Thursday, October 13, 2016

Spooky Gates Mini Album

Hi everyone!  Barbara here with my first project for October.  My favorite theme in October is, yep, you guessed it, Halloween, and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has a fabulous selection of chipboard albums to suit the occasion.  I chose the Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale paper collection to cover the pages.

Trace around the chipboard and cut out all of your scrapbook papers to match.

Adhere papers to both sides of chipboard pages.  (TIP:  At this point, I painted the edges of each page with black gesso to finish if off.)

Paint chipboard pieces with black gesso.  The ghost was painted with white gesso.  (TIP:  If you think any portion of your chipboard shape will extend past the book pages, or if you have a shape that may need to be used in a left or right facing, like the ravens, it is a good idea to paint both sides now.)

Heat emboss gates with copper pigment ink and rustique patina bronze embossing powder.

Adhere gates to front page with a tacky glue.

Sponge black gesso over the gate sections that extend beyond the top of the page, as shown.

One more thing before we start decorating the pages is to mark and punch  3/16" holes in the side of the book pages to bind it when we are finished.  This will help remind you not to cover up the areas for the binding.  I have decided to use two binding rings, so I will use a strong hole punch, like a Crop-a-dile.  Then use this page to transfer the hole position to the following pages and punch.

Cover Page
Spread 3D gel medium through stars stencil over witch skirt, let dry.  It will dry translucent and shiny, leaving this pretty black star design on her dress.

Spooky was painted with Snap Dragon and Orange Peel Silks.  Two spooky eyes were printed and adhered behind the O's, then adhered to the top of the gate.

The raven was painted with Majestic Blue Silks acrylic glaze and a tiny glitter sticker added for his eye.  He was adhered above the word Spooky.

The two bats were painted with Olive Vine Silks and tiny glitter stickers added for eyes.  I adhered these to the front as though they were flying out of the witch's hat.

The black cat only needed a couple of glitter stickers for eyes and adhered along the bottom rail of the gate.

The pumpkin was painted with Orange Peel Silks, and a bit of shading was added with Chestnut Brown Silks and Olive Vine for the leaf.  The pumpkin eyes and mouth were left black and a couple of glitter stickers were added to make the eyes a bit more creepy.

Page 1 and Page 2

Page 1:  Using the top piece from the stackable label, center and trace around the words "Once Upon a Time".  Cut out and glue to the top piece, sand off any excess paper.  Paint the bottom part of the label with black gesso and two coats of Harvest Sol.  Adhere the two pieces together.

The remaining embellishments were fussy cut from the paper collection.

Page 2:  The "moon" chipboard was first coated with white gesso.

Next, I sponged on a tiny amount of beige chalk paint, leaving some white areas.

Lastly, I wet the sponge and added a wash of Harvest Sol over the surface to give it that creepy, night time color.

The witch was left black and adhered over the moon, then adhered to the page.  The remaining embellishments were fussy cut from the paper collection.

Page 3 and Page 4

Page 3:  The spider web was left black, while the word Boo! was painted with orange chalk paint.  Images were fussy cut from the papers and adhered as shown.

Page 4:  Images were fussy cut from the papers and adhered as shown.  A pocket was made with one image by only adhering along three sides.

Page 5 and Page 6

Page 5:  The skeleton was painted with white gesso, then dry brushed with Raw Umber Silks to antique and age it. The boney hand was fussy cut from the paper.

Page 6:  The images on this page were all fussy cut from the paper collections, while the tag was adhered on three sides  only to form a pocket.

Page 7 and Page 8
Page 7:  The images on this page were all fussy cut from the paper collections, while the piece at the bottom tag was adhered on three sides only to form a pocket.

Page 8:  These images were cut from the paper collection, and the border piece was adhered along the bottom, leaving the top open to form a pocket.

Page 9 and Page 10

Pages 9 and 10:  Both pages have images adhered that were fussy cut from the paper collection.

Back Cover
The back cover was also left unembellished except for the image that was fussy cut from the paper collection.

I like to leave some of my pages unadorned so I can embellish as needed, such as adding photos of upcoming Halloween parties or events.  

Supplies used:

GSL Gates Mini Album
GSL Spooky Shape Set
GSL Witches
GSL Skeletons Shape Set
GSL Stackable Labels Shape Set

GSL Spiderweb Shape Set

Graphic 45 An Eeerie Tale paper collection
ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes
  Majestic Blue
  Rich Cobalt
  Snap Dragon
  Orange Peel
  Chestnut Brown
  Olive Vine
  Harvest Sol
Beige chalk paint
Stars Stencil (Tim Holtz)
3D Gel Medium (Finnabair)
Rustique Patina Bronze embossing powder
Copper pigment ink pad
Black gesso
White gesso
1" or larger binding rings

I hope I have inspired you with my project today, and that you will make a mini album for your upcoming holiday events.   Be sure to stop by regularly to see all the latest laser cut chipboard, as well as the fabulous designs from the rest of the team.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!


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