Friday, August 18, 2017

ColourArte Mixed Media Textured Tags by Barbara Rankin

Hi everyone!  Today I have a couple of textured tags to share with you that I hope you will enjoy.  I will show you one tag with molding paste and a stencil, and one tag using Creative Paperclay® for some spectacular texture.  Of course, the finishing touches are using ColourArte's Primary Elements Artist Pigments.  These colors are so beautiful, and there are so many to choose from.

I hope you will enjoy my video tutorial here!


ColourArte Supplies Used:

Primary Elements Powdered Pigments
  African Jade
  Ancient Coin
  Bronze Medallion
  Burnt Umber
  Rose Gold
  Yellow Rose
  Moss Agate
  Mandarin Citrine
  Black Orchid
  Bolivian Blue

Other Supplies Used:

Tags from Product Packages (Prima, Graphic 45)
Golden Molding Paste
Creative Paperclay®
Honeycomb Texture Sheet
Rebecca Baer ST-614 Urban Jungle Stencil
Jewelry Findings
Metal Embellishments
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Tim Holtz Trinken Pins
Various Ribbons
Aleene's Quick Grab Tacky Glue
E6000 Glue
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
Black Archival Ink
Script rubber stamp
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen

I hope you enjoyed my video today, and I would love for you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.  As always, I appreciate your stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty-filled week!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

How To Video Tutorial: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Steamer Trunk

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog, and I have the cutest piece to share with you today.  It is the 8" Steamer Trunk, and just think of all the possible uses for this sweet piece.  I was thinking it could be used on your desk for small office supplies, or a jewelry box to keep some of your precious "jewels".  How about using it on your craft desk to keep some of your small embellishments, buttons, ink refills, glue sticks, etc.  Just change up the paper design to suit your style.

Closed Front

Closed Back

Here are a few more pictures of the steamer trunk on the inside. 

Trunk Open- Desk Lid Closed

Trunk Open - Desk Lid Open
Supplies Used:

GSL 8" Steamer Trunk
Basic Grey Plumeria print paper
Handmade leather like paper
Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal hinges, box corners, hitch fastener, and buckle
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
   Transparent Red Iron Oxide
   Titanium White Antiquing Cream
   Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre
Folk Art Lilac Chalk Paint
PVA or white glue
Assorted brushes

I hope you enjoyed my project and video today, and be sure to check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts shop for all your laser cut chipboard needs.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a super day!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Part Two - Finishing Acrylic Poured Canvas with ColourArte

Hi everyone.  Today I am sharing the second part of my acrylic poured canvas video tutorial in which I did a lot of manipulating and experimenting with pouring products and, of course, ColourArte.  You can CLICK HERE to see that first video.  

The canvas has completely dried since taping of that video, and here are photos of how it looks now.


Although I did not get very many cells in this pour, I still thought it was pretty, but not quite pretty enough to stand on its own as a piece of abstract art.  So, I decided to use it as my background for an assemblage piece.  In the second part of this project video tutorial, I will show you how I finished the piece and hopefully saved it from trash can.  I hope you will gain some inspiration from my second part of this video tutorial here.  


ColourArte Supplies Used

Vivid Ultra Metallics
  True Metals Dragon Gold
  True Metals Autumn Flame
  Solar Gold
  Pink Azalea
  Teal Zircon
  African Jade
  China Black
  Bolivian Blue
Radiant Gels Dimensional Paint
  Copper Pearls

Other Supplies Used

Golden Light Molding Paste
DecoArt Media White Crackle Paste
Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Diamonds Texture Sheet
Sizzix 656562 Key & Keyhole Bigz Die
Black Chipboard
Graphic 45 metal brads
The Crafter’s Workshop TCW380s Mini
  Grandma’s Doily stencil
Krylon Crystal Clear Coating spray
Ranger Blending Tool
Kanban Flight of the Butterflies paper collection
Frayed Burlap distress ink

I hope you enjoyed today's project, and I am always pleased to have you stop by.  Thanks so much for watching, and have a super day!


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


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
  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!


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
  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!


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!


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.  


ColourArte Supplies Used:

Primary Elements
  Orange Peel
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
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!


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!


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
  African  Jade
  Pink Azalea
  Teal Zircon
Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo distress ink
Foam blending tool
Xyron 3"sticker maker
Golden Light Molding  Paste
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!


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.

To see more video tutorials like this, please click here to subscribe to my channel.  

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!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Father's Day Cards with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  I'm sure that, by now, you know that Father's Day is just around the corner, and if you need some ideas for those masculine type cards to make, I hope this tutorial will help inspire you.  Here are the two cards I made that I think would be suitable for any of the men in your life.

Card 1

Card 1: Adhere a slightly smaller piece of print paper (Off to the Races) to the front of a 5"x7" kraft card.  (Optional:  Distress and ink edges before adhering to card front).

Use the 3"x4" notecard (Cigar Box Secrets) to measure the distance to cut through the 4"x6" notecard (Cigar Box Secrets).

Draw a line between the two marks with a pencil.  Punch a 1/8" circle at the sides where the lines intersect, then use a craft knife to slice the straight opening along the straight line between the two holes.  Erase pencil lines.

Place 3"x4" notecard into slot.

Turn 4"x6" notecard over and trace around 3"x4" notecard on reverse.  

At this time, you can distress and ink the edges of the 4"x6" notecard only before adhering to the card front.  Note where the glue has been applied.  The pocket area needs to be free from glue.

Adhere 4"x6" notecard to lower right of card front.

Round corners of  3"x4" notecard and slip into pocket.  Make two rosettes using the red print Graphic 45 paper and adhere to upper left corner of card.  Use a pop dot to lift the smaller rosette so it will sit slightly atop the larger one.

Choose four Gears and one of the Horses to alter.  The horse was inked with Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides.  The gears were inked with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hammered Metal (left) and Charred Gold (right).

The horse's legs were  glued to the top portion of the pocket opening on the 4"x6" notecard only, leaving the 3"x4" notecard free to move up and down.  The gears were glued to the rosettes, while two gears were layered and adhered next to the rosettes, as shown.

Pull the 3"x4" notecard out of the pocket and use a repositionable glue dot to adhere your gift card to the reverse side.

Stamp a sentiment on the front of the notecard.  I used "just for you" for this card. 

Place notecard with gift card inside pocket and send your "gift" card on it's way.

On the inside, add a scrap of the G45 paper to the inside with a border strip, and stamp "Dad" with Versamark and heat emboss with champagne embossing powder.

Card 2

Card 2: Adhere a slightly smaller piece of print paper (Off to the Races) to the front of a 5"x6-1/2" black card.  (Optional:  Distress and ink edges before adhering to card front).  

Ink Flourished Frame Valerie Square with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder.  

Trace around frame onto a piece of blue print paper (Off to the Races) and cut to fit inside frame.  

Adhere to back of frame opening, then adhere both to top half of card front.

Ink Horse Head with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Charred Gold embossing powder.  Adhere to center of frame opening with foam dots.

Die cut a banner from black card stock.  Use gold rub-ons to spell out "BEST DAD".

Fold ends of banner, place foam dots in center and glue at ends, as shown.

Adhere to bottom of card beneath frame.

Since the gold letters were so bright, I added touches of gold metallic paste to some areas of the frame to brighten the frame to match.

For the inside, stamp "Happy Father's Day" with Versamark ink and champagne embossing powder.  Cut around image and adhere to a scrap of the G45 paper that has been cut slightly smaller than the front of the kraft sack (envelope).

Adhere craft sack to center of card inside, and insert your gift card.  

Supplies Used:

GSL Horses Shape Set
GSL Gears Shape Set
GSL Flourished Frame Valerie Square
Graphic 45 Off to the Races papers
Prima Cigar Box Secrets papers
Kraft card (5"x7")
Black card (5"x6-1/2")
Black card stock scrap
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides (Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber)
Tim Holtz die (Regal Crest) 
Tim Holtz Gilded Alpha remnant rubs
Allure Embossing Powders (Charred Gold, Hammered Metal, Burnt Copper Leaves)
Pearlustre Champagne embossing powder
Versamark ink pad
Dad rubber stamp (Inkadinkado)
Mini Craft Sacks (2.5" x 4") (Paper Studio)
3D Foam Squares 
Happy Father's Day stamp (PSX)
Just for You stamp (Hero Arts)

I hope you enjoyed the project today, and be sure to check out the GSL shop.  Another fun set to consider for your male cards is the GSL Miniatures Shape Set - Guy Thing.  It contains lots of vintage style male type laser cuts, giving you even more choices.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!