Friday, January 19, 2018

Altered Valentine's Heart Box with ColourArte

Hi everyone!  I hope you all are enjoying a warm home and a place to craft.  Today, I have another video tutorial to share with you.  I bought this cheap little wooden box from my local craft store, and I love altering these things.  I thought it would be fun  to make it more elegant and perhaps look more like it is holding some precious gem or special trinkets, or maybe even a love letter from days gone by.  What would you keep in yours?

Anyway, I'm going to show you how to make a molded focal image with plaster and use German Dresden scrap borders to add elegant textural elements to the box.  Then I will show you the beautiful ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics I used to add color, shimmer and shine to the surface.

Here is my video tutorial.


Here is a complete list of the supplies I used for my box.

Colourarte Supplies Used:
Vivid Ultra Metallics
True Metals Dragon Gold
Siam White
Ginger Flower
Royal Orchid

Other Supplies Used:
Wooden Heart Box
Faster Plaster (or Activa Permastone)
Prima IOD Trifles Mold
German Dresden Scrap
Brea Reese Texture Pebbles (Momenta)
Brea Reese Texture Sand (Momenta)
Liquitex white gesso
Decoart gloss varnish
Dual tip glue pen (Paper Studio)
Aleene's fast grab tacky glue
Baroque Art Patina Gilder's Paste
Grumtine (Grumbacher)

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and that I've inspired you to alter a heart shaped box, or any items you may already have on hand.  The techniques are the same, and the results are so amazing when you finish.  

Click on the link to purchase ColourArte products and to check out all the inspirational videos and blog tutorials by the other talented designers on the team.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a warm, crafty day!!!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Magical Moments Snowman Mini Album with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Welcome back to my first blog post of the New Year.  I was thinking about all the Christmas and New Year's celebrations and get togethers, and the opportunity for photos to capture those special moments.  Now, you are going to need a place to display them, and what better place than a specially made Snowman mini album.  This is a new one from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, and I am tickled to share my ideas with you.

Front Cover
Back Cover
There are six chipboard pages, and I traced each side onto print paper and cut them out.  Remember, the front and back of each paper will need to be mirrored to fit each side of the chipboard  properly.

Apply adhesive to the back side of each paper piece.  I like to use my Xyron Creative Station for speed and efficiency, but you can use any adhesive you have on hand.

Adhere papers to each chipboard page, front and back.  Trim off any excess paper, if necessary.

Punch holes in binding edge of each chipboard page.  I used a Cinch tool, but if you don't have one of these, you can punch two or three holes in each page and using binder rings to hold the book together.

Edge each page with white acrylic paint.  I used Adirondack Snow Cap in a dabber bottle for quick application.

Use the chipboard pieces from the Winter Snowman Banner to trace each shape onto various pieces of the paper.  I decided to glue a snowman to each page inside my album, so I cut 12 pieces of each shape, remembering to mirror them so they would fit properly.

With the exception of 10 of the snowman body, I ran all these paper pieces through my Xyron Creative Station.  I edged the chipboard pieces with the white acrylic paint. 

These pieces are not symmetrical, so I figured out which way to lay them on top of each other.  I  marked them with a directional arrow to indicate which way to place the chipboard snowman on top of the album page.  The top hat has a direction, too, as does the scarf.  You will know right away that it is not quite right if you place it down wrong.  Then I adhered the paper pieces to the chipboard pieces.

I used gem stickers in various sizes for the eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons.  I used German Dresden scrap pieces from my stash, one for his hat band and another to center over the scarf.  Lastly, I used a waterbrush and Blue Ice watercolor to add shading and delineate his arms down to the mittens.  

I also painted the tiny German scrap pieces with the Blue Ice watercolor to tone down the shiny gold color before adhering them.

I decided to turn each of my snowmen into a pocket on the remaining interior pages.  Just run a line of white glue along  the outer edge to attach him to the page.  I worked in assembly line fashion, where I continued to do the same step for each page.  This allows the glue to dry while I'm working ahead.  By the time I get back to the first page, the glue is usually dry. 

Now you will have room for tags, more photos, ephemera, or any items you want to slip into the pocket, and still have room for photos on each page background.  Then come back and decorate each snowman with his clothes and facial features, just the same as for the cover snowman.

Paint snowflakes and word ribbons with white paint, let dry.  Brush a coat of gloss varnish over the word ribbons only.

Add a coat of white crackle paste over the larger, more solid snowflake and let dry.

Paint the snowflakes with a wash of Cerulean Blue acrylic paint.  If you want a darker color, just add another coat after the first coat dries.

Paint a darker wash of the Cerulean Blue paint over the word ribbons, as shown.

For added shimmer, add Vintage Silk Opal Magic wax to the word ribbons and snowflakes.  You can see how it add highlights to the word ribbons.

Make three rosettes following the directions with the rosettes dies.  Adhere them to the front cover of the mini album, as shown in the finished photo at the top of the post.  Adhere the word ribbons above the rosettes, and glue a couple of the snowflakes over the rosettes.  Additional bling was added to the snowflake centers, too.

I cut tags from coordinating solid color card stock and added matching stickers from the paper collection.  These were slipped into the snowman pocket.  More photos or journaling can be added to the back of each tag.

Below are pictures of each page of the album.  

Back Cover                                   Front Cover

Supplies Used:
GSL Snowman Mini Album (coming soon)
GSL Winter Snowman Banner
GSL Snowflake Shape Set Minis
GSL Snowflake Shape Set

GSL Word Ribbons 2 (Moments)
GSL Word Ribbons 3 (Magical)
BoBunny Snowy Serenade paper collection
BoBunny Snowy Serenade sticker sheet
Lily White Sugar Dust glitter paper (Doodlebug Designs)(Hobby Lobby)
Sizzix dies (Snowflake Rosette)(Mini Snowflake Rosettes)(Tag, Crescent Combo)
   (Tag, Super Crescent)
Adirondack Snow Cap acrylic paint dabber
ColourArte Twinkling H20s Blue Ice
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste, Gloss Varnish
DecoArt Acrylic Paint (Cerulean Blue)
Prima Opal Magic Wax (Vintage Silk)
Water brush
Xyron Creative Station
Xyron Permanent Adhesive
German Dresden Scrap (online)
Black and clear gem stickers
White glue

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and if you are in need of a pretty little album to keep your holiday mementos and photos in, this adorable mini will do the trick.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful New Year!


Friday, January 5, 2018

Discover Your Dreams 2018 Art Journal Page with ColourArte

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that you're ready to start the new year off right.  So, today, I will be working in my art journal again, and what better resolution for the new year than to "Discover Your Dreams".  I'm sure this is a resolution that will not only be fun,  but also one we can keep.  

A complete step-by-step project video for you to follow and/or enjoy!  


ColourArte Supplies Used:
Vivid Ultra Metallics
Blue Flame
Mallard Green
Mandarin Blush
Burnt Umber
Radiant Gels Dimensional Paint
Emperor's Gold
Other Supplies Used:
Strathmore 9"x12" Mixed Media Visual Journal Page
Liquitex White Gesso
Liquitex Matte Medium
DecoArt Media White Modeling Paste
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tick Tock die
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Broadway die (2018)
DCWV The Natural Matstack
Tim Holtz Lost & Found 12x12 Paper Stack
Tim Holtz Big Chat Stickers
Art Anthology Lotus 6x9 Stencil
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens
Warm Grey
Cobalt Teal
White Gel Pen
Copper Brads
Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Collage Glue Stick (Ranger)
Screen Wire scrap
Vegetable bag scrap
Various spatulas and brushes

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy and most prosperous New Year!


Thursday, December 28, 2017

After Christmas Card (or an early start for next year)

Hi everyone.  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with family and friends.  However, what do you do when you get a Christmas card from someone after Christmas?  Do you send them one back, or just wait until next year?  Whatever you decide, it is never too late, or too early, to make a card for someone special at Christmas.  So, this is an easy one but looks like a million bucks.  Okay, that's just my opinion, but I hope you agree.

Choose an image from the Vintage Christmas collection and an appropriately sized frame from GSL.  The Flourished Frame Karen works quite nicely for this image.

Trim your image to fit inside the frame opening, then paint frame with pearl nail polish and let dry.

Use your finger to dab the Stickles lime green glitter glue for a delicate application and let dry.

Turn frame over and dab glue over frame, again using finger to apply a light coat.  Lay frame over image and adhere both to front of card, as shown.

Make a couple of rosettes and follow directions that come with the die.

Paint Memories word ribbon and several different sizes of snowflakes with the pearl nail polish and let dry.

Use the flat end of a makeup sponge to dab Romance red paint over the top of the Memories word band.  Add crystal Stickles glitter glue to top of each snowflake for extra sparkle, and edge rosettes with pine needles distress ink.

Adhere all pieces to card front, as shown, and lifting some  of the pieces with foam dots.

Supplies Used:
GSL  Flourished Frame Karen
GSL Word Ribbons 1
GSL Snowflake Shape Set
Vintage Christmas Paper Collection (Authentique)
Olive Green card stock (for 5"x7" folded card)
Rosettes die  (Sizzix/Tim Holtz)
Tokyo Pearl Nail Polish (any pearl nail polish would work)
Romance chalk paint (DecoArt)
Lime Green, Crystal Stickles (Ranger)
Pine Needles Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Peace metal embellishment

I hope you enjoyed this super quick but oh-so-beautiful Christmas card.  You can make beautiful cards so easily just by choosing an appropriate laser cut frame from Gypsy Soul, and there are so many to choose from, too.  They add dimension without adding bulk, so they go through the mail without extra postage.  Of course, if you add lots more embellishments like the rosettes on my card above, you might want to box it up or hand deliver it.  Of course, if I am sending a gift, this is the perfect card to add inside the box, and yep, no extra postage there either.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I just want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!!!


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How to Enhance Your Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Chipboard

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today with a card project using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts "Special Delivery" chipboard and Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper collection.  The colors in this paper are nice and soft and perfect for welcoming a cute little newborn baby.  My main focus today is sharing some fun and easy techniques for bringing your laser cut chipboard piece(s) to life. 

Make a 5"x7" top folded card using a peach colored card stock.  I cut two additional layers, each 1/4" smaller.  So the second layer measures 6-3/4" x 4-3/4", while the third layer measures 6-1/2" x 4-1/2".  The edges of each layer were heavily distressed.

Adhere each layer to the base card and set aside.

Paint Special Delivery chippie with Timeless chalk paint.   You could also use white gesso, so use whatever you have.

Dab Picket Fence distress stain (DS) over stork, and Brushed Pewter DS over "Special Delivery".  Let dry.

Color stork's beak, legs and feet with Wild Honey and Mustard Seed distress markers.  Color top of stork's head with Barn Door and Worn Lipstick distress markers.  Let dry.

Trace around the chipboard pouch, as much as you can, onto a piece of sticky back canvas.  You can also use a scrap piece of canvas without the sticky back, and just use white glue to adhere it.

Cut out sticky back canvas pouch and dry brush over it with a very tiny amount of Frayed Burlap DS that has been watered down. 

Remove adhesive backing and adhere over chipboard pouch.

Brush on a coat of white glue to stork and cover with Ivory Flower Soft.  (I did not have white Flower Soft, but you can use either color.  As always, use what you have.)  Add Baby Peach Flower soft to stork's head and add a bit over his tail feathers.  It looks funny right now, but let the glue dry and then gently brush excess flower soft away. 

Rub Tarnished Brass DS over "Special Delivery" for a vintage feel.  Fill in any areas that may need more Flower Soft.  Add a dot of Black Enamel Accents for the stork's eye.

Die cut a piece of the same peach card stock with a decorative die, such as the one I used (Timeless Heart).

Adhere to card front so that it sits centered beneath the words "Special Delivery".

Punch some leaves from a piece of the green print paper.

Adhere Special Delivery chippie, some fussy cut stamp images from the paper collection, paper flowers and craft punched leaves.

Here are a few closeups of some of the details added to the card and chipboard.

Baker's Twine tied around top of pouch

Gold Pearl 3D paint added to flower centers
Three stamp images cut from paper collection
Flower Soft added to stork, black enamel dot for eye
Supplies Used:

GSL Special Delivery
G45 Once Upon a Springtime paper collection
Spellbinders S6-126 Timeless Heart Die
Americana Timeless chalk paint
Distress Stain
  Picket Fence
  Brushed Pewter
  Frayed Burlap
  Tarnished Brass
Distress Markers
  Wild Honey
  Mustard Seed
  Worn Lipstick
  Barn Door
Ranger Black Enamel Accents
Five Leaf craft punch
Paper Flowers (Prima)
Flower Soft
  Baby Peach
Baker's Twine (pink & white)
Adhesive-backed Canvas (Ranger)
Gold Pearl Metallic Dimensional Paint (Jacquard)

I hope you enjoyed today's project and perhaps have been inspired to use some of your products you have laying around in your stash to further enhance your chipboard embellishments. 

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful and craft-filled week!