Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Vintage Florentine Triptych

It's the middle of winter, so hey, let's make something with a summery theme!
As I am writing this, there is ice as far as the eye can see. We had a beautiful snow fall followed by an ice storm, so of course I am going to make a summer piece full of flowers and insects and a lovely lady with green eye shadow. Oh yeah.
I started out with the Vintage Triptych - Florentine (which is coming soon!)
I used the pieces as templates and drew around them for the papers I used. You need one of each chipboard piece for both back and front.
I used linen hinging tape on the INSIDE fold of the triptych.
The triptych will not close properly if you put the hinging tape on the outside.
make sure you allow for a little space between the chipboard pieces to compensate for the thickness of the inner arch and any paper layers you add. Depending on your layout, anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 inch.
I turned the piece over, linen hinging tape facing down, and glued the center back piece and the outside front side pieces on.  This side paper is the paper you will see when the doors are closed.
 I messed around with the interior layout until I got a balance that I liked...
And glued it all down. I inked the edges as best I could all the way around.
And added the butterfly to the doors carefully cutting it in half and matching the pieces as I glued the second half down.
When all the pieces were dry, I added a thin layer of matte varnish and let that dry. Then I added little extra detailing.....
like dots and green eye shadow. I put these embellishments on top of the dry varnish because it's much easier to remove them if you make a mistake! The eye shadow is colored pencil and the dots are acrylic paint.
After I am happy with the way everything looks, I add a second coat of varnish front and back and voila. A happy summery thing to look at in the middle of winter!
Thank you for stopping by!
Vintage Triptych -  Florentine
Acrylic paint in white and metallic olive green
Graphic 45 papers Flutter Collection
Bo Bunny Double Dot Vintage Wasabi (Green dot papers)
Matte medium
Acrylic varnish in matte
Colored pencils

Monday, January 14, 2019

Woodland Fairy Crown

Hello this is Yolie with my first Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project. Today I am sharing my version of a woodland Fairy crown using GSLC's Crown.

I prepared the Crown pieces with Golden Gesso and allowed to dry.

Next, I generously added White Crackle Texture Paste. Lots of peeks and valleys as I wanted large crackles and smaller ones too. The thick peeks will result larger crackles while the thinner valleys smaller. Allow to dry, no heat gun. It took about 45 minutes to completely dry.

While I waited for the Crackle Paste to dry, I prepared the intricate scroll piece with Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre. I applied it carefully as to not bend any of the scrolls. Once it dried, I took a cotton cloth to polish.

Now that the Crackle Paste dried, I used Alfalfa acrylic paint. I covered the piece completely and before it dried, I took a paper towel to remove the paint allowing paint into the cracks.

Here I used Dark Brown with a bit of black to cool the color. Using the same method mentioned above, I painted just a few spots and then quickly removed the paint with a paper towel.

Finally, I embellished the crown with gems, pearls, stones, flowers, crystals, gold glass glitter and flowers. I adhered the embellishments with a hot glue and Heavy Body Gel.

Here's a closeup of the gorgeous flowers sprinkled with gold glass glitter.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed my version of a Woodland Fairy Crown.

Supply List:
Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Crown Item H2CR1
Gesso White
Texture Paste White Crackle
Acrylic Paints, Alfalfa, Dark Brown, Black
Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle
Glass Glitter
Hot Glue
Heavy Body Gel
Paint brushes

Sunday, January 13, 2019

With You Card

Hi everyone!  Leigh Ann here today for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Today I have a tutorial for a card made with the Prima Georgia Blues line and of course some awesome chipboard pieces.

First I measured out my cardstock and printed paper pieces based off of the size of the chipboard frame. I used the Flourished Frame Leah which measures 4.75" x 4.75".  I cut the printed paper from the 6x6 Georgia Blues pad down to 5" x 5."  I then cut a piece of very heavy shimmer cardstock to 5.25" x 10.5" and scored it in the middle to make a 5.25" square card. 

I gave the chipboard frame a coat of white gesso and then rubbed it with Picket Fence Distress Stain. When the stain was dry I very lightly brushed some silver acrylic paint on it. I adhered the chipboard next for placement, and then added some white texture paste through a stencil to the left side of the frame opening. 

Next I added my main three embellishments that I wanted to work around.  I used foam dots on the "with you" ephemera and very carefully under the letters of the "love" acetate ephemera to pop then up.  I also added the butterfly from the butterfly scribble piece and decided to leave it raw.  I think this one raw piece works great with the combination of whites and light greys. 

Next I added white and silver baker's twine, various flowers, more ephemera, and blue crystals.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial to make a beautiful card for a special occasion.  I used the following products on it:

Flourished Frame Leah
Scribble Frame Butterfly
Georgia Blues 6x6 Paper Pad
Georgia Blues Say it In Crystals
Georgia Blues Tickets
Georgia Blues Ephemera 

Hope you had a great crafty weekend!
Leigh Ann

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Walking the Winter Woods at Night

A lifetime ago I was and English Major. Truth be told, I was not a particularly great at it. My true academic love at the time was journalism, and I did not have the temperament to analyze and discuss poems and fiction hour after hour after hour. 

Still, I always loved the written word--before, during and after my time in college. Something about Robert Frosts's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," has always appealed to me. It's tone is what inspired my piece "Winter Woods at Night." 

Tutorial How to make the Winter Woods at Night

Begin by adhering old dictionary pages to a piece of white cardstock with Mod Podge.  If you look close, you can see I chose pages that included words with "winter" and "woods". Use a dry brush to apply dark and light blue acrylic paint in criss-cross strokes. 
Trace the outline of the Mini House Room 4 x 4 Box onto the pack of your dictionary/cardstock paper and cut out.
The Mini House Room Box is designed to have a piece cross the house at the base of the roofline. Because this project eliminates the top piece, you need to cut off some of the notches of the side panels so the roof lies evenly on top.
Use Mod Podge to adhere your blue painted dictionary pages to the interior of the house.
Use a dry brush to paint yellow and white acrylic paint over another dictionary page. When dry, cut a circle from it and adhere to the interior of your box.
 Mix gesso with water and use brush bristles to flick this mixture onto your box in order to create snow.

Add a rectangle of pine green cardsdtock to the interior floor. 
Cut the frame away from the Framed Trees
Cover the Framed Trees and the Pine Tree Shape Set with a glue stick and then apply pine green embossing powder. Activate with heat. 
Add Snow-Tex and Diamond Dust to the top of the tree boughs. Brush trees with gold pigment to accentuate the moon shining down. 
To create dimension, use adhesive foam pads when adding the trees. 
Cut out snow mounds from white cardstock and add Snow-Tex to the top edge. When dry, adhere into your winter scene. 
Print out our title. Cover it with a glue stick and add Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture. Repeat several times until you are happy with the results. Add a silver cardstock mat.
Cut out child from Paper Calliope Vintage Children #2 and add a small strip of clear packaging behind it to make a stand. Adhere the stand in place.

Finish the interior by adding in some bleached cheesecloth and large pearl beads.

Add decorative cardstock to the exterior of the house. Glue icicle swag to the edges and your art is complete.

Happy Crafting, Betsy

Great Stuff

Pine Tree Shape Set
Framed Trees
Mini House Room 4 x 4 box
Paper Calliope Vintage Children #2
Seth Apter Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax
Green Embossing powder
Glue stick
Embossing ink
Mod Podge
Faux snow
Acrylic paint
Gold ColourArte Pigment
Acrylic medium
Pink and blue Gelattos
White cardstock
Silver cardstock
Pine green cardstock
Decorative cardstock
Old dictionary pages
Cheese cloth
Pearl beads
Icicle swag

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dreaming of Snow Days-A H.P. Lovecraft Shrine

On cold winter days I like to snuggle up with a good book or listen to Podcasts. My new favorite is The Vault of Lovecraft read by Mike Bennett. The Shadow Over Innsmouth and the Music of Eric Zann are two of my favorites. If you are unfamiliar with H. P. Lovecraft he is an American Horror Fiction Writer. They are classic ghost stories that transport your mind to the many imagined locals of this tortured soul. He is perhaps most famous for the Call of Cthulu, The Rats in the Walls, At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow Out of Time. His stories and Mike Bennett Podcasts has me hoping for snow days.
1.  Cut out Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Pieces- Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Pen & Ink Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych -Towers Top, Coming Soon Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Foam Stamp Brick Wall and Stone Wall.

2.   Cover Wooden Tray with Black Heavy Gesso, you can use a tray that has other small flat decorations on it as it will add additional texture.
3.  Once dry, in a well ventilated area, randomly spray entire tray with Homax Wall Texture.
4.  Once fully dry randomly spray with Tim Holtz Distress Sprays in Brown and Yellow, Tattered Angel  Glimmer Mist-Blue, and Lindy Metallic Sprays-Allow to dry fully. I normally do this outside on a sunny day and cover area with a large trash bag.
5.  Use Weldbond to put on a layer of Ultra Thick Black Embossing Enamel and cure with heating tool.
6.  Randomly add Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Embossing Powder and Ice Resin Iced Enamels Chartreuse with Versa Mark and curing with heating tool  until you are pleased with the texture on  outside of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych -Towers Top.
7.  Paint Background of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych -Towers Top with FolkArt Visual Texture Acrylic Paints of Magenta and Autumn Leaves.
8.  Layer H. P. Lovecraft Inkjet images and Transparencies  onto to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych -Towers Top.
9.  Secure with Weldbond and clamp together to dry fully.
10.                Use FolkArt Visual Texture Acrylic Paints of Magenta and Autumn Leaves on GSLC Brick Wall Foam Stamp, randomly stamp onto dried wooden tray.
11.                Use FolkArt Visual Texture Acrylic Paints of Tan, Yellow, Brown, Warm White on GSLC Stone Wall Foam Stamp and randomly stamp onto wooden tray.
12.                Create a glaze of Deco Art Matte Varnish and Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold to Paint Entire Tray Quickly and Randomly. Repeat with another glaze this time with DecoArt Matte Varnish and DecoArt Medium Gray paint.

13.                Paint GSLC Feather Quell with FolkArt Visual Texture Acrylic Paints of Tan, Yellow, Brown, Warm White for first coat then add  FolkArt Visual Texture Acrylic Paints of Blue and Green.
14.                Use Rub-N-Buff Gold Leaf to paint the nib and add additional texture to quell.
15.                Use Texture Acrylic Paints of Brown and Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold to paint GSLC ink wells, Highlight with Rub-N-Buff Gold Leaf and FolkArt Visual Texture Acrylic Paints of Blue.
16.                Cut a small wooden block to add largest GSLC inkwell to for additional dimension on shrine.
17.                Use Script Stamp and Black Permanent Ink on Transparency.  Shade with Alcohol Inks of Tan, Yellow, Blue and Brown.
18.                Cut Desired area of transparency and use lit candle to burn/melt edges-Do this in a well ventilated area.
19.                Attach all pieces with Weldbond and Micro Screws and Nails.
20.                Use FolkArt Visual Texture Acrylic Paints of magenta and Autumn Leaves and a skull and crossbones to label ink wells.
21.                Drip Red Sealing wax over entire project.
22.                Shrine is completed and can be displayed from both sides.
Some final thoughts. Some H. P. Lovecraft Quotes to whet your appetite.
"I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me, What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams"
"Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane."
"Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places."
"The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."
"I couldn't live a week without a private library-indeed I'd part with all of my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1,500 or so books I possess."

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Pen & Ink Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych -Towers Top, Coming Soon Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Foam Stamp Brick Wall and Stone Wall, Wooden Tray, Black Heavy Gesso, Paintbrush, Homax Wall Texture Spay, Tim Holtz Distress Sprays Shades of brown and yellows, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Blue, Lindy Sprays Metallic, Images of H. P. Lovecraft Inkjet Images and Transparencies, FolkArt Visual Texture Acrylic Paints in Tan, Yellow, Brown, Warm White, Magenta, Autumn Leaves, Blue, Green, Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold,  DecoArt Matte Varnish, DecoArt Medium Gray, Weldbond, Ultra Thick Black Embossing Enamel, Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Embossing Powder, Ice Resin Iced Enamels Chartreuse, Versa Mark, Heating Tool, Rub-N-Buff Gold Leaf, Wooden Block, Script Stamp, Black Archival Ink, Transparency, Alcohol Inks Tan, Yellow, Blue, and Brown, Candle, Lighter, Clamps, Mini Screws and Nails, Hammer, Screwdriver, Red Sealing Wax, Skull and Crossbones Poison Stamp

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!