Monday, October 26, 2020

Christmas will be here before we know it . . .

Seems as if this year is flying by. 

Christmas will be here before we know it 

and I'm going to be ready this year (I hope).

I've decided to make Christmas ornaments with some beautiful cuts from 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

This image from The Graphics Fairy was my inspiration. 

I love images of angels holding babies as 

Gotcha Day for us is December 28.

Here's the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts I used and altered:

Reliquary Tower Top

First step was to paint & cover:

Both the piece on the far left (I'm using it as a door)
and the top decorative piece (shown in the middle)
were painted with acrylic Barn Red.

The decorative piece on the far left
used 2 different colors:
the front was painted around the edges with bronze acrylic;
the back of the piece was painted with acrylic Barn Red.

Then the piece shown on the far left
(previous photo)
was covered with bronze paper.
Simply trace around the image
and don't worry about those points at the top.

For the back of the piece, I used this Tim Holtz stencil,
laid it on top of the chip piece
and inked with VersaMark.
Removed the stencil and covered the piece with 
Stampendous Chunky Gold Deep Impression embossing enamel.
Heat the enamel with a heat gun and be still my heart.
This stuff is amazing!

There's dimension to this enamel.

Taking the top piece and the door,
I first placed the door inside the top piece
used this Crafty Individual Stamp
inked with VersaMark . . .
both pieces at one time.

Then added the embossing enamel
& heat set.

Turn to the back of the door and repeat the last step
with the other side of the door only.

I fussy cut around the angel image
and glued it inside the reliquary.

Glue the hinge inked with dark brown,
and a tiny knob 
(Tim Holtz or Prima carries them),
gold Stickles to the peaks

and you're all finished.

Other Items Used:
Red Barn Acrylic Paint
Stampendous Embossing Enamel

Friday, October 23, 2020

Christmas Time

 Graphic 45 Christmas Time

Christmas Time invites you to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with festive images of vintage steampunk Santa’s.  Emerald green trees, red holly berry, glittery gold gears, and coal-black trains set the tone for this holiday season. 

D153A Art Journal

Perfect mixed media journal from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Great for trying new techniques.  Accepts 5 inch by 7 inch pages.  Kit includes 2 Covers, 4 Tabbed Dividers, 2 Tab Top Page Markers, 4 chipboard pages, 4 corrugated pages and 2 binder ring.  Precision laser cut from .050 chipboard, .030 chipboard and corrugated cardboard.

The front cover was "fussy cut" from the title page of the 12x12 paper pad.

There were four corrugated pages in the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts package. I mounted the chipboard piece from the paper pack using Stampin' Up Dimensionals, dabbed liquid glue (Art Glitter) on the corrugated paper, and then sprinkled white Flower Soft over the page.  I set it aside to dry. (Flower Soft  -  colored card fibers added another dimenson.  Unfortunately it was discontinued.)

This is a close up of the dried Flower Soft.

The right side pages are decorated with A2 sized cards.

The embellishment is made with a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope, cardstock and a tag from the paper line. All are popped up with SU Dimensionals.  They are decorated with Kaiser Craft red pearls, Queen and Company diamonds and clear Wink of Stella.

The inside of the card has a mat. These cards can be left in the album and used for journaling or pictures, taken out and used as Christmas greeting cards, or the embellishment can be used as a gift card holder. They are all held together with repositionable adhesive (Herma dotto from EK Tools).

         This is the policy envelope.

When I planned my layout, divider tabs just didn't fit, so I trimmed them off.

The gold Flower Soft had a lot more sparkle to it!

This is a better close-up showing the gems.

This is the chunkiest mini album I've ever made!

 Great for trying new techniques.  Accepts 5 inch by 7 inch pages.  Kit includes 2 Covers, 4 Tabbed Dividers, 2 Tab Top Page Markers, 4 chipboard pages, 4 corrugated pages and 2 binder ring.  Precision laser cut from .050 chipboard, .030 chipboard and corrugated cardboard.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Halloween Cats Scratching At The Window

 Hi Everyone, 

I have a spooky Halloween project for you today!

I am using two chipboard sets - Cat Shape Set D69B  and Dimensional Window Kit D174WD.

The Dimensional Window Kit comes with the four pieces shown below (two window frames, a mylar square and the back piece) but I am only using the two frames today and will find another use for the remaining pieces.

The cat shape set has six cat shapes and I will be using four of them for this project.

Here's my idea for the spooky window, showing the placement of the four cats.

First things first, let's paint the cats black because we can't have Halloween without some black cats!  I used black fluid acrylic paint to paint mine but any black paint will do.

Next I painted the frames.  I couldn't decide which colour to choose so I decided to paint one lime green and one purple, using metallic acrylic paints.

So the usual way of constructing this dimensional window is to use it to make a shaker style window and stack one frame on top of the other to make a deeper frame.  The way I am using this dimensional window is a little different.  :)

Here are some gel prints I made on deli paper a while ago.  They were not made for Halloween but they have the perfect Halloween colours so I wanted to use a piece of it in my window.  

I cut a square to fit my frame.  If you don't happen to have Halloween-coloured gel prints to hand, you can of course use any other paper, so long as there is some transparency to it ie deli paper, tissue paper, tracing paper, layout paper etc.  You can then paint or ink on it or leave it plain.

Next glue the deli paper square to the unpainted side of one of the frames, in my case, the green one.  Then repeat the process to sandwich the deli paper between the two frames but first add a little cord or ribbon in the middle which will allow you to hang it up later.

Once you have your frame complete and dried, add two of the cats to one side...

... and two of the cats to the other side, so that all four window panes have a cat in them.

Here is the finished project.  It looks cute don't you think?  Just two cute little cats playing in the window...

But if you hang it up in front of a window...

...the light shines through the deli paper and you can see their spooky little friends on the other side of the window, just waiting to come in!

I hope you enjoyed this little Halloween project and that you will try making your own spooky Halloween cat window!

Til next time,

Empire of the Cat

Project Recipe:
Cat Shape Set D69B  and Dimensional Window Kit D174WD.
black fluid acrylic paint
lime green and purple metallic acrylic paint
PVA glue
From stash:  gel printed deli paper (you can use any paper you can see through) paper cord (you can use any type of cord or ribbon)