Friday, June 15, 2018

New Series: Make Your Own Embellishments with ColourArte - Chipboard Tiles

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my new series of video tutorials for making your own embellishments. I will be showing you how to make your own embellishments for any and all of your artwork, whether it's a simple card, a scrapbooking page, an art journal, or even a mixed media canvas.  I will try to use different techniques, and I will always interject with any tips that come to mind during the process.

Today, I'm working with ColourArte products and simple corrugated card board from a shipping box.  I will be working mostly with ColourArte's Vivid UItra Metallics, and a couple of the Primary Elements powdered pigments.  I hope you are able to come away with some inspiration and cool ideas of your own.


ColourArte Supplies Used:
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  True Metals Autumn Flame
  Pink Azalea
  Mystic Blue
  Mallard Green
  Peaceful Poppy
  Ocean Wave
  Burnt Umber
  Teal Zircon
Radiant Rains Color Dabber
  Solar Gold
Primary Elements Powdered Pigments
  Iridescent Red
  Bronze Medallion

Other Supplies Used:
Liquitex white gesso
Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
Golden Light Molding Paste
DecoArt Matte Medium
TCW554s Mini Butterfly Collage stencil
Corrugated Cardboard from Shipping Box
Rubber or clear stamps (approx. 2" square)
3D Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
Clear stamps (to fit squares)
Tim Holtz Ideaology metal charms

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have loads of fun making your own embellishments.  I would love to hear what you are making in the comments below.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

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

Hi everyone, and welcome back to part 2 of my mixed media door hanger video tutorial with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  In case you missed part 1, you can click here to see that video.  In part 1, we finished side one, which I will call the IN side.  In keeping with that, in part 2, we will complete  side two, which I will call the OUT side.  


I used a variety of different techniques for each side, so I hope you will enjoy the videos and glean some inspiration from both.


Supplies Used:

GSL Door Hangers
GSL Birdwatching Shape Set
GSL Bird on Branch Assortment (replaces Bird and Flourishes
  Shapes Set, which has been discontinued)
GSL For the Birds
Liquitex white gesso
DecoArt Media Matte Medium
DecoArt Patent Leather Paint - Black
Americana chalky finish paint
Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste
ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Pink Azalea
  Mandarin Blush
  Mallard Green
  China Black
ColourArte Radiant Rains Dabber
  Solar Gold
Alphabet Letters
Colored Pencils
Old book pages
Assorted brushes

Calling all Crafters. Want to win a fabulous prize package from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts? GSL is giving away a prize package worth $50 - full of fabulous chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Show us what you've made featuring Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and we'll pick a winner for a $50 prize package. And maybe a guest spot on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog!  To enter, go to the GSL Facebook page by clicking this link, then post a comment below with a photo of your project and a link to your blog post showing the project. (Open to USA residents only please. Contest ends Jun 25. Winner announced July 1)  GOOD LUCK!!!

Well, that's about it for this week.  I hope you will consider joining in our contest and sharing your fabulous art with us. 

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



Friday, June 1, 2018

Creating Cards with ColourArte and Blank Page Muse Rubber Stamps

Hi everyone!  I've got a couple of cards to share today using the beautiful ColourArte watercolors, better known as Twinkling H20s.  I will also be using a couple of flamingo themed rubber stamp sets from my friend, Pam Bray, giving my cards a very summery and tropical feel.  I think the combination of the bright Twinks and these rubber stamps go hand in hand.  I hope you do, too! 

I have made a complete step-by-step video tutorial below, including a few tips and techniques.  


ColourArte Supplies Used:

Twinkling H20s
  Beachhouse Blue
  Blue Bayou
  Pink Crocus
  African Jade
  Key Lime
  Moss Green
  Yellow Rose

Other Supplies Used:
Blank Page Muse rubber stamp sets
  Tropical Dreams by Pam Bray
  Flamingo Row by Pam Bray
Lt Blue  and Lt Peach card stock (cut to 6-1/2" x9-3/4" fold in half to make 6-1/2" x 4-7/8" card base)
Dk Blue and Dk Peach card stock (cut to 6-1/4" x 4-5/8" for card layer 1)
Strathmore Mixed Media Paper (Vellum Surface) (2 cut to 6"x4-3/8")
X-Press It Blending Card stock
Acrylic stamping blocks
Tsukineko Tack N Peel cling sheet for rubber stamps
Scotch Removable Poster Tape
Golden Light Molding Paste
Mystic Turquoise Antique Brilliance wax (Prima)
Sizzix embossing folders
  Flowers, Leaves & Twirls, Ornate -Large
  Floral (Tim Holtz)
Cuttlebug Cut N Emboss dies (labels)
Stampin' Up Word Window punch
Warm Gold 3D Metallic Paint (Lumiere)
Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink pad
VersaMark ink pad
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Inking Pods (Darice)
3D Foam dots

I hope you enjoyed watching the process of making these bright and tropical themed cards, and perhaps I have been able to inspire you with your own ideas for using the Twinks from Colourarte, combined with the deeply etched red rubber stamps by Pam Bray for Blank Page Muse.  

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


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!