Thursday, September 19, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
When the paint has dried, I select a paper for the interior of the shrine. I want the scene that I am creating to have a spooky quality, and find an old piece of decorative paper from my stash that will be perfect to achieve this. Since the paper is 12x12, and I want to be sure to include the area with the full moon, I lay the front piece of the shrine on top of the page to determine the area that I will need to cut out. The interior (back) panel is 4-3/4" x 5- 3/4". I also cut two adjacent strips (on either side of the main panel) to use on each interior side. These papers are inked around the edges and adhered to their respective pieces with collage medium. Once the papers are secured, I assemble the shrine box with more collage medium. I use clamps to make sure that everything stays in place as the glue dries.
Halloween word set. I have other ideas for the remaining words from this set and really like how each word is cut from a different font. Knowing that there is a possibility that some sections of the word might extend beyond the top of the shrine, I paint both the front and back of the word with black paint. When the paint has dried, I coat the front side with VersaMark embossing ink and sprinkle with dragons egg embossing powder. This is then heat set. I consider adding another layer of embossing, but really like the texture that I have achieved with only a single application. I love the subtle metallic finish and the color works perfectly with my scheme. In order to keep the subtleness, but also ensure that the title is noticed, I use a silver metallic paint pen around the exterior edge of the letters. This will help the word pop without having to raise it off of the front panel. When the silver edge has completely dried, I attach the word piece to the shrine using collage medium.
be witched shape set lightly with water on both sides. I then gently bend the shape to create a 3-d effect. I allow the piece to dry in this altered shape. After it has dried, I coat the outside of the cauldron with embossing ink, then a layer of hammered metal embossing powder. Using a heat gun I melt the powder to a wonderful finish. The embossed piece is allowed to cool. I cut a piece of foam to raise the cauldron away from the back panel and use collage medium to attach the foam in place along the back.
I hope that you have enjoyed this wicked piece, I look forward to sharing more of my Halloween projects over the next few weeks. Feel free to leave a comment, I always enjoy hearing your thoughts or answering questions.
I hope that you have a creative day!
Sunday, September 15, 2019
A little Stickles added to the spiderweb for detail.
~Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~Arch Top Triptych, Skeleton Shape Set, Spiderweb Shape Set.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Way back in 2015 I made a storage unit for my art studio table. At the time, I wondered how well a storage caddy made from chipboard would stand up to daily use. Would it be worth it to pay for a unit made from cardboard? Four years later, I can assure you that the answer is a resounding yes.
rotating hobby organizer. You can go back and read the tutorial here.
Maybe you are thinking that it isn't impressive for a storage unit to last four years. If you knew how I
Here are some snapshots of it sitting on my desk today.
I store many of my daily go-to supplies here plus assorted bits and bots that I need to tuck out of the way of my workspace.
In two of the drawers I keep my receipts until I pull them out at tax time. Since I am extraordinarily talented at procrastinating on taxes, the drawers end up getting crammed full.
Honestly, it is in as good of shape as it was the day I made it. I have not had to make a single repair to it. So if you have any hesitation about durability in creating something from Gypsy Soul's many storage options, you no longer need to worry.
Have a great weekend! -Betsy
Rotating Hobby Organizer
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Here's how to do it:
You will need the following items from GSL:31 Wall Art - Model D42A
Title - Wicked - Model BB5
Spiderweb Shape Set - Model C156B
How to - prep:First of all, wipe down all the pieces, then cover your chipboard items in black gesso and leave them to dry (it dries very quickly).
Then using your favourite embossing ink, sponge it on to the front of each piece and while it is still wet, dust them all with embossing powder. It takes very little powder to cover all the pieces.
This particular powder has black and gold in it, but you can use whatever colour you want your finished piece to be. Heat with a heat gun until it has melted and it will start to look like this:
Wait a few minutes for the embossing powder to cool before touching the pieces!
How to - Assembly:
Repeat the process with the medium sized web from the Spiderweb shapes set, making a hole above and below where the web will hang. I used silver metallic thread but you could use any kind of thread, invisible thread, thin wire etc. When you have everything positioned, tie the threads and secure the thread ends with a spot of glue. Below I am using something heavy to hold them in place while they dry but it will only take a few minutes if you want to hold it in place instead. Once the glue has dried and is holding the thread in place, snip off the surplus.
All that remains is to add some kind of hook to enable your lovely new Halloween wall art to be hung on the wall. You could use anything for this, a loop of thread, a paperclip, or something recycled like this plastic piece from a paper pad which is intended for shop display, so why not reuse it as the hook for this display piece! These "hooks" are quite commonly used in papercrafts so you are likely to have at least one stuck on a box somewhere.
Peel it carefully off the pad and then glue it on to the back of your piece where it will not be seen when it's on the wall and once the glue is dry - it's ready to go!
The Finished Project and close ups:
Project Recipe:GSL Cuts 31 Wall Art - Model D42A
GSL Cuts Title - Wicked - Model BB5
GSL Cuts Spiderweb Shape Set - Model C156B
Embossing Ink and Embossing Powder
Heat gun for melting embossing powder
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
1. Take GSLC Alphabet Stencil Blanks from Package.
2. Print Images of your choosing to represent each letter, I have decided upon a Monsters and Mysterious Creatures one and not sure what I will find.
3. I am using 3 small 5" by 7" inch IKEA wooden frames to showcase each of the letters.
4. I am a texture type of guy so I want to alter the frames and give them added interest. I want them to look similar but not the same like they are part of a collection.
5. For the first frame I used various Ice Resin Enamels in German Silver and Torched Copper and Embossing Enamels in Aged Hunter and Aged Copper. I layered them and cured with a heating tool. This method can also be used on any of the GSLC chipboards as I will probably use later in my project.
6. I added Tim Holts Distress Sprays in Walnut Stain to add additional patina.
7. The second frame was aged using Finnabair rust pastes in greens, browns, and orange placed on randomly with a paintbrush. I then used transparent burnt sienna ink to fill in any empty spaces. Once again this technique can be used on any of the GSLC chipboard pieces.
8. The final frame was given a patina using Tim Holtz Distress Grit-Paste and Ferro-Copper Paste applied with a thin plastic spatula using a Snake Skin Stencil and further distressing with alcohol inks in browns and greens. Once again this technique can be used on any of the GSLC chipboard pieces.
9. For altering the GSLC Alphabet Stencil Blanks this time I will be Infusion Coloured Stains and a spray bottle of water.
10. I used different colors on both the GSLC Alphabet Stencil "K" and X". You can sprinkle them both on a nonporous surface and spray with water bottle or sprinkle directly onto chipboards and then mist with a water bottle. As they are water based and if they will be exposed to the elements they should be sealed in a matte medium.
11. Find complimentary pieces metal for the backgrounds of you GSLC Alphabet Framed Designs. I used red for the "K", and a copper for the "X".
12. Cut and glue the appropriate images for each of Framed letters, securing with Weldbond.
13. Our GSLC Alphabet Stencils are complete for Letters "K" and "X" and actually for the whole collection.
Some final thoughts.
"K" is for King Kong, the story of a caged animal who just wanted to find love and to roam free.
Supplies: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Alphabet Stencil Blanks, 3 small 5" by 7" inch IKEA wooden frames, Matte Medium Ice Resins in Torched Copper and German Silver, Aged Hunter and Aged Copper Embossing Enamel, Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain in Walnut, Heating Tool, Finnabair Rust Pastes in Greens, Browns, and Orange, Transparent Burnt Sienna Ink, Paint Brush, Versa mark Ink Pad, Embossing Powders-Tarnished Gold, Copper, Wendy Vecchi Red Geranium, PEARLustre Lapis, and Ranger Black Sparkle, Pieces of scrapbook papers for the backgrounds, Various Printed Images of Monster and Mysterious Creatures using Inkjet Printer and paper, and Weldbond.