Sunday, November 10, 2019

Vintage Christmas Tag

Hi everyone!  Leigh Ann here for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Today I am showing off how I decorated one of the tags from the GSLC Large Tag Set. 

I used the new Country Christmas line by Prima, along with a resin deer by Tim Holtz and various ribbons and trims from my stash to complete the body of this tag.

On the top left, I used a piece from the GSLC Stack-able Labels Set.  I didn't use the stacking piece for this tag since I planned to put the piece of ephemera on top of it.  I absolutely love this label set and I am going to have so much fun with it!

On this project, I used Distress Collage Medium to adhere Nuvo Gilding Flakes to the chipboard. I just gave the chipboard a coat of collage medium and then pressed the gilding flakes into it.  I then removed the excess with a stiff paint brush.  In this case I did not let the collage medium dry fully before brushing off the excess.  This is what gave it the great distressed look rather than a smooth gold finish.  I used this same technique on the resin deer as well.

Here's a close up of that great chipboard label!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and get inspired to start on your Christmas crafts if you haven't already.

I used the following products from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Large Decorative Tags
Stackable Labels

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Mixed Media "Creativity" by Betsy Skagen

 Some of my favorite found objects--a piece of lake glass, and old rusty wire and a rusty star--make up this new mixed media piece titled "Creativity".

To make it I first covered a box with black gesso.
Next, I covered the interior and exterior with paper that I cut to size and inked the edges with black ink.
I then added distress grit paste to the outside edges of the box and to a Chevron Frame. 
After it dried, I painted both with acrylic paint. I added another square of paper to the back of the frame. I then dabbed the frame with wax paste and added a bit of the vintage gold wax paste to the paper square. I then sprayed the box and square frame with a protective coat of matte polyurethane.
If you look closely, you can see I punched a small hole in the paper behind the frame. That was where I attached a rusty gear and lake glass (those of you on the coasts probably call this sea glass) that I wrapped with rusty wire.
I then attached the frame to the square of paper and added some tiny star sequins.

After determining where I was going to place the frame in the box, I dry brushed a square of black acrylic paint onto the inside back of the box to create a shadow effect. I then used adhesive foam to adhere the frame to the box. Both the foam and the painted shadow help add dimension to the piece.
Next I adhered an old rusted garden stake that I had found this summer to the back of the box.
To finish the piece, I added a rusty star and used adhesive foam to add the word "creativity" which I had torn out from some scrapbook paper.

Great Stuff

Gypsy Soul Chevron Frames
Cardboard box
Acrylic Paint
Wax paste
Decorative paper
Grit Paste
Black Soot ink
Black gesso
Rusted Wire
Rusted garden stake
Lake glass
Metal gear
Rusted star
Star sequins
Beacon Fiber-Tac
Matte medium
Matte polyurethane

Thursday, November 7, 2019

I bought a kit . . .

Even though I design for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and create kits for The Button Farm Club, I continue to purchase kits to work on at crops, etc. I love kits because I can work on them & talk to friends at the same time. Someone else does the work and I follow along.

Yet, I still like to add my twist to some of the kits I purchase. The next kit I'm working on is a Stamperia Alice In Wonderland kit from The Button Farm Club.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has these adorable Alice embellishments that I will be adding to The Button Farm kit.

I'm starting with these Alice coin covers:

When I base coat a GSLCuts chipboard element, I leave the embellishments in it's *casing*. It gives the chip a bit more stability until I'm ready to use them.

Although the celery green color looks darker in the following photo, I'm trying to recreate the same color scheme as the papers.

Using stencils, I added some color to 2 of the 4 chippies. The watch and bottle were painted with Prima Rust Effect Paste. It has crushed something in it to make it look a bit weathered. I used one color for the bottle and 3 colors for the watch. Since the watch will get something in the middle, I didn't paint the center.

Once the paint was dry, inking was the next stop to give these figures some dimension/shadow treatment. I used a paintbrush and some diluted ink to add dimension.

Then it was time for the crackle finish on all 4 coin covers. I applied the Rock Candy Crackle Paint on each of the chipboard cut-outs then let dry naturally. Using a heat gun for this step is not recommended. 

Once dry, I applied brown Distress Ink with an applicator then rubbed over each of the images with a soft cloth. This forces the ink into all the crevices. You can use your finger as well but I have better luck with a soft cloth.

Love how the crazing looks. Now it's time to cut them free and add embellies!

Hope you enjoyed my little foray into the 
world of 
Lewis Carroll & Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Here's what I used for this project:

Are you working on an
Alice in Wonderland project?
You might be interested in the following chippies:

Thanks for visiting.
See you in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

over the river and through the wood

I realize that for the majority of makers, the beginning of November signals that Christmas crafting is in full swing. I simply don't feel right skipping over Thanksgiving. I always try to work in at least one Thanksgiving project before fully committing to my Christmas and winter creations.
Today I am sharing a harvest sleigh, perfect for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece or home decor piece. Inspired by the Thanksgiving poem by Lydia Maria Child, I thought it would be fun to decorate the GSLC Santa's sleigh with a harvest theme and fill it with all sorts of harvest goodies.
The sleigh arrives flat in seven pieces. This piece has many curves and decorative cuts. I suggest wiping down all edges with a soft cloth or paper towel to remove any of the black left over from the laser cutting process before beginning assembly. Next, I like to do a quick dry assembly to see how all of the pieces fit together. This allows me to envision the piece in its 3 dimensional form as well as gives me a good understanding of what areas are exposed and which ones are covered, which helps sequence the assembly process. Take note of the sections of the sleigh that remain exposed on the underside as well as the areas exposed when the back and front panels are in place. You want to be sure that all surfaces considered exterior to the sleigh will all be painted the same color.
I paint the exterior sides of the sleigh, as well as any exposed edges, with black soot paint. Be sure to cover the inside of the runners and decorative curves as these will be exposed when the sleigh is finished. While this is drying, I select the paper that I will be covering the interior of the sleigh with.
I want this sleigh to be used for multiple holiday celebrations. To avoid it having a distinguishable fall or Christmas look, I decide to use natural colored Kraft-tex. This will give the look of a traditional sleigh with leather interior. The Santa's sleigh set comes with a template that can be used to trace the basic sleigh shape (minus the decorative runners and fancy edge.) I use the template to trace the shape onto the reverse side of my paper. The shape is carefully cut out and labeled to match the surface it will be adhered to. I repeat this process for each of the interior surfaces of the sleigh.
Once all of the pieces are cut, I ink the edges and surface with distress ink. This gives an aged appearance. Before attaching the piece to the interior side, you will need to trace the slotted openings for the base, front and back pieces, then cut them out with an exacto knife. Be sure to test that the tabs are easily inserted into the openings before gluing down the paper.
With all of the interior papers cut and ready to be attached, I return to the painted sleigh parts to add gilded details. This is much easier to add before the papers are adhered. Using an antique gold paint, I dry brush gilded edges and wisps of gold along the runners and edges of the sleigh. I add the gilded touches to all of the pieces where I want to achieve this look. Since I am essentially dry brushing the paint, it does not take long before everything is ready to be assembled.

I add collage medium to the back side of the paper, align it in place, then weight it down so it will dry flat. The same process occurs for both sleigh sides, as well as the front and back interiors. When the adhesive has cured, I dab glue onto the tabs for the base front and back panels and insert them  into the slots on each sleigh side, creating the three dimensional sleigh. Next it is time to add the decorative side panels to the exterior. I want to be sure that the slotted sections are not showing, so I use the template to create two black paper pieces. These are attached to the exterior sides before the decorative pieces. When everything is in place, I clamp the edges until the glue is dry.
I paint sections of the Acorn Border Set antique gold. These pieces are then dry brushed with black soot paint. When they are completely dry, I re-touch the acorn bottoms with the gold for highlights and to make them distinguishable. I use gilded acorns in my holiday decor for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. This will be a nice accent for my sleigh that will tie it into both seasons.
 The finished acorn border set pieces are added to the sides and front of the sleigh and it is ready to be filled with the splendor of the season.
"Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather's house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather's house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for 'tis Thanksgiving Day."
Lydia Maria Child
Thank you so much for taking time to visit today. 
I wish you all the happiness that holiday crafting brings, 
no matter which holidays you are creating for!

supplies used:
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts used:
 Acorn Border Set
 Santa's Sleigh

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Christmas Lamp Post Greeting Card

Hello there friend and crafty peeps! Ginny here to share a fun and festive greeting card created with some gorgeous chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
For some reason lamp posts with light glowing makes the winter chill seem a bit warmer.  It's just a beacon you can see even in the midst of a snow storm.

I'm fairly certain GSL designed this lamp post just for me as it fits a greeting card so perfectly!

I've also layered in a window frame that helps the narrow lamp post fill in the visual space and become a more prominent focal point. 
Beautiful snowflakes help to create a wintry scene. They're topped with gold sequins to coordinate with the ribbon trim and paper inside the lanterns.
Last but not least a pretty little flower arrangement to finish off this vintagy holiday card.

I wiped down the chippies to prepare them for altering.  I did clip off a small section of the bottom to ensure a perfect fit.
The lamp post is finished with black embossing powder and heat set for a glossy effect. The window frame and snowflakes have a layer of white embossing powder and the snowflakes have an additional layer of glittery finish.

Wishing everyone a happy and productive day : ) G

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Harry Potter Shadowbox

Do you have a Harry Potter fan in your life? Doesn't everyone?? I have a quick and easy project that I imagine every single one of them would enjoy. Let me walk you through it.
I started with a GSL Open Front 4.5 x5.5 Shadowbox available over at Alpha Stamps.  I used a gold toned DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper for the interior and a sheet from the Harry Potter scrapbook kit by Paper Impressions for the exterior.
The shadowbox couldn't be any easier to put together using tacky glue as the adhesive.
Once assembled, I used gold acrylic paint in the corners of the interior before gluing the papers in.
The exterior edges got a dab of Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink once the papers were glued into place. 
The same gold paint was used on the front edges of the box. From here on out all that was required was arranging and gluing in mini printed images associated with the books and movies. 
To add in some three dimensional elements, I decided to make a few potion bottles. The pink coconut ice is nail decoration glitter, the skele-grow is just a mini bottle with ivory paint on the inside and the sherbert lemons are simply small bits of baked polymer clay.
The skele-grow has a mini skeleton bead glued on top. I use a lot of skeleton beads in my crafting. Here's tip for you. Take a bit of acrylic paint the same color of the skull and dab it into the bead hole to seal it. It may take a few coats to get it filled. Getting rid of that distracting beading hole is always an improvement.
In addition to the printed images and potion bottles I added a puffy lightning bolt sticker, a plastic spider, a snitch made from paper wings and the top of a gold paper fastener, some glow in the dark stars and a chocolate polymer clay frog. 
 Thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

Other Products Used
Tacky glue
Acrylic paint
DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper
Harry Potter scrapbook kit by Paper Impressions
Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink
Printed images
Polymer clay
Miniature bottles
Skull bead
Nail glitter
Plastic spider
Paper fastener
Lightening bolt sticker
Glow in the dark stars