Sunday, October 13, 2019

Haunted House Halloween Card

Hi crafty friends!  Leigh Ann here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a not too spooky Haunted House Halloween card. 

I picked a house from the Haunted Houses Set and gave it a coat of black gesso. 

While the gesso dried I created two alcohol ink backgrounds on Yupo paper.  I made a small piece with 2 yellow alcohol inks and the yellow alcohol pearls.  I adhered that behind the window cutouts in the chipboard piece.  The other background I made with purples and blues starting with the lightest in the center and working out to the darkest in a circular shape. 

I used a silver wax by Prima to give the chipboard a distressed look.  

I adhered the chipboard haunted house to the larger purple alcohol ink background and then adhered it to a card base.  Finally I embellished the card using an assortment of flowers, twine, and ephemera.

And there you have it- A cute and not too creepy card perfect for everyone this Halloween.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  I used the following set from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to create this card:
Haunted Houses Set

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oh Baby Baby by Betsy Skagen

There's a baby arriving in my family next month. Shhh....don't tell, but I am making a little book for the mother-to-be to keep memories of those precious first months.

The book will feature all sorts of pockets, fold-outs and teeny little spaces to store precious mementos and tags to record different milestones and memories. I am using some of Gypsy Soul's wonderful chipboard to add some fun elements.
Right now I am just putting together the individual pages. Once they are done, I will reassemble them back into book form.

Tutorial--How to Make a Baby Book

Begin by gently bending the wire binding and remove the chipboard pages.
Cover the pages with black gesso.
Dry with a heat gun.
Cut a pocket from black cardstock.
Adhere decorative paper to the page.
Glue the bottom flap and right side flap to the back of the page. Because of the binding on the left side, instead of adhering the left pocket flap to the back side of the page, you need to adhere it directly to the decorative paper beneath the pocket.  
Place decorative paper on the front of the pocket. 

Paint the Special Delivery chipboard element and dry with heat gun.
Cover the element with embossing ink, coat with ultra thick clear embossing powder and activate with heat gun. When cool, adhere the element to the front of the pocket.
Cut tags that fit into the pocket from decorative paper. Glue paper on the back that is conducive to journaling.

Adhere decorative papers and a tiny pink vellum envelope to the back side of the page.
To finish your page, use sandpaper to sand down all the edges and rub black ink around the edges. 

So sweet! Now I have to get busy and make many more pages before the stork brings a tiny bundle of joy. -Betsy

Great Stuff

Special Delivery chipboard element
Chipboard album
Black gesso
Authentique Paper
Assorted paper
Black cardstock
Black ink
Pink paint pen
Embossing ink
Ultra thick clear embossing powder
Pink vellum envelope

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Haunted House Halloween Shaker Card

Hi there Crafty Friends!

I'm back today with a colourful Halloween card for you using these fab chipboard pieces, embossing powder and Distress Oxides.

Let's Get Started!

Here are the chipboard pieces you will need - Haunted House Oval and Halloween Word Set.

I chose to use the "Haunted" word to go with my haunted house but "wicked" and "frightful" would also fit on a 5.5 inch wide card front.

Making a cool background using Distress Oxide sprays is really easy and this technique gives you two backgrounds for the price of one!

Cut two pieces of identically sized cardstock, then spray one of them with Distress Oxide Sprays of your choice - I used Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves - and a quick spritz or two of water.  Then press the second piece of cardstock on top of the other, and smooth them out with your fingers, before peeling them apart.  You should have two similar backgrounds but they will not be exactly the same!  Choose your favourite of the two, and carry on.

At this point I wanted to chose the cardstock for my card base, and I went with this Plum Punch cardstock from Gina K which looks nice against the Seedless Preserves.  I'm making quite a large card here, which takes one full piece of cardstock folded in half to make a 5.5 x 8.5 inch card. What can I say - I like big cards and I cannot lie!  I cut my Oxide background down to 5.25 x 8.25 inches, just enough to leave a small border around the outside.

Next, as we are making a shaker card, cut a piece of acetate to fit behind the Haunted House chippie.  You can use a circle die for this or you can just draw around the Haunted House shape and cut it out with scissors.  This is an oval shape not a circle, so it's just as easy to do it by hand with scissors than use a circle die and then have to cut it to an oval anyway.  But I like options so I'm giving you two :)

At this point, I gathered all my pieces together ready for heat embossing.  I also added some Tim Holtz die cut bats but they missed out on the above photo opportunity.  I used this shiny but not too shiny Black Glint embossing powder by Wow on the house and bats, and this chunky Rocky Road embossing powder by Emerald Creek on the Haunted word chippie.

Time to make the shaker!  Carefully glue the House chippie to the acetate around the oval shape and several places on the house shape, the moon, the bat, the little trees etc, making sure not to overdo the glue as you don't want it showing on the front!

Then take some foam tape and use it to edge around the entire oval shape making sure not to leave any spaces where your shaker materials could escape!  I am using black foam tape here so that it blends in better but you could use white and just paint the edges before you stick it on the card.  My tape is 0.5 inch wide so I cut it in thin strips the same thickness as the oval shape and then added thicker parts at the bottom where the house is.  I used two layers of foam tape one on top of the other, as it can be helpful to give whatever you put inside your shaker, more room to move about.  Also important is to use an anti-static tool on all the foam edges to make sure that the shaker materials don't stick to it or you won't get anything to shake!

Time to assemble the card!  I distressed the edges of both the card base and the background and inked them with Black Soot Archival ink.  Then adhere the Oxide background to the card base.

Decide where on your card you want to place your Haunted House and make sure you have it centred.  I used a T-Ruler and an acrylic block to mark where I wanted to put it, and then put the little bundle of sequins and stars in the middle of where the Haunted House would be stuck.  I peeled off the backing tape and lined up the house with the blocks I had placed on the card to ensure it was centred and level, and stuck it down.  It can be helpful just to place something like an acrylic block on top just to hold it down for a few minutes.

Then I adhered the Haunted word chippie and three additional little die cut bats to the card and it was complete!

...Or was it?

There was one more step I wanted to add, and that was some yellow Nuvo drops to the centre of the moon which would otherwise be clear.  It's perfectly fine to leave it clear but I really wanted that yellow moon.  You could also add colour behind the house windows with Nuvo drops or coloured paper (more options!) but I wanted the colour of the Oxides to show through. And now the card was complete!

Hope you enjoyed this Halloween card tutorial!

Till next time,

Empire Of The Cat

PROJECT RECIPE for Haunted House Halloween Shaker Card:

GSL Cuts Haunted House Oval - Model D12K, Halloween Word Set D81F
Wow Embossing ink, Black Glint embossing powder
Emerald Creek - Rocky Road embossing powder
Heat gun for melting embossing powder
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, Nuvo Drops - Dandelion Yellow
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays - Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, Seedless Preserves, Distress Archival in Black Soot,
Tim Holtz Bat Crazy Sizzix dies
Gina K - Plum Punch Cardstock
From Stash:  scrap of acetate, double sided tape, black foam tape, green sequins, silver stars, black stars

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sugar Skulls

We are back to my favorite part of the year, and my favorite holiday, Halloween. When I received my treasure trough from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts I could not believe the intricate designs of these sugar skulls I am using in this blog post. I’ve also been experimenting with acrylic skins after taking a class with Kae Pea.
1.  Cut Apart GSLC Sugar Skulls.
2.  Use a plastic spatula, to randomly add Stone Effect Pastes to GSLC Sugar Skulls.
3.  Randomly paint GSLC Sugar Skulls with Art Deco Medium Grey and Golden Iridescent Pear (fine) acrylic paints.
4.  Use an awl to remove excess pastes from GSLC Sugar Skulls delicate openings.
5.  Select Prepared Acrylic Skins to place behind prepared GSLC Sugar Skulls.
6.  Glue Acrylic Skins to extra pieces of cardboard using Weldbond.
 7.  Glue GSLC Sugar Skulls on top of prepared and backed acrylic skins using Weldbond.
8.  Allow to dry fully securing with deli paper and pressed flat and weighted.
9.  Once dry carefully cut excess acrylic skins from the GSLC Sugar Skulls.
10.                Your GSLC Sugar Skulls are ready to use as you wish.
Some final thoughts.
Halloween is a time to try out different roles we’ve been wondering about, to show our true selves. A time to remember those that have gone on before us, to remember the lessons we’ve been taught. I know that Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead are not the same holidays but skulls are used in both of them.

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Sugar Skull 1 [C23A], Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Sugar Skull 2 [C23Q],Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Sugar Skull 3 [C23R]  ,( Stone Effect Paste, Art Deco Medium Grey, Plastic Spatula, Golden Iridescent Pearl (fine) Acrylic Paint, Awl, Prepare Acrylic Skins, Sharpie, Cardboard for Backing, Scissors, 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!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Baba Yaga Haunted House by Guest Designer Emma

Hello Gypsy Soul fans.  Today we are featuring a guest designer , Emma.  Emma is a talented artist and we are excited to share the projects she makes with our products.

 My name is Emma and I have been crafting as long as I can remember. I am a tactile person so I especially love anything with texture and beautiful colors. Lately I have been drawn to embroidery, knitting and crochet, but I love tinkering with mixed media and making weird little critters.

Hi everyone! I'm so honored and excited to be a first-time guest designer for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

There is something about the first days of October that demand you to turn your attention to the shifting season, and thoughts of all things spooky start bubbling up to the surface. Stories of haunted houses with dark, foreboding windows linger in the mind. I am personally a huge chicken when it comes to haunted houses, but one haunted house I always found fascinating is the Baba Yaga haunted house so why not create my own!

I started by taking two sets of the Tiny Shadowbox Houses 1, cutting them easily with a sharp exacto knife, and painted them in layers of red and brown acrylic paint. I added Staz-On stamp ink in Black applied with a sponge, until the overall patina was to a place where I liked it.

Then I assembled the two houses, and glued them together with white glue to form one bigger structure. I used a few of the House Ornament Window Trim pieces to form my house's windows and after applying some paint, glued them to the house. I colored in the windows with more paint. Then I decided that maybe Baba Yaga enjoys hanging out on a wee porch to spy on naughty children; I took the Ornamental Birdcages Shape Set and deconstructed two birdcages to form a railing. I cut out a square of cardboard to be the porch base, and then glued it to the house, attaching the railing at the same time.

To make the legs I used some scrap wire I had around the house to twist into the general shape of bird feet. I used my trusty hot glue gun to layer over the wire and let it cool until it formed a flexible layer of "muscle", and then painted it with acrylic paint in an off-white color I had on hand. Once that was dry, I used the sponging technique with more Staz-On black ink to lightly texturize the feet, and then added another layer of acrylic paint, this time in yellow-orange. Before that had time to dry off, I dabbed it with a paper towel, and then let it all dry.

Again with the hot glue gun, I secured the feet to the bottom of the house. With some dried moss I have in my stash, I liberally applied it to the bottom side of the house to cover up the join where the feet and the house meet, and played with the arrangement until I was happy with the appearance. I decided that the house was missing a chimney topper, and created that with a straw, some crumpled foil, and a tiny bit of cardboard cut into a slight cone. This was all glued to the roof, along with another healthy helping of moss.

Supplies Used
Ornamental Birdcages Shape Set (D69C)
House Ornament Window Trim (D172HW)
Tiny Shadowbox Houses 1 (C20A)
Staz-On Black Stamp Pad
White glue
Hot glue