Thursday, February 22, 2018

How to Make a Grungy Steampunk Butterfly Specimen Box

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  I'm in a steampunk kind of mood, and so today, I want to share what reminds me of an olde-time specimen box, where pretty bugs, butterflies, and other winged things are displayed.  So I have made a video tutorial with my step-by-step directions for putting this all together.


Supplies Used:

GSL Square Shrine Shadowbox
GSL Butterfly of Gears
GSL Gates Shape Set
GSL Layered Border Victoria Small
Liquitex black gesso
Liquitex white gesso
Miss Lillian's Metal Smith paints
  Rusty Activator
  Green Patina Activator
  Azure Embellishment Butter
  Sienna Gold Gilding Jewels
  Moss Gilding Jewels
Wooden Finial (Tim Holtz)
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
White PVA glue
Tyvek envelope (2 pieces - 3/4" x 3-1/2")
Heidi Swapp Marquee Love paper roll
Metal gears embellishments (Hobby Lobby)
Wooden Alphabet Beads (Explorer/Hobby Lobby)
Wooden Finial (Tim Holtz)

I hope I have been able to inspire you to make one of these grungy looking specimen boxes, and be sure to visit Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for a huge selection of fine laser cut chipboard.  I also hope you will consider subscribing to my channel to keep in touch and never miss a new tutorial.

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


Friday, February 16, 2018

How to Decorate Eileen Hull's Journal Cover with Mixed Media Techniques

Hi everyone!  We all love Sizzix dies, and this journal die from Eileen Hull is ever so popular.  So, I will be decorating this cover using some of my favorite mixed media techniques.  If you are new to mixed media, I have a fairly short video tutorial with step-by-step directions to help you along the way. 

I hope you will subscribe to my channel to help me meet the new You Tube video requirements for smaller channels, like mine.  


ColourArte Supplies Used:

Vivid Ultra Metallics
  African Jade
  True Metals Autumn Flame
  Teal Zircon
  Royal Orchid
  Siam White
  Ginger Peach
  Mango Freeze
Radiant Rains Daubers
  Egyptian Gold

Other Supplies Used:
Sizzix/Eileen Hull Journal Die
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Layered Bee Die
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Regal Crest Die
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Honeycomb On The Edge Die
Sizzix White Scoreboards or mat board
Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil
Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil 5x8
Black chipboard
Xyron 3" sticker maker
Graphix .020 craft plastic
Versamark ink  pad
Stampers Anonymous G3-1074 "Trust Your Crazy Ideas"
  wood mounted rubber stamp (Tim Holtz)
Ranger Archival Black ink pad
Ranger Eucalyptus Stickles
Ranger Black Enamel Accents
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger foam blending tools
WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder

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


Monday, February 12, 2018

Save The YouTubers Video Hop: How to Make Faux Metal Looking Embellishments

Hi everyone!  Welcome to our Save the YouTubers Video Hop.  This video hop has been organized by Justine Hovey to help the many crafters that are affected by new YouTube rules that require a higher number of views and subscribers in order to join the YouTube Partner Program and earn money.  Some of the biggest names in the industry, as well as some very generous companies, have come together to help those in need and to bring you, the audience, some amazing new tutoriasl from artists you may have never seen before.  After you are finished watching my video, you can click on the NEXT VIDEO LINK below to check out the next video in the hop.  The more videos you watch and comment on, the better your chances are to win one of over 120 prizes.  PLEASE NOTE:  Catherine Pooler Inks can only be sent to USA residents.  Please help us out and subscribe to our videos, too.

Winners will be chosen on February 26th, 2018, and announced on this post.

The deadline to claim any prizes is March 10, 2018.

Video Hop Information ends and project tutorial starts at 1:10 minutes, if you've already listened to the necessary details about the hop and giveaway.


Supplies Used:

Sculpey Pearl Clay
3-1/2" x 7" Chipboard Tags (Recollections)
Kaiser craft Kaleidoscope 6.5"x6.5" scrapbook paper pad
Four Hearts rubber stamp cube (Serendipity Stamps)
Vivid True Metal Silver Ultra Metallic acrylic paint (ColourArte)
Media Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt)
  Carbon Black
  Cobalt Teal Hue
  Blue Green Light
Bright Copper Dazzling Metallics (DecoArt)
Various embellishments (from my stash)

I am so honored to be a part of this video hop, along with so many other very talented and supportive artists.  I know I speak for all of us when I say that your support is very important to us, so please subscribe to our channels, and be sure to leave a comment and thumbs up for a chance to win one of the prize giveaways.

Good luck to you all, and thanks for watching!


Friday, February 2, 2018

Listen to Your Heart Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone!  I can hardly believe it is February already, so naturally, I think of Valentine's Day and the ever-present hearts associate with this month.  So, for my ColourArte project, I have a 'heart" themed mixed media canvas to share, along with a complete video tutorial on how to make it.


ColourArte Supplies Used:
Silks Acrylic Glazed
Fuzzy Peach
Love Struck
African Jade
Guatamalan Green
Primary Elements Arte Pigments
Mediterranean Blue
Warm Gray
Amy's Gold Leaf (contact

Other Supplies Used:
9x12 Canvas
Prima #655350 Art Deco Background stencil
White Gesso (Liquitex)
White Gesso (Utrecht)
Light Molding Paste
Gloss Varnish (DecoArt Media)
Fast Grab Tacky Glue (Aleene's)
Glue Stick (Paper Studio)
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Lace Fabric & Trim
Resin Embellishment (Michaels)
Assorted Brushes & Spatulas
Rubber Brayer
Ideaology Quote Chips (Tim Holtz)
Whirly Gigs Botanicals (from Japanese Maple tree)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!