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21  Beaded Lavender Card tutorial in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ozgirl42 on: October 23, 2009 05:31:11 PM
Cut three pieces of florist wire. Then cut 3 pieces of beading wire (about 10cm long).
Attached one end to the top of the florist wire and then thread purple then clear seed beads on to the wire alternating until about 3cm from the end.
Carefully wind the beaded wire around the florist wire and attach the bead wire the the stem. Voila! A lavender stalk.
Emboss a square border onto your card.
Attach the lavender sprigs together with a piece of beading wire; arranging them and bending the stalks until you're happy with them.
Attach to your card by making two small holes through the card, threading a piece of lavender coloured ribbon through and tying a bow.
Dob a small amount of super glue to the bow so it doesn't come undone and also adheres to the wires beneath. Take a green coloured pencil and scribble a background.
Add an insert to your card and you're done!

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22  Christening Card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ozgirl42 on: October 23, 2009 05:17:19 PM
Got some great photos of your friends and family lying about the place? Why not use them to make a unique card?
This card is made of different layers; some mounted on foam pads and attached to the card.
The photo was one I took and enhanced in photoshop. I made it black and white and made his eyes blue.

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23  Black and white handbags and shoes card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ozgirl42 on: October 23, 2009 05:11:02 PM
I drew some handbags and shoes using a vector drawing program; then printed it out and mounted it on the front of a square black card. Then I cut two squares one black and one white glued them together, added the sentiment and flowers then mounted it on foam squares onto the front of the card.

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24  Mortis Angelus in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ozgirl42 on: October 21, 2009 08:51:56 PM
Another photoshop CS2 manipulation. A combination of skull, doorways, lighting; result moody but not too serious.

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25  Firestarter in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ozgirl42 on: October 21, 2009 08:36:34 PM
I have a teenage daughter who, in the nature of teenage girls, can be very volatile at times. LOL
This image started from a simple photo. Then I added fire, new eyes, new background and changed the lighting a bit. All done in photoshop CS2.

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26  Re: Celtic Gecko + knot construction tutorial in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ozgirl42 on: October 20, 2009 04:27:43 PM
There are many different ways of constructing the knots, but the easiest - all right it is time consuming -is the method of construction by George Baines. He studied the celtic knotwork and zoomorphics of the Picts, the various illuminated manuscripts and sculptures and found that it was all based on a gridwork pricked onto the vellum or stone. You can then design a knot to specifically fit any nook on your piece of work!

Celtic animals have a distinct style, so Google and see what comes up, or have a look at George Baines's book Celtic Knots Method of Construction. I drew the Gecko's first, add the stylised bits and then constructed their knotted tongues and tails.

Measure your space and start marking a grid at regular intervals. After a while you don't even use a ruler to measure!


Then put a dot in the middle of your grid dots.



Make diagonal strokes in one direction first. These fit inside the dots you've made; don't join the dots as you will end up with a basket weave rather than a knot with spaces.



Then go back agan in the other direction.



Where the strokes "touch the edges" you make a bend to join up with an adjacent part of the ribbon. In the corners you kink it back to form those distinctive knot corners.



You can findout more at:
http://www.zuggsoft.com/sca/celtic/celtic.htm
http://mysite.verizon.net/mihaloew/celtic/class_basic.shtml
http://www.aon-celtic.com/cknotwork.html

Have fun!
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27  Celtic Gecko + celtic knot tutorial in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ozgirl42 on: October 20, 2009 05:11:32 AM
Being of Irish descent I have always been fascinated by the Celtic knot work you see on Irish and Scottish monuments, illuminated manuscripts etc. A few years ago I had the opportunity to finally do a course that taught you how to actually draw the blasted things. I sweated blood when I designed my wedding invitations and on day one or said course, I found out how much easier it would have been had I only had the skills and the know how.... sigh.
This is the first piece I have done in a long time - 4 children will do that to your creative streak. It's more contemporary than other pieces I have done; I have used a mix of celtic knotwork and dots: I like the dot paintings of the Australian Aborigines and found the you can't reproduce those dots any other way other than dobbing the end of a stick (or paintbrush) into paint and then dotting it onto your canvas!
This piece has been executed in acrylics.



Celtic knot tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=325031.msg3753475#msg3753475
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28  Dougal in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ozgirl42 on: October 19, 2009 03:17:54 AM
I loved the Magic Roundabout when I was a kid, especially Dougal. I have seen long haired short legged real dogs that always remind me of Dougal - especially since they move as if they're on wheels ... just like Dougal Grin
Cold porcelain, seed beads acrylic colours.

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29  Cat cakes in Dessert by ozgirl42 on: October 17, 2009 04:29:06 PM
These cakes are chocolate with Betty Crocker frosting. The cat faces are a mix of M & M's, white chocolate buttons, piped dark chocolate, and flattened red jelly candy. Their ears are mini marshmallows cut in half and the frosting piped over them.
The Cat paws are mini marshmallows cut in half with dark chocolate claws.
The fish is melted white chocolate piped in the shape of a fish skeleton.
They were great fun to make and the kids loved them!

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30  Bug Cakes in Dessert by ozgirl42 on: October 17, 2009 03:39:42 PM
These little cupcakes come from a book called "Hello Cupcake", which is a fantastic book! They're vanilla cupcakes with Betty Crocker vanilla frosting. The bugs are made from piped melted chocolate and M & M's.
Colour the frosting and cover the cupcakes. You can pour some sprinkles or coloured sugar onto a plate and gently roll the edges of the cakes to make a border on them.
Pipe the legs on to some baking paper, and place the M & M's in the chocolate; let set in the fridge. Gentley peel the bugs off the paper and place onto the frosting.


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