Gus comes in two forms, you can use him as a dragon..or a dinosaur which is a fabulous deal. He’s a fab image for an older person…. or kids… heck everyone loves dino’s and dragons.. right?
Love this little character, only thing is I think I should have left the shading off from around the sentiment… I changed track part way through and I don’t think that worked out so well.. maybe a redo in the future to see. But I love playing with the pencils and alcohol…and I can definitely see more Gus in my future.. and definitely have to try him as a dragon too.
It’s another one of those cards that really looks better in person…he’s really rather cute:)
The First Bi Weekly Card Challenge on our new message Board is now Officially O P E N !!! Rules are the same as they always were… and I quote our lovely host for the Challenge MsDeescraps:
” Do one or do them all. The shapes in the card sketches are primarily “markers” …meaning a circle doesn’t have to be a circle, but it does marks the spot for a card element.
The Ad Colors are there to help you narrow down your paper choices for one card, or to give you an excuse to buy more! (Only Kidding!) You don’t have to use them, but I think they are always fun to do.
For those who finish and want more to do, here’s the Extra Credits for this challenge:
#1. Make a shaped card (anything but square). #2. Make a card using only an Embossing folder and ink. #3. Make and “Clean and Simple” card of your choice.
Have fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing your cards. “
There is some debate over the technique name used in this project.. some call them pyramid toppers, some refer to them as Decoupage. I’m just going to refer to it as a 3D Topper Card …you can make your own mind up after you have seen the project 🙂
This is something I have wanted to try FOREVER !!! and I finally got to do it as part of our July Challenge over on the message board.
It’s not a quick project, but it is fairly easy to do, and the technique would work for all sorts of different themes and styles. There are lots of artists who sell premade sheets for projects like this, or you can go ahead use your own images and layer sets.
Ok..as a brief introduction to the project here is a supply list of items I used.
Jasc Paint Shop Pro V7 – used to color Capt. Locke
11×17 110lb card – for card base & embossed scraps
Darice A2 folders – Music, Time pieces, brick and some random borders
Black Dye ink pad, any will do but I use CraftSmart for these dry ink projects
Double sided tape
Sticky back foam from Walmart for spacers between the layers
A set of Paint brushes in various shapes and sizes
STEP 1 – Coloring your main image The first thing I did was choose my image and color it in PSP 7 (there will be a video tutorial soon showing how I digitally color my images). If you prefer you can always hand color, then scan and upload the finished piece into Design space…. or if you are not a Cricut Explore user…. hand cut these images.
STEP 2 – Cutting your layers in Design Space
The image was loaded into my Design Space Account and set up for Print and cut. The image was print and cut 6 times. Because this was a one off card project and rather large, I only cut the main outlines on my Cricut…. the parts I needed to remove for each layer were done by hand. If this was a project I intended to make multiples of, I would have created the individual layers in my graphic program first. For those of you who need it, there will also be a video for the design space portion of this project too.
Step 3 – handcutting your layers Each layer had some portion of the previous layers removed, it’s easier to show in an image than to explain in text.
STEP 4 – Building your layers I wanted my layers to be pronounced so I used a sticky back foam sheet from Walmart. If you don’t have it, or don’t want to buy it… there are other alternatives. If you simply don’t want to give it such an exaggerated depth… either use no spacers at all, or something much thinner like a sheet of card.
Step 5 – Assemble your 3D Topper As you can see Capt. Locke has some depth to her now. I personally do not like the white edges that are left after cutting dark images. Even if your Cricut is perfectly aligned, the actual paper edge is still going to be white.. so before I assemble my cards, whether they be single layers or multilayered like this one… I run a crayola marker along the edges.
and there she is …. one completed 3D Topper, multi-layers of Steampunk Hawtness!!
STEP 6 – Now the background… that is totally up to you based on your design and style. for this project I simply took 110lb card stock ripped it into sizes that would fit my embossing folders. Ran it through my Texture Boutique and then I dry brushed these to pick up the embossing and to make the ripped edges pop. The Base card was an 11×17 110lb card stock, it was folded in a similar fashion to a 3/4 fold card and then dry inked for a vintage look.
STEP 7 – Assembly Finally I stuck on my embossing and inked pieces and Capt. Locke took her pride of place. Now this card could easily be blinged out with sentiments and some steampunk style objects.. but right now I haven’t decided exactly what I want to do with her. So she shall sit safely tucked away till I do.
Ok.. list of what you need for this technique… brushes, ink pads, crayola markers or similar …. scrap paper to work on..and some patience 🙂
This is the easiest, most effective coloring technique … as a well known insurance advert likes to say “Even a caveman can do it”
.. hell my 3 year old does it. It’s a great technique for anyone…. beginner, or advanced. But specially good for those beginners who haven’t quite found their coloring mojo yet. Do not be scared of trying to color stamps, or ink your edges because you think you can’t… YOU can.
I am your classic example of “that crafter..” I can’t color, paint or draw worth a damned.. but I can do this!!
Before I get into this super complicated coloring technique << insert rolleyes for sarcasm here…. I am going to share with you some of my own project images. Just to show you what YOU can do…. it’s a great starter technique that will allow you to transition into a more detailed technique over time. Saying that…. this is a great technique all in it’s own, which lends itself to certain projects way better than the usual color in the lines style of coloring.
Now be aware that this is a brand new technique for me…and I just kind of fell into it totally by accident. I was actually trying to learn how to do the cool inked edges that a lot of our ladies do. Being the tangent head that I am.. I started with that and it just kind of took on a life of it’s own. I am loving this technique and the versatility of it. It makes even me go “WOW.. I did that!!! …ME !!!”
Ok so that said.. here are some of my personal images…
This is the first stage of an 11×17 sheet of card stock before the background was filled in. I wanted some unique paper for some card projects… and this technique lends itself perfectly to creating your own paper/card stock. These are just rubber stamp images from my personal stamp collection, colored with the dry brush technique.
Then a background was inked in, just because that is what I wanted for my project. Video link below was done using this image set.
Need a quick card… flat card in under 15 minutes ..stamp, ink, bling and go
Card and envelope in a hurry… gotta be a stamp, emboss, ink , bling and go.
Ok.. so now you have a rough idea of what it’s all about… lets get to the serious business… Pay close attention as this is extremely serious stuff and one false move could render your project.. FRICKIN AWESOME !
I kid you not… once you try this and make a mistake, try to fix it and it just starts to breathe on it’s own.. you will often discover your ‘mistake’ was actually cool and you ended up with something better than you were planning to do.. as Bob Ross used to say… no such thing as a mistake, just happy little accidents.
Ok so the highly specialized list of items needed…
Card Stock.. cut, ripped, punched ..whatever you desire… to size and shape for your project
Scrap card… if you need to mask areas off to keep them clean for text etc later
Brushes… I have a set of artist brushes picked up at Michael’s for about $9 after a 50% coupon… these are actually my toddlers paint brush set lol. I have also used smaller artist brushes for finer work.. hell I used the old brush from the top of a mineral makeup. It’s kind of like an old badger hair shaving brush in shape and texture. Pretty much any brush other than the kids plastic bristle ones should work, so don’t be scared to grab old brushes and give them a try.
Ink pads.. I have dye ink pads for my toddler… these are cheap old ink pads from Michael’s.. as often as not, they are on sale. They are cheap, come in a range of colors and It’s no biggie if I spread my colors from one pad to another.. it just means I get new shades lol. I love these ink pads !
Crayolas… yup I use Crayola washable markers.. at $2 a pack for the fat 10 pack, it doesn’t matter if my kid grabs my pens or I borrow his. It’s not like he drew on his coloring book with a set of Copic’s and made me cringe LOL. Crayola ink will dry up quicker than dye ink … so be prepared to get subtler shades and have to re-ink your brush more often… or just wet your brush down a bit. I draw on an acrylic block, then pick the ink up from that. If you want a lot of different colors, without a hefty price tag pick up a 30+ multi pack of the skinny ones.
Ok.. so .. did I miss anything .. oh yeah… obviously if your project requires images… you need some stamps.. rubber, clear, Digital… whatever floats your boat.
Dry Inking – Quickie example video.
And here we go…. nothing special, it was just a quick rush video to show some of the ladies the technique, I will try and add a better video later 🙂 There is no verbal commentary to this one as it was done in the wee hours of the morning while my boys were fast asleep… however there is music, so speakers down ladies and gents !!
It will appear upside down to you… sorry about that…. but it’s either you see it upside down, or spend 10 minutes trying to watch the brush work and not stare at my cleavage 🙂
Upside down or back to front.. the technique remains the focus of this video.. so it doesn’t really matter..for those who really need it right side up, may I suggest viewing on a tablet or phone and lock your screen rotation and then flip your device. soooo much easier on your blood pressure than trying to watch a 10 minute video on your head. The video cuts off before the project is finished… but the technique is the same all the way through and even the background is done the same way.. just with a bigger brush. I got a new software for desktop capture so stay tuned for more on screen videos showing projects and techniques..including digital coloring in a graphics program, working in Design Space .. and anything else I happen to be up to that might be of use.
and lastly.. a few more samples
This was a collaboration piece by myself and my 3 year old… he rocks the dry brush like a pro.
I inked the edges and did the Gelly Roll highlights on the fireworks.. which is kind of hard to see on this one.
He stamped the fireworks and the red ink in the center is all him. He hijacks my projects all the time.. but I love being able to share crafting with him…. so you won’t hear me complaining.
This is a KennyK digi image which I colored on the computer, printed out and then inked a flag on.. It’s a work in progress. The cop has some serious Gelly Roll Stardust bling going on for a touch of fun, white stars were glued on…and a rectangular scrap sheet was used to mask off the area I plan to put text when I am done. This piece is for a LEO friend of the family and will probably have some humorous verbage along the lines of .. “No ladies you can’t pay in dollar bills… this is a speeding ticket, not an autograph”.
The photo’s really don’t do this piece justice. If you try this technique you will see just how much fun it is and how easy it is to create unique pieces for all sorts of cool projects.
..another KennyK piece… can you tell I love his style.. haha
This piece is actually one of my submission for one of the July super Card Challenges currently going on. This is Capt. Locke part of KennyK’s Steampunk collection. This is an over-sized card.. you can read more about the techniques used and see progress pictures over on the message board. Sorry you have to be a member to view this.. so come on over and sign up.. we’re mostly house trained over there 🙂
In a nutshell.. large base card made from an 11×17 card stock done in 3/4 fold style.
Background card was dry inked.. card stock was ripped into pieces that were then embossed and ..dry inked. and then Capt. Locke.. bless her heart is the major player on this piece. She was colored in a graphics program and then imported to Design space and a print and cut on the main outline was done… she was printed 6 times and then each layer was hand cut to remove sections for the layers. She is a 6 layer, pyramid style topper and stands about half an inch off the base card at her highest point.
*** FOOT NOTE Do not throw away your scrap paper you use underneath when inking edges and drying ink off brush. It makes awesome backgrounds for cards. The card in the image at the top of the page was made using my scrap paper .. it can make a great vintage/rustic style background. I usually throw down an 11×17 sheet of card stock as a protector sheet on my desk.