Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Something Cheerful

Hello everyone! Lora here taking my turn for the amazing Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
Just a little something cheerful to ward off the February chill. Hope it brings a smile to your face!

  And a back view.....

I began with the Little Niche Sunflower.

Using the flower head a s a template, I cut my paper and then bent the niche box into shape for gluing.

I glued the niche box and used clips to hold it together while it dried.

Using two of the same image, I cut one to be a background for inside the niche, and fancy cut the other to glue in on top to create depth.

I glued the niche box on to the back of the sunflower, taking care to line up edges and then clipped it into place until it dried.

I glued the background into the niche and added a border around where the flower meets the box. I used watercolor pencils around the edge of the paper border and gently dry-brushed the lines outward, creating a soft edge around the paper.

 I glued in the fancy cut image bits on to the background, using small beads to lift them off the base image and make the piece look a bit three dimensional.
I inked the edges of the flower petals, using a q-tip to blend with.

I added brass flower to the corners and little dots of pearly paints for extra detail.

When all was dry, I flipped the piece over and painted the back. While it was drying, I strung some beads on a pretty piece of ribbon and glued the whole thing on to the back, using a pretty fairy image to hold it in place.

Don't forget to sign your piece!

Little Niche Sunflower
Graphic 45 Fairy Dust Papers
Folk Art Pearl Paints
Lyra Rembrandt Watercolor Pencils
Brilliance Ink Pad in Rocket Red Gold
Swarovski Flat Back Crystals (in the center of the brass flowers)
Stamped Brass Flowers

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Altoid Tin Televisions

Happy Saturday, everyone! I was so happy to play with an incredibly fun new piece from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts – the GSL Altoids Tin Television (coming soon). I have been an altoid tin crafter for many years and frequently stage little scenes inside. Now those little scenes can be nestled inside a television console. The possibilities are endless! 
Here are the parts of the console. There is a front piece with an altoid tin sized hole cut out, a solid rear piece, two-piece knobs, a tuning panel and an antenna.
The console pieces were painted front and back. I also painted the edges of the tuning panel, which was later covered with a small scrap of beige paper. The knob and antenna sections were glued together once the paint dried.
It was really hard deciding which 'show' to feature. I was contemplating this while cleaning out our attic and came across these micro-sized figures from a playset my daughter had when she was little. They are from the show 'Reboot', which is a computer animated series popular in the 1990's and was one of her favorites! I printed off a Dot's Diner screen grab from the show. The papers for this project were secured to the tin with matte Mod Podge. I always rough up the tin's surface with a bit of sandpaper to assist with adhesion.
The knobs were glued to the tuning panel and the show is ready to start.
I ran a thin layer of E6000 around the front metal edge of the tin then carefully set the TV's front into place. Once the glue was set, I glued the back of the tin on.
The only thing left to do was glue on the antenna and add the Reboot Hack and Slash dimwitted robot figures on top.
But wait... there's more... There is also a GSL Altoids Tin Retro Television (coming soon). This one insisted on being used for a retro TV show.  I loved Bewitched as a kid.  It was in black and white for it's first two seasons. 
Like I said, I do a lot of tin crafting and order the altoid sized tins online. I very rarely use the lids, those are just removed and set aside. I have a LOT of lids and decided to experiment with using them for this project. 
I printed off and cut the title sequence logo to size then blinged it up a little with some crystals and fine crystal glitter.
I glued the logo in place in a tin lid using Mod Podge, then secured this lid to a second one with E6000 glue.
Once that was set, I glued a strip of black paper around the lids to cover the seam. 
I followed the same process as the Reboot tin – paint then assemble. 
The only thing missing was aluminum foil on the bunny ears. Remember those?
 Thanks for stopping by!
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GSL Products Used (coming soon)
Altoids Tin Television
Altoids Tin Retro Television

Other Supplies Used
Mod Podge
E6000 glue
Acrylic paint
Altoid sized tins
Printed images
Miniature figures
Crystal and fine glitter

Friday, February 14, 2020

Button Tree

Pinterest has thousand of pictures of beautiful trees (and other objects) made of antique costume jewelry. I've wanted to make one, but haven't found just the right pieces (for a reasonable price).  I was really excited to find tiny buttons when cleaning my studio and thought they might be a good substitute for the jewelry.

I used the medium size leafy trees: 

This is the larger tree:

Step 1: colored the tree trunk and branches with Copic E25 and the leaves with Copic G07, 

Step 2: used liquid glue to adhere the tree to a piece 43/4 x 4/34 ivory cardstock and to adhere the buttons to the tree,

Step 3: colored the edges of a 5x5 canvas and the outline of the tree with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Wild Honey,

Step 4: taped the ivory cardstock on top of the canvas,

Step 5: then taped that piece onto a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 black frame from Hobby Lobby. 

This was an easy, fun project and I love the final piece!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Heart Shaped Box Shaker Valentine Card

Hi everyone,

It's Elle again from Empire of the Cat, and this time I have a Valentine's Day card to share with you using some really cool chipboard pieces. Here's the finished card: 

 My card today was going to be an easel style card with a shaker on the front, but as you can see, I made some changes. However it uses the same dimensions, which are - one piece of cardstock measuring 11 inches x 5.5 inches wide. I score this card at 5.5 inches and then at 2.75 inches and then fold and crease so they are nice and flat.

 Step one is to prepare the card base, and this time I am using this tissue paper to cover one side of the card and adhering it with Matte Medium using a paintbrush.

Once the card is covered, leave it to dry and start work on the chipboard pieces.

 Remember to give the chippies a wipe down, before painted them with white gesso.

 Now that my card base is dry, I gave it a coat of clear gesso to protect it during the next stages, and left it to dry.

 Meanwhile, I am using the little niche as my shaker box, so I cut a rectangle of acetate from some old packaging to fit on top, making sure that it is big enough to cover the flaps on the side so it can be glued down.  The arrow above is pointing to the acetate as it's a little hard to see :)

 I pulled out an assortment of sequins and beads that I thought might look nice but I had no red sequins, however I did have these silver heart shaped sequins...

 So I decided to quickly paint some of them red using alcohol ink! This took no time at all and the alcohol ink dries very fast, so I would encourage you to try this trick if you find you don't have a colour you want.

 Back to the heart frame for my shaker, and I decided to use some embossing powder on it - I'm using embossing powder on all the chippies actually - and this one is a nice pinky purple glitter EP. 

 Then I heat embossed the LOVE word and the heart with a red glitter EP.

 Pink and red and purple - of course they all go together!

 Here are all the pieces heat embossed and ready to go!

 I glued the little niche box together and put some white card at the back as I thought this would be a good contrast and would show off the sequins better. As you will see later, I changed my mind about this, but that's allowed :) I put something heavy on it to hold it in place while the glued dried.

 Here is the shaker heart niche all glued down but it looks quite bare.

 It looks much better with the red heart in the middle, don't you think? OK so let's leave that alone for a minute and get back to working on the card base.

 I added some magenta and violet liquid acrylic paints, and metallic plum acrylic to the card and sprayed it with water to make it all streaky, and then dried it with a heat tool. Then I added some gold metallic, violet acrylic and white paint splatters and left it to dry.

 Using some Finnabair Icing Paste in gold, I added some gold highlights to the LOVE word, the red heart and around the edges of the heart frame.

Here's another close up on the icing paste.

 Once the paint was dry on the card base, I used some Black Archival ink to do some random stamping using this "Soulmate" stamp, and then edged the card with the same gold Icing Paste as before.

 And here's where I changed my mind about the easel card! I turned it sideways and it became a trifold card instead! It's funny how these things work out. All the way though I was planning an easel card that would be propped open and standing upright, but then when it came to assembly, I turned it sideways and positioned the LOVE word on the diagonal, and decided I liked it better that way. So now the heart frame niche shaker box would still be adhered to the front, just turned 90 degrees from my original plan!

 Closed position

 Open position - as you can see the shaker looks good with the white background showing through, however, as soon as the card is standing up and all the shaker goodness falls to the bottom, I thought it looked a bit bare with just the white background.

 This is really not a big deal but it bothered me, so I decided to open it back up and slide in a piece of patterned paper to match the rest of the card.

 When it is flat, there really isn't much of a difference but when it is upright...

 It makes me happier and I think it completes the look.

 I hope you will try making a little shaker card using this lovely little heart niche. I'd love to see what you create.

 Till next time,

Empire of the Cat

GSL Cuts - Little Heart Niche D64B Layered Love Title D22W
Finnabair - Tissue Paper, Soulmate stamp, Violet and Magenta Liquid Acrylics, Metallic Plum Acrylic, Unicorn Hair Acrylic, gold Icing Paste, White Gesso, Transparent Gesso
Wow - embossing ink, Royal Crush EP, Red Glitz EP,
Decoart - Matte Medium
Tim Holtz - alcohol ink - poppyfield
Archival Ink - Black
Neenah White Cardstock 110lb
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
From Stash: acetate from cake box, sequins, beads