Thursday, December 13, 2018

Little Christmas House Shrine

Happy holidays to everyone!  I hope you are enjoying the winter weather, wherever you are!  Today, I am going to be using a couple of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' newest sets, the Little Folding House Shrine and the Tiny Christmas Shapes sets.  These are so cute and are sized just right to work together perfectly!

Outside with doors closed

Outside with doors open

Inside with doors opened
Make hinges by cutting two pieces of Tyvek to 2-1/2" x 3/4".  Paint both sides of the Tyvek with gold acrylic paint.  Paint both sides of the house with the gold acrylic paint.  One side (showing) only needs to be painted around the edges.  Set aside to dry.

Glue Tyvek "hinge" pieces to the three house pieces, as shown.  Leave enough space between pieces to allow the doors to open and close.  


This is a great time to use some of those paper scraps you've been saving.  These two pieces are from a Basic Grey Mistletoe & Pears paper pad.  

Run paper through Xyron 3" sticker maker.

Xyron 3" sticker maker

Cut paper just slightly smaller to fit each section, leaving a scant hint of gold edge.  Adhere to each panel.



Apply triangle paper pieces to the roof top, as shown, on each side, using the opposing prints.

Outside when closed in front
Add a strip of the gold Dresden border along the edge where the two papers meet, as shown.


Outside when closed in front
Cut two of the tiny scalloped shingles in half and paint with white acrylic paint or white gesso.  Let them dry, then glue to the top portion of the roof, as shown.

Outside when closed in front
Outside view on back
Fill in both sides of the roof top with the snow writer snow, as shown.

Outside when closed on front
Paint each of the pieces with acrylic paint, as shown.

Glue a small piece of mica to the back of the window frame.  Use the Snow Writer to add snow to the window frame and the green tree. (NOTE:  I added a wash of Burnt Umber acrylic paint to the window shutters to age them.)

I found a little white button in my stash, so I stamped "25" on it with black permanent ink, then ran a piece of red floss thorugh the button and tied it off.

Glue it to the top portion of the roof on the outside of the house, as well as the painted chipboard pieces, as shown.

I cut a printed word "NOEL" from one of the papers in the pad and glued that to the roof portion of the outside of the house.  Glue remaining chipboard pieces, as shown.  (NOTE: I glued a tiny strip of chipboard beneath the shutters, close to the window, so that I could angle them up and outward from the house.  This is optional, of course).

I have included a few more close-ups of the painted chipboard pieces for you.

Supplies Used:

GSLTiny Shingles Sampler
GSL Little Folding House Shrine (contact store)
GSL Tiny Christmas Shapes (contact store)
GSL Gingerbread House Mini Tall (window &  shutters)
2 strips Tyvek (2-1/2" x 3/4")
DecoArt Glorious Gold Metallic paint
DecoArt Americana Lamp Black acrylic paint
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  Diarylide Yellow
  Hansa Yellow Light
  Primary Magenta
  Translucent White
  Cadmium Red Hue
  Burnt Umber
  Sap Green
DecoArt Snow Writer
Basic Grey Mistletoe & Pears paper pad 
Xyron 3" sticker maker
Gold German Dresden border
Liquitex white gesso
Mica Pieces
Alphabet/Numbers stamp set
Black archival ink pad
White button
Red floss

Thanks for stopping by, and have a very Merry Christmas!!!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Stained Glass Memories

Winter always reminds me of stained glass windows from time spent in the church of my childhood. I even loved how the simple frosted windows inside our poorly insulated country home seemed to shine like the grand cathedral windows I saw touring Europe. Two Quotes about stained glass windows are the inspiration for this artwork.

Some days seem to fit together like a stained glass window. A hundred little pieces of different color and mood that, when combined, create a complete picture. Maggie Stiefvater

The easiest thing to do is throw a rock. It's a lot harder to create a stained glass window. I used to get upset at the people who threw rocks but now I'd rather spend my time building the stained glass windows. Jon Foreman
1.  Paint all of GSLC pieces with black acrylic paint and a paintbrush. I am using 2 Arabian Frames, 1 8 inch Arch Frame, Phone Holder, and Gothic 6 inch border.
2.   Use Versa Mark and Ice Resin Enamels Chartreuse, Copper Glitz, Tarnished Bronze, and Torched Copper, and a Heating Tool to randomly distress outside frames and gothic fence.

3.  Tone it all down with a glaze of matte varnish and Quinacridone Gold Acrylic Paint.
4.  Carefully make photo copies of stained glass windows to fill the frames you have just embossed.
5.  Make transparencies of stained glass window patterns once again make sure they will fit inside your frames.
6.  Use a marker to outline your images and transparencies and cut out carefully.
7.  Glue Stained Glass images to back portion of frames.
8.  Use a black sharpie to distress the edges of each image.
9.  Now add the stained glass pattern transparencies on top of these images once again edging the sides with a black sharpie.
10.                Use Weldbond to glue top frame portion onto stained glass sandwiches.
11.                Use clamps to hold frames securely in place.
12.                Once dry use small screws and a screwdriver to assemble your stained glass triptych.
13.                This will now be secured to the back section of the GSLC Phone holder using a hand drill to make holes and secure with small screws and screwdriver.
14.                Place the back portion of the GSLC holder gluing with Weldbond.
15.                To further secure and add stability I applied a hinge to the back using small screws and a screwdriver.
16.                Glue Gothic Border to front portion of GSLC Phone holder cut off extra portions.
17.                Clamp together securing into place.
18.                Glue this into the slots provided.
Some final thoughts.
In a  recent post I quoted Robert Frost. Her is my Favorite Winter Poem by him:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep!
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Arabian Triptych, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Arch Top Triptych 8 Inch, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Gothic Border 6 Inch, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder, Paintbrush, Black Acrylic Ink, Versa Mark Ice Resin Enamels Chartreuse, Copper Glitz, Tarnished Bronze, and Torched Copper, Heating Tool, Quinacridone Gold Acrylic Paint, DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish, Photo Copies of Stained Glass, Transparencies of Stained Glass Patterns,  Black Sharpie, Weldbond, Marker For Tracing, Clamps, Hinges, Small Screws, Screwdriver, Hand Drill,
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!