Tuesday, March 01, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Cornelia Puts the Spotlight on 3D Letters

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Hi, Cornelia here today, adding a 3D effect to letters.

I learned how to do this from Betsy Veldman, who showed us how to do this on one of the Make it Monday features by Papertrey a while back and lately I have been thinking about doing this again. Betsy did this with a die cut sentiment, but I show you how do do this with stamping only. It works either way.

I decided to keep a simple color scheme, although I was tempted to add some color to the HAPPY in the end. But I did not want to ruin my card....so I restrained myself.

My stamp supplies:
preview-SheryRussDesigns-BigGreetings   thebirdsandtheblooms-web-preview

I stamped the HAPPY at an angle onto my card stock. I secured the card with Washi tape - just to make sure it does not slip by accident.

Then I started to draw the lines with a Copic marker - I used N6. You start at the left bottom of each letter and draw the lines parallel to each other, using each letter corner as a starting point. Once you have done this you go back and draw lines from the right upper corner of each letter - or you do this together, just as I did. If you have a more complex word its easier to do the bottom first and then do the top.

Once you drew all those lines you take the fat end of the marker (I think its called the chisel tip) and fill in some of those lines - I used the inner part of the letters, to give this a shadow effect.

Then you take a lighter marker - I used N2 to color in the rest.

You see I smudged the second lighter line....no reason to worry - I am going to cover this up. I ain't no Laura Bassen, who would start all over again... I just hide this under something ;)

If you are wondering what's different between this photo and the one above - I drew a fat line around the bottom of the letters with my N6 marker. And then I adorned my card with that pretty Cardinal and two enamel dots. The smudge is hidden by the "birthday".

Once you figured out how to do this it does not take that long to do. Want to give it a try? If you make a card using this technique, don't forget to hook it up at our Spotlight Project Showcase for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate (random drawing) OR your choice of 5x7 stamp set + a Spotlight Project guest designer spot (randomly drawn from the Top 3 picks).

See you in two weeks.

Happy Stamping!


  1. Absolutely stunning and a new technique to me..Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  2. What a fun effect! Love that Cardinal. Great card!

  3. This looks so cool. I remember doing doodles with this technique when I was in high school, but I never thought about using it on a card.

  4. This is so cool! Great card and I love the pops of red!

  5. What a great technique - thanks so much for sharing

  6. This is seriously incredibly cool. I'm drooling over this fabulousness!

  7. Wow, what a fun technique. Thanks for including the imperfections as well. May have to try this. Love the pops of red. Hugz

  8. Oh my goodness...really neat technique and lovely card.

  9. It looks fab. Really striking and pretty easy too if you have a steady hand.

  10. Very Interesting technique !! A solid 3D effect to the word ..thanks sharing the tip to cover up smudges !!

  11. Very Interesting technique !! A solid 3D effect to the word ..thanks sharing the tip to cover up smudges !!

  12. I think I did this technique once before but totally forgot about it. It looks great in black and white. Thanks for reminding me. I'll have to try it again.

  13. Such a cool technique with gorgeous results. Love it:)

  14. Stunning and so very eye catching. Smitten with the neutrals popped with that vibrant red bird. Awesome card.

  15. clever to put the smudge under the Birthday yaay I love this idea Cornelia to make the sentiment look so long like this
    you are so clever!!!

  16. Wow this is ome cool technique! Thanks for the tutorial :)


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