Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Today I have my first GSL DT post for June and this time I have this rainbow-coloured card to share with you.
For this card I wanted a bright rainbow background and also to use some of the metallic embellishments I made a few weeks ago in this post. I cut a piece of watercolour paper 6 x 8.5 inches - the width is necessary to accommodate the width of the chevron words.
I used these Mijello Mission Gold watercolour samples to make this rainbow background.
Make the card base
To make the card base, a piece of card measuring 12 x 8.5 inches is needed. I do have 12 x 12 inch white card but since this card was so colourful, I wanted to use yellow card which is in the standard 8.5 x 11 inch size. So the card base had to be made from two pieces, but if you have 12 x 12 inch card, just make a card base as normal. If you need to make it in from two pieces, here's how: cut one piece the same size as the card front - 6 x 8.5 inches - and one piece that is 0.25 inch wider - 6.25 x 8.5 inches.
Make sure to glue the overlap on the outside as this will hide it when the card front is in place and you won't see it in the inside.
Gold Splatters Card Front
Add some gold metallic ink splatters to the card front and some gold ink around the card edges.
Once everything is dry on the front, add some PVA to the back of the watercolour paper and adhere to the card base.
Adding the Sentiment
Using a pencil, mark the centre of the card to make it easier to line up the chipboard words.
Mark where you want the chipboard words to go, spaced evenly down the card front.
Mark out some pencil lines to help keep the handwriting straight, then in waterproof pen, write the words to go in between the chipboard words to make the overall sentiment. When the ink is dry, remove all the pencil lines.
Glue the chipboard words in place using PVA glue and the card is finished!
I hope this project inspires you to make your own rainbow card. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Empire of the Cat
watercolour paper, watercolour paint in rainbow colours, gold acrylic ink, black waterproof pen, card base, gold embossing powder, embossing ink,
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
1. Gather supplies.
2. The substrate for this duel artwork is GSLC Display Dome back section.
3. Make copies of collected treasure trough-photographs, maps, letter.
4. Do a quick dry brush technique using yellow, green, and brown acrylic paints.
5. Fill in any empty spaces with TH Bundled Sage Distress Stain.
6. Use Weldbond to apply strips of maps and letters to your altered dome substrate. Adding a few focal point photographs.
7. Use sanding blocks to perfect and distress edges.
8. Coat entire surface with Matte Gel Medium sealing it all in.
9. Use embossing ink to add embossing powders to GSLC Typewriter Set-I used black metallic tones.
10. Once again fill in any empty spaces with TH Bundled Sage Distress Stain.
11. Cut a piece of copper foil paper to place behind the cut out typewriter keys.
12. Sandwich and glue the GSLC Typewriter Sets together. Allow to dry fully being pressed down with a heavy book.
13. Use embossing ink to add embossing powders to GSLC Vintage Bulb Set-I used yellow, red, German silver. Cure with heat tool.
14. Use Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold acrylic paint to fill in empty spaces.
15. Cut a piece of copper foil paper to place behind GSLC Vintage Bulbs
16. Sandwich and glue the GSLC Vintage Bulbs together. Allow to dry fully being pressed down with a heavy
17. Use embossing ink to add embossing powders to GSLC Eiffel Tower-I used yellow, brick, and bronze. Cure with heat tool.
18. Use Raw Sienna and Yellow Oxide acrylic paint to fill in empty spaces.
19. Decide on placement of these larger pieces on your prepared substrate.
21. Use embossing ink to add embossing powders to GSLC heart of Gears, Chairs, and Corset-I pinks and reds. For Fleur-De-Lis I used gold and coppers, For scroll work I used silvers and platinum, and on birds I used shades of blue. Cure with heat tool.
22. Use acrylic paints to fill in empty spaces and to add interest, details and layers.
23. Decide on placement for assemblage and add to artwork using Heavy Gel Matte Medium and a thin plastic spatula.
24. Select postage stamps and paper ephemera from your collection and add to empty spaces in your assemblage using Heavy Gel Matte Medium and a thin plastic spatula.
25. Always allow everything to dry completely as you keep it flat and weighted down.
26. Wanted to add a vintage appeal and unify the piece I added blue and green texture pastes to the edges using a thin plastic spatula.
27. Add green acrylic paint to a small portion of Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste and dab it onto edges using a thin plastic spatula. Cure with heat tool.
28. To further unify the artwork I added metallic gears using miniature screws, screwdriver and awl.
Some Final Thoughts.
My parents were married for 59 years, still together to my dad's passing. They had a relationship that showed their love and adoration for each other. It wasn't free from bickering-dad mowing mom's flowerbeds, dad driving too fast, or him picking at a bandage-but I never saw them fight in front of us kids. They taught me how to be dedicated to another in quiet times, to share the chores-Mom washed dishes dad dried them, mom canned the Bread and Butter Pickles dad ate them, dad went to work and mom picked up side jobs-picking tomatoes, trimming Christmas trees, selling her produce at farmers' markets, babysitting, selling Amway, vanilla extract, paring knives, wooden spatulas that doubled as a paddle, helping the neighbors butcher in exchange for meat for the table...and maybe more I did not know about. They were not "I love you!" type of people and I wondered why they rarely said to each other or me while growing up. I knew they loved me but I wanted to hear it spoken.
Now having the letters and the history of my parents courtship I know my dad was a romantic and I am inspired to live my life sharing my love and kindness with others.
Supplies: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Typewriter Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Eiffel Tower-6 inch, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Parisian Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Heart of Gears, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Vintage Bulb Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Display Tray Dome, Copies of Collected Treasure Trough-Photographs, Maps, Letters, Weldbond, Acrylic Paint-Green, Yellow, Brown, Neon Pink, Blue, Red, Gold, Silver, Paintbrush, TH Distress Stain Bundled Sage, Sanding Blocks, Matte Gel Medium, Embossing Powders-Black, Silver, Red, Yellow, Pink, Embossing Ink, Heat Tool, Copper Foil Cardstock, Weldbond, Heavy Gel Matte Medium, Thin Plastic Spatula, Paper Ephemera, Vintage Postage Stamps, Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste, Texture Pastes, Metallic Gears, Miniature Screws, Screwdriver, Awl
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!