Friday, October 28, 2016

First Edition Books by Jessica

There's a bookstore in the game Oblivion called First Edition, but that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my obsession with miniature books and bookstores (let alone full sized ones). Last month I showed you Nevermore Books and this month I give you First Edition - no word yet if next month will also be book related, but you can bet your bottom I will at least try and sneak some tiny books into the mix.

Earlier in the month, I showed you what went into building this tiny thing. It's built in 1:24 scale and nearly anything that isn't GSLC chipboard (you'll notice in gold) is foam. There's no wood here, it's all foam, which is what I was trying out. I wanted to see if I could create a historical storefront, with the decorative bits without spending the money on all the fancy pieces of turned wood. 

So without further ado, I give you the finished pictures of First Edition Books:

The full view of the front.

GSLC Products Used

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Favor Box or Table Decor

Happy Halloween!!  This is my favorite time of year for making all of my macabre projects.  In keeping with that theme, I chose to make a Coffin Box Miniature and decorate it with more fun Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!

This set comes with two coffin boxes which are perfect for party favors or decorations.  I laid out a top and bottom onto a piece of print paper and cut around the box pieces to get an idea of where I want the print to appear on the box.

Cut around the pieces, leaving a slight margin.

Run papers through Xyron machine, or simply glue to box pieces with glue of choice.  Place pieces face down onto paper for easiest folding.

Trim excess paper, cut through box slits, and assemble box top and bottom.

If you want to finish off the inside, the easiest way would be to paint it with a coordinating color in the paper.  I used black, and then edged the pieces with silver ink pad to match the silver spider web design in my paper.

I used pigment ink and embossing powders to cover each of my laser cut pieces.

Bat = Marquasite EP
Spider = Peridot EP
Spiderweb = Black EP
Mouse = Brown EP

Glue pieces to outside of coffin box, as shown.  Make "spikes" with 3D silver paint around box lid.  The lid is still removable even though my curious little mouse is trying to take a peek inside.  He is only glued to the side of the lid.

 Twist a small piece of 20g black wire.

Adhere one end of wire to back of bat with white glue.  Set aside to dry.

Pierce box top with paper piercer and insert opposite end of wire into box.  Lift cover and add white glue.  Let dry.

Supplies used:

GSL Coffin Box Miniatures
GSL Spiders and Webs
GSL Creepy Critters Shape Set

Spiderweb print paper
Black acrylic paint
Embossing Powders
Pigment ink pads
20g black wire

Well, I just realized how "black and white" my project looks, very much like an old Alfred Hitchcock movie.  Anyway, if you want more color, just change up the papers and embossing powder colors. However, I am getting a pretty cool vibe from this old-time presentation.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out all the fab laser cuts Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has to offer.

Have a frightfully fun Halloween!!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mini House luminary for Christmas by Deann

Hello, today I made a trio of Christmas decorated houses using the Cabana Row House Set and the Snowflake Shape Set .

For the first house, I used masking tape for texture. I also used some of the bricks from the Brick Wall 2 sheet . I painted a coat of gesso over all of the house. Once the gesso was dry, I used distress inks to add color. (I cut windows out before adding the texture).
For the second house, I sponged gesso through the Brick sheet. Let it dry and inked with Distress Ink.
The third house I ran through a wood texture folder and inked with Distress ink in walnut stain. I cut the snowflakes in half and glued to the edge of the roof. For all of the houses, I cut the bottoms out. It makes it easy to sit the houses over battery opperated tea lights. Have a great day!
Products used:
Cabana Row House Set (coming soon)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Advent Shadow Box by Gloria

Hello, it is Gloria with you and I have a huge project to share. And by huge, I mean a time-consuming project! Depending on how "fancy" you get, this project could take a while, so you will want to get your Advent Calendar Shadowbox on order TODAY! (Check availability at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store).

I have always had some sort of advent calendar set up during the holidays, even after my kids got "too old" for one. The calendar I have been using is getting a bit tired and worn, so, I figured, time to make a new one! This shadow box version of an advent calendar is approximately 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 1 1/2" with an 8" x 8" center opening.
There are 25 small boxes (roughly 1 1/2" square). You can purchase the pre-cut chipboard boxes or you can use a template to make them yourself. If you have an electronic cutting system, there is also a cut file for cutting the little boxes! You can decorate the 8" x 8" opening to your heart's content.

I even decorated the back of the shadow box. It would be fun to add a large photo to the back of the box to display as well.

1. To begin, unpack your shadow box and wipe the pieces with a damp cloth to remove the soot created during the cutting process.
2. Spray the pieces with black glimmer mist. Once the mist has dried, you may wish to seal the pieces with a clear sealant. Assemble the shadow box. (You will have three small pieces "left over" to use for creating box #25. I chose to skip that step.) After I assembled my box, I wrapped the outer edges with washi tape for extra stabilization.

3. Assemble the small treat boxes. Use strong tape or glue to assemble

4. If using glue, allow the glue to dry before going to the next step. You may also wish to rub the edges of each box with ink.
5. To cover each box, trim a strip of paper to 1 3/8" x 5" (cut 25). Trim two squares to 1 7/16" x 1 7/16" (cut 50). Use a 1/2" circle punch to cut a notch into the top of one square (do this for 25). Use the box as a guide for the notch placement.

6. Wrap the 5" long strip around the box, securing at the front. Glue one of the squares to the bottom of the box.
7. Add the notched square to the front of the box. You may add paper to the inside of your boxes, if desired. Since my project is decorative only, I skipped that step.

8. Place a box into each opening of the advent calendar. Trim a piece of decorative paper to 8" x 8" and attach to the center of the shadowbox. Trim a second piece of decorative paper to 8" x 8" and cut on the diagonal. Attach to the lower right corner of the center opening (shown in Step 14 below). Trim four paper strips to 1 3/8" x 8" and attach to the inside edges of the shadowbox.

9. Cut four pieces of decorative paper to 1 7/16" x 11 3/8" and attach them to the outside edges of the box.

10.Use a craft knife to separate the Faux Metal Number Plates 1-25 from the background. Attach two micro brads to each number.

11. Use foam adhesive or glue dots to attach a number embellishment to each box, 1-24. Arrange the numbered boxes in your advent calendar as desired.

12. Select the numbers element from the package of Mixed Media Fragments 1. Cover the surface of the chipboard with embossing ink. Sprinkle with gold glitter embossing powder and heat.

13. Select one of the Postage Frames and paint it with white paint. Once the paint is dry, cover the surface with glitter glue. Stamp the image onto cream paper and attach to the back of the postage frame.

14. Glue the gold numbers to the upper left of the center window. Fussy cut a Christmas image from decorative paper and attach to the lower right corner with foam tape. Add the postage frame as shown. Assemble the last box (#25) and glue to the center window, at an angle as shown.

15. Add holiday decor and embellishments to the #25 box as desired.

16. Decorate the top of the box with more holiday decor and ribbons.

Happy Christmas! Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria:Scraps of Life

Supplies Used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Advent Calendar Shadowbox
Advent Calendar Boxes (25)
Faux Metal Number Plates 1-25 (similar)
Mixed Media Fragments 1
Postage Frames

Partner products:
Graphic 45 papers: St. Nicholas, A Christmas Carol, Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Emporium
Graphic 45 stamps: St. Nicholas 3

Other: black spray mist, ink (black, white, brown), glitter glue, ribbon, micro brads, washi tape, adhesive and glue

Monday, October 24, 2016

"Steampunk-in" Altered Craft Pumpkin by Lynne

Hey there! While I'm not a huge Halloween fan (other than the cutesy little-kid type stuff) I do enjoy fall decor and I saw an altered craft pumpkin on a crafty friend's Facebook page which inspired my to create this one. Do check out Heather Tracy's blog Thicketworks and the lovely pumpkin she created at:

I started with one of those craft pumpkins you can find at Michael's although this technique could be used on real pumpkins as well.

I used DecoArt Honest Copper metallic acrylic paint to coat the entire pumpkin. The colour looks richer and less orange in real life, but we were having a dreary overcast day.

I arranged a combination of chipboard pieces, flowers, and metal embellishments and then painted them with the copper paint as well. Then I set them aside to dry.

I used Mod Podge to attach pieces of lace here and there on the front of the pumpkin. I found the thinner synthetic lace worked better than the thicker cotton lace. I then added another coat of paint. If you try to attach the lace before the first coat of paint it may not cover well in the openings so the extra step is worthwhile.

Then I was able to have some fun with the background sponge painting over the copper with gold and adding some mist in warm tones.

After attaching the chipboard and other embellishments, I continued to add mists making sure to use some of them heavily enough to encourage dripping into the grooves of the pumpkin. I also rubbed Brown and Paprika Versacolor inks onto the embellishments to define them a little more. The final sprays were Dylusions Pomengranate Seed which has a rich burgundy and a dash of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame.

This really was a fun project to put together and I think a cluster of these altered pumpkins in different sizes (and maybe even some gourd shapes) would make an eye catching display. Happy fall to you and have a colourful week!

Gear Border and Corners Miniatures

DecoArt acrylic paints
Prima flowers
Tattered Angels mist
Heidi Swapp mist
Dylusions mist
VersaColor Inks