Friday, April 20, 2018

Let the Fleur Fly Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone!  Lately, I've been purging my supplies, and I came across some items that I thought would add some great texture to a mixed media canvas.    I found some thumb tacks, some old buttons, and even some broken molded pieces I had made from plaster on a texture sheet.    Some of these things are quite old, but I'm pretty sure if you don't have the same exact things, you can find something similar in your own craft studio.   


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ColourArte Supplies Used:
Silks Acrylic Glaze
  Olive Vine
  Emperor's Gold
  Solar Gold
  Orange Peel
  Cinnamon Brown
  Jasper Red
  Stargazer
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  China Black
  Siam White

Other Supplies used:
8x12 Canvas
DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
DecoArt Media White Crackle Paste
Treasure Gold Metallic Wax (Classic)
Fleur de lys resin piece (hobby Lobby)
Large metal key (hobby lobby)
20 gauge wire
Prima #599409 wings mold
Faster Plaster
Buttons, thumb tacks (my stash)
Floral embellishments
Metal embellishments
Bee charms
Faber-Castell Texture Gems (Pearl)

I hope you enjoyed my video project today and maybe you've been inspired to go through your stash and make use of some of those things that have been forgotten and abandoned.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative day!

Barbara

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Shabby Chic Mask Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Barbara Rankin here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  Today, I want to share this pretty, shabby chic mask using the Masks Shape Set,  along with Prima's new Lavender paper, and lots of lace and trims.



Trim a piece of 12"x12" paper to 7-3/4" x 12".  I used the mask shapes to get this measurement.



Run paper, right side up, through Xyron Creative Station.



Place paper with sticky side up.  This paper is double sided, so the script you see in the photo is actually the sticky side now.  Lay right side of each mask onto sticky side of paper.



Trim excess paper around each mask and cut out inside eye holes.  Repeat process to cover back of each mask with solid purple card stock.



Run purple card stock through Xyron Creative Station.



Adhere back of each mask to sticky side of cardstock.  Trim excess paper and cut out area inside the eye holes.  If needed, you can use sand paper, an emery board, or sanding tool, like the one shown, to smooth any rough edges.



Choose three feathery flourishes and the smallest star medallion from each set.  Ink with Versamark ink and heat emboss each piece with Charred Gold embossing powder first.  Reheat the embossing powder and while embossing powder is still hot, randomly sprinkle a small amount of Queen's Gold embossing powder and quickly reheat until melted.  Repeat process for back of each piece.  You only need to cover the parts of these pieces that might extend past the mask and be seen from the back.



Adhere pieces to each mask, as shown.  The star medallion is centered and attached to the top mask, while the flourishes are adhered to the bottom mask, just above where the top mask will sit.



Cut a piece of 4" long white fringe to 13".  Place onto a craft mat and spray with water first,  Then spray both Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stains over the fringe.  Spray more water to help the colors lighten as well as blend.  Allow the fringe to dry.  It will dry to a lighter color.  Then cut off any excess trim.



Glue purple trim around bottom mask, as shown.   I also outlined the eye openings on the bottom mask with the gold Krylon pen, as shown. 



When the top mask is placed over  the bottom mask, you will be able to see the gold outline around the eyes, as shown below.  


However, before we glue the two masks together, let's finish the top mask.  Glue purple trim around the edges of the top mask.  When glue dries, cut off any excess trim.



Next, glue a line of flat back pearl trim centered over purple trim. 



Cut two dangle daisy pieces from dangle daisy trim.  Lay onto craft mat and spray with Ranger Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  Then dab ColourArte Solar Gold onto each piece.  Let dry.
Glue dangle daisy trim piece to each side of top mask, as shown. 



Spread a thick bead of fast grab tacky glue along outer edge of bottom mask, as shown.  Let set for a minute or two.  Gently curve upper mask, and have a few clamps nearby and ready to use.



Align both top and bottom masks together and clamp along edges until glue dries. 



You may need to insert something between the two masks to keep the upper mask curved.  I used an extra clamp and shoved it between them.  Let the masks sit until the glue is dry.




Next, I inserted and glued small white feathers between the feathery flourishes to soften the top edges.  I glued matching gold buttons to the two daisy dangles and start medallion, as shown.  You may need to cut the shank off of the buttons before glueing them down.




Now, we need to add a handle.  I painted a 12" dowel that is 1/4' wide with  pearl paint.  You may need two coats for good coverage.  If you are right handed, you will want the handle to be on the left side of the mask so that when you are holding the mask, your right hand is free to use.  If you are left-handed, then place the handle on the right side of the mask. 



Use a good glue to attach the handle to the back of the mask, and cover the top of the handle with a small piece of the solid purple card stock to help keep the handle in place.



Here are a few closeups for you.  







Supplies Used:

GSL Masks Shape Set
GSL Star Medallions
GSL Feathery Flourishes Set
Lavender paper collection (Prima)
Coordinating purple card stock
Lumiere Pearl White paint
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains (Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar)
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist (Heirloom Gold)
ColourArt Radiant Rain Solar Gold Dauber
Krylon 18kt. Gold Leafing Pen
Embossing Powders
  Charred Gold (Emerald Creek)
  Queen's Gold (Ranger)
Xyron Creative Station
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse fabric glue
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Various ribbons, lace, trims, buttons, and embellishments
Diamond gemstones (Paper Studio)
Small Clamps
12" wooden dowel (1/4" wide)

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts online store to see more of the fabulous laser cuts available for all your art needs.

Have a wonderful, crafty day!

Barbara

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Geisha Trifold Pocket Mini with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  I want to share with you one of the newest laser cuts from Gypsy Soul called the Trifold Pocket Mini.  I love how it folds up into a small notebook, yet has pockets to hold all sorts of memorabilia.  Here is a picture of the finished cover.



Cut a piece of handmade paper to fit the front of the trifold mini and use a white glue to adhere the paper.  Trim excess paper away.



Cut strips of the same paper to cover the inside flaps and score lines and adhere with white glue.  This will cover the inside of the pockets where it opens and also strengthen the score lines.



Apply a fast grab tacky glue along the two long edges of each pocket, as shown.  


Fold them up and clamp each pocket together until the glue dries.  I used a heavy weight for the center pockets since I didn't have any clamps long enough to reach.


I used an Adirondack Gold paint dabber to edge the two side edges and the edges along the flaps.  


Cover the front of each stagger tag with notecards from the Tea-Thyme collection, cutting off the excess paper.  Be sure to punch the center hole before covering the other side.  Here you can see how the notecards looked before they were glued to the tags. 





Turn tags over and cover the back  of each stagger tag with a print paper from Tea Thyme.




I printed these collage images of Geishas, trimmed them, then layered each onto a piece of gold paper, then onto black card stock, before gluing them to the inside pockets, as shown.  I also added the large photo clips with brads, which will work to keep the flaps closed.  (NOTE:  I should have done this before gluing the pockets, but with determination, I was able to carefully get inside the pocket to spread the brad prongs.)


The three tags will fit nicely inside the three pockets.  You can add small photos, collage images, quotes, or add some personal journaling to the tags. 



I finished off the front and back of the trifold pocket min with a few more Geisha collage images, flowers, and a few metal embellishments I had on hand.  I used a piece of gold elastic to keep the mini book closed.


And for the inside, I added a few square metal embellishments to the flaps, as shown.  I did not add any 3D embellishments to the inside as it would make it quite difficult to close.  Once I inserted the tags into each pocket, I slid the photo clips into place to hold the flaps closed.  Each picture was offset, rather than centered, to accommodate the clips.  You could also use small velcro tabs or magnets, which would be adhered to the trifold before covering it with the paper.



Supplies Used:

GSL Trifold Pocket Mini
GSL Stagger Tags Small
Japanese handmade paper
Prima Tea-Thyme Paper Collection
  Linsey 12x12 paper
  Journaling Notecard set
  Flowers
King's Gold card stock (Neenah)
Collage Images - Geishas (Altered Pages)
Black card stock 
Metal photo clips
Metal embellishments
PVA Glue (or white glue)
Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Gold elastic

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a super creative day!

Barbara

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Making Cards with Your Gel Press Printed Papers

Hi everyone.  Today I am going to show you how I made some cards with the background prints I made in my last video using my gelli plate and my Vivid Ultra Metallics from ColourArte.  Let your imagination run wild with all the possibilities of how to use these fun, but oh so addictive to make background prints.



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Here are a few closeups of the individual cards.  It is so hard to capture the true shimmer and shine of these printed backgrounds, but in person, they truly are beautiful.  





Supplies Used:

Variety of gelli plate printed papers
Various card stock to match printed papers
ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics
Spellbinders SR-001 Birds of a Feather die
Spellbinders S4-445 Majesty dies
Spellbinders S4-425 Elegant Ovals dies
Sizzix/Tim Holtz 661190 Wildflowers dies
Sizzix/Tim Holtz 661182 Detailed Butterflies
Sizzix 659579 Layered Dragonfly Bigz Die (Tim Holtz)
  with matching embossing folder
Aztec border punch (Family Treasures)
Thinking of You stamp (Crafty Individuals)(CI-407)
Tim Holtz Occasions Chit Chat stickers
Faber-Castell Texture Gems (Pearl)
Fude Ball 1.5 black pen (Ohto)(distributed by Ranger)
Black Soot Distress Ink
Ranger blending tool
Masking tape or washi tape
Xyron sticker maker
White glue
Double sided tape
Foam dots

I hope you enjoyed today's card making projects, and I would love for you to subscribe to my channel.  Leave me a comment if you have any questions or want to share some of your own tips or tricks.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a super fun, creative day!

Barbara

Friday, April 6, 2018

How To Make Fabulous Backgrounds with ColourArte and a Printing Plate

Hi everyone!  Today I have a video tutorial where I will show you how well ColourArte's Vivid Ultra Metallics work together with a Gel Press printing plate.  This process is so much fun and each time you pull a print, it is a total surprise, but the end results are always fabulous. And at the end of the video, I will show you each print and a close up view of the gorgeous textures achieved with this paint.




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ColourArte Supplies Used:

Vivid Ultra Metallics
  African Jade
  Ocean Wave
  Pink Azalea
  Solar Gold
  True Metals Dragon Gold
  Siam White
  Mandarin Blush
  Ginger Peach
  Teal Zircon
  Kiwi

Other Supplies Used:
Gel Press 6x6 Printing Plate
Drawing or Printing Paper (Strathmore)
TCW 159s Mini Arabesque stencil
TCW 204s Mini Mosaic Squares stencil
TCW 431s Mini Ripples stencil
Stencil Girl S448 Diamond Facets 3 Small
Stencil Girl S509 Pixels
Soft Rubber Brayer (Ranger)

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Be sure to come back soon for a continuation of this video where I will show you how to use these beautiful prints for greeting cards.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a beautiful, creative day!

Barbara

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Folio and Mini Book with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  Today I am sharing this super cool Folio & Mini Book.  This is so much fun to decorate, and not so overwhelming like a larger mini album.  I am using paper from the Kaisercraft Keepsake 12"x12" paper collection but, of course, use what you have.


To cover the folio outside, cut paper slightly smaller than the size of each section and distress edges of each piece with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  You can use the following measurements for leaving a slight border, or adjust them to your preferences.

Folio cover outside
Beginning from the flap at left, use the following measurements for each section.

Section 1 - Trace around flap section and trim inside traced lines.
Section 2 - 3/4" x 8-3/4"
Section 3 - 6-1/4" x 8-3/4"
Section 4 - 1/2" x 8-3/4"
Section 5 - 6-1/4" x 8-3/4"
Section 6 - 1/2" x 8-3/4"
Section 7 - 3-1/4" x 8-3/4" - make pocket with scrap to measure 3-1/4" by 5-1/2", fold down 1" along top edge and cut a decorative scallop design.  Add two decorative brads to hold folded piece down.
Section 8 - place strips of 3/8" wide double-sided adhesive to tabs at top and bottom, as shown in photo

To cover the folio inside, cut paper slightly smaller than the size of each section and distress edges of each piece with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  You can use the following measurements for leaving a slight border, or adjust them to your preferences.

Folio cover inside
Beginning from the flap at left, use the following measurements for each section.

Section 1 - Leave blank.  It will not show when glued to the inside.
Section 2 - Leave blank.  It will not show when to the glued inside.
Section 3 - 6-1/4" x 8-3/4"
Section 4 - 1/2" x 8-3/4"
Section 5 - 6-1/4" x 8-3/4"
Section 6 - 1/2" x 8-3/4"
Section 7 -  Trace around flap section and trim inside traced lines.

Cut a strip of print paper to  and glue to center of belly band.

Belly Band (the color is really green but looks brown in photo)
Adhere belly band to right side of folio, as shown.  Flip sections 1 and 2 over and adhere tabs to make pocket.  (see photo of Folio cover inside above) 

To make the tag, cut a scrap piece of flower print paper to 2-3/8" x 6", trim top at an angle, punch hole and insert ribbon through hole.  (See photo of Folio finished with mini books inside at bottom of post.)


To cover both mini books - Cut two pieces of print paper  6-1/8" x 8-3/8" for outsides.

Mini Book 1 outside
Mini Book 1 inside
Mini Book 2 outside
Mini Book 2 inside
For Mini Book 1 - cut flaps from different print papers using the following measurements as shown in photo below.

Flap sections for Mini Book 1
  • Flap 1 - 5-3/4" x 4-3/8" - score at 1" along top edge - punch along top edge above score line with decorative edger punch (white punch in picture) - use corner punch on both bottom corners
  • Flap 2 - 5-3/4" x 4-3/8" - score at 3/8" along top edge - use corner punch on both bottom corners
  • Flap 3 - 5-3/4" x 5-3/8" - score at 3/8" along top edge- use corner punch on both bottom corners
  • Flap 4 - 5-3/4" x 6" = score at 3/8" along top edge- use corner punch on both bottom corners
Turn flaps over, adhere double-sided sticky tape to the paper just above the scored line on each flap.

Reverse side of flaps for Mini Book 1
Adhere first flap to inside of Mini Book 1, as shown, aligning the score line at 1-1/4" mark down from top of book.

Adhere the second flap just below the first flap, as shown, by flipping the first flap upward and butting the top of the second flap right against the folded, scored line.


Repeat the process for the third flap.


Repeat the process for the fourth flap.


Repeat the process for adding the flaps to the right side of the mini book, as shown.

Mini Book 1 Inside with flaps
To embellish the cover of Mini Book 1, take one of the small Journaling Blocks and trace around the solid portion onto scrap print paper (see Fig. 1 for Mini Book 2 below).  Insert pencil tip into the tiny holes to mark the lines.  Cut out paper piece just inside the pencil lines.

Color outer edges of journal block with Alabaster ink pad to lighten the chipboard, let ink dry.  Color the outer edges and leaves with Olive Pastel, add some Rose Coral to the flowers and berries sections.  Let inks dry.

Adhere the journal block to the front of Mini Book 1.  Add a few embellishments from the paper collection to the journal block, as shown.

Mini Book 1 Outside front cover
Mini Book 1 Inside with flaps and additional trims
For Mini Book 2 - cut flaps from different print papers using the following measurements as shown below the photo.  This book is thinner, so you will need less flaps.

Flap sections for Mini Book 2
  • Flap 1 - 5-3/4" x 7-1/4" - score at 1" along top edge - punch along top edge above score line with decorative edger punch (white punch in picture) - use rounded corner punch on both bottom corners
  • Flap 2 - 5-3/4" x 6-3/4" - score at 3/8" along top edge - use rounded corner punch on both bottom corners
  • Flap 3 - 5-3/4" x 7-1/4" - score at 1" along top edge- punch along top edge above score line with decorative edger punch (white punch in picture) - use rounded corner punch on both bottom corners
  • Flap 4 - 5-3/4" x 6-3/4" - score at 3/8" along top edge- use rounded corner punch on both bottom corners
Turn flaps over, adhere double-sided sticky tape to the paper just above the scored line on each flap.

Reverse side of flap sections for Mini Book 2
Adhere flaps 1 and 3 to inside of Mini Book 2, as shown, aligning the scored line 1-1/4" down from top of book.


Adhere flaps 2 and 4  just below flaps 1 and 3, as shown, by folding the flaps upward and butting the top of the second flaps right against the folded, scored line of the first flaps.


Mini Book 2 inside with flaps and trim at top
To embellish the cover of Mini Book 2, take one of the small Journaling Blocks and trace around the solid portion onto scrap print paper.  Insert pencil tip into the tiny holes to mark the lines, as shown below.  Cut out paper piece just inside the pencil lines.

Fig. 1
Color outer edges of journal block with Alabaster ink pad, dabbing the ink pad several times to achieve the depth of white color you are looking for.    Use the Rose Coral ink pad to edge the paper, then glue it to the center of the journal block.


Adhere the journal block to the front of Mini Book 2.  Add a few embellishments from the paper collection to the journal block, as shown.

Mini Book 2 front cover
To finish embellishing the Folio cover, cut one of the filmstrips apart in a jagged fashion.  Ink it with Charcoal chalk ink and adhere to a scrap paper with your chosen caption inside the frame, as shown.  I also inked the edges of the paper that shows through the filmstrip edges.  Cut away excess paper in a jagged fashion, also.


Adhere to edge of folio tab, as shown.  


Ink a piece of chickenwire with Chestnut Roan chalk ink.  


Fussy cut camera and flowers from second piece of patterned paper and adhere over same images with foam tape.  Weave a piece of pink film strip from the patterned paper collection through the chickenwire and adhere to the top portion of the front cover.  A second piece of the pink film strip was also adhered near the camera at the bottom.  Click on picture for a closer look.

Finished Folio Outside
Cut one of the fastener tabs in half and adhere beneath front flap to keep folio closed.

Tombow Fastener Tabs
Folio finished with mini books inside


Supplies used:

GSL Folio & Mini Book
GSL Botanical Journaling Blocks Small (contact store)
GSL Filmstrips 1 Shape Set
GSL Chickenwire Large
Kaisercraft Keepsake 12"x12" paper collection
Distress Ink Pads
  Frayed Burlap
Colorbox Chalk Ink Pads
  Rose Coral
  Charcoal
  Chestnut Roan
  Olive Pastel
  Alabaster
Decorative Punches
  Martha Stewart Doily Lace edger punch
  Fiskars corner rounder
  Fiskars deco corner punch
Ribbons and trims
Scor-tape (3/8" wide) (1/2" wide)

I hope you enjoyed today's project and are inspired to use up some of those pretty papers you own and turn them into one of these fabulous Folio and Mini Books.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Barbara