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In & Out of Studio 3D
Monday, 6 April 2009
3D on 3D
Topic: Web resources

I have had some funny email requests for information on "can you give me instructions or advice on how to make a 3-dimensional xxx". I even had one who wanted to know how to paint an illustration on his son's walls so it would LOOK 3-D. I always refer them back to my home page that clearly states that the reason my site is called Studio3D is because of my initials and that I have no special knowledge of 3-dimensional construction just because my initals are DDD.

On the other hand, I do appreciate and work with illustrations that have been cut and stacked to appear 3D on cards. I have been collecting links to sites that offer free cutting sheets. Here's what I have so far:
























































































I have no affiliation with any of these sites and caution you to watch for any restrictions or copyrights that the artists may have posted.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Handy List of Lists of Lists
Topic: Web resources

Of all the blogs I read regularly, the one that references the most other sites in handy groupings is Mel Stampz. She gathers a list of 100+ ways to use one tool or another or 50+ ways to use a technique and keeps updating the entries as she gathers more links. How cool is that!

This is a list of her lists that I have found to be particularly handy and I go back to items in these lists again and again for techniques and inspiration:

“I’ve been bitten!!!…. (161things you can do with your Cuttlebug…)”



“Purse templates galore (154 and counting…)”



“Techniques at a glance”



“Templates for 3D projects at a glance”



“Crafty Flowers templates and tutorials”



“100+ Envelope Templates/Links”



“Over 100 Things You Can Do With Your Score-Pal”



“Wee Houses Templates and Tutorials”



“Box Templates and Tutorials”



“Alcohol Inks A to Z Links”



“Vellum Links in Volume (over 100)”



“50+ Gift Bag Templates”




Wander around in these blog entries and get some inspiration for yourself.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Source of Inspiration
Topic: Web resources

Where does all that inspiration come from? I read lots of blogs dealing with stamping, scrapping, and paper crafts. Since not all post every day I get RSS feeds in my Google Reader and only see them when there are new entries. Here's the list of my regulars:


http://abc-challenge.blogspot.com      (ABC Challenge)

http://afterhoursstamper.blogspot.com      (After Hours Stamper)

http://aliedwards.typepad.com      (Ali Edwards)

http://AndreaWalford.com      (AndreaWalford)

http://karenelaine.typepad.com/appletini_time/      (Appletini Times)

http://amazingpapergrace.com      (Amazing Paper Grace)

http://www.beckyhiggins.com/blog/      (Becky Higgins)

http://feelinscrappytoday.blogspot.com      (Brooke is Feelin’ Scrappy Today)

http://sherrie-cardcreme.blogspot.com      (Card Creme)

http://ellenhutson/the_classroom_new       (CLASSroom)

http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com      (Card Positioning Systems)

http://claudinehellmuth.blogspot.com      (Claudine Hellmuth)

http://crafterskitchen.blogspot.com      (Crafters Kitchen)

http://cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com      (Cuttlebug Challenges)

http://thecuttlebugspot.blogspot.com      (The Cuttlebug Spot)

http://rachelgreig.typepad.com/thedarkroom/      (Darkroom Door)

http://blog.ginakdesigns.com/      (A Day in the Life (Gina K Designs))

http://debbiesdiecuts.blogspot.com      (Debbie’s Die Cuts)

http://fatcatstamper.blogspot.com      (Fat Cat Stamper)

http://fred-she-said.blogspot.com      (Fred, She Said)

http://smallstudio.typepad.com/ginnycartersmallenburg/      (Ginny’s Small Studio)

http://melaniemuenchinger.blogspot.com/      (Hands, Head and Heart)

http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/      (Hero Club Blog)

http://heartfeltgreetings.blogspot.com/      (Heartfelt Greetings)

http://inkurablestampers.blogspot.com/      (Inkurable Stampers)

http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/      (A Mark in Time)

http://jennibowlin.blogspot.com/      (Jenni Bowlin)

http://justgivemestamps.typepad.com/my_weblog/      (Just Give Me Stamps)

http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/      (K Werner Design)

http://stamptv.ning.com/video      (Stamp TV Videos (Gina K))

http://joanne-mainlyflowers.blogspot.com/      (Mainly Flowers)

http://makingmemories.typepad.com/makingmemories/      (Making Memories)

http://maryjomcgraw.blogspot.com/      (MaryJo McGraw)

http://melstampz.blogspot.com/      (Mel Stampz)

http://melissafrances.typepad.com/my_weblog/      (Melissa Frances)

http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/      (Michelle Zindorf Crafts)

http://onelittleword.typepad.com/olw/      (One Little Word)

http://kellrick.typepad.com/our_daily_bread_designs/      (Our Daily Bread Designs)

http://paperfections.typepad.com/paperfections/      (PaperFections)

http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/      (Papertake Weekly Challenge)

http://pattibehan.blogspot.com/      (Patti Behan)

http://pattystamps.com/pattys_stamping_spot/      (Patty’s Stamping Spot)

http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com/      (Poetic Artistry)

http://rockinrobin1973.blogspot.com/      (Robin’s Artful Musings)

http://paperplayhouse.blogspot.com/      (Paper Playhouse)

http://www.pencillines.com/      (Pencil Lines Sketches)

http://thescallopededge.typepad.com/the_scalloped_edge/      (The Scalloped Edge)

http://janellerichmond.typepad.com/sketchthis/      (SketchThis)

http://bronih.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/      (Splashes of Watercolor)

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/      (Stamps, Paper, Scissors)

http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/sassy_sweet_notes/      (Sassy and Sweet Notes)

http://studio490art.blogspot.com/      (Studio 490)

http://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/      (Sunflowers and Dragonflies)

http://suzeweinberg.typepad.com/suzeblogz/      (SuzeBlogz (Suze Weinberg))

http://patstamps.blogspot.com/      (The Technique Trail)

http://technostamper.blogspot.com/       (Techno Stamper)

http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/      (Tim Holtz)

http://twisted-chick.blogspot.com/      (Twisted Chick Creations)


When I see something that inspires me it usually takes a whole different turn by the time I get to the studio and start playing. Go have a look around at my favorite blogs.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 October 2008
ATC (no! not ACT, not TAC, its ATC)
Topic: Web resources

So much talk about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) even though they've been around for years!

These are mini-works of art, usually made individually, that always have the same measurements and are always traded - never sold. There are whole groups of traders out there in cyberspace and many sites that will get you started. The one I find most comprehensive is http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html

I've noted a few books out on the topic, as well, such as:

Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap by Bernie Berlin

1,000 Artist Trading Cards: Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs by Patricia Bolton

Artist Trading Cards by Leonie Pujol

Some people have carried this concept over to Moo cards, inchies, and twinchies. It's all fun!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Another Resource to Recommend
Topic: Web resources

This is another web resource that I return to again and again. http://www.craftcreations.co.uk/ (click on 'free projects') is the website for amagazine. Every month they present several of their magazine's projects in web format for free download. A few of them refer to specific printed papers or special project supplies, but most can be translated into stuff you already have or will spark ideas for new projects.

I've gotten a miriad of stitching patterns, iris folding, quilling, paper piecing, and other patterns from this site.

Put it in your bookmarks so you can see the new offerings every month.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 3 October 2008
Wanna Do It Yourself?
Topic: Web resources

I found this resource for card ideas and instructions a long time ago and it is still there! That's saying something in the world of the Internet where things change all the time.

 The site http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_paper_crafts_cards/0,1788,HGTV_3290,00.html will present a menu of card ideas for which instructions, tutorials, and/or video were presented on HGTV. A variety of shows are represented in the list.

Check it out. You're sure to find something interesting to watch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 30 November 2007
3D Medallion Designer
Now Playing: designer's blog
Topic: Web resources

Have you tried the 3D medallions for making cards? Tracey Miller does a lot of digital design and has shared a number of them on her blog. I've subscribed to her RSS feed so I will never miss a new design.

Visit her blog at http://fred-she-said.blogspot.com to see her wonderful creations for yourself.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Sunday, 25 November 2007
A Jewel of a Website
Topic: Web resources

I love finding websites that are instructive, useful, well-designed, and inspirational. The one for today is on the topic of jewelry making and includes project designs, tools, how to design, and suppliers for all the bits you might need to make your own jewelry.

Just click on http://www.jewelry-making-instructions.com/jewelry-making-instructions-sitemap.html to get started.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
What a Cut-Up
Now Playing: craving a little carving
Topic: Web resources

If you have the desire for a custom rubber stamp you can get excellent information on how to carve it yourself from the website http://www.atlasquest.com/tutorials/carving/

Tutorials take you through the entire process from concept to completion including how to get your idea onto the medium, what kinds of things to carve on and the tools you will need.

Did you ever carve soap as a kid? Making your own rubber stamp is no harder than that! Come on - ya know ya wanna!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Friday, 9 November 2007
Plethora of Polymer Projects
Now Playing: learn from experts
Topic: Web resources

Whether you are new to polymer clay or just want to try a new technique, you will find Polymer Clay Central to be a valuable resource. Your visit to http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/masterindex.html#lessonsprojects will take you to their master index of lessons and projects. Categorized by Beginners; Canework; Holiday Ideas; Mixed Media; Faux Techniques; Projects; Sculpture; and Techniques - there is something for everyone.

Above the lessons you will find Articles, book and dvd reviews. If you scroll past these categories and the lessons you will find links to guest chats and interviews with top polymer clay artists. Scrolling WAY down will bring you to Tips and Tricks followed by the results of the monthly polymer clay challenge. You can see some great work here.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Create Cartons of Creative Cards
Now Playing: check out this website for lots of creative ideas
Topic: Web resources

No photo today! I'm sharing a website with you that will kick inspiration into high gear.

Click on http://www.making-greeting-cards.com/ to get started on exploring a site with Lessons, Tips, Supplies, Examples, Versus, Recipes (for art), Printables, Templates, Calendars, and Links: all aimed at helping you make homemade cards.

Warning: don't click until you have a few HOURS to explore. You will get so many ideas you won't be getting anything else done! LOL!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
How to Make a Thingmagig or Whatsamabob
Now Playing: patterns for stuff you never knew you needed
Topic: Web resources

The webhosts of www.freepatternsite.com have researched all over the web and brought together an index of free patterns for all sorts of crafts.

They present them in the categories of: Applique, Basketry, Beading & Jewelry, Candlemaking, Children's Crafts, Crochet, Cross Stitch & Embroidery, Doll Patterns, Floral & Decorating, Holiday Crafts, Knitting, Metalworking, Mosaic, Needlepoint, Origami, Plastic Canvas, Pottery & Ceramics, Quilting, Rubber Stamping, Scroll Saw, Sewing, Stained Glass, Stenciling, Tatting, Tole, Weaving, and Woodworking.

Scroll all the way to the bottom for General Craft Resources and for Other Interesting Craft Sites, links to other craft directories and places to sell your crafts.

There are well over 200 links to explore. You may not find a free pattern for what you went looking for, but odds are you'll find a free pattern for something that interests you on this site.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 27 September 2007
MONEY, Money, money
Now Playing: spend a little less, get a little more
Topic: Web resources

If you are shopping for paper crafting and scrapbook supplies (and who isn't?) you will ALWAYS get a good deal at www.frugalities.com

Every day, when you open their page, you get a notice of the discount of the day. Everything on their website is discounted by that percentage for the whole day. Next day - different discount! On the day I am posting this their discount is 49%.

Once you get into the store you can shop by brand, by manufacturer, or by type of product.

Some Fun!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
And Nary a Cross Word
Now Playing: "across" words, yes! But not "cross words"
Topic: Web resources

By those topic headings you must think I'm feeling a little wacky today! But it does make sense when I disclose the featured website of the day.

If you go to http://www.millstone.com/pages/crossword/crd_home.jsp you will find that you can input your own words and list of clues and have a custom crossword automatically generated for you.

Now, what possible use could that be? Well, think of the fun your friends and family will have when you drop in such a puzzle with a birthday card - custom made with their hobbies, interests, inside jokes and the like. What about making up a little puzzle to go in Halloween treat bags, Christmas stockings, gift cards... Make one with names of party goers where the clues are things others have to find out about them (Q. Who has been skydiving? A. Debbie). Make a special puzzle as a subject test for your homeschool kids or a Bible quiz for your Sunday School class.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 31 August 2007
Tip Top Tips
Now Playing: how to do it all...
Topic: Web resources

You are going to find so many great tips and other ideas on www.rubberstampsclub.com/rubberstampingtips.html

This alphabetical list of rubberstamping techniques is like having an encyclopedia of instruction on supplies, styles, designs and other inspirational material.

You can spend days here, researching materials and directions, and come away with a wealth of creative ideas to try out yourself.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Learn Something New
Now Playing: Stamping and Scrapping
Topic: Web resources

I have become fond of visiting the site for Craft TV Weekly at www.crafttvweekly.com

Projects are presented as video instruction and by registering (FREE) you can download the project sheets and even get email notification when new projects are posted.

Paper crafts are the focus here with most involving scrapbooking, rubber stamping, simple handmade books, and cards.

This is the place to be if you want to get inspiration.

Ddd Studio3D@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 6 August 2007
Look UP!
Now Playing: entertainment for your brain
Topic: Web resources

Here's a couple of different takes on the same theme (sort of). At this site http://www.wga.hu/tours/sistina/index1.html  you can click and view different scenes of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, zoom in, view background information, etc.

Here http://www.pacorosic.com/sistine_chapel_pictures.asp  you can view the work of Paco Rosic who recreated the Sistine Chapel ceiling in half-scale on the ceiling of his parents' restaurant - using Krylon spray paint!

Way Cool!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Make Your Own Supplies and How to Use Them
Now Playing: inspiration galore
Topic: Web resources

Sometimes you'd like to try out a papercrafts technique but don't have 'just' the right supplies? Someone else has already been there and come up with a way to MakeYourOwn! On the site for the Rubber Stamps Club (http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/tips/make-your-own.html) contributors have given recipes for: colorwash, rub-and-buff, mock mulberry paper, dye inks, embossible inks, shadow stamps, magic mesh, no-wax seals, puffy paint, shimmer spray, envelope glue, stamp cleaner, blender pen refill, and embossing fluid.

You'll also find instructions for gift bags, handmade paper, tissue paper envelopes, a tye-dye stamped t-shirt, antiqued paper, and MORE.

When you get done scooping up all these ideas, scroll back up to the top of their list and click on 'tips and techniques home'. BINGO! A list of over 140 (and growing) categories for stamping tips and techniques! Delving into any one of these brings up multiple examples with complete instructions.

Need MORE inspiration? Scroll back up the page to the main index and click on 'Rubber Stamp Art Gallery'. You can then click on the calendar for any month back to 2001 and view the work of their artist of the month contest winner and several others. Their work all includes complete instructions and, when appropriate, links back to the tips and techniques pages. You can get LOST in here!

If you become a member ($6 per year) they will let you play along with them in the contests and view other areas of the site. Go enjoy!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:38 AM PDT
Friday, 20 July 2007
Ittsy Bittsy Bits to Print
Now Playing: print it, cut it, use it
Topic: Web resources

What a fun little site this is! Jim's Printable Minis (http://www.printmini.com/printables/pp.shtml) is a delightful collection of everyday items in PlayScale (1:6), 1 inch scale (1:12), 1/2 inch scale (1:24) and 1/4 inch scale (1:48). If you are not a miniaturist the scale 1:6 means each inch on the model is equal to 6 inches on the full size item.

These items are designed for use in dollhouses and other miniature setups, but imagine the fun of using them in collage and on cards!

Rove through and scoop up a pirate treasure map, movie posters, covers for itty-bitty leather-bound books, nearly microscopic seed packets, legal documents (talk about your 'fine print'), and blueprints! Want more? Go for the eye chart, speed signs (what fun for a 'milestone' birthday card), 1800s tin types, popular board games, or a dollhouse for your dollhouse!

Oh, this is just too much fun!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 14 July 2007
A Project for YOU!
Now Playing: Make a business card holder
Topic: Web resources

How do you carry your business cards? Don't you think an artist ought to carry them in an artistic way?

This fellow designed a card holder to be made out of a large paint chip from the paint or hardware store. http://www.designverb.com/2006/11/12/paint-chip-card-holder

This original posting is for a non-regulation business card but a later note in his blog says "for the regular business cards, expand 'A' on the template to 2.5 inches and lower the red line some."

Now you can have a whole wardwobe of card holders!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

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

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