Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day of the Dead Frame by Lora

Hello everyone! Lora here with my last project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts as a guest designer. It has been a boat load of fun and I want to thank Gina for letting me play!

This weeks piece is all about the very cool Victorian Frame and Easel that I've transformed into a Halloween-ish Day of the Dead frame. I love all the bright colors on the skulls made of sugar and a hundred other medium nowadays to celebrate the holiday and I wanted to paint my version of them on the frame.
It really lends itself to this style of painting with all it's pierced swirls and curlicues.

This project is really straight forward....just the frame and some paint. I mostly used Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paints. The first thing was to prime everything in a coat of gesso, and then I painted the back piece of the frame orange.

Everything else got a good coat of black and I gave it a lot of time to dry completely. Like about fifteen minutes, because that's a long time for me. Maybe in dog years it's about an hour and a half.

After that, it was mostly painting around the edges of the pierce work, emphasizing the shapes. I used mostly bright shades of green and purple with a little red and accents of white to make things pop.


This guy was hanging around on my work table and wanted to get into the pictures....

For the easel that the frame is resting on I drew (in pencil) the repeated flower design that is in the center of each side of the frame and painted it green to match the frame. I added some dots and a couple of curlicues that help tie both pieces together.

I really like that you can turn the frame long-ways to fit a different shape picture. I plan on using this frame to show off my business card at my market table this Halloween.


Additional Supplies
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint
Golden Black acrylic paint

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mad Hatter Tea Chest

Hello, it is Gloria with you and it is my turn again on the blog! I had a blast making this Mad Hatter Tea Chest using the GSLCuts Treasure Chest (check availability at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store).
I decorated this little chest all in purple and black! With a few red hearts! I added some purple flowers, plus the magical Alice in Wonderland Chipboard Silhouettes and the Tiny Alice Props.
The chest is 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" the way I have it assembled. It is perfect place to store some tea or coffee packets. (Or candy, for you non-tea drinkers!)

Let's get started making this project!
1. Remove the Treasure Chest pieces from the packaging and give them a good wipe with a damp cloth. (The laser cutting process generates a lot of soot!)
2. Spray the bottom of the chest, the lid "frame," and the thin pieces with black glitter mist. Allow to dry.
3. Cover the inside of the chest pieces with decorative paper. Use a gel medium (or similar product) to attach the paper to the chipboard. Sponge the edges with black ink.
4. Assemble the chest. Attach paper to the outside surfaces of the chest. Coat the outside surface of the box with gel medium to seal it. (You can see here that my gel is still wet. It will dry clear.) Spray the other side of the "frame" piece with black glitter mist and allow it to dry.
5. Glue the frame to the top of the box. (This is not how the box is to be assembled, but I decided that this is how I wanted it.) Cover both sides of the largest chipboard rectangle with paper. Glue the chest to the center of the piece.
6. Glue the thin pieces of chipboard around the top and bottom of the chest as shown. Trim thin pieces of decorative paper and sponge the edges with black ink.
7. Wrap the chipboard pieces with the decorative paper and glue securely.
8. Cover both sides of the larger lid piece with paper and sponge the edges with black ink. Mark the center of the smaller lid piece and make a hole for the knob. Cover both sides of the smaller piece with paper and sponge the edges with black ink.
9. Attach the knob to the smaller lid piece. Glue the smaller lid to the larger lid, making sure to center it.
10. Place the lid onto the chest.
11. Choose decorative chipboard shapes from the Alice in Wonderland Chipboard SilhouettesTiny Alice Props, and Alice String Alongs. Spray some of the pieces with black glimmer mist. Sponge others with purple or red ink.
12. Glue a selection of purple flowers to the left side of the lid. Add a few of the chipboard elements as shown.
13. Glue the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter silhouettes to the front of the box. Decorate them as desired. (In person, these are very sparkly! The camera had a hard time picking up the glitter!)
14. Fill your chest with tea and enjoy!

Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria:Scraps of Life

Supplies Used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Treasure Chest (coming soon)
Alice in Wonderland Chipboard Silhouettes
Tiny Alice Props (coming soon)

Partner ProductsGraphic 45: Hallowe'en in Wonder Land Deluxe Collector's Edition, Rare Oddities 6x6 pad

Other: spray mist (black, purple), ink (black, red, purple), paper flowers, metal knob, gel medium, glue, foam tape

Monday, September 26, 2016

Welcome to the Nuthouse - Fall Canvas by Lynne

Hello there and happy fall! So far we're having gorgeous weather here in Southwestern Ontario after a hot and stick summer. In honour of this gorgeousness, I decided to create a canvas with some warm fall colours and one of my favourite little creatures!

I dry-embossed the chipboard leaves using a leaf-themed Darice embossing folder by lining them up as closely as possible with similar-sized leaves on the folder to get the lines in the right places. The pumpkins were covered with corrugated cardboard. The heart was dry-embossed.

I attached some bits of crumpled tissue paper and pieces of burlap and cheesecloth for texture as well as some mesh ribbon and corrugated cardboard. I  added some stenciling with texture paste then primed everything with gesso before painting it with gold acrylic paint.

I then used Colourarte Silks and Twinkling H20s to add some splashes of warm colour here and there.
I finally figured out how I  wanted to add texture to the cute little squirrel (after trying a couple techniques that provided somewhat less than stellar results....hey that happens to all of us right??) I combined texture paste with microbeads and spread it with my finger for a rough texture. When it was dry I painted it gold.

I then sprayed the canvas with a variety of mists and added some brown ink on the letters as well as on the edge of the squirrel. I  attached a couple metal and wooden embellishments to finish it off. This little project will suit my house perfectly for fall decor, not only because I love squirrels, but because my home is definitely a bit of a nuthouse....and that's just the way I like it! Wishing you a happy and at least mildly nutty week!


gold acrylic paint
Twinkling H20s and Silks by ColourArte
mists by Tattered Angels
Mister Huey's
Heidi Swapp
Prima static stencil 6x6

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Halloween Shrine Box

Hey there Peeps! Ginny here to share a Halloween project that takes me from the sublime from last week into the ridiculous.  I've got a skeleton hanging from a chandelier like you would find at any great Halloween party.
I used pieces from several sets of fabulous chippies to create this fun and whimsical box.

The box is covered with funky Halloween patterned papers to create a backdrop for the altered chipboard.
Spider Webs with steel luxe paint create a base to add seasonal embellishments to.
The focal point for this arrangement is additional webs and Star Flourishes with fall colored leaves, black roses and sparkly picks.
Inside the box is a great embossed chandelier with a party animal skeleton.
~Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies~
Okay that's all for me. Wishing all of you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Rusty Barb Wire and Stars

Good morning too you all. Shanna here and I am beyond excited to share this project with you. 
I was playing around with some very special paints and a chemically active spray. I loved the look and threw together some tags. 

As I didn't get to take photos of my process, believe me I will have one coming up in the near future on how I got my barb wire to look so rusty and my stars to have this amazing patina look. 

Now both tags got the same background treatment of a stencil I used with heavy gesso and some spray. While that dried I painted the birdcages with some acrylic paint. 

Here you can see and up close look at the star and birdcage. 

Look at how rusty the barbed wire looks!!

The second tag I used a different bird cage but replicated the other tag. 

The birdcages also got tiny pieces of cardboard stuck underneath so they had dimension. Then I finished the tags off with some trim and a chit chat sticker.

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by to see what we have been up to creating. Remember to keep coming back for more. 

Products Used:
Heidi's Star Shape Set - Returning Soon

Rare Oddities Reliquary Arch Stand by Pam Bray

Happy Saturday Morning my sweet Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts friends!!! It is Pam here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog sharing another of my Halloween projects!!! I have really enjoyed creating fun Halloween Home Decor this year and I am hoping to inspire you to do the same. 

Cover Reliquary Arch Top with pattern paper. 

Fussy cut two like images from pattern paper.

Add one to top of Reliquary Arch Top

Apply Boss Gloss and embossing powder to top of Reliquary Arch Top; heat set with embossing gun. 

Adhere embossed Reliquary Arch Top to top of prepared inside piece. Add second fussy cut image to Reliquary Arch Top with pop dots. 

Emboss spider and rat with embossing powder.

Emboss ghost with embossing powder.

Emboss spider web with embossing powder.

Wrap spool with pattern paper. Adhere prepared Reliquary Arch Top to top. Adhere twine bow. 

Adhere sentiment to top of Reliquary Arch Top along with prepared spider web and spider. 

Adhere prepared ghost to back of Reliquary Arch Top.

Fussy cut two flower images from pattern paper. Add to Reliquary Arch Top.

Fussy cut second image and place on first with pop dot. Adhere prepared rat to Reliquary Arch Top. Add twine bow. 

Fussy cut a couple of small flowers from pattern paper and adhere to Reliquary Arch Top.

Thanks so much for stopping by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts today. If you missed seeing Shanna project today on the blog make sure to check it out along with stopping in at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store to check it out!!!! Hugs Pam

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Collection
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder: Thanksgiving, Glacier White, Burnt Copper Leaves
Whisker Graphics Purple Twine
Stampendous Boss Gloss
Small Wood Spool