder and misted it with water. I also misted a piece of white cardstock and inserted it in the folder. It was run through the Cuttlebug and then I hit it with the heat gun to dry it.

On this one I grabbed the scattered straw Distress marker and sketched in drop shadows under all the white elements. Itrimmed this panel into a tallformat and attached it to a dark yellow card base.

A pre-stamped sentiment on white was bordered with more of the dark yellow and popped it up on foam tape.

Hard to see in the photo bur the upper edges of all the white elements have a little Stickles sparkle.



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

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