Friday, January 24, 2020

Blue Fern Autumn Anthology 9x11 Folio

This Blue Fern collection has gorgeous papers and I have been searching for just the right project for them. I generally make mini albums, but this paper really lends itself to a larger size to accomomdate these beautiful images, so when I found the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 9x11 folio, I knew it was perfect for this project. Cutting the pages to fit this 9x11 format allows the use of the major corner images and leaves the other side of the paper to be trimmed as a two or three inch pocket with the secondary images.

The folio comes in three pieces that look like this:

The two loose pieces are glued to the right side:

I added some small flips to the left side:

Bazzill Rose Gold foil is used as a mat on all sections.

The cover:

                   The Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts "Frame Bella Round" comes in two pieces.

                       I cut an extra bottom piece out of the Rose Gold and used it as a base for 
 the flowers on the right side of the cover:

                       When the left front cover is opened, the right side of the roundframe is not  
                               glued so that it can be used to slip in a photo or a dedication. The chipboard color                               looked really good with the Rose Gold foil, so I left it as is.  A piece of ribbon is glued under the paper as part of the closure.                 
This is the full right cover.     
This is the opened left flip and the
second piece of the ribbon closure:

When the right cover is opened there is a 9x11 piece of Autumn Anthology paper with no extra embellishments, and the right side flips.

A closer look highlights a pocket with Rose Gold/Blue Fern tags.

Flipping this page up.

A closer look of the top flip:

The bottom flip:

Both right flips open:

Botom Flip:

Middle page:

And lastly, I used clear Wink of Stella to further highlight the images.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Journey is the Destination - Mixed Media Card

Hello again friends!

It's Elle again with another fun project using some cool chipboard elements to make a card suitable for many occasions or for any gearheads out there!



Firstly, give the edges a wipe down with a slightly damp cloth or paper to remove the residue left by laser cutting. Then paint the chipboards with a layer of white gesso followed by a layer of blue acrylic paint.  For this rusty truck effect, I am using two different paint colours - blue and jade.

After the paint was dry, I added the metallic paint using a sponging technique, except I used a paper towel, which works just as well.

Keep adding more paint until you are happy with the effect - make sure you let all the layers dry in between applications!


For the background, I selected some gelli printed backgrounds I made last September.  This technique creates a peeled paint/weathered wood effect and you can read more about that technique on my blog as it's not covered in this tutorial, but if you have a gel plate you might want to try it out as it creates a very cool effect and it's really fun to do!  At the time, I made nearly 20 of these backgrounds using this technique!

I pulled together all the bits and pieces I wanted to use on the card to see how they would work together and snapped a photo of it for reference later!


Then I cut the card down to size - 8.5 x 5.5 inches - and covered it with transparent gesso

Once the gesso was dry (only a few minutes) I added some paint splatters and brush-strokes around the edges just for some extra interest and texture.

Using a blending brush, I inked the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make it look a little more vintage.

I added some random stamping in the lighter areas using some light grey Archival Ink

I selected a co-ordinating cardstock for the card base and adhere the background to it.


Before adding the truck to the card, I decided to add a layer of cardstock underneath the chipboard to show through the cutouts, and to add some clear acetate for the windows using some old packaging.

This particular bit of acetate has a small crack in it and I like how it looks like the truck has a crack in the windscreen!  I also painted the windows with some diluted fluid acrylic paint to tint them a little.


Time to assemble the card - refer back to the reference photo if needed - and adhere all the elements in place on the card front.  I added some touches of colour on the girl and woman's hair and shoes and stockings, added some ephemera snippets and word stickers and a stamped quote to the centre of the gear frame and the card was complete!

Here's a couple of close ups so you can better see the rusty effect

Till next time,

Empire of the Cat


GSL Cuts - Truck 1 C25C,Chain and Gears Frame D20H
Tim Holtz baseboard dolls, word stickers, Distress Markers, Distress Ink, Snippets, Stuff 2 Say Stamp set CMS110
Finnabair - Azure, Jade acrylic paint, Sepia, Turquoise liquid acrylic, White Gesso, Transparent Gesso
Jane Davenport - Copper metallic acrylic
Archival Ink - Watering Can
Gina K cardstock
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
From Stash: gel printed backgrounds, acetate from cake box, blending brush

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Time Marches On

January is a time of new beginnings, a time to reflect and take inventory of our lives. There is a quote by Warren Zevon, “we love to buy books because we believe we are buying the time to read them.” January is sort of like that it’s the promise of a full year ahead, the possibilities seems endless. But you and I both know that time is promised to no one, we must live each day as it is our last and tuck away memories that we can make along the way. This is the inspiration for this project.
1.  Cut Apart the GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers, decide which you will be using.
2.  Emboss GSLC-Trading coins with German Silver and Granite Powders and filling in gaps with Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray.
3.  Cure and set with a heating tool.
4.  Use a paint brush to paint the rims of the GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers.
5.  Trace pocket watch onto Faux Alligator Skin Paper, Cut out with scissors.
6.  Trace top hat onto Faux Black Velvet Paper, Cut out with scissors.

7.  Trace bottle onto Blue Metallic Tissue Paper, Cut out with scissors

8.  Use Brown, Black, and Blue markers to edge the GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers coordinating with papers used
9.  Add a small piece of rusted ribbed ribbon to the top hat.
10.                Use Gold Leaf Rub ‘n Buff for the pocket watch top.
11.                Use Weldbond to glue chosen papers to correct GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers. Adding a vintage text to the bottles label and gray marker to color the string and brown marker for the cork top.
12.                Secure into place with metal clamps allowing to dry fully.

13.                Once dry carefully add Art Deco One Step Crackle medium to the blue bottle.
14.                Use Gold Leaf Rub ‘n Buff to add details of your choosing from the GSLC Steampunk Light bulb Set

15.                Glue and Screw in metallic embellishments to your GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers.        

Some Final Thoughts.  
New Year Song- Over the Rhine
Here's a little New Year's song
Don't worry it won't take too long
Just a bit of New Year's cheer
To say I'm glad you're here
Little leftover Christmas tree
Just big enough for you and me
With just a single strand of lights
To tease the stars outside
And we thought perhaps we'd see some friends
But as the old year slowly ends
The dogs are dreaming in their beds
We might stay home instead
Here's a little New Year's song
Don't worry it won't take too long
Just a quiet New Year's eve
There's somethin' up your sleeve
And I might gently take your wrist
Read your body like a Christmas list
The first night that the New Year brings
I wouldn't wanna miss a thing
Let's stay home and play old records
Our future's bright our past is checkered
What do you say we lift a glass
Toast the ghost of another year past
Just a little New Year's song
Happy New Year everyone
It came upon a midnight clear
Another brand new year
New mercy comes with every morning
The unexpected with no warning
For loved ones who've gone on before
Sing me Auld Lang Syne
New mercy comes with every morning
The unexpected with no warning
Let the dear ones you love know
You'll miss them when you go

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Trading Coin Covers AliceGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Artist Trading CoinGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Steampunk Lightbulb Set, Embossing Powders-I Used Granite and German Silver, Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray, A Wash Made of Water and Black Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush, Blue Metallic Tissue Paper, Faux Black Velvet Paper, Faux Alligator Skin paper, Markers-Black, Blue, Brown and Grey, Rusty Ribbon, Rub ‘n Buff-Gold Leaf, Weldbond, Scrap of Vintage Text, Metal Clamps, Art Deco One Step Crackle medium, 

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!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Rabbit of Caerbannog

Happy Saturday everyone! Connie here with a tribute to one of my favorite movies – Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  In the film, the Cave of Caerbannog is guarded by a bunny with nasty, big, pointy teeth and a vicious streak a mile wide. When King Arthur and his knights are attacked by the killer rabbit, he shouts for them to 'run away'! 
This project started with a GSL Bagatelle Box 3 by 4 inch which assembles easily with a bit of tacky glue. The exterior paper I chose for this project is from the fairy tale related Once Upon a Time stack by DCWV.

I couldn't resist setting the bunny in front of a medieval castle image framed with a neutral gray paper from Tim Holtz.

Other elements used in this project are from the GSL Stackable Labels Shape Set, House Jewelry Pieces and Gothic Cross Miniatures.

I painted the base of one of the Stackable Labels black and glued a printed Run Away image to the top layer.

For a knight's abandoned shield, I turned one of the house jewelry pieces upside down and painted it white, then added a red gothic cross. Something so simple makes me giggle.

For this little shrine's feet, I painted wood ball finials with black acrylic paint. A tip for painting them is to pop each one on a Q-tip. They are easy to hold while painting and you can hold them in a small container while the paint is drying. The rabbit is a plastic Schleich toy with a bit of blood red paint added to his mouth for effect.

To finish the piece, I set him on a carpet of thick grass colored felt and glued down a few bones I cut from one of those dollar store plastic skeletons.

Where's a holy hand grenade when you need one?
Thanks for stopping by!

Gypsy Soul Products Used

Other Products Used
Tacky glue
Acrylic paint
DCWV Once Upon a Time paper
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology paper
Castle image
Tacky glue
Acrylic paint
Felt scrap
Wood ball finials
Schleich rabbit
Plastic skeleton