Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Make an Accordion Style Book with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts by Barbara Rankin

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today to show you a fast and easy way to turn these engraved book covers from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts into a fabulous little mini album. i used Decoart Media Fluid Acrylic products to transform these covers.  While I have a variety of ideas for making the book pages, I have chosen the simplest way, which is to make an accordion style book. I have chosen Graphic 45's A Ladies' Diary paper collection, but you can use whatever papers you like or have on hand.




Book Cover Front
Book Cover Back




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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCORDION BOOK (see video for full tutorial)

The book covers measure 2-7/8" x 4-1/2".

Cut two pieces of cream paper to 5-7/8" x 12".

Score horizontally along 12" bottom edge at 1-1/2".  This will form pockets to hold tags and ephemera.

Score vertically at 2-3/4, 5-1/2", 8-1/4", and 11".  

Adhere the two lengths of paper together along the 1" flap to make one long piece of paper.  Fold bottom edge up to form pockets, and accordion fold the length of paper at each scored line.  Cut remaining 1" flap off.  

Adhere the front and back pages to the inside book covers. Decorate pages as desired.  

Here are some photos of the completed, decorated book.  














Supplies Used:
GSL Book Cover Deco Engraved (coming soon)
GSL Miniature Bookplates Shape Set
GSL Miniatures Shape Set - Ladies Choice
GSL Vintage Ladies Silhouettes Set
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  TitaniumWhite
  Translucent White (optional)
  Titan Buff
  Primary Magenta
  Primary Yellow
  Interference Gold
  Burnt Umber Antiquing Cream
DecoArte White Crackle Past
DecoArt Metallic Lustre
  Gold Rush
  Cosmic Blue
  Polished Coral
  Black Shimmer
Derivan Liquid Pencil (for shading)
Assorted Paint Brushes
12"x12" cream card stock
Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary paper collection
Tags, Scallop Combo(Sizzix Original)
Brick/Stone mini stencil (Tim Holtz)
Martha Stewart Deco Fan punch
Assorted embellishments

I hope you like my project today and are inspired to make one of these sweet accordion books using your favorite papers. 

As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative day!

Barbara

Friday, July 21, 2017

Some Acrylic Pouring Fun with ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics

Hi everyone!  Today, I want to share my first acrylic pour using ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics.  If you've been here before, you know how I like to experiment, and so this video will do just that.  I decided to try playing with the pour to see what may or may not work.  I hope you will join me for this "adventure".  



Supplies Used:
ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Bolivian Blue
  African Jade
  Lemongrass
  Pink Azalea
  Solar Gold
Americana Lamp Black acrylic paint
8"x8" canvas
Flood Floetrol 
3-in-1 All Temp Silicone
Silicone brush (Prima)
Aluminum foil roasting pan (Dollar Store)
Push Pins

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  I would love to hear what you think, and if you have any questions, please leave me a comment below.  I will check in and try to answer them.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a super day!

Barbara

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mixed Media Chipboard Tag with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Today I have a cool mixed media super-sized tag for you.  Ever since I started playing around with mixed media, I have been having so much fun from experimenting and learning all sorts of things.  I hope you enjoy watching my transformation process video here, too.


Supplies Used:

GSL Chipboard Decorative Tags X Large
GSL Layered Frame Aria
GSL Herald Medallions (coming soon)
Acrylic Paints
  FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Vintage Mustard
  FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Cascade
  Craftsmart Chalky Burnt Orange
DecoArt One Step Crackle Medium
Finnabair Gold Crackle Texture Paste
Stampendous (Dreamweaver) Optic Checkerboard stencil
Carabelle Art Stamps - Mixed Media Strips
Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood paper collection (image)
Mister bottle
Ink Pads
  Ranger Archival Black
  Distress Oxide Broken China
  Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber
  Distress Ink Black Soot
Ranger blending tool
Art-C Gold Metallic Paste
Assorted brushes
Assorted embellishments (ribbon, lace, flowers, jewelry, etc.)

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Be sure to check out all the great laser cut chipboard at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

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

Barbara

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Art Journal Video Tutorial: Good for the Soul with ColourArte

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to share another art journaling video tutorial with you that I made for the ColourArte Video Creators team.  





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ColourArte Supplies Used:

Primary Elements
  Sunburst
  Orange Peel
  Plumeria
Twinkling H20s
  Beachhouse Blue
  African Jade
  Burnt Umber
  Raspberry Wine
  Ancient Coin
  Sweet Alfalfa
  Snap Dragon
The Solution Acrylic Wash Medium

Other Supplies Used:

Dylusion 8"x5" art journal
Paper Artsy HP1507EZ stamp set
TCW 554s Mini Butterfly Collage Stencil
TCW 490s Mini Tattered Lace Stencil
Kaisercraft Crackle Stamp
Montana White Acrylic Paint Pen
Uniball Vision Elite 0.8mm pen
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Walnut Stain reinker
Makeup sponge
Ranger Blending tool
Liquitex White Gesso
Dynasty #6 round paint brush
Assorted paint brushes
Spatula
Pipette
Mini Mister
1" masking tape

I hope you enjoyed todays art journal project.  And remember, art journals are really fun because you don't have to be perfect. It is for you and your enjoyment, and allows you to be free to try products and experiment without feeling like it has to be perfect. This is a good place to come, sometimes.  So, I hope you will give art journaling a try!

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

Barbara

Friday, June 23, 2017

#StudioABSeeSurf Video Hop - "Beautiful Seahorses" Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone.  So glad you stopped by today so I could tell you about another fun video hop from some of the gals over at Studio ABSee.  We often get together and make video tutorials to share with you, and we almost always have a giveaway from each channel.  So come on and join us for lots of fun ideas and inspiration, and a chance to win a prize.

Here is the link to my video in this hop.  When you get there, you can go to the description box below the video for all the links to each video in the hop.  Please leave a comment on each video for a chance to win, click on the like 👍button, and subscribe, if you don't already.


I hope you enjoy the hop, and thanks for stopping by.  

Have a wonderful, crafty day!

Barbara

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cabana Row House with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Today, I want to share a fun little Summer project using these Cabana Row Houses from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Not only would these cuties make great mixed media projects or table decorations and favors, but they would also make wonderful gift boxes since the bottom folds up, but does not have to be glued in place.  Hmmmm ... think of the possibilities.  I'm sure you can come up with even more ideas. 





When you get the set, look for the tiny alphabet letters (A through E) on each piece to match up the house with its coordinating roof piece.  They are so simple to put together, just fold the house up and attach the roof. 



House E

Cut one paper strip 2-3/8" x 8-1/2" and one 2-1/8" x 2-1/8" square.  Cut two triangles for the eaves.  I used the box itself to measure and trace the eaves onto back of paper.  



Run paper through Xyron sticker maker and edge paper strips with Evergreen Bough distress ink and foam blending tool. 


Adhere paper pieces to bottom section of house. 



Place red liner tape along roof and side tabs, as shown.  



Adhere a  half round window on each side of house under eaves.  Set aside.


Cut a piece of print paper cut to 2-3/4" x 4-3/4".  Run strip through Xyron sticker maker and edge paper with Vintage Photo distress ink.



Adhere paper to roof top.



Spread a thin layer of  light molding paste through stencil, let dry.  



Lightly add Vintage Photo distress ink to paste with blending tool.



Now back to the house.  Remove red liner from taped sides.  Fold side tab in and attach to side of house.



Fold tabs in and close up bottom of house.  You can also tape this in place if you do not plan on using the house as a gift box.



Fold roof tabs in and attach roof.  Glue two small square windows from the Seaside Doors & Windows set to the sides of the house, as shown.



Cut bottom portion of smallest Vintage Ladies Silhouette.



Glue bottom portion that was cut off back onto silhouette, but higher up.  This will shorten the lady and make her size more appropriate for the size of the house.



Use a spatula to apply a thick coat of Heidi Swapp Hot Pink Metallic Texture Paste to vintage lady, disguising chipboard join and swiping lines in the paste to resemble folds of fabric in her dress.  Set aside to dry.



Paint both sides of the vintage bicycle with Vivid True Silver.  Let dry, then add Vintage Photo distress ink, which will give it a coppery look.  Don't cover all of the silver, though.  


Spread light molding paste over hot air balloon and draw lines through paste, as shown.  Set aside to dry.

Paint balloon with Vivid Ultra Metallics, first with Lemongrass, then African Jade, then Pink Azalea, and lastly with Teal Zircon.  Let dry, then lighten the color with African Jade.




Cut a 5" piece of 20 gauge copper wire and adhere to back of balloon.  I used a wet glue and a piece of tape.  Let glue dry before handling.



Turn balloon over and repeat process for opposite side, i.e., add light molding paste, draw lines through it, and color with the Vivid Ultra Metallics.  This will cover where you have added the coper wire on the back.



Make a little twist in the copper wire, as shown.  



Use a paper piercer or awl to make a tiny hole in the roof top and insert wire through it.  Add clear drying glue to hold in place.


Adhere vintage lady to left side of house.

Decorate house as you like.  I have added some flowers just below the half round window, and adhered the vintage lady to the left, and the vintage bicycle was added to the right with a foam dot to make it look like it was propped up against the house.




Here are a few views from different angles.




GSL Miniatures Shape Set - Guy Thing
Paper Studio Country Road 4.5" x 6.5" paper pad
ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics
  True Silver
  Lemongrass
  African  Jade
  Pink Azalea
  Teal Zircon
Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo distress ink
Foam blending tool
Xyron 3"sticker maker
Golden Light Molding  Paste
Spatula
Tim Holtz Stripes stencil
Heidi Swapp Hot  Pink Metallic Texture Paste
20g copper wire
Quick Grab Tacky Glue (Aleene's)
Miniature flowers (Paper Studio)

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  Be sure to check out the fabulous laser cut chipboard from Gypsy Soul for even more ideas to decorate these Cabana Row Houses.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a crafty day!

Barbara

Monday, June 12, 2017

How to Decorate a Wooden Door Hanger

Hi everyone.  Today I wanted to share a really fun little project that can make either a great addition to your studio, or a really fabulous gift for just about anyone with a door.  Okay, I am just being goofy now, but these wooden door hangers are such fun to decorate and can be transformed into beautiful inspirational art pieces for you to see every time you enter your studio.  Also, imagine how you could decorate these to give to friends and family to suit their tastes.

You can visit my video tutorial here if you would like to see how I made mine.


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Of course, I used a variety of ColourArte products to complete my project, and I would encourage you to stop by the ColourArte website to check out the fabulous products offered.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a super wonderful day!

Barbara