Friday, October 28, 2016

A Spooktacular Witch's Hat with ColourArte

Hi everyone!  Are you ready for Halloween?  If not, here is a witch's hat just waiting to be worn.  I used the beautiful ColourArte paints to give it the colors and textures that you see.  

And you can follow along with my video tutorial to see just how I made it.

Supplies Used:

  Primary Elements
    Clear Glaze Medium
    Ginger Flower
    Bolivian Blue
    Burnt Umber
    Black Emerald
    China Black
The Solution Acrylic Medium Wash

Vivid Ultra Metallics
  True Metals Dragon Gold

Paper Mache Witch Hat
Stars Stencil (Tim Holtz)
Shedded Stencil (Andy Skinner)
Modeling Paste (Teresa Collins)
White gesso (Liquitex)
Black gesso (Liquitex)
Beige chalk paint
Lace and assorted floral embellishments
Assorted Paint Brushes

I hope you enjoyed my project and have been inspired to make one for yourself.  So stop on over at ColourArte to see all the gorgeous colors offered.

Have a howling good Halloween, and be safe!


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Frightfully Good Halloween Favor Box

Happy Halloween!!  This is my favorite time of year for making all of my macabre projects.  In keeping with that theme, I chose to make a Coffin Box Miniature and decorate it with more fun Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!

This set comes with two coffin boxes which are perfect for party favors or decorations.  I laid out a top and bottom onto a piece of print paper and cut around the box pieces to get an idea of where I want the print to appear on the box.

Cut around the pieces, leaving a slight margin.

Run papers through Xyron machine, or simply glue to box pieces with glue of choice.  Place pieces face down onto paper for easiest folding.

Trim excess paper, cut through box slits, and assemble box top and bottom.

If you want to finish off the inside, the easiest way would be to paint it with a coordinating color in the paper.  I used black, and then edged the pieces with silver ink pad to match the silver spider web design in my paper.

I used pigment ink and embossing powders to cover each of my laser cut pieces.

Bat = Marquasite EP
Spider = Peridot EP
Spiderweb = Black EP
Mouse = Brown EP

Glue pieces to outside of coffin box, as shown.  Make "spikes" with 3D silver paint around box lid.  The lid is still removable even though my curious little mouse is trying to take a peek inside.  He is only glued to the side of the lid.

 Twist a small piece of 20g black wire.

Adhere one end of wire to back of bat with white glue.  Set aside to dry.

Pierce box top with paper piercer and insert opposite end of wire into box.  Lift cover and add white glue.  Let dry.

Supplies used:

GSL Coffin Box Miniatures
GSL Spiders and Webs
GSL Creepy Critters Shape Set

Spiderweb print paper
Black acrylic paint
Embossing Powders
Pigment ink pads
20g black wire

Well, I just realized how "black and white" my project looks, very much like an old Alfred Hitchcock movie.  Anyway, if you want more color, just change up the papers and embossing powder colors.  However, I am getting a pretty cool vibe from this old-time presentation.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out all the fab laser cuts Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has to offer.

Have a frightfully fun Halloween!!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gracielle Designs Fall Blog Hop

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first of three days of our Fall Fest blog hop.  This month, Gracielle Design is celebrating with lots of giveaways, sales, and inspiration!  Follow our blog hops each day and you'll have the chance to win a digital stamp set of your choice from Gracielle Design Digital Shop.  There will be lots of beautiful projects for your crafty inspiration, so we invite you to join the fun.

For my inspirational projects, I chose this gorgeous digital stamp set called Bee Kind.  I think the Sunflowers speak Fall to me, and the sentiments are so appropriate, too.

My first card uses these gorgeous sunflowers as the focal image.

I printed multiple images of the sunflowers, colored and fussy cut each one out.  On the top image, I added brown Flower Soft to the flower centers.

Cut black card stock to 6-1/2" x 10", fold in half to make 6-1/2" x 5" card, and the green print paper slightly smaller than the card front..  Die cut black chipboard and print papers with cabinet card die.  Use the smaller cabinet card die to cut another piece of black chipboard and the brown paper.  The brown paper was embossed with chain embossing folder.  

Distress the edges of the first layer and adhere to the card front.  Adhere the chipboard to the back of each cabinet card.  Hit the high spots on the embossed paper with Vintage Photo distress ink.  Use the Vintage Market die to cut out FALL from black card stock.

Adhere all pieces to card front, as shown.

Adhere Fall to the top of the card.  Adhere the first image layer to the cabinet card layer.  Place pop dots as shown for the next layer.

Continue adding the next image layer to the first, again adding pop dots to lift the next layer.

A few closeups of the dimension after the final image was layered onto the two beneath it.

Print out one of the sentiments from the set onto stationery paper, cut to size and adhere inside card.

My second card used this sweet little bee as my focal image.

Cut kraft card stock to 6-1/2" x 12", fold in half.  Trim print paper slightly smaller, to 5-7/8" x 6-3/8".  Die cut yellow print paper using honeycomb die.

Cut honeycomb in half unevenly, adhere to print layer.  Use 1-3/4" circle die to cut three holes in paper, through honeycomb, if necessary, as shown.

Adhere print layer to green print paper, cut away excess paper.

Adhere to card front.  

Add one complete bee to each circle, as shown.

Cut legs and head off of three bees, leaving only the body and wings, as shown.  Place bee upside down onto soft foam and emboss with a large ball stylus.  Shape wings and add hologram glitter glue.

Add pop dots to body portion of each bee and adhere over bees already adhered to card front.

A few closeups of the dimension.  Glitter glue was also added to the wings for extra sparkle.

Print out one of the sentiments from the set onto stationery paper, cut to size and adhere inside card.

Gracielle Designs Digital Stamp Set - Bee Kind
Daisy D 8x8 Beacon Hill paper pad
Fancy Pants 8x8 All Fall paper pad
Cardstock: Black, Kraft
Black chipboard
Lifestyle Crafts Chain embossing folder
Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies:
  Vintage Cabinet Cards
  Vintage Market
Teresa Collins Honeycomb Project Die
Spellbinders dies:
  Nested Circles (1-3/4" size)
  Fleur de Lis Rectangles (smallest)
Distress ink pads: Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Hologram glitter glue
Water-based markers
Foam dots

Blog Hop Order:

*Be sure to stop by each blog on each day and leave a comment.

** For an extra entry, LIKE, share, and leave a comment on today's post at Gracielle Designs Facebook Page.

*** For an extra entry, LIKE and tag a friend in a comment on today's post at Graciellie Design's official Instagram page.

Be sure to stop by the Gracielle Design Digital Shop for some great promotional sales during our Fall Fest.  And we have two more days of inspiration for you, so be sure to come back and check out the ultra-talented artists for Day 2 and Day 3.  

Winners will be announced on Gracielle Designs Facebook Page on October 29th.

Thanks for stopping by, and check out your next stop, 
Autumn Clark,  to see what fabulous project she has prepared for you.



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween Gatefold Mini Album with Gypsy Soul

Hi everyone!  Barbara here with my first project for October.  My favorite theme in October is, yep, you guessed it, Halloween, and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has a fabulous selection of chipboard albums to suit the occasion.  I chose the Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale paper collection to cover the pages.

Trace around the chipboard and cut out all of your scrapbook papers to match.

Adhere papers to both sides of chipboard pages.  (TIP:  At this point, I painted the edges of each page with black gesso to finish if off.)

Paint chipboard pieces with black gesso.  The ghost was painted with white gesso.  (TIP:  If you think any portion of your chipboard shape will extend past the book pages, or if you have a shape that may need to be used in a left or right facing, like the ravens, it is a good idea to paint both sides now.)

Heat emboss gates with copper pigment ink and rustique patina bronze embossing powder.

Adhere gates to front page with a tacky glue.

Sponge black gesso over the gate sections that extend beyond the top of the page, as shown.

One more thing before we start decorating the pages is to mark and punch  3/16" holes in the side of the book pages to bind it when we are finished.  This will help remind you not to cover up the areas for the binding.  I have decided to use two binding rings, so I will use a strong hole punch, like a Crop-a-dile.  Then use this page to transfer the hole position to the following pages and punch.

Cover Page
Spread 3D gel medium through stars stencil over witch skirt, let dry.  It will dry translucent and shiny, leaving this pretty black star design on her dress.

Spooky was painted with Snap Dragon and Orange Peel Silks.  Two spooky eyes were printed and adhered behind the O's, then adhered to the top of the gate.

The raven was painted with Majestic Blue Silks acrylic glaze and a tiny glitter sticker added for his eye.  He was adhered above the word Spooky.

The two bats were painted with Olive Vine Silks and tiny glitter stickers added for eyes.  I adhered these to the front as though they were flying out of the witch's hat.

The black cat only needed a couple of glitter stickers for eyes and adhered along the bottom rail of the gate.

The pumpkin was painted with Orange Peel Silks, and a bit of shading was added with Chestnut Brown Silks and Olive Vine for the leaf.  The pumpkin eyes and mouth were left black and a couple of glitter stickers were added to make the eyes a bit more creepy.

Page 1 and Page 2

Page 1:  Using the top piece from the stackable label, center and trace around the words "Once Upon a Time".  Cut out and glue to the top piece, sand off any excess paper.  Paint the bottom part of the label with black gesso and two coats of Harvest Sol.  Adhere the two pieces together.

The remaining embellishments were fussy cut from the paper collection.

Page 2:  The "moon" chipboard was first coated with white gesso.

Next, I sponged on a tiny amount of beige chalk paint, leaving some white areas.

Lastly, I wet the sponge and added a wash of Harvest Sol over the surface to give it that creepy, night time color.

The witch was left black and adhered over the moon, then adhered to the page.  The remaining embellishments were fussy cut from the paper collection.

Page 3 and Page 4

Page 3:  The spider web was left black, while the word Boo! was painted with orange chalk paint.  Images were fussy cut from the papers and adhered as shown.

Page 4:  Images were fussy cut from the papers and adhered as shown.  A pocket was made with one image by only adhering along three sides.

Page 5 and Page 6

Page 5:  The skeleton was painted with white gesso, then dry brushed with Raw Umber Silks to antique and age it. The boney hand was fussy cut from the paper.

Page 6:  The images on this page were all fussy cut from the paper collections, while the tag was adhered on three sides  only to form a pocket.

Page 7 and Page 8
Page 7:  The images on this page were all fussy cut from the paper collections, while the piece at the bottom tag was adhered on three sides only to form a pocket.

Page 8:  These images were cut from the paper collection, and the border piece was adhered along the bottom, leaving the top open to form a pocket.

Page 9 and Page 10

Pages 9 and 10:  Both pages have images adhered that were fussy cut from the paper collection.

Back Cover
The back cover was also left unembellished excecpt for the image that was fussy cut from the paper collection.

I like to leave some of my pages unadorned so I can embellish as needed, such as adding photos of upcoming Halloween parties or events.  

Supplies used:

GSL Gates Mini Album
GSL Spooky Shape Set
GSL Witches
GSL Bat Wings Miniatures
GSL Skeletons Shape Set
GSL Apothecary Jars
GSL Stackable Labels Shape Set

GSL Cutout Cover Mini Album - Gothic Novel
GSL Spiderweb Shape Set

Graphic 45 An Eeerie Tale paper collection
ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes
  Majestic Blue
  Rich Cobalt
  Snap Dragon
  Orange Peel
  Chestnut Brown
  Olive Vine
  Harvest Sol
Beige chalk paint
Stars Stencil (Tim Holtz)
3D Gel Medium (Finnabair)
Rustique Patina Bronze embossing powder (Judi-Kins)
Copper pigment ink pad (ColorBox)
Black Soot distress ink pad
Blending tool
Black gesso
White gesso
E6000 Extreme Tack glue
3/16" hole punch (Crop-a-dile)
1" or larger binding rings
Eyeballs collage sheet (AlphaStamps)
Decorative Edge Punch (Woodland Branch-Martha Stewart)

I hope I have inspired you with my project today, and that you will make a mini album for your upcoming holiday events.   Be sure to stop by regularly to see all the latest laser cut chipboard, as well as the fabulous designs from the rest of the team.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!