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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Paper Sculpting Tilda...

Paper Sculpting is one of my favorite techniques - the time and effort of coloring, cutting and layering always results in a people pleaser!   The background for this birthday greeting consists of hand drawn floor boards colored with Copics and a "wall" framed by using Distress inks along the edges.  The chair was a wonderful find in my stash and is JUST the right size for the Magnolia stamps.   Although the chair is stamped directly on the background, I was able to add dimension by dampening and then embossing the back of the cushion. This technique allows the background panel to remain flat but makes the cushion bulge forward.  Tilda was stamped three times and cut out in sections for layering.  Each layer was embossed on the back with a ball tool and then mounted with double-stick-foam tape used to support and maintain the rounded shapes.  The third or top layer is Tilda's head, hands and banner.
Here is a close up that allows a better view of the layers:

Image:  Tilda from Magnolia Stamps.  Chair is by Azadi Earles
Paper:  Neenah
Ink:  Ranger Distress Inks and Copics

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

White Rabbit...

I was making "Happy Spring" cards and because we were still having rain, sleet, hail and intermittant snow, I made this card instead.  Lighting was not optimal... but I wanted to share my paper sculpting technique here.

This close up makes it a little easier to see. The image was colored, the body and head were cut out separately and turned face down on a pergamano pad.  I used a "ball and cup" tool ( used to emboss metal) - to gently rub in circle motions and emboss the image.  Any ball tool or even the back of a spoon used on a mouse pad or soft surface should work.  The body is mounted with double sided foam tape to ensure the roundness of the body shape is maintained.  Glue was applied only along the neck and shoulder edge to make it lie flat and provide a distinct elevation difference between the shoulders and the head.  The head was mounted on the same foam tape and overlaid above the shoulders and slightly overlapping the image.

Image: by "Mo" Manning
Copics: body - NO & C3; clothing - B45 & B41; ears, cheeks, nose and foot pads - R00, R11 & R02
Button embellishments:  Inkssentials Enamel Accents - White

If you have questions - or I have made anything unclear - leave a comment and I will respond as soon as possible!

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Mad Hatter loves his tea!

Brother Rod's birthday deserves the wild Mad Hatter's dance!  I love this image - fun to color.  Could not capture the wonderful sparkle and sheen on the Teapot, cup and saucer, but that and the saucy angling of the mats on the base card really set this card off.

Digital image is by "Mo"
Copics used:  skin- E50, E51, E53 & R02 / shirt- E41, E43 / hair- YR18 / tea set- R14 / costume-B91, B93, B95, B99 & BG10 / shadow- C1
I used a shimmering watercolor over the Copics on the Tea set.

Zintangle Sails...

Had to do some 'Thank You' cards for FLYC members  helping with the Camellia Cup Regatta; a boat obviously was appropriate - and the sails just begged for Zintangles!  But I'm thinking I will only make the one like this - I'm not convinced sailors will all get the sail decorations!  LOL!

Stamp is from "Whiteworks" (1996), ink is Memento Black Tuxedo  on Neenah paper. Colored with Copics: E55, E57 and E59. Embellished with bronze brads and Zentangles by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas ( Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.) and by Mary Elizabeth Martin, CZT.  Many thanks to M.E. for teaching me Zintangles!