Thursday, May 5, 2016

Display Stand and Card with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello everyone!  I have a project to share today that I know you will enjoy, and most likely NEED!  What am I talking about?  Well, it is this nifty little thing called a display stand by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  

As a matter of fact, you may want two, three, four, or more of these to use to display your artwork.  Or how about decorating it and leaving it flat for mailing with your card?  They can insert the sides into the bottom and, because these are made so accurately, the pieces fit together quite tight.  Then, they can display the beautiful card you sent them for all to see!

Let me show you how easy it is to put together.  I chose to keep it simple so it would look great without taking away from the art being displayed.

These are the chipboard pieces with the print paper I have chosen to cover it.

Turn the paper over and trace around the pieces.  Since this particular paper has a direction, i.e., script, you will need to be sure to keep the writing going up  for best results.

Cut out each piece, as shown.  I like to lay it all out before I adhere the papers so I get that script going in the correct direction.

When covering the base, do one side first, then be sure to cut out the holes for fitting the side pieces before covering the other side.  Otherwise, you won't be able to find them.  

Here are a few of the tools I like to use when adhering paper to my chipboard. You can get nice, smooth edges on every piece by first using the craft knife to trim excess paper and cut out around the holes.  Then the emery board works quite nicely for smoothing the edges.  I use a couple of thin metal files to get into tight spots, like the holes, to ensure my "dovetails" will fit nice and tight.

Before gluing the pieces together, I inked the edges with a brown chalk ink.  I find that the chalk ink works better than distress ink for this purpose.

Glue the sides to the base to finish it off.

Now let's work on some art to display.  I thought a simple card would be a nice beginning.  I chose the square Filigree Frame to fit over a piece of art I found in my stash.  I painted it with black chalk paint.

Paint over the black with an iridescent gold acrylic paint for an aged look.

Dry brush burnt umber acrylic paint over the frame for an even more aged look, and to make it better match the colors in my paper.

Choose a stackable label to fit the size of the happy birthday stamp.  Treat the pieces the same way as the frame, but on the top part of the label, leave it gold so the stamping will show up better.  Stamp happy birthday with black archival ink.

Cut card stock and layering paper to A2 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") size.  These are the pieces used for my card.

Put it all together and there you have a beautiful, finished card.

Supplies used:

Display Stand (coming soon)
Filigree Frames Shape Set
Stackable Labels Shape Set
Acrylic paints
Black archival ink pad
Brown chalk ink pad
Emery board
Craft knife
Metal files
White glue

I hope you enjoyed this fun little project today, and get yourself a bunch of these Display Stands to showcase all kinds of art work, or to give as gifts.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative weekend!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cinco de Mayo Blog Hop with Craftwell and Sabor Papel

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!!  I hope you are enjoying the festivities of our blog hop.  There are lots of inspiration from our design team, along with the Sabor Papel team, and other invited guests.  There are prizes to win, so be sure to leave comments along the way.

Sabor Papel is a brand new company that makes these beautiful and bright papers and embellishments.  Their papers are high quality and double-sided, heavyweight card stock.  We are sharing lots of ideas and inspiration for using their products in your own celebrations, along with the fabulous products by Craftwell USA!  So sit back and enjoy!

Supplies used: 

Craftwell USA eBrush
Sabor Papel:  Ole 107 Dulces; Celebrar label
Copic Marker:  BG18-Teal Blue
Spectrum Aqua Markers:  Spice, Wildflower, Meadow, Bud Green
Scoring tool
3" Blue doily
Flowers and foliage dies
Decorative edger punch
Coffee filter paper
Wavy wood stick
White glue

Score 12x12 Ole 107 Dulces paper every half inch with score tool.

Cut paper in half horizontally for this particular paper, since it has a directional design.

Accordion fold each section of paper, as shown.

Glue both pieces together to make one long strip.  Use a decorative edge punch along one edge.

Add dots of glue to bottom edge of strip between each fold.

Make scores in center of decorative doily 1/2" apart, as shown.

Squeeze accordion folds together along bottom where glue was added, center and adhere doily along bottom, wrapping around the fan shape, as shown.  Use clips to secure while glue dries.


Die cut flowers from white coffee filter paper.  

Color larger petals with Spectrum Aqua Spice marker.  Since these markers are water-based, you can spritz the paper with water, if you like, to help the color spread.

Cut petals apart and pinch at the bottom to make flowers.  These remind me of Bougainvillea flowers.

Next, eBrush small petals with the Wildflower marker, again spritzing with water to help the colors spread easily.

Use eBrush to spray Wildflower marker over them, again spritzing with water if you like.

If you do not clean your craft mat before beginning to spray your next set of lighter colored flowers, you will pick up the previous color from the mat.  In this case, the flowers picked up the Wildflower color.  I kind of like the variegation as it looks more natural.

Make the rest of the flowers the same way as before, pinching at the bottom and twisting to get your flower shapes.

eBrush a piece of white card stock with the Bud Green marker.

Die cut the foilage piece over the colored paper.

Alternatively, you can simply die cut your paper first, then color the delicate foliage leaves.  The eBrush is perfect for coloring this way as you are not touching the delicate fronds with a sponge or ink pad and possibly ripping them apart.  

Add foilage and flower petals to base of fan, as shown.  

To make the fan free-standing, eBrush a wavy wood stick with Copic BG18 marker.  

Center and glue the stick along the bottom of the fan.  As you can see, the fan is now free-standing and can be used as a table decoration, but can also be used as a traditional fan, as well. 

And here is a close-up of the flowers and foliage.  I also added the Sabor Paper embellishment "Celebrar!" in the bouquet.

Now, we are ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!!!  Let the festivities begin!

I hope you are enjoying the hop today, and be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win some really great prizes!  The complete list of bloggers can be found found a he link below.

Have a wonderful Cinco de Mayo!!!!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Art Journaling: Beautiful Things Video Tutorial with ColourArte

Hello friends!  I want to share another art journal video tutorial using the gorgeous products from ColourArte.  I love to start my pages with quotes and go from there.  How do you start your pages?

Enjoy the video!

A complete list of supplies is included in the video and in the description section below the video.

I would love if you would leave me a comment and let me know what inspires your art journal pages, and what you use to get started.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful, creative week!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mixed Media Cards: Four Backgrounds with ColourArte

Hello friends!  Barbara here.  It's my turn to do a ColourArte blog post today. You will usually find me over on the Video Creators side, but every now and then, I fill in on the blog side.  

I have some good news to share.  ColourArte has introduced a new medium called The Solution Acrylic Medium Wash.  It is basically a binder without any thickening agent added. What does that mean?  First and foremost, you can use it to make watercolors and fluid acrylics that won't rub off using the Primary Elements Artist Pigment powders.  You can also make custom color sprays with it.   There are so many possibiities with this product, and I am going to share a few of the things you can do with it in any and all of your mixed media art.

I am especially excited for my fellow card makers. Not everyone wants to paint on a canvas, so I am going to show you some more fun, beautiful backgrounds to make for your cards using plain old brown paper bag.  You can also substitute kraft card stock, too.  So let's play!

Here are the four backgrounds we are going to make.  They will not only work for card backgrounds, but think of the possibilities... art journals, canvases, fabric, and whatever else you can think of.  Take these ideas and run with them. 

And here are the four cards I made using these backgrounds.

Card 1:  Tear brown paper bags into rectangles about the size of an A2 card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").   

Stamp script background with Versamark ink, heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Paint paper with The Solution + Bolivian Blue


Embellish with Kanban Mare Blu Paper Craft Toppers using pop dots

Card 2:  Emboss one of the paper bag rectangles with an embossing folder.  

Sizzix Tropical Paisley embossing folder

Use a brayer to pick up Emperor's Gold Radiant Gel and run the brayer over the high spots.  

Paint the paper with The Solution + China Black PE

Sizzix/Tim Holtz Frameworks die - Honeycomb
Paint Emperor's Gold Radiant Gel directly onto three chipboard pieces

Edge chipboard pieces with Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen

Black card stock layers
Scrap-Mart Exclusive Labels die (beneath flower oval)
Kanban Always and Forever Yellow Roses Paper Craft Toppers

Use honeycomb chipboard die cut to place/glue honeycomb pieces onto card front.

Kanban Always and Forever Yellow Roses Paper Craft Toppers adhered with pop dots.

Card 3:  Painted paper bag paper, stamped script with black archival ink.

The Solution + Bronze Medallion PE

Paint paper bag rectangle with The Solution + Bronze Medallion PE
Stamp script with black archival ink

Match colors in Belle Epoque Violet Paper Craft Toppers
Mix The Solution + Ginger Flower + Sapphire On Ice
Paint chevron die cut

Kanban Belle Epoque Violet Paper Craft Toppers adhered with pop dots
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Frameworks die - Chevron

Card 4:  Radiant Gel spead through stencil.

3D Gloss Gel + Bronze Medallion PE through Prima daises stencil

Remove stencil and clean medium off of stencil right away

3D Gloss Gel dries clear, allowing the beautiful shimmer from the PE to shine through.

Paint paper with The Solution + Ginger Flower PE

Adhere Kanban Mannequin (Ruby) Paper Craft Topers with pop dots

Supplies used:

The Solution Acrylic Wash Medium 

Primary Elements Artist Pigment 

Bolivian Blue
Ginger Flower
Sapphire on Ice
Bronze Medallion

Radiant Gels:

Emperor's Gold

Other Supplies used:

Penny Black Letter Background rubber stamp
Prima Daisies stencil (6x6)
Sizzix Tropical Paisley embossing folder
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Frameworks die - Honeycomb
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Frameworks die - Chevron
Kanban Paper Craft Toppers:  Always and Forever Yellow Roses, Belle Epoque Violet, Mare Blu, Mannequin (Ruby)
Scrap-Mart Exclusive Labels die
Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen
Versamark ink pad
Black archival ink pad
White embossing powder
Heat tool

So, there you have it... four different backgrounds using a simple brown paper bag.  I hope you enjoyed my card projects today and perhaps, I inspired you to play with your pigment powders for a variety of uses.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative weekend!