Happy Saturday, everyone! As a kid, I
looked forward to visiting the fair every summer. I always made my
way to the midway and have been perpetually fascinated with the
mysterious sideshow banners. My project today features this
essential part of the fairground of my youth – a sideshow ticket
booth fashioned from a GSL Fortune Teller Booth, available over at
Before gluing the booth together, I
papered the interior walls of the booth with BoBunny Double Dot paper
in a deep red. I used the side wall pieces as templates to cut both the interior and exterior papers.
I added a few fun embellishments cut
from Graphic 45's Le Cirque borders, a 30 cent event ticket and an ALIVE image I photocopied from a book on sideshows.
These five pieces make up the base of
Once those were glued together I topped
it with the booth's floor, which was covered in a wood grain paper
Then glued in place.
Next the booth's walls were glued in
place. I used a rubber band to hold everything together while the
The platform was painted a deep brown.
Here are the five pieces that made
the roof of the booth. The ceiling was papered in Paper Studio Great
Circus Company paper.
The exterior got the same Recollections wood grain
paper and a few HO scale sideshow poster decals. I found those on ebay while searching for a sideshow poster for my craft room. :-)
With all the recent holiday releases from some of my favorite companies, I was inspired to make a Halloween project. I know it is still July; but as a good friend said to me, "Halloween's only three months away!" I have also noticed that many of the local craft stores are starting to put out the Halloween decor, so perhaps the timing is just right. Wether you would like to give them away as favors or simply add to your decor, these fright night fancies are frightfully fun!
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has introduced a line of artist trading coin covers in various styles. They range from Alice in Wonderland to seasonal, including holiday sets. I look forward to using some of these in a traditional manner, but I thought it would be fun to use them as focal points for rosettes and attach them to sticks, creating wands. I begin with GSLC trading coin covers Halloween. The set includes four different designs.
I paint the witch coin cover with black soot paint on both sides and allow to dry. Once dry, I add a layer of glue to the central design and coat it with distress glitter. The designs have some intricate parts, so be sure to use a fine glitter so that the beautiful details can be seen.
Using a paper rosette cutting die, I cut multiple pieces from the Halloween Kraft Stash paper pad. The edges are inked with black soot distress ink and the die cut strips are glued end to end creating a circle. (tip: be sure that when gluing the strips, you keep the all decorative edges along the same side.) I then die cut a circle for the center that is larger than the trading coin cover. This piece will cover the open area within the rosette, as well as provide a base for the trading coin cover. A line of glue just along the outside edge of the back of the circle allows it to adhere to the rosette when "flattened."
Before attaching the glittered trading coin cover, I flip the rosette over and finish the reverse side. This step is much easier, and a lot neater, when completed before the glittered piece is attached to the front. I attach a wooden skewer stick to the rosette with tacky glue. (tip: be sure that the stick extends to the top of the rosette ring, this gives it more stability.) I have also added some die cut bats on thin wire to my piece, the wires slip through the gaps that the folds of the rosette create, and are attached with collage medium to the back side of the circle. When the adhesive has dried, the back of the rosette is closed up with another circle die cut. I used a patterned paper for this to add interest to the back side.
The wand is flipped back over and the finished trading coin cover is attached with collage medium. Decorative trimmings can be tied around the stick at the base of the rosette.
Each of the rosettes are created in a similar way, simply adjusting the size, or number of layers.
The cat on a fence trading coin cover is finished with a combination of paints, embossing powder, and glitter. I always love painting faux wood, and think it looks perfect on the fence portion. What Halloween piece would not be complete without a black cat? I added a dot of gold to simulate the glow of the cat's eye. The moon is coated with embossing ink then covered with ancient amber embossing powder and heat set. The trading coin cover is attached to a kraft stash circle that has been inked with black soot distress ink to simulate a midnight sky.
The largest rosette creates a perfect backdrop for the bat and tree trading coin cover. Using distress paints in shades of brown, I paint the tree limbs to look dimensional. The bat is painted with black soot paint and then covered with a thick layer of glossy accents and allowed to dry. Gold paint lines the interior rims of the bat eye openings. The trading coin cover is adhered atop two layers of Kraft paper stash and finally attached to the center of the rosette. Halloween trimmings are tied around the skewer at the base of the rosette.
The fourth trading coin cover is used to embellish a small round die cut box that contains candies. I die cut the box and cover it with Halloween patterned papers. This trading coin cover is finished using embossing powders. The piece is first painted with black soot paint, then each interior element is coated with embossing ink and covered with embossing powder, and heat set. I love the glow of the moon over the haunted house silhouette. Once it has cooled, the coin cover is attached to a circle of orange kraft stash paper that has been inked to simulate a spooky sky. Miniature bat die cuts are attached randomly within the coin circle. Additional bat die cuts are attached around the box sides, unifying the design.
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts also makes incredible, chunky artist trading coins. They are sold in sets of three. I have used them for another project that you can find here. The artist trading coins would also be perfect for layering beneath the trading coin covers.
I really enjoyed creating these fright night fancies, I hope that you may consider alternate ways to use the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts trading coin covers. They are the perfect size to add to just about any project, or even use on their own.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, I truly appreciate it.
I love this new 6x4 Specimen Box!
It's a great size and you can choose to put in as many of the inserts as you choose. Nice, flexible design.
In my bug specimens theme, I chose to leave out the insert on the far right, so I could place some bigger critters in there.
Here's where I started:
I assembled the box frame and painted the sides (on the inside only), the top front edges and the inserts.
I cut paper to fit the inside back and all of the outside of the box. I glued in the papers ...
fitted and glued in the inserts, let them dry and then gave the whole thing a coat of matte medium and then a coat of Quinac gold, wiping most of it away with a damp paper towel, but leaving the 'goo' in the cracks and crannies to give the box an aged looked.
Hi everyone! Leigh Ann here today for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts with a tutorial for a beach theme canvas. My family recently took a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC so I used several shells I found, and a little sand from the beach in this project.
I started by giving my canvas a coat of gesso to prime it, and then adhered my distressed pieces of paper to the canvas with soft matte gel.
Once the gel dried I whitewashed the canvas, my die cut wood pieces, and the net with gesso.
While the gesso dried I covered the pieces from the beach shape set with pumice stone effect paste. I would suggest priming them with gesso first, but they turned out fine without it. It just made them soft and harder to work with while the paste was drying.
Once the canvas was dry, I used my Life Changing Brush to apply Chipped Sapphire Oxide to the sides and the edges of the front of the canvas.
After applying the ink, I went back over it with more white gesso to blend the oxide ink more and give it a weathered look.
I then used a stencil to apply Light and Fluffy modeling paste to three sections of the canvas. I also used a pallet knife to apply the modeling paste to the edges of the canvas.
While the canvas dried I embossed these pieces from the Acorn Border set with an Earth tone powder and a gold metallic powder. The two smaller pieces are from the long border piece cut in half.
I embossed the largest piece from the seahorse set with the earth tone powder as well.
Next I assembled all of the main pieces. I like to keep my chipboard trash and use it to give pieces dimension in my mixed media projects. I have plain chipboard glued under the wood planks, the large shell, and the seahorse to lift them off of the canvas.
Then I added some smaller shells and embellishments as well as art stones and glass glitter.
I gave the finished canvas some whitewashing with gesso and then used antique gold and copper waxes by Prima to highlight the embellishments.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I used the following sets from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to create this piece: