Friday, July 10, 2020

Twist and Pop Halloween in Wonderland Card

Have you tried to make a twist and pop ?  gave up ? Me to!  Then I discovered Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts already made mechanism.

I applied the adhesive as pictured on the package (on both the front and back of the mechanism).

The next step was to cut a 12" x 6" piece of cardstock and fold it in half.  Mark 3" with a pencil  inside the fold.

 Cut two 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" pieces of patterned paper and adhered them to the inside panels.

Put the mechanism on the bottom piece of patterned paper making sure the tip of it as at the 3" mark and even with the bottom edge. Take the tape off and fold the top piece of paper down. Press on it to
make sure it's adhered.  Open the card and duplicate that process. ( I used a small clip to help hold it in place.)

When the card is opened the mechanism should pop up and look like this:

I made four embellishments. The largest piece is 1 3/4" x 3 1/4", the next is 1 3/4" x 3",  and the smallest is 2 5/8" x 2 1/8".

Popped up each of the three pieces with Stampin' Up Dimensions.

I put solid colored cardstock on the top of each panel and then the embellishments on top of the cardstock.

This is the front of the card (these pieces are also popped up).

The first set of  panels:

The second set of panels.

The piece at the bottom of the opened card is a pocket in case the giver wants to add
a message or money.

The back of the card.

I love this card because the "pop and twist" is pre-made.  It's a good start for my Halloween projects!

Materials used for this card:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts  Pop and Twist mechanism

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper

Tiny pearls from my stash for the eyes ( it would be fun to use tiny goggle eyes)

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Staying Home 2020 Tag Book

Hello everyone,

I don't know about you but I've been doing even more recycling than usual over the last few months.  I have been setting myself a challenge to use as much as possible to avoid sending it all to the recycling centre, or having it pile up in the house, since the recycling centre was actually closed for a few months, but has now reopened with restrictions.  So this project is all about using some recycled elements and to make a record of life during lockdown.

Today I will be using elements from these two COVID-19 art sets to make a mini tag book.

And I will also be using some toilet paper tubes!

And part of this cereal box.

The first step is to flatten the toilet roll tubes using a bone folder.

To make the hinge that will hold the TP pages together, cut a piece of cardboard from the cereal box that is just a tiny bit shorter than the tube, so that it will be able to slide inside the tube.  The hinge I am making is an old technique which, from memory, I think is called stack the deck.  I can't really give any measurements because they are all based on the size of your toilet roll tubes and every brand is different.  My tube when flattened measures approximately 4 x 3 inches, but yours might be different so make sure to measure everything before cutting.

Pieces to cut:  

- Three pieces for the hinge, each one wider than the previous one as these will sit inside each other and "stack". The middle of the small one should be 1/4 inch, the middle one should be 3/4 inch and the larger one should be 1 3/4 inch.  Then allow 1/2 - 3/4 inch on either side of that for the flaps.
- One piece for the cover.  The size is up to you, depending on how you want your tag book to look.  I made my covers 4.5 inches square so I have a lot of space around my tube, top, bottom and sides, but you could make yours the same size as the tube if you like - just remember to account for the tags that will be sticking out of the tubes!

Making the cover

I covered both sides of my cover with black gesso.

Then I used a combination of brown metallic acrylic and brown fluid acrylic to paint around the edges of the outside of the cover.  This is because I plan to add my papers to the middle only as I wanted a border around the outside, but you could cut your paper to the same size as the cover and cover the whole thing.

Paper selection.  I decided to use the Tim Holtz Abandoned paper stash from my collection. I chose three papers for the tubes and one paper for the outside and inside covers.  

This is an 8 inch paper, so I cut my covers into 4 x 4 inch squares, so I could get both inside and outside covers from one piece of paper.  
I like to round the corners to make it neater and to stop them getting dog-eared.

Cut the papers to cover the tubes.  I cut them as one long piece so I could wrap it around both sides and fold it over the other side.

When they are all covered they look like this:

Now it's time to slide all the tubes on to the hinge.  This hinge has space for six tubes, but you can always make it larger and add more tubes.

A funny thing happened when it came time to glue the papers to the outside and inside covers.  I turned them over and decided I liked the reverse side better!  The colours really stand out against the brown acrylic so I decided to keep them that way up.  Edge all the papers with Archival ink to hide the white cut edges and then glue them in place.
Once all the papers are glued on to the covers, glue the hinge onto the spine.

Decoration time!

Choose your elements and cover them with white gesso.

Once the gesso is dry paint them with the color of your choice.  I painted mine this bright lime green using Paperartsy Limelight chalk paint.  As this is a tag book, I also cut some tags to fit inside my tubes and printed out some photos I took during lockdown - mostly shopping trips, queuing, social distancing, empty shelves etc.   I printed them on watercolour paper and then distressed the edges with my scissors.

For my cover I chose the Staying Home 2020 elements.

For the inside cover I used the lockdown and virus elements, and below is how it looks with the tag and photo included.

On another page I used the Wash your hands and hand sanitiser elements, and you can see another one of the tags and photos.

Here's another one of the tags and photos, this time showing the empty shelves in the supermarket.

Here's a look at the inside back cover which uses the COVID-19 element.

I used the biological hazard element on the spine of the book.

As a final touch I outlined all the letters on the cover using an Stabilo pencil, you can see the different it makes between the 20 on the left and the 20 on the right which has been outlined.

Finished Book

And that's the finished tag book!  

This could be used to record messages, journal entries, photos or just your thoughts of this time. I have added my photos to the tags but I still have some "empty" pages, so I could also add some photos or journaling on them.

Hope you enjoyed this eco-friendly, recycling tutorial.  Let me know in the comments!

Bye for now,


Project Recipe

GSL:  Covid-19 art
toilet paper tubes
cereal box
gesso - white, black
Paperartsy Fresco Chalk paint
metallic paint
fluid acrylic paint
Tim Holtz Abandoned paper stash
Archival ink
Corner rounder or corner punch (optional)
Tags to fit inside tubes (or make your own)
Photos to fit on tags or tubes
Bone folder to flatten tubes (optional)

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Brass Butterflies or Disguised Dragonflies-A Peek-a-Boo-Project

I've always been intrigued by Art Deco images, Alphonse Mucha is by far one of my favorites. I remember seeing ornate vintage hand mirrors in many antique stores, these are the inspirations for this project. This by far is my shortest tutorial to date.

2.    I used Clear Embossing Ink Roller and Allure Embossing Powders in Baked Texture, Mercury Rising and Weathered Wood to color each of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Botanical Journaling Blocks.

3.    Cure with heating tool, I was sure to do both sides as it helps them from buckling and easier to layer.
4.    I used Clear Embossing Ink Roller and Metallic Brass Embossing Powder on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Scribble Dragonfly Frame.

5.    Cure with heating tool, I was sure to do both sides as it helps them from buckling and easier to layer.
6.    I used a small paintbrush to add details using Golden Acrylic Paints-Vat Orange, Teal, Pyrrole Red, Green, Indian Yellow Hue.
7.    Once everything was dry I layered and glued into place using Weldbond.
8.    Be sure to press flat using a heavy object of your choosing. I often use a Ziploc plastic bag filled with kitty litter or sand.

Some Final Thoughts.
I've never done a tutorial with such few steps, but I am surprised at the incredible layers I was able to create using such few products and steps. I see butterflies when I look at these Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Scribble Dragonfly Frames. I like how art can show us different perspectives. Whenever I look at Mucha's artwork I am transported to a wonderful world I can only visit in my imagination. May you find your heart lifted as you see art in your everyday world.
"Dragonflies are reminders that we are light, and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so." Robyn Nola
"Reflected in the dragonfly's eyes-Mountains" Kobayashi Issa
Having flown the earth for 300 million years, dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome times of hardship. They remind us to take time to reconnect with our own strength, courage and happiness.

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Scribble Dragonfly FrameGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Botanical Journaling Blocks, Clear Embossing Ink roller, Allure Embossing Powders-Baked Texture, Mercury Rising, Weathered Wood, Metallic Bronze Embossing Powder, Heating Tool, Golden Acrylic Paints-Vat Orange, Teal, Pyrrole Red, Green, Indian Yellow Hue, Paintbrush, Weldbond, 

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!