Thursday, October 11, 2018

Haunted Halloween Cabana Row House with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  I just love this time of year!  Halloween is  probably my favorite genre for art projects.  I have always been a horror movie enthusiast, and I guess I am just in awe of creepy, slimey, gorey things.  So, when I saw the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Cabana Row House Set, my first thought went to a haunted house rather than a beach house.  So, here goes.  Join me now on my macabre interpretation of these cute fold up houses. 

I chose the house and roof pieces labeled "D" and a couple of round windows for the peaked sides of the house. 

Cut up a piece of plank paper along the plank lines, as shown.

Fold the sides and tab along the score lines and glue the tab to the side of the house.  Use clamps to hold the piece together while the glue dries.

I folded the bottom tabs up and closed the bottom of the box without gluing it.  This will enable you to use it as a gift box, place a battery operated candle inside, or whatever you would like.

I ran my "plank" strips through my Xyron 1.5" sticker maker. 

Then, I started adding the "planks" paper to the sides of the house, varying the starting and stopping point, as shown. 

Continue layering the planks paper up towards the roof, cutting strips slightly larger as you go up to the peak.  Fold the tabs under and cut off the excess paper.

Glue a square scrap of grey paper to the box bottom.  Do not cover the tabs.

Paint the three circular window pieces with black chalk paint, let dry.  Punch two 1" circles from a yellow-orange piece of paper. 

Glue yellow-orange paper behind window pieces, center and glue windows to peaked area on each side of house.  (NOTE:  The open circle window piece was glued behind the four pane window piece.)

Cut a piece of corrugated card board the same size as the roof piece.

Paint top of corrugated roof with Timeless (beige) chalk paint and Carbon (black) chalk paint to give the roof a very grungy look.

Paint edges of roof along inside edge with same paint mixture.

Adhere the corrugated roof to the top of the house.  I found it easiest to glue one side of the roof first, let it dry, then glue the opposite side. 

I made a door by cutting striped print paper to 1" x 2", then adhered it to a piece of black card board.  Rough up the edges with sandpaper and add small snippets of black German Dresden border to the left edge to mimic hinges.  Snip off the brad prongs and adhere the brad top for a door handle.  Grunge up the whole door, hinges and brad handle with the paint mixture. 

Adhere door at slight angle to front of house.  Cut a piece of black card board to 3-1/4" square.  Adhere to base section of box.  

You will still be able to open the box bottom if you have not  previously glued it together.  This is optional, but I will be using it as a platform to add more embellishments along the bottom of the house.

Spread small splotches of crackle paste over the sides of the house with a small spatula, let dry.

Spread Black Soot distress ink over crackled areas with a sponge to bring out the cracks and grungy up the siding.

Paint each chipboard piece with Carbon (black) paint and Black Soot distress glitter, or Heritage (orange) paint and Spiced Marmalade (orange) distress glitter.  I found it easier to mix the glitter with a clear glue and spreading it over the painted chipboard pieces.  Some pieces will need to be painted and glittered on both sides, if the back side will show.  The ghost was painted with the Timeless (beige) paint mixed with Carbon (black) paint.

Adhere the chipboard pieces to the house, as shown in the photos below.  The smaller spider web was cut in half and half was placed on the front of the house.  The large bat wings extend from one side of the roof to the other.  I added a blue patina paint to the black German Dresden border along the roof line to help the bat show up better.  One of the ravens was placed atop the roof, as shown.  I cut a tiny slit in the roof to allow the foot of the raven to be inserted with a bit of glue.

The other half of the spider web was placed below the roof line on the left side of the house, as shown below.  The black cat was adhered to the left side of the roof with it's tail hanging below the roof line.

The larger spider web was glued to the right side of the roof with an orange glittered spider, and the ghost was adhered towards the bottom of the house.

On the back the word "SPOOKY" was adhered between the roof line with one of the ravens sitting atop it.  

Fall and Halloween botanicals were added around the bottom of the house, along with some botanical mini pumpkins and a resin skull.

Supplies Used:

GSL Cabana Row House Set (C)
GSL Decorative Windows 1 to 24
GSL Spooky Shape Set
GSL Creepy Critters
GSL Spiders and Webs Shape Set (contact store)
Xyron 1.5" sticker maker
German Dresden borders
DecoArt Americana chalk paint (Timeless, Carbon, Heritage)
Golden Crackle Paste
Blue patina paint (Art-C)
Card stock (gray, yellow-orange, kraft corrugated)
1" circle punch
Plank printed paper (Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash)
Stripe printed paper (Graphic 45 Rare Oddities paper collection)
Tim Holtz Distress Glitter (Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade)
Clear glue (Paper Studio)
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Well, there you have it, a beach house turned haunted.  I hope you enjoyed my Halloween cabana row house as much as I enjoyed making it.  Be sure to check out the Gypsy Soul online store for more fun laser cuts to use in all your projects, and the blog is also full of inspiration from the design team.

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


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Wicked Halloween Explosion Box with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is going well, and I have just one question … are you ready for Fall?  I sure am!  So today, I wanted to share a fun project using Gypsy Soul Laser Cut's Double Explosion Box

There are three boxes (upper left) and two lids (lower right).

Run a strip of washi tape over score lines on outside of box, as shown.  Fold box up to allow tape to stretch, then lay it flat again. 

Cut four pieces of floral print paper a scant less than 3" square to fit around the outside of the large box.  Distress the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink (DI) and run through your Xyron 3" sticker maker, or use whatever adhesive you have on hand. 

Adhere pieces to box sides, as shown.  Cut one piece of script paper a scant less than 3" square to fit the bottom of the large box.  Repeat distress inking the paper before applying the adhesive.  

Glue to box as shown.  Do not cover fold lines.

Repeat process for inside area of base box using harlequin paper.  

Cover center of box with damask print paper, as shown.

Cover the score lines with washi tape, as before.  Cover the box lid with flocked dots paper, as shown.  Do not cover the fold lines with the paper.  Distress the paper edges with black soot DI.  Leave tabs free to add glue for assembly.

Add glue to the box top tabs and glue lid together. Let glue dry, then cover inside with flocked damask paper, as shown.

Here is what the lid looks like when placed over the explosion box pieces.

For next smaller box, cut five pieces of script paper a scant less than 2-1/2" square and adhere to inside box, as shown.

Cover scored edges of box bottom with washi tape, as shown, and repeat process by folding sides up to stretch tape.  Lay box flat.

Cut four pieces of striped paper a scant less than 2-1/2" square and adhere to outside of box, as shown.  Add glue to center bottom of box, as shown.

Adhere to center section of larger box base, as shown.

Cover outside only of smallest box and lid, as shown.

Glue the bottom box to the center of the explosion box, as shown.  (NOTE:  It was not necessary to cover the bottom of this box since it is being glued down).

Mark an "X" on the inside of  the lid, and use a craft knife to cut an "X" in the center.  Use an awl to start and enlarge the hole in the center, as shown.

Insert a small battery-operated tea light into the hole in the lid opening, as shown.

When you are ready to turn on the tea light, you can do so easily by opening the box lid and turning the on/off switch.  You can also change the batteries easily, too.  The purpose of this box is only to house the tea light.

Paint four 5mm wooden balls with Smokey Quartz glitter paint, let dry. 

Adhere wooden balls to bottom of large box, as shown.

Paint spider web corners, spider, ravenmouseblack catBOO!, and scrap of chainlink panel with black paint.  Let that coat dry, then paint pieces with black glitter paint.  

Adhere two corner spider webs to middle box, as shown.  Only add glue to outer edge of web to allow it to serve as a pocket so you can insert bits of ephemera or tags, etc.  On remaining two flaps, add black German Dresden border strip, gluing only the edges to serve as a band to hold more ephemera.  I added a tiny piece of mummy cloth around the tea light bulb to add some texture.

Cut four strips of orange webbing ribbon to 3".  Distress the webbing with Vintage Photo DS, let dry.

Make four coffin shaped tags to fit the largest box flaps, which is 3".  Decorate the front with stamped and fussy cut images.

On the reverse, add labels cut from one of the papers in the Halloween stash pad and adhere to the back of each coffin tag.

Adhere the orange webbing pieces to the outer flaps, adhering only along the sides.  Add labels over the webbing, as shown.  Insert coffin tags beneath webbing to hold in place.

Continue adding ephemera, as shown.  Slip pieces beneath corner spider webs and the Dresden borders.  Glue metal apothecary mask over tea light bulb.

Tea light off

Tea light turned on

Close box up and add Zombie hand to box top with tiny bit of moss around it.  Place "BOO!" iside hand, as shown.  Run black trim around the box top, tie a knot at the front corner, and add Wicked token to trim.  Finish decorating the outside panels with the remaining chippies ... cut chickenwire panel into smaller pieces and adhere to each side with either the mouse, the raven, the spider, or the cat.   See photos below for placement.

Supplies Used:

GSL Double Explosion Box
GSL Chainlink 8 by 8 Inch Panel
GSL Spiders and Webs (coming soon)
GSL Creepy Critters
GSL Spooky Shape Set
Xyron 3" Sticker Maker
German Dresden Border (Black)
Tim Holtz Halloween Stash 8x8 paper pad
Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings
Tim Holtz Halloween Tokens
Tim Holtz Halloween Design Tape
Tim Holtz Halloween Mummy Cloth
Tim Holtz Halloween Zombie Hands
Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Stain
Recollections 520886 Halloween Clear Stamp and Die Set
VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink pad
Black Archival ink pad
Black acrylic paint
Martha Stewart Black glitter paint
Martha Stewart Smokey Quartz glitter paint
White glue
Wooden small round beads (ArtMinds)

Well, thanks for sticking with me again.  If you made it to here, you got to see all the fun pictures and cool Halloween ephemera.  I have to admit, this is my favorite time of year.  I love making Halloween items, and I hope I've inspired you to check out the really cool stuff in the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts online shop.  And don't forget to check out the blog, too.  There is tons of inspiration from the rest of the fabulous design team.

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