Thursday, June 28, 2018

Vintage Sewing Thank You Card

Hi everyone!  Barbara Rankin here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  You know, there's nothing better than laser cut chipboard for adding dimension to your greeting cards without adding lots of bulk and height.  But don't stop there, it's also great for adding layers and cool shapes to all your scrapbooking and mixed media pieces. 

First I cut up a piece of pink card stock to make a 5-1/2" square card.  Then I trimmed blue chevron paper to measure 5-1/4" square, and used a distressing tool to rough up the edges.  Set the pink card aside for now.

Using one of the small zipper chippies, trace around it with a pencil, then cut a "V" shape in the paper inside the lines, as shown.  I cut approximately 1/8" inside the lines. 

Paint the outer edges of the zipper, first with a coat of Blue Green Light, which is opaque, then after that dries, paint a coat of Cobalt Teal Hue, which is transparent, over that.  Paint the zipper teeth and zipper pull with a silver leafing pen. 

You can use the Translucent White to give the color a more pastel look, just by adding a light wash over the zipper edges. 

Glue zipper to blue chevron paper.  Add a small piece of pink flower print paper beneath the zipper opening, distressing the outer edge to match the blue chevron layer.  

Add a detail to the zipper pull with the Viva D├ęcor Silver Pearl Paint Pen. 

Tear white doily in half and adhere to right side of blue chevron paper.  Tear blue flower print paper in half and adhere both strips over torn edge of doily, and tear a few more strips of the pink flower print paper to the card front, as shown.

Cut out two printed decorative portions from one of the sheets and adhere to card, as shown below.

Cut away a small section from the Posey Panel.  Color each posey with a combination of the Titanium White plus Quinacridone Violet (purple flower), Titan Buff plus Diarylide Yellow (pale yellow flower), Titanium White plus Primary Magenta (pink flower) and last flower with only Titan Buff.  Cover all flowers with a wash of the Translucent White.  Let dry between coats.  Then use Faber Castell Pitt Pens in Light Skin over all the flowers except the yellow one.  Cover that one with Cadmium Yellow.  This will color the Translucent White paint and give it a shaded effect.

Paint the body of one of the dress forms from the  Dressforms 1 Miniature Shape Set the same way as the zipper edges and then color the dress form stand with a Pitt Big Brush Pen in Nougat.

Add tiny details to the drop pendants with the Viva Decor Silver Pearl Paint Pen.  

Adhere the dress form and poseys to the card front, as shown.

I decided to cut a few more poseys from the Posey Panel and paint the same way as the zipper and dress form.  

Glue these pieces over the posey panel, as shown, for added dimension.  

Add some bling to the posey centers, as shown.

Trim one of the less busy patterned papers from the pad to 5-1/4" square.  I chose the wood grain paper for the inside of my card, and computer-generated the sentiment "Thanks Sew Much!".

Add a strip of lace along the top edge to finish the card off.  

Supplies Used:

GSL Dressforms 1 Miniature Shape Set
GSL Zippers (Coming Soon)
GSL Posey Panel
Lavender 6x6 Paper Pad (My Mind's Eye)
White Doily
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  Blue Green Light
  Cobalt Teal Hue
  Translucent White
  Diarylide Yellow
  Quinacridone Violet
  Primary Magenta
  Titan Buff
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen
Viva Decor Pearl Paint Pen - Silver

I know we all love those flower filled cards that end up requiring a box to mail them in, if you cannot hand deliver them.  This, to me, is an awfully beautiful alternative while still fitting in an envelope, and may only require a small amount of extra postage.  So, I hope I've inspired you to make some beautiful cards with your laser cut chipboard pieces, and like I said, they are fabulous on your scrapbook layouts and in your mixed media projects.

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


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!