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Saturday, 31 December 2016
2016 Wrap-Up
Topic: Multi-Technique

And so ends another year...

This year, instead of reviewing only my 10 favorite projects of the year, I decided to compile a list of accomplishments for the year on the blog.

First I ought to point out, as a reminder, that this was the year I stopped creating art to 'feed the blog' and started using the blog only as new art was completed, letting it happen in its own time. This began the first of June just as I had completed 9 years of posting art daily. It was a milestone moment and I chose to make the change that would allow me to relax a bit and let the art develop on its own schedule. The result was 69 blog entries June-December rather than the 217 that it would have taken to fill every day. I like it!

So, what did I do with all that time?

Quilting: completed 20 (baby quilts and lap quilts), 1 tree skirt, 6 placemats (retro campers), pieced 4 tops (lap quilts ready to be quilted), cut all the pieces for 1 quilt, started 2 mystery quilts (in progress).

Sewing: made 6 microwave bowl buddies, 1 small boxed bag, 4 pairs of pants, 2 pillowcases, 2 fabric origami boxes, 9 woven fabric ornaments, 2 zippered makeup bags, 1 insulated lunch bag.

Bible Journalling: This was a totally new endeavor started in September. I have 9 pages completed (pen and ink with colored pencils).

Artwork: 1 colored pencil drawing.

Digital projects: 3 calendars from Shutterfly, 5 books from Shutterfly, 10 cards from Shutterfly.

Challenges: 16 projects using Tim Holtz's Twelve Tags series for inspiration.

Gardening: A shared endeavor with Mom.

In the Kitchen: 26 Freezer to Crockpot meals (haven't sampled all of them yet but we're making note of the ones we want to make again), Preserving from the garden to go in the freezer (corn on the cob, breaded scallop squash, butternut mash, diced tomatoes, roasted summer squash, diced peppers).

Jewelry: 1 bracelet.

Cards: 143 hand made.

Travel: California coastal cruise, Riverboat cruise, Omaha NE, Lynchburg TN, Ephrata WA.

Miscellaneous: 2 watercolor pieces (using stamps for the sketch), 1 decorated blank book (for use as a travel journal).

Grand total: 288 items plus travel and gardening.

I also read 195 magazine issues and innumerable books (including all the assignments for a 16 in 2016 challenge)

Yep, I keep busy!

I would point out that, this year, my very favorite art-related activity is not something I created but a place we visited. We only scheduled a few hours for our visit to The Getty Center (Museum) in Los Angeles. We were mesmerized by all we saw but had to pick and choose as we rushed through. We had to totally skip the Maplethorpe exhibit, the sculpture gardens, and entire centuries of artwork. I loved standing in front of original paintings and sculptures by the world's renouned artists throughout time. I want to go back. I want to spend days there. I want to see it all! I also want to visit other museums like the Smithsonian, the Louvre, the Metropolitan, etc. I LOVE ART!

So, goodbye 2016. Hello 2017, here's to another art-filled year.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:14 AM PST
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - December
Topic: Multi-Technique

I did it! I really, really did it! I finished all of the 2016 12 tags in 2016! LOL.

I wasn't sure I was going to get this last one done but when I realized I needed some 'thank you' cards for Christmas gifts received.

Here are the techniques that Tim Holtz combined:


And this is the tag he created:


I made cards this time out and here are the steps I used (I left out some of Tim's process):

- apply versamark ink to the inside front of a word embossing folder

- put colored cardstock in the folder and run theough the Cuttlebug

- scoop gold embossing powder onto the versamark ink

- melt embossing powder with heat tool

- select metal embellishments including some with text

- use wet glue to apply metal embellishments to colored cardstock. trim

- use Xyron to adhere text paper to a colored base card

- use wet glue to adhere the mounted metal embellishments to the card front

- use Cuttlebug to cut out 'greenery' from colored cardstock

- adhere to card front

- add rhinestones to serve as berries in the greenery

- glue a white card liner inside

Here are the four cards I made:





Challenge met!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:50 PM PST
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - November
Topic: Multi-Technique

This project will almost catch me up with the 2016 tag series - though I chose another display piece instead of a tag.

I also changed the theme from 'Thanksgiving' to 'travel' for my project.

Here are the two techniques Tim combined:

And this is the Tag he created:

These are the steps I used to create my project:

- Apply rubons around the edges of base piece (I used landscape themed and postal images)

- Color background with Distress Stain - blending colors and adding water to mottle

- Distress edges with tool and ink (I used walnut stain)

- Stamp a 'blueprint image' on the background - set aside

- Stamp same image several times on watercolor paper

- Watercolor these using Distress Marker as watercolors

- Deboss from the back to create 3D image

- Trim to colored image size

- Deboss 'forward' elements of other images and trim them out for 3D elements

- Mount layers together using foam tape

- Use Glossy Accents on the areas of the image that are 'glass'

- Use diecut words on the background

- Back the cutouts with colored cardstock

- Use Distress Marker to add drop shadows inside the text

- Layer the watercolored image stack over the stamped image on the background

- Spatter the whole piece with black Distress Ink

- Use brad to attach a charm

And here is the piece I did:


One more 'tag' project to complete and my year will be done.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - October
Topic: Multi-Technique

I realized I got way behind on completing the projects Tim Holtz designed for his blog. With three projects left to do and only 11 days to get them done in the year assigned, I decided I had better get crackin'.

I had written out the steps Tim used when the bog posts first appeared but it had been so long that I had to look the post up before I started so I could refresh my mind on what the goal was!

Here is the techniques Tim combined:

And here is his project for October:


Tim went all out for Halloween in the October tag but, it being so late, I decided to go in a whole different direction. Here are the steps I used for my project:

- On a base surface create a patchwork collage of various elements according to the desired theme, using a matte medium as a glue and a sealant. 

- I started with two papers with cutout sections. These I overlaid with printed tissue paper, then I went to town with all sorts of butterfly stickers, staying with the more realistic-looking ones.

- Allow the collage to fully dry

- Lightly sand edges

- Apply Picket Fence Distress Stain over surface and wash/wipe away some to create a shabby effect

- Use Distress Ink pad in Black Soot to darken the edges of the panel

- Use Distress Marker in Black Soot to create a drop shadow under all the butterflies and immediately smudge with finger to soften

- Spatter with black ink

- Use word dies to punch out the word 'beautiful' in the background

- Back the work cut-out with bright paper

- Stamp hand-carved butterfly on bright paper and again on shimmer paper

- Carefully cut out both butterflies

- Stamp just the antennae on the background

- Glue the shimmer paper butterfly to the background, aligning with the antennae

- Use wet glue to attach only the body of the bright butterfly to the shimmer layer

- Fold up the wings on the bright layer and then attach to the shimmer layer using a small bit of foam tape

Ready for the reveal?


You can see I once again made a display piece instead of a tag. I chose to make this one for use in the Spring.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:24 PM PST
Friday, 23 September 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - September
Topic: Multi-Technique

Well, I must say I started out to follow along with Tim Holtz's tag directions. But he went off on a specialty product that I did not have so I took my own tangent and finished up the project in my own way.

These are the tags that Tim combined for his tag:

And this is the tag he created:


So, here are the steps I used to create my project:

- Select a base cover stock to work on. I chose two so I could experiment with the shiny side and the matte side.

- Shake three Distress Paints and apply to craft sheet

- Shake three coordinating Lumiere paints and apply to craft sheet

- Mist heavily with water

- Swipe base cardstock through paint till covered (repeat with other card)

- Mist with more water to blend

- Dry with heat tool

- Ink over entire tag with various Distress inks using blending tools

- Flick water to activate top layer

- Stand on end to let water drip

- Dry with heat tool (blot excess for contrast)

- Trim matte piece to size and ink edges with walnut Distress Ink

- THIS IS WHERE I DEPARTED WAYS WITH TIM

- Use a small leaf stamp and Archival ink to make a 'second generation' stamped border around the edge

- On glossy piece, stamp realistic leaves using Archival ink

- Cut out leaves

- Use colored pencils to add a bit more color to leaves

- Use a scoring tool to score the major veins

- Bend leaves forward on the scores

- Use bone folder to gently curl the leaf tips back

- Use foam tape to mount leaves to matte base (foam under the raised areas and glue on the center vein and tips)

- Add sticker letters to form text

- Layer vellum over a dark cardstock and trim large enough to leave a border around the matte piece

- Mount matte piece to vellum

- Add gold peel-off corners and borders

- Display

Here is the artwork I created using these steps:


So, what did I skip? the use of a 'paper' called Yupo and a 'negative stamping' technique using alcohol inks. I've done this technique with transparency (long ago) but I don't have access to Yupo and didn't want to buy any just to try this.

I also skipped a technique for creating a patina on plastic letters. This is where I used sticker letters.

I'm happy with my 'tag' though.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:03 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 23 September 2016 9:04 AM PDT
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - August
Topic: Multi-Technique

Right on schedule, Tim posted his technique remix tag for August. And with only a little delay I created my own version.

Here are the techniques Tim combined:


And here is the tag he created using them:


This is another of those cases where I did not have the product to do a major part of this project, so I used a work-around. More about that later.

Here are the steps I used:

- Cut piece of manila cardstock to work on (I cut mine from an old file folder)

- Put out some Distress Stain on a non-stick craft sheet (I used a blue and a green)

- Very lightly, roll a brayer through the stain to cover it with droplets of color

- Quickly and lightly roll across the 'tag' in one direction

- Spritz with water to allow stain to blend a little. Dry with heat tool

- Apply some brown Distress Ink with a blending tool

- Flick on water to create droplets. Dry with heat tool

- Use distress tool to rough up all four edges

- Apply Distress Ink to roughed edges

- Select a piece of printed cardstock for the overlay

- Diecut a 'grid' (I did not have any grid dies so I used two sizes of round punches and created my own pattern of holes)

- Paint grid with light layer of Distress Paint

- Dry, sand and ink then divide into three pieces

- Adhere to three corners of the prepared 'tag'

- Use the diecut (punches in my case) to cut some other materials to inset into the holes in the grid

- Lay out and then adhere punches to some of the holes

- Diecut scrolls from black cardstock

- Adhere to tag

- Embellish design with words, stickers, labels, charms, etc. (In my case I used three chipboard bird stickers and some 'chit-chat' word stickers)

- I skipped the step of stitching along selected edges

- Spatter surface with black flecks

- Use Sharpie pen to add details (I outlined some of the chit-chat words and drew eyes on the birds)

- Cut base card and mount the decorated piece on it

Here is the card I created:


When I do these 'tags' I follow along with Tim and make step by step notes (like those above) with no sketches or photos. Then I take that cryptic list to the studio and start looking for products and supplies that I can use to get a similar effect.

After creating, I photo it and bring it back up to make these notes. That is the first time I have a side-by-side comparison of the end products.

So, there you go, another month complete.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:13 AM PDT
Friday, 1 July 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - July
Topic: Multi-Technique

I set a new record (for me) in the speed with which I completed one of the tags in Tim Holtz's series. I mean, he only posted it THIS MORNING!

Here is the tag he made:

and it is based on a remix of these two tags:


Here are the steps I used to create MY project:

- Stamp image on heavy watercolor paper using black archival ink

- Watercolor the image using the ink from Distress Markers

- Dry with heat tool

- Apply Microglaze to select areas that you want to resist color

- Apply a wash of Distress Ink over the surface

- Use heat gun to dry completely. This will melt the Microglaze away

- Spritz image with walnut ink

- Trim to size

- Use walnut Distress to ink the edges

- Cut a mounting piece at lease 1/4 inch larger all around

- Mark and cut a top and bottom slit for the stamped piece to slide behind.

- Ink edges of background piece with walnut Distress

- Ink edges of the sliced area with walnut Distress

- Place word die on the sliced area

- Cut word from background

- Cut a script word from dark cardstock

- Slide stamped piece into place behind cut strip of background

- Adhere stamped piece and background together securely

- Glue script word in place

- Prick holes for 5 brads across bottom. Install brads

- Add stickers to decorate (chit chat words, arrow, passport, photos)

- Adhere to front cover of a handmade book

Here is my finished piece:


Here's to finishing more projects in record time!

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:10 PM PDT
Sunday, 5 June 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - June
Topic: Multi-Technique

Look how early in the month I am getting the June tag done!

As you recall, Tim Holtz creates a tag every month for inspiration using his products. Throughout 2016 he is combining two old tutorials to be his own inspiration.

This month he combined these two tags:


And this is the tag he created:


Of course, I never have the same supplies to work with (well, a few here and there) so I just wing it with similar things from my studio.

Here are the steps I used to create my piece:

- Stamp white tissue paper with black archival ink in overall background print (used second-generation stamping to lighten it)

- Crinkle and smooth tissue paper

- Cut piece of white mat board

- Tint matte medium with vintage photo Distress Stain

- Use matte medium to adhere tissue to mat board

- Dry with heat gun

- Wipe over surface with anti-static bag to reduce tackiness

- Cut shape into covered board using a craft knife

- On white fabric use mini-Distress ink pads to create a subtle plaid (I used hickory smoke and ground espresso in one direction and fossilized amber and cracked pistashio in the other)

 

- Mist very lightly and dry with heat tool

- Use Xyron to adhere fabric to white cardstock

- Use Xyron to adhere this base to back of the cut-out piece

- Outline inside of cut-out with black Distress marker

- Decorate front surface with rub-ons that look like stitching

 

- Use black Distress marker to draw drop-shadows under rub-ons

- Smudge with fingertip

- Ink edges of piece with walnut Distress ink

- Adhere a couple of 'chit chat' words

- Use black Distress marker to draw around the words

- Smudge with fingertip

 

- Use Black Distress marker to draw in a 'stand' for the cutout


 

 

And here is my finished piece:


This piece is about 4 1/2 x 8 (I say this from guestimates NOT measuring).

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:37 PM PDT
Sunday, 15 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - May (card 2)
Topic: Multi-Technique

Round 2 of the May 12 Tags of 2016 is up today. As a reminder, here are the tags Tim Holtzgot his techniques from:


And here is the tag he challenged us with using those techniques:


I didn't use all of the techniques Tim did as my stamps really didn't lend themselves to florals. But these are the steps I used on my project

- Select multiple stamps to use

- Apply tissue tape to selected areas where featured stamps will be used

- Stamp featured stamps over tissue tape using Archival black ink (I used fish)

- Stamp other images to cardstock as background (I used coral and seaweed)

- Use a palette knife to apply clear texture paste through a stencil in selected areas (I used medium dots)

- Let dry completely

- Colorize surface wiith Distress stains (go lightly)

- Mist with water to blend

- Dry completely

- Blend on Distress inks to highlight

- Buff to remove excess ink from tissue tape and stenciled areas

- Mask off tissue tape areas

- Spritz with gold metallic paint

- Trim to card size

- Border with black cardstock

- Mount on colored base card

Here is the bottom half of the finished piece that I used for the second card:

Now that I'm caught up with these challenges, we won't see another '12 Tags' project until June.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 14 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - May
Topic: Multi-Technique

Yep, back with another in the 12 tags series. In this case I actually made a single piece and then cut it in two to make separate cards.

Here are the tags that Tim combined this month:


And here is the project he created with that combination:


These are the steps I used on my project

- Select multiple stamps to use

- Apply tissue tape to selected areas where featured stamps will be used

- Stamp featured stamps over tissue tape using Archival black ink (I used fish)

- Stamp other images to cardstock as background (I used coral and seaweed)

- Use a palette knife to apply clear texture paste through a stencil in selected areas (I used medium dots)

- Let dry completely

- Colorize surface wiith Distress stains (go lightly)

- Mist with water to blend

- Dry completely

- Blend on Distress inks to highlight

- Buff to remove excess ink from tissue tape and stenciled areas

- Mask off tissue tape areas

- Spritz with gold metallic paint

- Trim to card size

- Border with black cardstock

- Mount on colored base card

Here is the top of the finished piece that I used for the first card:


Tomorrow, I'll show the bottom half - also made into a card.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 13 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - April
Topic: Multi-Technique

This is SO not a tag!

Tim Holtz works on tags to demonstrate his techniques but I rarely do. I mean, what do you do with a tag you've decorated? Tim recognizes that not everyone wants to work on tags but he is really just teaching technique ans encourages people to make the project their own.

Here are the two tags he selected to combine in April:


And the tag he made with these techniques:


Here are the steps I used to create my project:

- Selected a shaped container with a removable metal lid

- Stir some sand into a little modeling paste.

- Apply a layer to the top surface of the box with a palette knife. Smooth out

- Allow to dry completely

- Cut decorative papers into mosaic shapes with rounded corners

- Glue shapes to box top using matte medium, leaving a small space between shapes

- Top coat with matte medium

- Allow to dry completely

- Top each shape with Glossy Accents

- Allow to dry completely

- Sponge Distress ink to tint the 'grout'

- Buff the tiles to remove ink

- Use matte medium as glue to attach trim to sides of lid

- Coat trim with matte medium

- Allow to dry completely

- Sponge Distress ink on trim to tint

- Place lid back on the container and mark where the lid stops

- Remove lid

- Use Distress Paint on upper part of the box base (above the marked line)

- When dry, add printed cardstock to the area below the line using Xyron ahesive for good adhesion

- Allow to dry completely

- Use finger to cover paint and paper with Microglaze (to protect the box from grime)

- Buff off extra Microglaze with a paper towel

- Place lid on box and admire your work!

Ready for the big reveal?






See? REALLY not a tag!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 12 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - March
Topic: Multi-Technique

I'm kind of in 'catch-up' mode on these Tim Holtz-inspired projects. So, right on the heels of the February one, we're on to March.

Here are the two techniques that Tim mixed:


And this is the new tag he created with the techniques:


Here are the steps I used to create my card:

- Use a shaped die to cut a void in corrugated cardstock (I used a nativity on buff)

- Add white distress stain to surface. dry

- Add distress inks to shade

- Set aside

- On non-stick craft sheet, sponge three Distress paints

- Mist with water

- Swipe cardstock through it

- Dry with heat tool

- Tap into leftover paint on the craft sheet

- Dry again

- Use glue stick or tape runner to apply random glue (not much)

- Lay foil sheet over glue and burnish. Peel up to leave foiling

- Mount diecut corrugated piece over top

- Use alcohol marker to draw in drop shadows

- Trim bottom edge at 3/4 inch

- Use letter diecuts to cut phrase from scrap of background cardstock

- Back cutout letters with cardstock to match drop shadows

- Trim to width of corrugated piece

- Lay three pieces together and tape/tack together

- Use strong adhesive to mount combined pieces to folded card base.

And here is my finished card:


Thiis is a larger card as the size was dictated by the original diecut.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - February
Topic: Multi-Technique

I am WAY behind on creating tags from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016. I finally created the project for February - in MAY! 

This year he reprises two old tag techniques he has done in past years and combines them into one tag.

Here are the two tags Tim combined for February:

And the tag he made combining techniques from these:


I will warn you that my project looks nothing like his!

Here are the steps I used to create my version:

- Cut down a piece of watercolor paper to card-front size

- Apply Distress Stains over entire surface (I used a teal, a green and a brown)

- Spritz with water

- Dry with heat tool

- Ink BACK of a stencil with three Distress Ink Pads (I used a stencil of birch trees)

- Spritz stencil with water

- Place on the stained watercolor paper

- Cover with paper towel and press to soak up extra moisture.

- Lift stencil

- Dry waterolor paper with heat tool

- Ink edges with walnut stain Distress Ink

- DRY with heat tool (I forgot this step and had some problems later down the line)

- Place another stencil on the surface and squeegee modeling paste through selected areas (I used a stencil of birdcages hanging from branches)

- Remove (and clean) stencil

- Sprinkle with gold embossing powder

- Let dry completely

- Heat emboss powder

- Add stamping to embellish (I used one large and many tiny birds)

- Add word stickers (I used some of Tim's Kraft stickers)

- Use Distress marker to create drop shadows on all elements

- Apply a metal charm using Glossy Accents as adhesive

- Add green Stickles to charm

- Trim if desired and add to a folded card base.

Here is the card I created:


I really like my version a LOT!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 14 January 2016
12 Tags Of 2016 - January
Topic: Multi-Technique

Sure enough, Tim Holtz returned with a monthly tag challenge for 2016. Each month he will reprise two old tag techniques he has done in past years and combine them into one tag. I am joining in again - right on the heels of finishing my last tag of 2015!

Here are the two tags Tim combined:


And here is the tag he made for January 2016:


Here is the process I used to create my version:

- Choose a stamp for the chalkboard center of the card (I chose a birthday message)

- Select a cardstock and apply metal foil tape to the top and the bottom edges (I used card-sized rather than a tag)

- Emboss just the metal areas with an industrial look folder (I used diamond plate) 

- Use felt blending tool to apply black alcohol ink to metal areas (Tim  did his with black Distress Paint)

- Use soft cloth or paper towel to wipe away excess ink to reveal metal

- Dry with a heat tool

- On black cardstock, ink stamp with Distress Embossing ink and cover with Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder and heat with heat tool (I did not have these products so I inked my stamp and made the impression with a glue stamp pad. Then I ground some white chalk and tapped it into the glue and dried it with a heat gun)

- Scribble over the image with white chalk including background

- Use fingers to rub in chalk

- Tear top and bottom edges 

- Adhere chalk layer to metal layer using brads

- Trim sides of chalk image to fit on metal layer

- Adhere gear embellishments using brads

- Use strong adhesive to mount piece to a base card

Here is my finished card:


What a great card for a guy - all that industrial look. We're off to a good start.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 31 December 2015
15 Favorites of 2015
Topic: Multi-Technique

This year, for the year-end wrapup, I decided to match the year with the number of projects to feature.

These are my favorite items I produced this year:

This is a display piece based on techniques taught by Tim Holtz in his 12 tags of 2015 series. This was the February project.

 

I had wanted to make a quilt of a bookcase for some time. I designed this one and constructed it using paper piecing. It is one of the banners I hang on the fireplace wall.

 

In March, I designed this quilt of cats in the window.

 

This was made in May from another of Tim Holtz's tag tutorials.

 

One of my favorite cards working from the OWH sketches.

 

This July creation came from the Tim Holtz tag tutorials.

 

This stamped card was going to be an entry for the fair but I ended up not entering anything.

 

A card using the September tutorial from Tim Holtz.

 

I love this duffel bag I made in September.

 

October's display piece made from Tim Holtz's tutorial.

 

A mystery quilt that ended up donated to the hospital.

 

Paper embroidery for a Christmas Card.

 

The November Tim Holtz tag tutorial turned into this.

 


A gift for friends based on a piece we saw in a shop window at the beach.

 

A watercolored Christmas card inspired by an online tutorial.

And that's it - 15 for '15.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 19 October 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - October
Topic: Multi-Technique

I can't believe we're up to October already with this year-long challenge!

Here is the inspiration piece from Tim. He went with a distinctly Halloween tag, but I am NOT all about Haloween.


I went back to the very basic idea that Tim used and focused on 1) wrinkle-free distress backgrounds 2) layering diecuts made from those backgrounds 3) a word feature. Granted, I used diecuts that are nothing like Tim's and worked on a large showpiece instead of a tag, but the process is similar and led to a project I am proud of (much more than if I had made a Halloween tag).

Here are the steps I used:

- create wrinkle-free distress background in 6 color-ways

- diecut and punch various 'scene' parts from the backgrounds

- ink edges of each piece with Distress Ink using a foam blender

- attach a piece of copper ColorMe paper to a heavy base layer

- use Distress Ink and blending foam to color background

- ink edges using Distress Ink

- add large distressed background over the ColorMe background

- assemble diecut parts into a 'scene' using foam tape to raise in successive layers

- diecut a script word from distress background paper

- layer word over fancy diecut label

 

- attach to main piece using several layers of foam tape

- use various colors of Stickles to decorate elements of the scene

 

- add a double line around the main piece with the fine tip of a Distress marker

- present on a picture holder stand

Here is the finished piece:

Ummm, yeah. That is NOT a Zombie Head Tag!

Ddd


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.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 30 August 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - August
Topic: Multi-Technique

I'm back with my creation based on Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015 - August edition. Here is the original:


Once again, I created a display piece rather than a tag. I don't have much of an affinity for tags so creating something I can display is more to my liking.

You'll soon discover that my piece looks very little like the inspiration piece. I am pleased with this as I like mine better!

Since I did not follow the directions closely here are the steps that I used.

- Cut two pieces of heavy cardstock the same size (mine were 5.5 inches square)

- Use dies to cut shapes all over one of the pieces (I used 4 snowflake dies)

- On the second piece, use matte medium to adhere sheet music.

- Use matte medium to adhere the diecut piece over the music piece making sure all corners and edges are secure

- Seal the surface of the music with matte medium and dry with heat tool

- Paint white gesso over entire surface then wipe away excess gesso to allow music to show through. Dry.

- Smush three Distress ink pads onto surface (I used broken china, evergreen mough and shaded lilac)

- Immediately use thin layer of matte medium to blend the colors. While still wet, use paper towel to dab away excess ink. Dry.

- Stamp words on surface using Archival jet black.

- Use blending fluid to smudge and smear words on surface.

- Use black soot distress marker to draw inside snowflakes. Wipe away to create dimension.

 

- Adhere metal letters using matte medium. Dry.

- Use soot black distress marker to draw drop shadow around letters. Wipe away to create dimension

- Apply rubon words inside one snowflake


- Attach silver snowflake dazzles inside snowflakes

- Place rhinestones inside dazzles and to the dots on the 'i's

- Use stickles to add a snowcap to tops of letters

- Use black permanent marker to add a string to hold the dangling letter.

 

Here's the final product:

 

And there you have proof again that I cannot follow directions!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 11 July 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - July
Topic: Multi-Technique

Go big or go home! that was my dilemma when starting to replicate the July tag from Tim Holtz. Here is his creation:


Tim made HIS tag with the mini versions of the patriotic blueprint stamps which I do not have - I have the standard size of them.

The solution was to up-size the whole project into a 6 x 10 hanging wall piece.

Here are the steps and supplies I used to complete this project:

- adhered text-printed scrapbook paper to the surface of a chipboard cut to size.

- use sandpaper block to scuff all 4 edges.

- stamp patriotic blueprint stamps onto heavy watercolor paper using black Archival ink.

- use deckle-edge ruler to tear against at the top and the bottom of each image.

- use Distress marker ink as watercolors to color the images. include drop-shadows painted with Pumice Stone ink.

- smear Versamark across images to create a resist. (this didn't seem to have any effect so this step could easily be skipped)

- use a very wet brush to add Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the images. blot off excess ink to keep smearing of colored images to a minimum. dry with heat tool.

- trim sides off images to fit them on text background.

- distress the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Wet with aquabrush. dry with heat tool.

- adhere centers only of the images to the text background.

- stitch around all 4 sides of all 3 images. (this is the reason the glue was only in the center in the last step - so the machine needle would not have to go through it)

- decorate flag panel with rhinestone 'stars'.

 

- add silver Dazzles 'celebrate' peel-off sticker at the top of the USA panel.

 

- add stickers, rub-ons, rhinestones to star panel.

- use spritzer to spray black soot Distress Marker ink on panels.

 

- punch holes on upper two corners of panel.

- color opposite edges of cream colored seam binding using a blue Distress Marker and a red one.

- spritz ribbon with mini-mister to start colors running. blot before colors run together in the middle.

 

- dry with heat tool, scrunching to wrinkle as it dries.

- tie ribbon to holes, attaching star charm by stringing through one end of the ribbon.


So, here is my completed hanging decorator piece which I used as a hostess gift for the neighbors who hosted our Independence Day get-together.


It's on a different scale than Tim's original but the general effect is the same.

I also covered the back of the chipboard piece with scrapbook paper to create an attractive finish.

Ddd

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 13 June 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - June
Topic: Multi-Technique

Back to some hands-on artwork for a while. It was time to do my version of the June edition of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015.

Here is his original:


I'm pretty sure I did not have a single item that Tim used so I went for more of a 'look and feel' interpretation.

I made a distress background to start with using scattered straw and gathered twig distress pads, a craft sheet and a mini-mister. This was dried and then I had to figure out how to get a distressed plaid over it.

I used a custom inked pad with adriondack reinkers. Then I got out a rubber brayer and wound twine on it until most was covered. This was inked on the pad and then run over the distress background, first one direction and then the other until the coverage was like I wanted. I cut this down to size and used the distress tool on all the edges then inked them with gathered twig. This was set aside.


I drew a pattern for a latte cup and cut various parts from printed paper, corrugated cardboard and clear transparency. I used a scoring tool to make some creases at the appropriate parts.


I cut down the transparency bubble to fit the top of the cup and attached it to the upper edge with scor-tape. I used Picket Fence distress stain on the back of the bubble and dried it with the heat gun.

I didn't have a straw so I got out a clear plastic pick and used alcohol ink to color it.

I used two sets of stamps to create a greeting and cut the strip down to a flag shape. this was distressed with the mini-tool and then inked with gathered twig. I cut a strip of grass cloth to go behind it.


The latte cup was adhered to the plaid piece using foam tape and leaving just the right abount of space for a gift card to slip behind. I then stapled the sentiment assemblage to the front.


The plaid unit with all these layers was adhered to a card front of the same material as the sentiment. It also matches the 'straw'.


With the addition of a 'real' gift card for a coffee stand and a hand-written thank you message inside, this is ready for gifting.

Ddd


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

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