Thursday, June 23, 2016

Card and Tag with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Xyron

Hello everyone!  Barbara here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  We are also partnering with Xyron this month, and I can't tell you how easy it makes adhering not only your papers, but even the laser cut chipboard manages to go through the Xyron.  How cool is that?  

Anyway, I want to share a cute greeting card and matching tag using some older paper I found in my stash and dressing it up with my laser cut chipboard.  

I always choose my chipboard first, then give it a coat of white gesso.

I chose my papers and cut them into different sizes, punched or cut edges and/or corners, and began layering the pieces onto a 5"x7" card.    Each piece of chipboard was inked and colored with a chalk ink pad in colors to match those in the papers.  You can always use other types of ink pads, or even acrylic paints.  Use whatever you have.

I made good use of my Xyron Create-A-Sticker.  As you can see in the next photo,  it takes paper quite nicely. 


 In the photo below, it also took the chipboard flourish just as easily.  

The chipboard was adhered to the card base, as shown.  I tied a ribbon around the bottom and cut tiny flowers from a length of lace, colored with the same pink ink, and adhered to the card, as shown.

I made a separate matching tag that could be used as a gift tag.  This was put together in similar fashion.  

And a few closeups.

Supplies Used:

5"x7" card
Print papers
Chalk ink pads

I hope you like my project and maybe are inspired to give your cards and tags, and any projects, an extra oomph with the addition of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard.  And a special thanks to Xyron for sponsoring us this month.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!


Bookmarks with Inspiration for Craftwell USA and Latina Crafter

Hi everyone!  Barbara here on the Craftwell Blog with some inspirational bookmarks using my eBrush and stamps from our partner, Latina Crafter.  The style and theme of these are perfect for making inspirational bookmarks for gift giving, special occasions, and of course, to keep.  I know I've said this before, but I think the best thing about using the eBrush is that you can make your own background papers and all of your embellishments to match that background.  

To begin, I cut three pieces of off-white card stock to 3-1/4" x 8-1/2".  I used decorative corner and edger punches to make each different bookmark.  Trim three pieces of white card stock to 2-1/8" x 7-1/2".  These will be the background layers.

I will show you in a bit more detail how I made the first bookmark.  Lay straight edge of a scrap of paper across top of background layer.  eBrush with blue marker.

Now cover the blue section with that same scrap of paper, and cut a slight wave shape from another scrap of paper.  Lay both wave shape pieces over background layer and eBrush with red marker.  Mover papers down the length of the background and continue eBrushing with the red marker to make the flag stripes.

Cover stripes and spread white texture paste through stars stencil, let dry.

Die cut REMEMBER THIS from the Teresa Collins Project Die with the Cut ' Boss die cutting machine.  Save the letters that fall out from the die.  This machine cuts thin dies effortlessly.

Adhere background layer to bookmark.  eBrush with blue marker and adhere to bookmark, as shown. Replace white letters from die.  

For the next bookmark, I embossed the background layer using Teresa Collins' Beautiful Brocade embossing folder and Cut n' Boss machine.  Remove the layer from the embossing folder and eBrush 
it with V04 Lilac.  I love how the eBrush allows you to cover large areas so smoothly and quickly.

I decided to distress the bookmark a bit, so I eBrushed the edges using E31 Brick Beige.  Round corners with corner rounder punch and adhere to bookmark.

I die cut these three elements from white card stock using the Teresa Collins Project Dies using the Cut n' Boss machine.


On a piece of scrap white card stock, stamp two sentiments from the Latina Crafter set with black archival ink.   Trim around each sentiment and save one for the next bookmark.  

I cut an extra key, then eBrushed both keys with YR21 Cream and BG72 Ice Cream.  The sentiment was eBrushed with the E31 Brick Beige to match the distressing on the outer edges.  Adhere pieces to bookmark, as shown.

For the third bookmark, eBrush background layer with BG72 Ice Cream and adhere to bookmark.  Tear honeycomb die cut in half, unevenly, and eBrush with BG78 Bronze.  Adhere to background layer.

eBrush butterfly with RV11 Pink, edge with B28 Royal Blue and YG21 Anise.  Round corners on sentiment and eBrush with YG21 Anise.  Adhere to bookmark, as shown.

Since these are bookmarks, I kept them thin and smooth, without much dimension, other than from the die cuts.  

Supplies Used:

Craftwell USA eBrush
Craft well Cut n' Boss
Teresa Collins Beautiful Brocade embossing folder
Teresa Collins Project Dies - Remember This, Today, Honeycomb
Latina Crafter Be a Blessing 
White card stock
Decorative craft punches 
5"x7" kraft card
Copic Markers
Stars stencil
Light Molding Paste
Archival black ink

There will be more fun projects featuring the Latina Crafter, so make sure to check out the Craftwell Blog all month long for more inspiration from the team. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a crafty day!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Time Contraption Mixed Media Canvas for Andy Skinner's Time Challenge

Hi everyone!  I want to share my Time Contraption mixed media canvas that I am submitting into Andy Skinner's Time Challenge this month.  I know we are all wishing we could make more time for ourselves, and this "contraption" is just the thing we need.  Flip the switch and you will have more time on your hands.  If only it were possible.  However, I am just beating the clock for submission,  no pun intended, as it is due today.   So, let me get started before it is too late.

I began with a black canvas and two of Andy Skinner's fabulous stencils.

Spread DecorArt Media White Crackle Paint through Andy Skinner's Industrial Elements stencil onto a black 10x10 canvas.  Allow the paint to dry naturally for best crackle results.

Using one of Andy's techniques, spread approximately 1/8" thick layer of DecoArt Media White Modeling Paste between stenciled areas.  Allow to dry only long enough for the top to develop a "skin".

Mist gears stamp with water and press into partially dried modeling paste to make great textures.  Let the paste dry thoroughly before proceeding.

Add texture to the sides of the canvas by spreading DecoArt Black Modeling Paste through Andy Skinner's Snake's Web stencil.  Do two sides, let dry, then do the two remaining sides.

Die cut a frame from black chipboard and apply DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste over the frame.  Let dry.

Cover frame, as well as top and sides of canvas, with a wash of DecoArt Media Paynes Grey, Translucent White, and water.  Let dry.

Spray frame and canvas with the DecoArt Media Carbon Black Mister.  Do not try for full coverage, but rather a speckle appearance.

Brush DecoArt Media Quinacridone Gold over canvas and frame.  Let dry

Brush DecoArt Media Translucent Yellow Iron Oxide randomly over canvas and frame to add highlights to certain areas, paying particular attention to the crackled areas.

Add DecoArt Media Interference Gold with a dry brushing technique so highlight the high spots.

Brush DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream and DecoArt Media English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream randomly over canvas.

Wipe back excess antiquing cream with a damp paper towel.  Leave as much or as little as you like.  To set the antiquing cream and prevent it from rubbing off, brush on a coat of DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish.

Begin working on the embellishments.

Coil 20g wire over rod or tool.  Cut length of black 18g wire.  Remove copper wire from rod and insert black wire through the coils.

Add a thick layer of DecoArt Media Liquid Glass inside the metal pocket watch and add a couple of small clock hands.  The Liquid Glass dries clear and will look like a watch crystal when dry.

Use your finger to color the gold watch with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Black Shimmer for a vintage, pewter look.

Color the bottom of the switch with the Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre also.

Color the bottom portion of the bulb socket with Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre.  Paint the chipboard gear with DecoArt Media Gold Metallic and place over the socket.  Then screw the tiny bulb in and adhere to the canvas.

Begin glueing down the embellishments, shaping the wire coils, and adding some deeper color to the background with the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics.  I added Cobalt Blue, Translucent Yellow Iron Oxide, and Burnt Sienna.  The green color you see in the photo below is formed where I added the translucent yellow over the blue.  

Finish adding the embellishments, and now you are ready to make some time!!!

And here are a few closeups.

And a few closeups from the side to show the dimension.

Supplies Used:

Andy Skinner's Industrial Elements stencil
Andy Skinner's Snake's Web stencil
DecorArt Media White Crackle Paint
DecoArt Media White Modeling Paste
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste
 DecoArt Media Carbon Black Mister
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Translucent White
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic  Translucent Yellow Iron Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Transparent Red Iron Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Burnt Sienna
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Cobalt Blue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Diarylide Yellow
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Burnt Orange
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Interference Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Metallic Gold
DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream
DecoArt Media English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream
DecoArt Media Liquid Glass
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Gold Rush
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Black Shimmer

Stampendous CRS5036 gears stamp

10"x10" canvas
Frame die
Black chipboard
Clock and watch parts
2 brass shell casings
Metal embellishments
20g Copper Wire
12g Black aluminum wire
24g violet wire
Light bulb and socket
On/Off Switch

I hope you enjoyed my Time Contraption project, and if only there was such a thing in existence, wouldn't we be happy to have so much more fun to play with our DecoArt Media products?

I am also entering this piece in the SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenges: Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial June 2016 Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week, and Happy Father's Day!