Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Windows On The Boardwalk With Susan

Hello crafty folks!  It's Susan from Killam Creative with a little nostalgia for warm-weather days gone by.

Sometimes I'm lucky enough that a base object instantly inspires.  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' Dimensional Window Kit and Seaside Decor did exactly that, allowing me to create four different scenes for this fantastic G45 paper.

The Dimensional Window Kit is made of 5 separate parts: 3 duplicate window layers, a solid back, and a cellophane window to fit between the layers of your choice.  I didn't end up using the cello sheet but will save it for another project.

I started out gesso-ing the window front panel and all the seaside pieces.  I chose to leave the seaside pieces in their original frame in the hopes I wouldn't cover up too much of the yummy laser-burned shadow on the sides.  In hindsight, it also helped speed up the process since I didn't need to handle small fiddly bits.  You'll see further on how I handled excess gesso on the sides.

Next I picked the paper to cover the front frame, flipped it over and outlined the windows and outer edge with pencil.  I used a finger blade to cut along the lines and turned it over.  The next step was to take that paper and decide which scenes to put in each window.

As you might guess, I changed my mind on the blue wave paper and went with a darker one, below.  I glued it to the front window panel and allowed to dry.  Then I sanded the edges down with fine and superfine sandpaper.  Brown ink went all over the edges to give it an aged feel.  

To preserve the shadow effect *and* fill in spots I touched with the white gesso, I used a brown marker on and around the edges.  Yes, I'm that picky.  ::grin::

Time to work on the Seaside Decor bits!  This was all kinds of experimentation.  Haha!  To create texture on the waves I painted slightly-watered-down molding paste.  After it dried I painted a couple shades of blue.

The umbrella got a multi-color treatment.  It's vintage-y!  I glued sand to the starfish and sand dollar by smearing them in the medium then sprinkling a lot of sand on them.  Once they dried I was able to gently rub the edges to clean off excess glue and sand.  Not pictured is a peachy coat of paint on the 3rd shell.

The next two photos show the pieces I've cut out and edge-inked with brown.  I wanted to take advantage of all the Dimensional Window Kit layers so I started planning out where to put them.  

Before anything was attached, I added hanging hardware to the back.

In these panels, I glued the inside layers and laid out the top layer.  From left to right, Dad's first layer and the boy's only layer are attached, as well as the first wave layer in the lower right.  The second panel has the postcard stamp and the second wave layer.  

Here all the inside layering bits are glued in and I wanted to assemble the Dimensional Window Kit.  I used more of the matte medium and a lot of clamps to dry overnight. Next day it was time to attach all the fun pieces to the top layer!  

Here you can see the layering completed.  I also added the cut-out Coney Island sign to give that window pane a little more dimension. 

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Each day you'll find new Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts inspiration projects here on the blog.  Happy crafting!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Dimensional Window Kit #D174WD
Seaside Decor #C40B

Other Supplies Used
Graphic 45 "On The Boardwalk" paper
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pad & Pen in Gathered Twig and Ground Espresso
Helmar Scrap Dots dimensional glue under dad and son
Zig blue pen glue
Ranger Glue & Seal Matte Medium
Golden Molding Paste diluted with a little water
Acrylic paint - Liquitex, Golden, craft, gesso

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