Thursday, September 29, 2016

"Ridiculously Good" Retro Cards with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog with a couple of retro style cards for you.  These cards can be used for any occasion, especially if the recipient is into vintage or retro styles.

Milk Can Card:

This is what the chipboard looks like.  I left the bits from the detail cuts in the milk can.

Paint milk can with black gesso and sprinkle salt over it while still wet.  Let dry.

Rub salt off of milk can and paint a light coat of Vivid True Silver, allowing some of the black to show through.  The salt left a cool texture on the can.

Use a silvery dimensional paint (steel) and make 3D lines where the detail cuts were made in the can.  Set aside to dry.

Paint two of the Mixed Media Fragments Retro with white gesso and let dry.

Paint the diamond retro piece with Rusty Hinge acrylic paint.  Let dry.

Adhere polka dot print paper to card front.  Cut diamond retro piece apart and adhere to card front, as shown.  

Resize and print collage image onto white card stock.  Distress and ink edge with brown distress ink. Adhere to center of milk can, and adhere can centered over the retro diamond pieces.  Fussy cut print milk can, milk circles, and tags, adhere to front, as shown.  

 Coffee Commercial Card:

Paint retro circles with Malted Milk acrylic paint.  Let dry.  Glue to black print paper, trim excess paper around retro circles.

Adhere red print paper to card front.  Glue retro circles to card front, and use punch out piece of unfinished chipboard from inside one of the retro circles, adhere to card, as shown.  This will help give a level area for adhering the TV in a later step.

Paint retro tv with black acrylic paint.  Let dry.  Resize and print coffee advertisement to fit inside tv screen.  Trace around tv and cut away excess paper.  

Glue retro tv over collage image.  Paint antenna with Vivid True Silver acrylic paint.

Adhere retro tv to card front, as shown.  This is why that extra piece of chipboard was necessary, to help stabilize the tv when adhered to the front.  Add stickers "ridiculously good" to front, as shown in finished photo above.

Supplies Used:

GSL Retro Frame Set
GSL Milk Can
GSL Mixed Media Fragments Retro
Black card stock
Jenni Bowlin Classic Red/Black Paper Pad
Collage Sheets 
   Crafty Secrets Farm Fresh
   Altered Pages Good Morning
ColourArte Vivid True Silver
Ranger Acrylic Paint (Malted Milk, Rusty Hinge)
Lumiere Steel 3D acrylic paint
Chit Chat Word stickers (Tim Holtz)

I hope you enjoyed my retro card projects today.  Check your stash and see what fun things you can find to use with any of the fabulous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  You may surprise yourself at how easy it is to make some really creative cards that everyone will be talking about.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to play!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mixed Media Canvas with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here with a mixed media canvas using none other than my favorite laser cut chipboard from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.    

I started with a 6"x8" canvas panel and adhered a section of the Chainlink to it, as shown.

Paint canvas and Chainlink with white gesso.  While I had the gesso out, I went ahead and painted the  Bird in Ivy and one of the Flourishes 2 as well.  The gesso not only seals the chipboard but also gives it a nice, white base to add your colors.

Mist background with Tuscan Sun.

Mist background with Blackberry Cordial.  If the color is too dark in spots, dab excess with a paper towel.

Mist background with Gold.

Rub iced espresso metallic lustre over chainlink, then rub patina gilder's paste randomly over chainlink.

Cover Bird with a piece of paper and mist wreath portion with English Ivy.  Repeat for the  Flourish.  Let dry.

Paint Bird with hot cinnamon, burnt umber, and golden sand H20s.   Paint ivy and flourish with golden jade and moss green H20s.  Paint wreath with burnt umber.

Adhere bird in ivy and flourish to canvas, as shown.

At this point, I decided to add a few more leaves, so I chose my favorite, Fern Fronds.  To prepare them for color, I once again painted them with white gesso.  When that dried, I colored them with golden jade H20s and let that dry.  Next, I used a damp baby wipe to pick up hot cinnamon H20s and dab it over the leaves for this mottled effect.

Adhere fern fronds to canvas, as shown.

Add beaded spray and flowers, as shown.  Lastly, add a bit of glitter glue to the flower petals for an extra bit of sparkle.

Supplies Used:

6"x8" Canvas Panel
Glimmer Mist
  Tuscan Sun
  Blackberry Cordial
  English Ivy
ColourArte Twinkling H20s
  Hot Cinnamon
  Burnt Umber
  Rich Cocoa
  Golden Sand
  Moss Green
  Golden Jade
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso
Baroque Gilder's Paste Patina

I hope you enjoyed my canvas project today.  Be sure to stop by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog and shop for more inspiration, and to see all the newest laser cuts coming your way.

Have a super crafty day!


Using the CraftwellUSA eBrush for a Mixed Media Fall Canvas

Hey all!  Are you thinking about Fall yet?  I sure am, which brings me to my mixed media canvas today.  Of course, I am going to be adding color with my Craftwell eBrush.  So let's get started.

I cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to 11" x 8-1/2".  Then, I tore some of the top layer off, exposing the corrugations in some areas.  Next, I added some strips of flower printed fabric tape and gave the entire background a rough textured coat of Teresa Collins' modeling paste.  Let this dry thoroughly.

Spread extra course garnet gel in a couple of spots, then sprinkle gold micro beads over wet medium.

Brush random strokes of gel medium over background and lay pieces of torn book pages over it.  Let all mediums dry.

Remove any portions of the book pages that did not adhere and you will get this really cool torn effect.

Brush on a wash of white gesso and water to give a nice, light background for the eBrushed colors to adhere to.

I die cut a piece of script paper with Teresa Collins Honeycomb Project Die using my Cut n Boss.

Tear honeycomb apart and adhere pieces to canvas, as shown, along with some of the punched out honeycomb pieces.  Let dry.

Emboss white card stock with the Teresa Collins Beautiful Words A6 Embossing Folder and cut out the word "FOREVER".  (This was left over from another project, so nothing goes to waste.)

Adhere to canvas, as shown.  Let dry.  I also die cut and embossed some leaves from thin chipboard and arranged the on the canvas.  It is a good idea to do this to get an idea of where you are going with your piece, although it can change.

Now the fun begins.  eBrush the first layer with BG15 Aqua, concentrating on the edges and corrugations.

Next layer is eBrushed with R85 Rose Red.

I wanted to warm the background a bit so I eBrushed Y21 Buttercup Yellow over the background, concentrating on the center of the piece.

The yellow leaf was eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then E74 Cocoa Brown around the edges.

The two large orange leaves were first eBrushed with YR 23 Yellow Ochre, then YR68 Orange was eBrushed around the edges.  A light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over it to tone it all down.

The wider small red leaf was first eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then R29 Lipstick Red was eBrushed around the edges, and a light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over all to tone it all down.

The last reddish green leaf was first eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then R29 Lipstick Red was eBrushed in the center.  Next, the edges were eBrushed with the G09 Veronese Green, and a light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over all to tone it all down.  All leaf stems were also eBrushed with the Cocoa Brown.

I found these puffy plastic letters to spell "fall" in my stash, so I eBrushed them with the E74 Cocoa Brown.  It would have been impossible to color them straight from the marker because each brush stroke of the marker removed what I put down.  So the eBrush is super fantastic for this sort of technique.  (Tip:  They are stickers, so you want to place them on your craft mat before eBrushing them so that you can remove them.)

Since I had already adhered my "FOREVER" word to my canvas, I used post it notes to protect the area around it from overspray and eBrushed it with the E74 Cocoa Brown.

I removed the post it notes and outlined the letters with a brown Micron pen to add depth.

I used a die cut piece of card stock as a stencil and eBrushed the E74 Cocoa Brown through it in random spots.

I used brown distress ink and a blending tool to edge all of the leaves, as well as the edges of the canvas.  I just really like the look.

Supplies Used:

Teresa Collins Beautiful Words and Stars A6 Embossing Folder
Copic Markers - BG15, R85, Y21, YR23, YR68, E74, R29, G09
Teresa Collins Modeling Paste
Gel medium
White gesso
Extra course garnet gel medium
Gold micro beads
Sizzix Tattered Leaves die (Tim Holtz)
Sizzix Layered Leave die (Tim Holtz)
Corrugated Chipboard from boxes
Vintage book pages
Distress ink - Vintage Photo
Blending tool

There will be more fun projects featuring up cycled projects, 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!