Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fall Inspired Cards with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  Can you feel the chill in the air yet?  I love this weather, and Fall is very much on my mind.  So, I made a couple of cards with Fall in mind, but these cards can be used for any occasion.  Who would you give them to?  

For the Be Thankful card, cut piece of print paper from 8x8 paper pad to just slightly smaller than card front.  I am using a 5"x7" kraft card with the fold along the top, so I cut the paper to 4-3/4" x 6-3/4".  Then I distressed the edges with a paper distressing tool and inked with brown distress ink. 

Cut a border strip from 8x8 paper pad, ink edges with distress ink, and use an awl or a pencil to roll the edges, as shown. 

Adhere both paper layers to card front, as shown. 

Glue Heart Dangle along top edge, as shown.

Lay heart frame over 8x8 paper and cut out heart shape.

Glue paper to back of frame.  Fill frame with crackle accents, set aside to dry.  (TIP:  Sit frame onto a small piece of card board so that you can pick it up easily and set it aside, off your desk area, so you don't accidentally set paper on top of it or stick your finger in it before it is dry.  TRUST me on this!!)

Fussy cut a pumpkin and two butterflies from the 12x12 paper pad.  Distress cut edges with brown distress ink. 

Lay the two butterflies on a scrap of card board and apply a coat of glossy accents to the wings only.  Set these aside to dry.

Shape pumpkin with fingers and adhere to bottom right of card with foam dots.

Adhere tiny amber gems to each bead on the dangle chippie.  I used my paper piercer tool to pick up the tiny gems.

Add a thin coat of Buttercup glitter paste over pumpkin, and a thicker coat of Copper glitter paste over the two dangle hearts and the heart frame.  Adhere heart frame to base heart.  

Use finger to add shape to butterfly wings.   Glue just the butterfly bodies to the front so the wings will lift off of  the card.

And here is the finished card.

For the Pumpkin Love card, I am using a 5"x7" kraft card, and so I cut a piece of print paper  from the 12x12 paper pad to measure 4"x 6-3/4" and adhered to bottom of card.  

Trim leaf border from the 8x8 paper pad and adhere to top of card.  Cut "Pumpkin Love" journaling card from one of the 12x12 papers and adhere to card front, as shown.

Cut a small piece of the checkerboard from the texture sheet to fit over the small pumpkin.  Draw a pencil line to coordinate with the shape of  the pumpkin.

Cut excess chipboard around pencil line and glue the checkerboard down to the pumpkin.

Glue remaining chipboard pieces to the base layer.

Spread light molding paste through stripes stencil and let paste dry.

Prime chipboard with a coat of white gesso and let dry.

Paint pumpkins with Pyrole Orange.

Highlight center of pumpkins with Hansa Yellow Light.

Dry brush Green Gold along top and bottom edges of pumpkins.  Paint leaves and stems with Sap Green.  Highlight center of leaves with a dry brushing of Green Gold.

Paint stems and curly bit from bottom leaf with Burnt Umber.  Dry brush Burnt Umber over both pumpkins.  Wipe away any excess, if needed.

Add pop dots to the back of the pumpkins chippie.

Adhere to card front.  Wrap organza ribbon around card along top fold and tie in a bow.

Supplies Used:

GSL Bead Strand Heart Dangle
GSL Pumpkins
GSL Texture Sheet Checkerboard
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  Pyrole Orange
  Hansa Yellow Light
  Green Gold
  Sap Green
  Burnt Umber
BoBunny Glitter Paste
Prima Amber Moon paper (12x12 and 8x8)
Two 5"x7" Kraft cards
Distress ink - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Stripes stencil
Blending Tool
Ranger Crackle Accents
Ranger Glossy Accents
Yellow gemstones
1-1/2" wide ribbon
Pop dots

I hope you have been inspired by my Fall cards today, and be sure to check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts shop to see all the fun chippies available.  

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

How to Mold ColourArte Radiant Gels and Vivid Ultra Metallics

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a really fun project using ColourArte's Radiant Gels 3D Dimensional Paints and Vivid Ultra Metallics.  I am going to show you how to use these products in silicone molds for making your own dimensional embellishments to use in your art.

I've prepared a video tutorial of the complete process, just click on the video below.


ColourArte Supplies Used:
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Pink Azalea
  Olive Vine
Radiant Gels
  Emperor's Gold
  Yellow Rose
  Olive  Vine
Primary Elements
  Golden Nugget
Soft bristle brush
Silicone Molds 
 purple mold (Wow)
 pink mold (eBay)

I hope you enjoyed this project and video tutorial today.  This is really fun to do and the rewards are fabulous.  I think these molded items turn out awesome,  and I hope you will give them a try with your paints, or even your clay products.  

Thanks so much for watching and have a wonderful week!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mixed Media Fall Inspired Canvas with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  I am sharing my mixed media canvas inspired by the phrase "You Make Me Smile" chippie and this  little girl image.  I used Fall colors, as well, in keeping with the season.

Cut piece of wood planks paper from the 12x12 pad, use distress tool along edges.  Adhere to 8x10 canvas, and brush a coat of fluid matte medium over top of canvas.

Randomly spread light molding paste through stencil with spatula and let dry.

Mist canvas with Peony and Gilded Color Bloom (CB) spray mists.  Let dry.

Mist canvas with Tattered Angels (TA) Cork.  Let dry.

Next, brush on a wash of white gesso + water to blend colors and let dry.

Lay piece of chainlink chippie over canvas and mist with ColourArte Radiant Rain Autumn Leaves Mist, let dry.

Rub small amounts of Galaxy Gelato around the edge of the canvas, and on one side of the larger circles.  Use finger to blend gelato.  You can also wet your finger or use a damp baby wipe for easier blending.

Spray a clear acrylic sealer over canvas to keep water-based mediums, like the gelato and mists, from running.  Let sealer dry.  Dip paint brush into Peony CB spray mist bottle and color top half of circles.  While mist is still wet, add Odyssey gelato to center and blend with finger.  Let dry.

Draw around circles with a black watercolor pencil.  I used a Stabilio All black pencil, but use whatever you have.  Wet finger and blend pencil to add shading around circle.

Center and trace rectangular inner edge of filigree frame over collage sheet image and cut excess away. 

Use flesh colored pencils to add a bit of pink to girl's face and cheeks.

Paint "You Make Me Smile" and large rectangular Filigree Frame with rich espresso paint and flat edge of makeup sponge.

Glue frame over collage image.  

Glue inner piece of chipboard from the frame to the back for added dimension when adhered to canvas.

Brush a coat of clear crackle glaze over image; let dry.

I added random patches of the Silver Spark metallic lustre over the phrase and frame to help it stand out a bit from the background.

Adhere chipboard frame, phrase, and embellishments of your choice around frame, as shown in final photo at top of post.

Here are a few close ups of the canvas.

silver spark metallic lustre added to chipboard frame and phrase

crackle glaze over image

shading around circles with black pencil
Supplies Used:
GSL Filigree Frames Shape Set
GSL Words and Phrases 2
GSL Chainlink 8 by 8 Inch Panel
8x10 canvas panel
Chubby Cheeks Collage Sheet (Altered Pages)
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics - Rich Espresso
DecoArt Media Clear Crackle Glaze
DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Silver Spark
Altered Pages AP-302 Chubby Cheeks collage sheet
Golden Light Modeling Paste
Prima Orbs Stencil (Finnabair)
Prima Color Bloom Spray Mists
ColourArte Radiant Rain Autumn Leaves Mist
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Faber-Castell Gelatos Iridescent Set
Krylon clear acrylic sealer
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Various floral and beaded embellishments

I hope you enjoyed today's mixed media canvas and that you may be inspired to make one for your own home decor or even as a gift.  Use colors to match the season or your home.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful Fall filled day!!!


Friday, November 3, 2017

Video Tutorial - Fall Panel Acrylic Pour

Hi everyone!  Today I have another acrylic pour video to share with you.  I found this laser cut wood panel at my local Target store and immediately thought it would be perfect to try out another acrylic pour using my ColourArte Primary Elements pigment powders in Fall colors.

ColourArte Supplies Used:

Primary Elements
  Love Struck
  Rose Gold
  Olive Vine
  Harvest Sol

Other Supplies Used:

Leaf shaped wood panel (Target)
Liquitex Pouring Medium
Americana Acrylic Craft Paint (white and black)
Distilled Water
Disposable cups
Craft Sticks
Disposable aluminum roasting pan

I hope you enjoyed today's project and have been inspired to try making one of these wood panels for yourself, or even for gift giving.  Change up the colors for whatever the occasion.  ColourArte has a spectacular choice of colors to use, so there is something for everyone.

I was thinking about adding some embellishments, either botanical or otherwise, to my panel.  I would love to hear what ideas you might have to "spice" it up a bit.  I wouldn't want to cover too much of the beautiful colors, so any help you can give me would be appreciated.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and as always, have a wonderful Fall season!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Three Creepy Halloween Tags with Distress Oxides

Hi everyone! Barbara here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  Well, Halloween is nearly here, and I have a few last minute tags you can make using the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides (DO) and the cool chippies from GSL.

Before I ever glue anything down, I like to do what I call a "dry-fit" to check how things will look.

I decided on this placement of the String Alongs - Gothic onto each Chipboard Decorative Tags X Large.  For the two tags on the right and in the middle, I simply cut the "string" section above the hole, glued that tiny piece and then moved the rest of the string along down below the hole.

Next, I used clear gesso to prime the front and back of each tag.  I used clear gesso to "seal" the chipboard, but leaving the brownish background to add the color to.  The gesso will also keep the chipboard from acting like a sponge and sucking all the paint or color up, thereby using less paint or inks.

adding gesso to back of tags first

Next, I used the Distress Oxides with a blending tool to cover the background, as shown.  I spritzed with water and used my heat tool to dry the ink.

Then I hit the chippies and the edges with the black DO and blending tool.  I spritzed with water and used my heat tool to dry the ink.

I used a soft brush to add the green DO inside and next to the chandelier, then spritzed water droplets over the background to form these circular ripples, using my heat tool to dry it.

To intensify the colors, I used the soft brush to pick up the colors from the ink pads and brushed it randomly over the tag, blending some as I went along.  The brush allows you to get close to the chipboard and to control where you put the colors.  Spritz droplets over background again and dry with heat tool.

Cut a random shape from the Brick Wall Small, lay onto Candied Apple DO pad and, using blending tool, add color to the chipboard.  Dry with heat tool.

Lightly add Black Soot DO with blending tool, just to add dimension.

Glue pieces to left side of tag, as shown.  I also darkened the chandelier string along with Black Soot distress ink, then picked up more colors with my brush and deepened the colors where I felt it was needed.

Now that I knew I wanted to adhere pieces of texture sheets to the remaining two tags, I went ahead and glued them down before adding the colors.  I used pieces cut from the Texture Sheet Diamonds on the left tag, and pieces cut from the Chainlink 8 by 8 Inch Panel on the right tag.  I also painted the texture pieces with a coat of clear gesso to prime them, just as before.

On these two tags, I added the same Distress Oxide colors using a reinker, a brush, and water.  I liked this technique a lot because I could get stronger colors down much quicker than I was able to achieve with the pads.  If you don't have the reinkers, you can still pick up the colors from the ink pad, as before.

Continue adding colors with the brush and reinkers.

Next, use blending tool to add Black Soot DO to the edges and chipboard embellishments on top of the tags.

Mist backgrounds with water and water droplets for the organic look from the Oxides and dry with heat tool.  Use brush to pick up any colors and "dry brush" any areas that you feel need improvement, such as blending or deepening colors.

Place a drop of Black Soot DO from reinker onto craft sheet.  Use wet paint brush to make a wash and flick drops of the black over the backgrounds.  If you don't have reinkers, just rub the pad onto the craft mat and make a wash with the ink from the pad.

Add spooky phrases to each tag.  You can computer generate them if you don't have these stickers from Tim Holtz.  Use a black pencil to shade around each sticker, and add distress oxide colors to blend in with the background.


Supplies Used:
GSL Chipboard Decorative Tags X Large
GSL String Alongs - Gothic
GSL Brick Wall Small
GSL Texture Sheet Diamonds
GSL Chainlink 8 by 8 Inch Panel
Distress Oxides Ink Pads & Reinkers
  Spiced Marmalade
  Wilted Violet
  Twisted Citron
  Candied Apple
  Fossilized Amber
  Black Soot
Distress Ink - Black Soot
Blending Tools (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings Stickers
Paint Brush
Water mister bottle
Wire edged ribbon

I hope you enjoyed my creepy Halloween tags, and that you will be inspired to make some for yourself with any of the laser cuts available from Gypsy Soul.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a super safe and fun Halloween!