Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Vintage Door Hanger with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts - Part 1 of 2

Hi everyone!  Today I am sharing another quick and easy project using one of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Door Hangers.  Now these are so versatile and fun to decorate.  You can use just about anything to enhance a bare piece of chipboard to perfectly suit yourself or whomever you plan to give it to. You can use it to display on your door knob whether you are either "IN"or "OUT", "BUSY", ARTIST AT WORK", or plain ole' "DO NOT DISTURB".  What will you put on yours?

You can see my complete video tutorial below.  I've divided the tutorial into two parts to keep it short, so come back in a few weeks when I will finish up the reverse side in Part 2.


Supplies Used:

GSL Door Hangers
GSL Cuckoo Clock
GSL Decorative Windows 1 to 24
GSL Punch Elements Deco
GSL Tiny Shingles Stencil
Quarterfoil 6x6 stencil (Clear Scraps)
Light Molding Paste (Golden)
Black Gesso
Gel Medium or Varnish
Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic spray
ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes
  Caribbean Mist
  Moss Green
  Bolivian Blue
  Golden Monarch
ColourArte Primary Elements
  Burnt Umber
Lumiere 3D Dimensional Paint (Brass)
Prima/Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic Wax
  Green Brocade
  Vintage Silk
  Turquoise Satin
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Blending tool
Aleene's Quick Grab Tacky Glue
Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic coating spray
Assorted Brushes
K&Co Metal Art stickers

I  hope you enjoyed today's project, and perhaps I've been able to give you some ideas for your very own door hanger.  Oh, and how about making some of these for friends and family.  Wouldn't they make great and unique gifts?  I think so.

Well, that's it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you will come back for my second part of this video.  Don't forget to subscribe so you won't miss it, or any of my other videos.

Until next time, have a very crafty day!


Friday, May 18, 2018

How to Use Packaging to Make Beautiful Mixed Media Tags with ColourArte

Have you ever bought something that had pretty packaging?  Manufacturers spend lots of money on their packaging to make us want to buy their product.  Well, sometimes I just cannot bear to throw the cardboard backing or actual tag on a product.  Why not put these to use and turn them into beautiful mixed media tags to use in your art, whether it's for a card front, an addition to your art journal,  an embellishment for a canvas, a gift tag, or just to try out different mixed media techniques to keep for future reference!

I hope you can take a moment to check out my video tutorial below and perhaps fill your mind with ideas. 


ColourArte Supplies Used:
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  True Metals Dragon Gold
  Solar Gold
Radiant Rains Color Concentrate Dabber
Primary Elements Powdered Pigments
  Hopeful Honeysuckle
  Blue Zircon
  Autumn Skies
  Vanilla Bean
  Golden Nugget
Radiant Gels 3D Acrylic Paint
  Olive Vine

Other Supplies Used:
Black Gesso (Liquitex)
Black card stock
Black medium weight chipboard
Tags from packaging
  Large tag - 4-1/2" x 7"
  Small tag - 2-1/2" x 3-3/4"
THS032 Flourish stencil (Tim Holtz)
Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers
Sizzix/Tim Holtz 658577 Eiffel Tower & French Script embossing folder
Sizzix/Tim Holtz 658556 Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower die
Momenta Cut & Emboss die (Fleur de Lys)
1.5" wide off white rayon ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
Foam Pods for Inking (Darice)
Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed today's project!  Have a happy and creative day!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Shabby Chic Fan for Mother's Day

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share a beautiful and very thoughtful gift to give for Mother's Day, or any Summer time occasion.  These are quick and fun to make, and the addition of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts will add so much detail and dimension without adding the bulk.

I have made a step-by-step process video showing every step of the way to making one of these beautiful fans.  I am using lots of embossing powder and 3D paint techniques, and I will share a few tips or pointers for working with chipboard and making the fan in general.  This video is especially good for beginners as well as experienced crafters.


Supplies Used:

GSL Flourish Frame Sienna
GSL Leaf Medallions
GSL Scribble Frame Butterfly
Wavy craft sticks (Hobby Lobby)
Recollections Mixed Media 12x12 paper pad (Michael's)
Fan Base pattern (below)
Xyron Creative Station
DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic
  Phthalo Green-Yellow
Natural Fiber Assortment (Paper Studio)
Jacquard Lumiere Gold Pearl Dimensional Paint
VersaFine Ink Pad - Smokey Gray
Emboss It Clear Dabber (Ranger)
Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Chunky Rust Embossing Powder (Emerald Creek/Seth Apter)
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Ranger Blending Tool or Sponge

You should be able to click on the pattern and it will enlarge, then click on it again to save as a download.  Then find the pattern in your downloads folder and print it out.

Fan Base
I hope you enjoyed this project and perhaps have been inspired to make one, or more, of these sweet and thoughtful fans to give to your Mom, Grandmother, and other friends you want to keep cool.  Check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts online store for all sorts of chipboard embellishments just perfect for decorating your fan, no matter what shape you make it.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!


Friday, May 4, 2018

"In The Pink" Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone!  Do you find that you have a lot of "stuff" that you just don't know what to do with?  I sure do, and so I'm trying to use up some of this "stuff" that has been collecting dust for years.

In today's video tutorial, I made a mixed media canvas using up some tacks from the office supply, some molded embellishments from my stash, and lots and lots of flowers I've collected over the years.  I also used five different colors of pink ColourArte Primary Elements powdered pigments to colorize the background.  

I hope you will get some inspiration from my video and think about some of the things you have that would make some cool texture in your next mixed media project.


ColourArte Supplies Used:

Primary Elements
  Playful Peony
  Rose Gold
  Hopeful Honeysuckle
  Apple Blossom
  Rose Petal
  Nutty Oak
  Burnt Umber
  Bolivian Blue
  China Black

Butternut Radiant Rains Shimmering Mist

Other Supplies Used:

8x10 Canvas
Thumb Tacks
Paper Flowers 
Faber-Castell Texture Gems - Gold
Assorted Brushes and Spatulas
Silicone Molds (Art Molds)(Martha Stewart)
Lumina Jewelry Clay (Activa)
PermaStone Plaster (Activa)
DecoArt Media White Crackle Paste
Liquitex white gesso
Krylon Clear Coat spray sealer
Aged Brass Metallique wax (Prima)
White Paint Pen
Sharpie Black Marker

I hope you enjoyed today's project and have been inspired to make a mixed media canvas of your own.  Thanks so much for stopping by and spending some of your valuable time with me.  Have a fabulous, creative day!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

How to Make Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder

Hi everyone!  Today I have a super fun and easy project that is going to be a must-have in every home.  Lately, I've decided I am tired of holding my phone or Ipad while I'm working, and I remembered seeing this nifty Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder in the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts online store.  It's easy to put together, and can be embellished or left plain.  Of course, I am going to embellish mine.

There are only three pieces to put together. 

Cut two pieces of paper the same size as the bottom of the holder.  Glue one paper to the top, cut out the slots, turn over and glue the second paper to the bottom.  Do not cut out the slots again.  You will want complete coverage on the bottom.

All three pieces are now covered with the paper.  Notice that the paper on the two side pieces are not covering the dovetails. You will want to keep them free so that they will still fit inside the slots on the bottom piece.

Distress all the edges with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  This will give a nice finish and cover the white edges on the paper.  In the photo below, the top piece has not been distressed, while the bottom piece has been.  Can you tell the difference?

Before gluing the pieces together, I used a gloss varnish to cover both sides of the paper on each piece.  This will protect the paper from use and abuse while using the holder, such as coffee spills or food stains.  

Glue the two sides to the bottom piece, as shown.  I like to use a fast grab tacky glue for this.  Let the glue dry before handling it

Use a craft knife to cut away the "chads" that hold the laser cuts in place.  There are only two holding this Leafy Corner intact.  

I decided to emboss my leafy cuts with a blue patina that matched the colors in my paper.  You can you any kind of embossing ink, or Versamark if you have that.

I embossed two leafy cuts and adhered one to the front and back of the larger back piece.

front side
back side

On the front, add flowers and berries, etc. along the front section, being careful not to place the flowers too high or it will obstruct your view of your phone or tablet.

However, embellish away on the back side.  

Here are a few shots from the side, and  how it looks when in use with a phone or tablet.

Supplies Used:
GSL Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder
12x12 Print Paper (Stamperia SBB520)
PVA (white) glue
Fast Grab Glue (Aleenes)
Gloss Varnish (DecoArt)
Frayed Burlap distress ink (Tim Holtz)
Foam blender tool (Ranger)
Rustique Patina Azure embossing powder (Judi-Kins)
Clear Emboss It Dabber (Ranger)
Floral embellishments

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Wouldn't these make such wonderful gifts to give to all your family and friends.  It would be so much fun to decorate each one differently to suit the recipient, after you've made one of your very own, of course.  So check out Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for more inspiration and ideas.

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

Let the Fleur Fly Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone!  Lately, I've been purging my supplies, and I came across some items that I thought would add some great texture to a mixed media canvas.    I found some thumb tacks, some old buttons, and even some broken molded pieces I had made from plaster on a texture sheet.    Some of these things are quite old, but I'm pretty sure if you don't have the same exact things, you can find something similar in your own craft studio.   


ColourArte Supplies Used:
Silks Acrylic Glaze
  Olive Vine
  Emperor's Gold
  Solar Gold
  Orange Peel
  Cinnamon Brown
  Jasper Red
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  China Black
  Siam White

Other Supplies used:
8x12 Canvas
DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
DecoArt Media White Crackle Paste
Treasure Gold Metallic Wax (Classic)
Fleur de lys resin piece (hobby Lobby)
Large metal key (hobby lobby)
20 gauge wire
Prima #599409 wings mold
Faster Plaster
Buttons, thumb tacks (my stash)
Floral embellishments
Metal embellishments
Bee charms
Faber-Castell Texture Gems (Pearl)

I hope you enjoyed my video project today and maybe you've been inspired to go through your stash and make use of some of those things that have been forgotten and abandoned.

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


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Shabby Chic Mask Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Barbara Rankin here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  Today, I want to share this pretty, shabby chic mask using the Masks Shape Set,  along with Prima's new Lavender paper, and lots of lace and trims.

Trim a piece of 12"x12" paper to 7-3/4" x 12".  I used the mask shapes to get this measurement.

Run paper, right side up, through Xyron Creative Station.

Place paper with sticky side up.  This paper is double sided, so the script you see in the photo is actually the sticky side now.  Lay right side of each mask onto sticky side of paper.

Trim excess paper around each mask and cut out inside eye holes.  Repeat process to cover back of each mask with solid purple card stock.

Run purple card stock through Xyron Creative Station.

Adhere back of each mask to sticky side of cardstock.  Trim excess paper and cut out area inside the eye holes.  If needed, you can use sand paper, an emery board, or sanding tool, like the one shown, to smooth any rough edges.

Choose three feathery flourishes and the smallest star medallion from each set.  Ink with Versamark ink and heat emboss each piece with Charred Gold embossing powder first.  Reheat the embossing powder and while embossing powder is still hot, randomly sprinkle a small amount of Queen's Gold embossing powder and quickly reheat until melted.  Repeat process for back of each piece.  You only need to cover the parts of these pieces that might extend past the mask and be seen from the back.

Adhere pieces to each mask, as shown.  The star medallion is centered and attached to the top mask, while the flourishes are adhered to the bottom mask, just above where the top mask will sit.

Cut a piece of 4" long white fringe to 13".  Place onto a craft mat and spray with water first,  Then spray both Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stains over the fringe.  Spray more water to help the colors lighten as well as blend.  Allow the fringe to dry.  It will dry to a lighter color.  Then cut off any excess trim.

Glue purple trim around bottom mask, as shown.   I also outlined the eye openings on the bottom mask with the gold Krylon pen, as shown. 

When the top mask is placed over  the bottom mask, you will be able to see the gold outline around the eyes, as shown below.  

However, before we glue the two masks together, let's finish the top mask.  Glue purple trim around the edges of the top mask.  When glue dries, cut off any excess trim.

Next, glue a line of flat back pearl trim centered over purple trim. 

Cut two dangle daisy pieces from dangle daisy trim.  Lay onto craft mat and spray with Ranger Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  Then dab ColourArte Solar Gold onto each piece.  Let dry.
Glue dangle daisy trim piece to each side of top mask, as shown. 

Spread a thick bead of fast grab tacky glue along outer edge of bottom mask, as shown.  Let set for a minute or two.  Gently curve upper mask, and have a few clamps nearby and ready to use.

Align both top and bottom masks together and clamp along edges until glue dries. 

You may need to insert something between the two masks to keep the upper mask curved.  I used an extra clamp and shoved it between them.  Let the masks sit until the glue is dry.

Next, I inserted and glued small white feathers between the feathery flourishes to soften the top edges.  I glued matching gold buttons to the two daisy dangles and start medallion, as shown.  You may need to cut the shank off of the buttons before glueing them down.

Now, we need to add a handle.  I painted a 12" dowel that is 1/4' wide with  pearl paint.  You may need two coats for good coverage.  If you are right handed, you will want the handle to be on the left side of the mask so that when you are holding the mask, your right hand is free to use.  If you are left-handed, then place the handle on the right side of the mask. 

Use a good glue to attach the handle to the back of the mask, and cover the top of the handle with a small piece of the solid purple card stock to help keep the handle in place.

Here are a few closeups for you.  

Supplies Used:

GSL Masks Shape Set
GSL Star Medallions
GSL Feathery Flourishes Set
Lavender paper collection (Prima)
Coordinating purple card stock
Lumiere Pearl White paint
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains (Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar)
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist (Heirloom Gold)
ColourArt Radiant Rain Solar Gold Dauber
Krylon 18kt. Gold Leafing Pen
Embossing Powders
  Charred Gold (Emerald Creek)
  Queen's Gold (Ranger)
Xyron Creative Station
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse fabric glue
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Various ribbons, lace, trims, buttons, and embellishments
Diamond gemstones (Paper Studio)
Small Clamps
12" wooden dowel (1/4" wide)

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts online store to see more of the fabulous laser cuts available for all your art needs.

Have a wonderful, crafty day!