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21  Wee Wedding Cake in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: August 07, 2006 08:10:59 PM
Here's my teeny wedding cake that I made for the craft challenge. 

The bride is just a hair over 1 cm.

Her freaky-deaky hubby is 2 cm tall.  He looked ridiculous on the cake, so I left him off.  I couldn't get a halfway decent picture, but his coat has tails.
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22  Wee Wedding Cake in CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES by something_wierd on: August 06, 2006 05:46:49 PM
Teeny tiny polymer clay wedding cake.

With a ruler. . .

The bride is just over 1 cm.

The groom is freak (2 cm?!?!)

This is my first craft challenge!  Please be nice. . .
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23  Re: Show us your Photoshop and PSP art!!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by something_wierd on: April 15, 2006 11:57:31 AM
First draft of a cover for my high school's literary magazine

splash image for the website I may one day make.

rain made w/ psp and animated in AS

in about 4 ass-numbing hours I went from this

to this

sometimes I like to color in line drawings

or make sparkly things (AS used also)

Count Olaf color bar

some brushes

a goofy avatar I made for Dumbrella

and. . . I just found the final version of the literary magazine. 

I got in trouble for signing it )effin_fantastic) and had to go through all the copies and color over it with a marker. 
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24  Re: bead swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by something_wierd on: April 04, 2006 06:01:46 PM
from mjadams. . .

terrible picture, but it is all I have.

from koi. . .

2 vials of cool confetti-ish rounds.  Black and white "E" beads and light blue and yellow bugles.

Coca~Cola charms!!  So cute!!

Thanks, guys!  I love them!!!!
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25  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: March 15, 2006 09:35:37 AM
I was doodling during my chemistry lecture and I came up with this.  I was thinking of having the little banner go across it like the tattoos with the heart that says "MOM". 

I am really bad at drawing.
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26  PSP tute for beginners (image heavy) in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: March 13, 2006 02:47:32 PM
I wrote up this tute that uses a few of the more common actions on PSP.  I did this using PSP7 but it translates well to newer versions.

Feel free to fiddle with the options to get to look you like. 

Learn how to go from

to this

in, like, a crapload of easy steps.  And by easy, I mean REALLY easy.  If I can do it, anyone can.  At least, I hope so.

For this tutorial, you will need:

*An image.  Preferably with a white background.  That is, unless you LOVE erasing.
*A grungy brush.  Follow the directions below and you can make one, or use your favorite.
*A graffiti font.  I used crAzy-WRiterZ  from http://www.dafont.com/en
*A few words or phrases that look cool in the graffiti font.  Out of randomness, I used "Sagnasty" (slang for the town I was born in) and "MySlumberingHeart" (Rilo Kiley song)  These look better with no spaces, since you can't really read it anyway. 
*  This is the select none button.  It really comes in handy.  Use it to un-select something after you are done working with it.  Click this if you are using a brush and it is only showing up on some areas.  Also, ALWAYS make sure that you have the right layer active. 

Open your original picture in PSP7.  Before you do anything, duplicate the background layer. (Right-click>duplicate)
Next, make a new raster layer.  Make it transparent and put it in between the background and the copy of the background. (Drag it there)
Delete the layer with the original on it.  Or leave it there.  It's really just another layer, and you'll already have quite a few going.

Now, click on the duplicate layer to make it active.  Using the magic wand tool set to the values that follow:

   Match Mode: RGB Value
   Tolerance: 38
   Feather: 1

Click on the white background and hit delete.  There should now be your guy, but with a grey and white checkerboard around him.  Erase any stray bits of the backgound if necessary.  It should look kind of like this.

Now, using the mover tool grab your guy and move him over so he is looking at the blank space. 

Now go to Colors>Colorize.  Set both values to one.  This makes your image greyscale, but still color. 

Next, go to Colors>Adjust>Threshold and set it to 100 or so.  Make sure you can still tell what it is.

Click on your transparent layer and fill it with a color you like using the flood fill tool .  I used this orange: #FFA019.  Hide the layer with the guy on it for a while.  Do this by clicking on the glasses (next to the name of your layer) on your layer palatte. 

If you don't have a grungy looking brush, make this image into a brush. 

Open the image and select the whole thing.  Click on your brush tool and then click on the little picture or a brush on the dialog box.  Select "Custom".  Click on Create.  You now have a grungy splattery brush.  Close that image.

On your image with the guy on it, make a new layer.  Using that brush you just made (size 255) and a pink color (#F61C7C) click once on that new layer.  Using the mover tool, situate it in the upper right corner of your image.

Make a new layer and repeat above, clicking once.  Go to Image>Mirror.  Use your mover tool to put that so that it lines up with the other and looks seamless.

Do this again (new layer, click with brush), but instead of using Mirror, use Flip.  Move that so that it is under the square in the upper right.

Repeat (new layer, click with brush).  This time use Mirror and Flip.  Put this in the bottom left corner.  Your image will now look like this.

Now that you have your interesting background, make the guy visible again by clicking on the glasses on the layer that he's on.

If he is behind anything, drag his layer to the top of the pile. 

Click on the color replacer tool. Make your foreground color that pink that we used before and the background color black.  Make sure the layer with the guy is active and color all over him.  Make sure no black spots are left.  He now looks like this.

Using the text tool, type one of your words in the box in the graffiti font in size 150.  Make it a contrasting color, like lime green.  Click OK.  Grab the rotate handle (look closely at the box around the text.  A line comes off of the middle handle and there is another handle at the end.  That's the rotate handle) and rotate the text to a cool angle.

Click again to make another text box.  Use the same font and size, but a different color and the other word/phrase.  I like electric blue.  Click OK and rotate the text to a different angle.  Don't worry if either of these go off the image.  It actually looks better that way. 

Right click on the vector layer that the text is on (there should only be one vector layer) and click Convert to Raster Layer. 

With that layer still active, go to Effects>Blur>Gaussian Blur.  Put the radius to .78 and click ok.

It looks like our guy became part of the graffiti, huh?  Well, drag his layer back to the top of the pile.  Make sure his layer is active, and apply a gaussian blur to him too.  Try about .80 or so. 

You're basically done.  Go to Layers>Merge>Merge All (Flatten) to make the image one layer.  Save it as a .gif and you are done. 

Let me know if this is hard to follow.  I try to make it as easy as possible, but sometimes I just suck.

I hope you enjoy!

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27  Re: Mermaid beaded art doll craftalong in Craftalongs by something_wierd on: March 13, 2006 08:03:09 AM
SlickMariaVic, The edge on mine was sewn just like yours is done - it worked quite well to bead over it - no ridges or problems- mine was wool felt so it was softer than acrylic craft felt.  Don't know if that made a difference or not.  Love the swerl face, the shrinky-dink shells came out super.  So glad you are working on yours too. 

Here is mine again -  maybe done - would appreciate comments.  Does she need a pearl necklace or a crown?
[img *width=424 height=836]http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a365/MNhatter/DCP_4061.jpg[/img]

and the back view - she is a lapel pin, or can be pinned onto fabric - maybe a wall hanging so she looks like she is jumping out of the ocean -- does the roving water work for that effect?
[img *width=148 height=224]http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a365/MNhatter/DCP_4060.jpg[/img]
Well fun trying anyway.

OH yes, Koi - the face was made in a Sculpy mold - purchased at the local chain fabric and craft store.

Thanks for starting this craftalong!!

I like the roving as the water.  Very pretty.
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28  Re: Millefiore Topato in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: February 27, 2006 03:13:03 PM

I covered a pen with a bunch of slices last night. 
I'm a dork.
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29  Millefiore Topato in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: February 26, 2006 06:19:15 PM
Ayone here read the webcomic "Wigu"??  I made Topato in millefiore.  I'll probably make the cane into beads, but until then, I'll just share this.

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30  Re: Spill Your Valentine's Ideas Here... I Won't Tell! in Valentine's Day by something_wierd on: February 14, 2006 12:07:22 PM
I've been spreading the love all day in the form of one-cent valentines.  I took the shiniest new pennies I could find, decorated the backs with acrylic paint and Sharpies, and covered them with a protective coat of clear nail polish.  Here's a few of my favorites:

I left them around campus (heads-up, of course) in inconspicuous places - the corners of elevators, stair landings, bus seats - anywhere people normally drop loose change.

I like to think that someone who would take the time to pick up a stray penny is the sort of person who would appreciate finding a tiny anonymous valentine on the back.   Smiley

those are great!  Hey, valentine's day isn't over yet!!  I feel a during class project!
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