Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Study" Composition Box

Hello crafty friends!  It's Susan here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today, and I have a peek into a curious person's study.  I don't know if a mad scientist lives here or just a collector of ... oddities.  I can only imagine what's tucked into corners all over the room!

I started with the Composition Box 25 -- laying out all of my pieces before gluing together with white craft glue.  This kit actually comes with laser cut key and the number 25, but I've set those pieces aside for future use.

 I gathered bits and pieces to make sure I had enough to fill this study wall.

Feet first!  I marked the position of the feet for brads.  I used both a nail and a small pokey thing to make holes.  Feet won't get added until AFTER the composition box is covered with papers.

In the photo below, all papers have been added with Modge Podge except the inside bottom.  Before adding the feet I sanded the edges of papers. I added the feet with brads and a bit of E-6000, then layered the inside decorative paper to cover the brads.

The composition box edges were painted black with a foam brush and allowed to dry.  The complete box was then covered with a clear matte varnish.

Small boxes were painted with black acrylic.

Since this box will have a hanging cage, I poked a hole in the top to accommodate the hanging wire.  It will be covered with cheese cloth and a skull later.

Once my boxes were filled and adhesives set, I used E-6000 to attach to the walls.

Once that set up overnight, I filled in the rest of the wall.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope you find inspiration flipping through the blog pages.


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Composition Box - 25 #C45AL

Monday, August 13, 2018

Angel statue layout by Lynne

Hi friends! As you may recall, my son is going to grad school in China, and he recently sent me a bunch more photos; this one was taken at Tsinghua university in Beijing, where he went for  his Chinese language course (he is presently in Shanghai studying Chinese Economics) I thought this angel statue was so exotically beautiful:

The subtly patterned white paper was stencilled with texture paste and misted, then I tried out the terrific new foam stamps from Gypsy Soul Lasercuts! Now, I am soooo NOT a stamper, but these are easy to use and made a clear, crisp image. I love the look of background stamping on mixed media projects, and I'm looking forward to trying the other ones. This is a closeup of the crackle finish stamp used with teal ink.

I used dark green ink with this stamp to coordinate with the leaves I added to my page; again it's crisp and clear and I managed to use it several times without smearing anything!

I used this damask embossing folder on the Botanical Journaling Blocks to add a little texture.

I primed the pieces with white gesso, then used the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kit in Turquoise to finish them. The colours are a little more subtle over the gesso than they would be over a deeper colour or an unfinished surface, but I wanted the colour to coordinate fairly  closely with the colour of the statue in the photo. The kit consists of four bottles of either mist or glaze that are layered over each other while still wet to create a blended look.

I decided to rub a little teal ink over the cutout parts to make them stand out a little more and complement the stamping and misting on the background paper. I cut the smaller piece in half and attached the two halves in different spots

The corrugated part of the title piece was painted yellow, then lightly edged in teal ink. The word piece was painted white, then brushed with white glue and coated with the same type of glitter that is on the flowers.

12 x 12 layouts are still my first papercrafting love, and Gypsy Soul Lasercuts add so much interest and dimension to scrapbook pages! I love the great variety of pieces available and that there are so many different ways to finish them. I hope you enjoyed my page, and I wish you a terrific week!


Botanical Journaling Blocks
Word Stackers 2
Foam Stamps-coming soon


Tatered Angels Naturally Aged Kit-Turquoise
Darice embossing folder
white gesso
Tattered Angels mists
Versacolor and Plaid inks
random flowers from my stash
Petaloo leaves

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sail away with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Today I am sharing with you a mini book that I have made to remember our recent trip away.  I started with the Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Bracket Edged Stagger album. This has a really nice collection of fancy edges.

I covered each of the pages with some nautical themed background pages. A tip for doing these easily, is to trace each page of the album onto the back of the patterned paper and cut it out first, then adhere. Another trick to get the edges nice is to gently sand them down once the glue has dried. 
I love the use of jute on nautical themed projects as it gives the impression of ropes. 

Next, I took the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Doodle Frame- rectangle and separated it into its 4 layers. I used silver gilding wax on the base layer, the outer frame was left natural and the inner frame was also dressed in silver wax. For the main upper layer, I coated it in regular fine sand, to really emphasise the ocean theme of my book. 

A word of caution though. If adding a photo to the cover, use a copy, not an original, as I can't be sure of the long term effect of the sand on the photo.

 I didn't do too much to the inside of the mini album, as I want to have space to add photos once we sort through all 1700 of them. I used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Beach Shape Set-small as my embellishments along with some tags from the paper collection I used. I left the Beach Set pieces in their natural form as I like the effect of the raw brown chipboard as a feature. The implied texture works in really well with a beach theme.

Supplies used:

Chase your dream card

Hi and welcome to our blog on this beautiful Sunday in August... wow... can you believe the summer is flying by so fast?  I am having lots of fun this summer and getting lots done around my house but thankfully at night when it gets cool we always have time for a ride or walking in the park.  

So today my share is inspired by this really cute laser cut called " Antique Bike Set  ".   I wanted to make it really vintage looking so I picked some striped paper from a 6x6 Bo Bunny pad I had and then did simple layers to create my 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card.  For the bike I used Versamark to ink up the front layer of my bike and then used these really fun Metal melts embossing flakes I had to cover the bike.  I use a pretty copper color to go with the blues and I love how the metal flakes look so weathered.  This bike set also comes with a layer for the large bike wheel so I used the paper that I stamped on for the sentiment and then glued it under the large bike wheel.  All of this I propped up with a thin layer of foam to make it stand out more on my card.   

And lastly for the sentiment I used a cute Penny Black stamp and used a dark navy ink to match the papers with.  The die cut is from Becca Feeken and it really looks cute.  Not that it would be easy to chase anyone riding this kind of bike :)  But it sure is cute!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday...

Hugs and Smiles,  Teresa

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Giving dimension to handcrafted cards by Betsy Skagen

It is SaturYAY! The perfect day for rebuilding my stash of handcrafted greeting cards. One way I make my cards stand out from those purchased at a store is by adding dimension with layers.
Gypsy Soul's embellishments are perfect for this because many are small and light enough to still fit in a regular mailing envelope.
I wanted to share with you the basics of how to make these handcrafted cards so you can create some of your own. 
Begin by giving all your embellishments a coat of gesso and let dry. 
Paint the embellishments with acrylic paint and dry with heat gun.
Next cover each embellishment with embossing ink and clear embossing powder. Use a heat gun to set the embossing powder. 

Cut 4.25 x 5.5 inch rectangles of background paper. I used a variety of gelli prints that I made in an earlier craft session.

Layer images, ephemera, rub-ons, message and the embellishments on the card. 
Finish your card by adhering your creation to a blank 4.25 x 5.5 card that you previously made or purchased. 

Great Stuff

7gypsies rub-ons
Acrylic paint
Blank cards
Decorative paper
Embossing powder
Clear embossing ink
Pre-printed messages
Assorted ephemera

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dream Catcher Art Journal Page

Hi everyone, and welcome! Today I want to share another art journal page using the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Dreamcatcher 2 chipboard set.  When I think of dreams, I seem to think in vivid color and lots of sparkly stuff.  So, naturally, I decided to share my gold foiling technique that I used on both my background and on the chipboard.  And as for the glitter, I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking, "Oh no, not glitter.  I will have that stuff everywhere1!"  Well, I have another technique to share that will keep  you from wearing your glitter, or in this case, sparkly mica, for the next week.  So, scroll on down and check out the step-by-step tutorial to see how!

Cover both pages with an uneven coat of white gesso using a silicone spatula, leaving some space uncovered.  Let gesso dry.

Brush  Deep Waters metallic paint over background.  Spritz with water to thin and spread paint.  Before paint dries, remove excess with damp baby wipe.

(NOTE:  You can see how dark the paint is where the page has no gesso because it sucked the paint right into its fibers.)

Use baby wipe to pick up the Deep Waters and dab the paint through the Well Rounded stencil to add texture to the background.  You can remove some of the stenciling before the paint dries for a more muted and grungy look.  Dry well.

Do the same thing with Coral-Teal Opal Magic paint through another section of the same stencil.

I used a foam blending tool to stencil the Emerald Green Metallique paint through a different part of the stencil.

I used the Steampunk Copper Metallic paint with a foam blending tool to dab the color onto the words and dream catcher.  Using a dabbing motion adds texture to the chipboard and even gives the slight appearance of hammered metal. 

For a bit of color variation on the feathers, I dabbed the Emerald Green lightly over them.

I used the Tomboy mono adhesive (white) glue to adhere splotches of the gold foil.  This is not gold leafing.  Gold foil is applied to a clear carrier sheet, and when it touches sticky glue, the gold comes off and leaves the carrier sheet.  I used a cheap brush to apply random splotches to my background and let the glue dry.  This particular glue is perfect for this application because it drys sticky.

I used the same technique to apply the glue to my dreamcatcher.  You can see the gold is coming off the clear carrier sheet, but you can continue using it until there is nothing left on the sheet.

I also added some of the gold foil to the top of the dreamcatcher, using a new piece of the sheet for better coverage.

Next, I adhered all of my chipboard pieces to my art journal pages, as shown.  I let these dry well before continuing so I wouldn't accidentally move them around.  Then I took the journal outside to give it a good spray with a clear gloss acrylic coating.  This covered any of the sticky glue that may not have been covered with the foil, and protects the pages, as well.

Now for the addition of glitter.  I prefer to mix my glitter in a puddle of clear drying glue.  I am using Mica Delights, which is actually mica particles that resemble glitter and are about the same size.  I mixed copper and gold together for a more antiqued look.

I then picked up small blobs of the glue mixture and carefully dropped it into the openings in each feather.

Before the glue mixture dried, I picked up the tiniest amount of the sapphire mica and sprinkled gently over the glue sections.  I wanted just a hint of the blue.  I also glued dew drops to the dreamcatcher and feathers, as well as a few more colorful ones randomly on the page.

Here is a closer look at the dried glue inside the feathers.

And here are closer pictures of the two pages.

Although I added  Simple Feathers in my supply list below, I would have used them if I had been working in a bigger art journal.  My words were large enough to fill up the pages, but I wanted to point them out in case you work in a larger size and can't think of what to add to your project to make it all come together.  

Supplies Used:
GSL 10 Words
GSL Simple Feathers (not used on this journal page)
TCW 384s Mini Well Rounded stencil
Dina Wakley white gesso
Prima Art Alchemy acrylic paints
  Deep Waters Metallique
  Emerald Green Metallique
  Steampunk Copper Metallique
  Coral-Teal Opal Magic
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue 
Paper Studio Clear Glue Pen
US Art Quest Mica Delights
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
  Light Vanilla
  Multi colors
Rub-On Foiling Paper
Silicone spatula
Assorted brushes
Paper piercer tool or tooth pick
Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer (Hobby Lobby)

I love how this turned out.  I know I may sound like a broken record when I say that chipboard is fabulous to use for dimension without all the bulk, and it is a perfect addition to art journals, as well as many other uses.

I hope I've inspired you to make something with laser cut chipboard and share what you make!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Barbara xo