Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter Butterfly by Barb

About the only thing I miss in the Winter is seeing butterflies flitting around outside. So, in my fantasy world, there would be winter butterflies and they would look a lot like this. They would shimmer with beautiful iridescence and have all manner of sparkling bits on them that would twinkle in the Winter sun.

To create this Winter Butterfly, I began with a blank paper pulp butterfly mask that I had in my stash of craft stuff. I very lightly sponged on Silks Acrylic Glaze in Mediterranean Blue. Using a stencil and a heavier dose of the same paint, I sponged on snowflakes and then set it aside to dry thoroughly.
For the snowflakes, I cut pieces from the Snowflake Border and chose a few pieces from the Snowflake Shape Set as well. These I coated with white craft ink and while they were still wet, sprinkled on Frantage Shabby Blue embossing powder which I then heat set.

By the time I was done, my mask was dry enough to glue on the finished snowflakes. I added a little more bling using various rhinestones from my craft stuff stash.

To bring it all together and finish it off, I chose one of the snowflakes from the Snowflake Shape Set, slathered it with glue and dunked it in glitter. Then I glued a rhinestone to the center, and with that, my mask was complete. 

If you see a woman walking down the street wearing a Winter Butterfly mask, please know that she's mostly harmless - stop and say hello.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts products used

Other products used
ColourArte Silk Acrylics Paint - Mediterranean Blue
Tim Holtz snowflakes stencil
Frantage Shabby Blue embossing powder
Beacon 3-in-1 glue

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mixed Media Mini Album

Hello friends!  Debbie with you today sharing a little mixed media album.  This little album holds pocket sleeves for those cute little photos and journaling.  It makes a perfect gift!  to decorate this little album I used Gina's Designs Butterfly Corner Top and Bottom.  I'll start off sharing the front and back covers.

The steps I took to complete this album were simple.

1. Gesso the whole album inside and out.
2 Add Stenciling with modeling paste and your favorite stencil
3. Use your  heat gun to dry everything
4. Spray with your favorite sprays, I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in 4 different colors.
5. Rub with DecoArt Metallic Rub
6. Stamp and embellish

The final step I took was to add sequins.  I dipped a paint brush into gel medium and then into my sequins and simply painted them on.

Gina's Designs products used:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Very Deer Canvas by Shanna

Hello to all you crafters out there. I am excited to share a new altered canvas I created for some change in weather inspiration for you. Also with Thanksgiving this past week I know some people love to get those Christmas decorations out and get started on the season.
So first I covered everything with gesso. Then I added some various sprays, paints, and inks to achieve the look I desired.

For the deer I just covered the chipboard with gesso and after that dried a thin layer of Crackle Accents. After letting the Crackle Accents dry I went over the deer with some Distress Ink so it got into the cracks and then used a paper towel to wipe off the extra ink. The Crackle will act as a resist!
I did the same thing with a leftover piece I had from the Wrought Iron Set. I just love this technique.
I added some stamping and flowers with a word I cut out. With Winter well on it's way I thought this project would inspire you to get into some cold weather themed projects!

Items Used:

Friday, November 27, 2015

Vintage Christmas Card and Tags

Hello! It's Gloria Stengel back again with another project. I made a card and two tags for you this week. (If you missed my Christmas composition box from last week, click HERE to see it.)

My favorite type of Christmas decor is vintage with traditional colors and a bit of rust and whitewash tossed in for good measure! I like to use chipboard elements on cards and tags because it adds a lot of detail and interest without a lot of bulk or weight.

The card is 6" x 5" and made with dark brown cardstock. I used just a bit of designer paper because I wanted the chipboard elements and the sentiment to be the stars of the show. {Stars...get it?!} I covered the oval element from the Stars and Flourishes Borders and Corners Set with gold pigment ink and then embossed with Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel. I made sure to allow the enamel to look pitted and aged, with a few bits of the original chipboard showing through. 

I decorated the star oval with snowflakes from the Winter Shape Set and the  Snowflake Shape Set. I sprayed the snowflakes with white shimmer mist, and then embossed them with sparkly white embossing powder. The buttons are tied with kraft twine and then glued to each snowflake. I covered one of the keyholes from the Keys and Plates Shape Set with gold pigment ink. I added tiny gold brads to the keyhole. Each flower was dipped in gold ink before I glued them to the card.

I decorated the inside of the card with some leftover bits of paper and a stamped greeting.

I always need extra tags around the holidays, so I made two tags to match the card. 

I added a bit of paper to the front of the tag before adding the chipboard elements. I sprayed the star flourishes from the Stars and Flourishes Borders and Corners Set with white mist and then dabbed them with watermark ink. I then embossed the flourishes with embossing enamel. I mixed white embossing enamel with gold embossing powder to make a custom enamel! I love how "clumpy" and thick the enamel is, but the areas with the gold embossing powder are thinner, sort of like rust. It makes the chipboard look amazingly vintage!

I sprayed the word from the Words and Phrases 1 set with Fire Baseboard Mistable Paint and Pearl Glimmer Mist. I added some "gilded" flowers and some bits of paper the I curled around a stylus. I also tucked a few faux postage stamps into the flowers.

I decorated the small tag with one corner from the Art Deco Corners Set, which I sponged with gold pigment ink. I sponged the miniature bookplate from the Miniature Bookplates Shape set with silver pigment ink. I added tiny silver brads to the bookplate. I used a Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel for the stars.

I hope you use up some of your paper scraps and bits of chipboard to make a few cards and tags this holiday season! Come back next week to see with chipboard!

~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

Gina's Designs Laser Cut Chipboard:

Other Products:
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and Rhubarb Stalk dye ink, Delicata Silvery Shimmer and Golden Glitz pigment ink, Top Boss Watermark ink
Mist: Tattered Angels Fire Blackboard Mistable Paint and Pearl Glimmer Mist, Deco Art White Shimmer Mister
Embossing powder and enamel: Stampendous Shabby Blue and Aged Bronze EE, Hampton Art glitter white EP, custom mix white and gold EE

Paper: Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Paper Studio Old World Winter
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Cocoa and Natural
Stamps: Verve Stamps Holiday Treats, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas Innies
Tags: stash
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Silver and Old Gold Diagonal Stripe Satin ribbon, Iridescent White Metallic String
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Brads: Creative Impressions
Buttons: craft supply
Tools: corner rounder, Spellbinders Framed Tags One die
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Scotch 3M ATG tape, hot glue

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Very Vintage Christmas Ornament

Hi everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all are enjoying your holiday and time with family and friends. Barbara here with a pretty quick and easy Christmas ornament using a recycled tuna can and some Gina's Designs Lasercuts chippies to make it extra special. Don't forget, we will be changing our name to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts December 1!
Cut away Santa's sleigh and one reindeer from the border. Save remaining border for another project.
Use Intense blocks and water brush to color Santa, his sleigh, and reindeer.

Add glitter glue to the sleigh and reindeer antlers and nose. Use silver pearl pen to add a metallic look to the bottom of the sleigh.  Set aside to dry.

Cut two circles, one larger than the printed circle, to fit inside the tuna can.

Adhere the two circles together and glue to the inside bottom of the can.

Add a bit of snowflake paste to the bottom of the can, just beneath the printed scene.

Coat bottom and part of sides with white gesso to prepare it to accept paint.  Use an awl to punch a hole in the top of the can to insert a dyed to match piece of ribbon for hanging.  (See photo of finished ornament above).
Mix the Radiant Gels together with some clear glaze medium, paint bottom and sides of can.  Paint smallest circle from the Fanciful Elements set with the same color mixture. as well as two small snowflakes.  Splatter white paint over the back of the can and the circular frame.
Distress the edges of the circular frame and snowflakes with the brown ink pad.  Stack the two snowflakes and add a small metal embellishment and diamond gem to the center of the snowflake.
Paint the lace border with white gesso and while wet, sprinkle stardust glitter over it.

Cut a coordinating strip of paper from the Christmas paper collection and glue around side of can.   Adhere the lace border around the sides, aligning it with the upper lip of the can.
Run of line of glue around top lip of can and adhere the circular frame.  Then adhere Santa's sleigh and reindeer, above the scene inside the can.

Gina's Designs:
Snowflake Shape Set

Supplies used:
Water Color blocks
white gesso
Circle dies
Brown ink pad
Stardust glitter
Snowflake Paste
I hope you enjoyed this sweet Christmas ornament and that inspiration strikes you to try making one, or two, or three, for your own tree, or gift giving.  You could also attach it to a gift package for an extra gift.  Be sure to visit Gina's Designs for more laser cut chipboard to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by, and once again, have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tutorial - Altered Tin by Betsy Skagen

As my Guest Designer time comes to an end, I want to share one of my favorite kinds of projects with you: altered tin ornaments. I'm Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope, and on this Thanksgiving
Eve my heart is filled with gratitude for getting to spend the last month here at Gina's Designs. It has been a fun and delightful adventure.
Usually I make my altered tin ornaments with Altoids tins...but a gal can only eat so many mints. In fact, I must 'fess up to possession of quart-sized Ziploc bags of uneaten mints. Hmmm... maybe I could use them to make altered art igloos? Perhaps puree them to create faux snow? Or maybe fashion ATCs featuring Victorian ladies with dandruff?

Surely it would be better to find alternative tin sources that don't involve more mints. I recently found some  on Amazon, but didn't realize until they arrived that they are a square rather than rectangular. Thankfully, they still work just fine for ornaments.

Tutorial: How to make the Altered Tin Winter Birds Ornament

Step 1: Remove the lid and hinge from the box. Save the lid
to make a second ornament.

Step 2: Trace the box base onto cardstock that features an
outside holiday scene with tree branches. I printed mine from GraphicStock, which I have found to be a great resource. If interested, you can use my GraphicStock discount to subscribe.  Cut out the square you traced, trimming as necessary, to make sure it fits perfectly inside your box.
Step 3: Trace and cut a second cardstock square so it fits
the outside base of the box.

Step 4: Measure the sides of the box and cut two strips (one
for the outside and one for the inside) of holiday cardstock to fit it. Make the width of the outside side strip just a hair wider than the inside strip.

Step 5: Cover the inside base of the box with matte medium
and adhere the holiday scene cardstock square you prepared.

Step 6: Cover the inner sides of the box with matte medium
and adhere the cardstock. Place the seam where the bottom of the ornament will be to make it less conspicuous.

Step 7: Cover the entire surface with matte medium and let dry.

Step 8: Cover the outside base of the box with matte medium
and adhere the second cardstock square you prepared.

Step 9: Cover the outside sides of the box with matte medium and adhere the remaining cardstock strip. Again, place the seam where the bottom of the ornament will be.

Step 10: Cover the entire surface with matte medium and let dry.

Step 11: Cut a miniature fence to fit across the tin. Adhere it to the box with a strong adhesive. After it dries, dab faux snow onto the
fence and onto the base of the tin. Sprinkle with glitter and let dry.

Step 12: Bend the end of a small artificial pine branch 90 degrees downward to form a small tab. Dab faux snow on the branch, sprinkle with glitter and let dry.

Step 13: Adhere the branch tab to the side of the box with a
strong adhesive.

Step 14: Punch a hole in the top of the tin.

Step 14: Paint Gina's Birds Shape Set with black gesso. Let dry.

Step 15: Cover the birds with gloss gel medium. Press assorted colors of Primary Elements onto the birds.

Step 16: Make a small loop of metallic pipe cleaner and thread through the hole in the ornament. Add a metallic bead on the inside and secure with a strong glue.

Step 17: Adhere metallic pipe cleaner around the edge of the tin with strong adhesive.

Step 18: Adhere birds with strong adhesive.

All that is left to do is hang on your tree or give to someone special.

Thank you for letting me join you here at Gina's Designs. I wish you the happiest of holidays.
Warmly, Betsy at

Great Gina's stuff to use:
  Bird Shape Set

Other stuff to use:
 Bird cardstock
   Assorted holiday
    Artificial pine

    Miniature fence
    Metallic pipe
    Metallic bead
    Aleene's True Snow
    White glitter
    Gloss gel medium
    Matte medium

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Tree Canvas by Amylove

Hi everyone! It has been a while since I have done a canvas, and just love doing them! Couldn't let Christmas go by without doing one! Here is my Christmas canvas offering. I hope you all enjoy it.

Follow this link to my video tutorial of this creation: Mixed Media Christmas Tree Canvas

Products used from Gina's Designs