Thursday, August 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Greeting Card

Hello there friends and crafty peeps! I'm so excited to share this project! Ive been holding on to this Posey Panel chippie for a long time now waiting for the perfect project to use it on. Today is the day!!!!

This background pattern is just so perfectly floral! I love the tone on tone textured effect I was able to create by finishing the chippie in the same color as the back ground paper.

I used the corners to lighten up the front of this card as it was looking a bit gloomy.
Since I've got flowers in the back ground I thought I'd add a few to the front too. Okay maybe more than a few. lol
A bit of cheesecloth tucked into the flowers softens and fills in the arrangement.
I've added a perfectly coordinated bow of wrinkle ribbon topped off with a second smaller bow of loopy twine then finished it off with a vintage button and metal charms.
A sentiment can be sweet and simple when stamped,  clipped out and added to cards.
All the chipboard was finished in a flat white acrylic paint.
I used a double sided adhesive tape to support the edges of the paper since the middle has the bulk of the chippie holding it up.
Please enjoy this short video......

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Chipboard supplies used~ Victorian Corners, Posey Panel.
Wising you all a happy and productive day : ) G

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

sunken treasure

As  the summer days grow shorter and preparations begin for the return to school, I often find myself contemplating the ocean. Maybe its the ebb and flow of the currents or perhaps just the peaceful lull it can induce. Regardless of the reason, whenever my thoughts drift to this wondrous aspect of nature, I often times envision the great depths where ships have gone to lie and sunken treasures abound. This is my inspiration for today's piece. 
I begin with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts treasure chest. This heavyweight chipboard piece arrives flat in 16 pieces. I always find it easiest to arrange all the pieces as if I would be assembling it. This allows me to easily identify what areas will be exposed and which will be concealed, it also allows me to generate ideas on which finishes might work best.
I want the treasure chest to be finished on both the inside as well as the outside. I plan to finish the inner sides of the pieces before it is assembled, this is most easily completed using paints. I paint the inner sides of all the pieces that will be exposed with distress paint creating a look that will closely mimic the exterior finish I am planning to use. 
Next, I assemble the pieces to form the basic body of the treasure chest. Using a multi purpose adhesive, I glue along the edges and insert the tabs. This piece is fairly simple to put together, each piece has interlocking components and when constructed, it forms a rectangular box. The lid has an additional rim that is attached on the inside. I am undecided on how I will finish the external strapping slats, so these are painted along with the interiors and then set aside for later.
The exterior of the treasure chest is covered with embossed wood grain paper that has been painted to look like real wood. I am awed by the incredibly realistic look of this new 3D folder. In order to achieve a finish that might appear on an old sunken chest, I emboss pieces of watercolor paper and color them with vintage photo spray stain and a bit of water (to move the stain around) then allow to air dry. Once dry, I coat the pieces with vintage collage medium. When this has completely dried, I paint a layer of walnut stain distress paint on the pieces and wipe mostly off with a damp cloth. This layer is dried with a heat gun. I color areas with black soot distress crayon and rub around with a wet finger to get the pigment into the crevices. I am really pleased with the result.
These "wood" papers are cut to fit each exterior side of the treasure chest. I adhere them with collage medium in matte vintage finish. I also cover the top of the lid with this paper. After covering the sides, I realize that the embossed paper is fairly thick and affects the wood strapping pieces. I decide to modify the chest a bit. I cut the bottom strap in half lengthwise and apply the exterior finish paper. This wraps the chest on the front and both sides. The top strap is also only used on the front and sides. I use the remaining pieces as blocking inside the chest when I attach my hinges.
Once all of the exterior papers are applied, I install two hinges at the back of the lid. The small antique brass hinges have tiny screws that are easily attached by poking a hole and simply screwing into the chipboard. A latching mechanism is installed on the front of the lid to keep it closed.
With the added hardware, the box can be be displayed in an open position, if desired.
I love how the treasure chest looks even before I begin to embellish it to become a sunken treasure chest. This piece could be used in so many different ways, even as a simple keepsake box.
Now that the base of my project is complete, I set to making all of the pieces to create an undersea scene. I use multiple greenery dies and cut pieces to mimic sea grass, coral and kelp. All of these pieces are colored with distress inks. The coral pieces are colored with distress oxide and when dry, I coat them with a layer of glue and sprinkle with clear rock candy glitter. This gives it a bit of texture and sparkle. When I create my embellishments, I always like to make a lot more than I believe I will need. This gives me more flexibility in placement, and whatever is left over I simply keep for future projects. I also put together a couple of mermaids from some favorite stamp sets. The mermaids are colored with distress inks, and copic markers then embellished with pieces of the die cuts and small shells. I also add some finish to a few resin blanks that will complete my scene.
The die cut pieces are adhered to the treasure chest with a multi purpose adhesive and allowed to dry.
Lastly, I add some vintage jewelry to "spill" out of the treasure chest, and arrange the two mermaids. I prop open the chest with a golden edged shell and miscellaneous
relics and pearls adorn the scene.
I hope that you enjoy these final weeks of summer, and perhaps this sunken treasure has inspired you to create something. We always love seeing your ideas come to life and invite you to join and share on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group on Facebook.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts used:

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.

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