Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Creepy Altoids Tin

Hello crafty peeps!  Over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I'm dipping into the dark side and dragging you with me.  That's OK, right?  Let's go!

For the project I used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' Altoids Fairy Tale Inserts.  There are 3 in the package.  I set the other two aside for my next tins.  Yay!

The first step for me is to rough up the metal to give the paint and adhesive something to grab.  Next I  gesso'd the edges since there is always a chance bits will show after the paper is applied.

 I knew the "creepy" would take a long time to dry, so that was cut out and glued to the laser cut.  I then filled the space with Glassy Accents and set it aside.

I decided which papers I wanted, cut them out, and inked the edges.  Mod Podge does great to adhere paper to the tin, although this jar is getting thick.  Can water be added to thin it out?  I'll try!

Ugh.  I put the inside sheet in upside down.  Keen powers of observation, Susan!  Since it's text, I couldn't fake it.  Luckily I had more paper and cut out a new one.  I think Mr. Skelly is laughing at me!

Once that was fixed I added the cheese cloth and random wood shaving curlicues with white glue.  I wanted to raise the bat up so I made a platform with bits of the extra laser cut chipboard.  Fiddly work but worth it.  Not pictured is the front bat painted with micaceous oxide -- this is actually going to be the bat's shadow layer.

I painted the Fairy Tale Insert with black gesso, then tried out the Ranger Collage Medium/Crazing for the first time.  I'll admit I wasn't crazy about it due to brush strokes and lack of actual crazing... then I tried to sand the brush strokes off with very fine sand paper.  VoilĂ !  Brush strokes gone and crazing visible.

 I used a little bit of watered-down black acrylic paint to cover the sanding marks.

Once that dried I put a fine line of glue around the inside of the insert and clamped it to the tin.

As that dried I gesso'd the base and top.  I used the large round disc to give the project more stability. On top of the gesso is black acrylic with a very subtle sheen and a few random swipes of quinacridone gold (orange-gold) and interference gold (bright gold) paints.

Glue those last pieces on and this is the finished project:

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Altoids Fairy Tale Inserts #YB23A

Other Supplies
Altoids tin
Wood candlestick
Wood base
Wood dowel rod end
My Mind's Eye halloween paper
Wood bats
Swarovski SS5 tanzanite crystals
Cheese cloth 
Random wood shaving curlicues (it's been around so long I can't remember the source)
Dollar store skeleton painted with white and off-white
Black lace scrap (spider web)
Black Stickles (spider)
Black twine
Black gesso
Black acrylic paint
Quinacridone gold paint
Golden Interference Gold paint (love this!) 
Ranger Collage Medium/Crazing
Golden Micaeous Oxide (on front bat)
Mod Podge (to affix paper to tin)
Glossy Accents as glue and dimensional effect
White glue
Brown ink for edges

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: French Countryside Reliquary

Hello folks!  Today I have a hint of the French countryside to share with you.  I've never actually been, but I can imagine it with the help of Graphic 45's French Country collection.  Come here and take a peek through this Reliquary Arch window...

I pulled together the components I wanted to use and outlined the reliquary base on my background paper. I actually used the top piece for the outline so I could see how the finished paper would look.  As it turned out, barely any showed through but that's not always the case.  Anyway...  I cut it out and fine tuned with snips here and there so it didn't poke out between layers.

Since I wanted a hanger on the back, I punched a hole for future addition of the hanger.

Matte medium attached the paper to the reliquary base.  Next step was to paint things black: front piece of the arch, the inside edge and back of the base, and the fleur-de-lis.

You can see in this next photo that I painted the inside edges of the base so the base paper didn't show through the top piece scallops.

The next thing was to add the hanger and the only embellishment to go between the layers.  Once the bee paper was on I glued the reliquary pieces together and clamped to keep them as tight as possible.

Also in this photo you can see I started the gold paint layering on the fleur-de-lis.

Next I added the fence, flowers, and finished fleur-de-lis.  The fence needed to be clamped while the glue set.

The last step was to add the final embellishments!

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope our daily projects help inspire your Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts projects.


GSL Cuts Used
Reliquary Arch #D8A

Other Materials Used
Graphic 45 "French Country" collection
Wood fence
Wood alphabet
Wood flour-de-lis
Liquitex black acrylic paint
Ranger Glue and Seal
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Distress Collage Medium
Stickles Diamond, Waterfall, Paprika, Clear Rock Candy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Business Card Holder

Hi folks!  With a couple of shows coming up I decided to upgrade my clear lucite business card holder.  I'm so happy with my new Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Business Card Holder!

You probably know I'm a paper hoarder.  We all have that in us!  Years ago Prima came out with a line called "Fairy Flora".  I wish I'd purchased more than one 6" x 6" pad because it is in my Top 5 Favorites Of All Time.  (Ok, I don't actually have a written list of favorites.  Really, I don't.  *ahem*)  I was able to complete this project using mostly just saved scraps from projects past.

The business card holder comes with 5 pieces and is super simple to assemble.  The side and bottom panel are 3 different sizes.  Obviously the short goes in front, but the other two are interchangeable.  I chose to use the tallest one for the base to allow for the most amount of cards on my show table.

I used one full sheet to mark the side pieces.  It's that gorgeous paper on the left... now I only have one full sheet of it and I'm going to hoard it!

Next I cut out the rest of the inside and outside pieces.  Notice I didn't cut an inside piece for the small front panel.  I used an X-acto type straight blade to cut the inside notches.  Get as close to actual hole size as possible so you don't have assembly problems later.  Everything else was cut by hand (instead of the paper trimmer) since I knew I'd be sanding edges later.

A matte medium glued the paper to base pieces.  You can use any glue for this step.  It's a good idea to glue the interior side pieces on first so you can clean up the holes if necessary.  That fit is important later.  After it dried for a bit I sanded the outer edges so they didn't hang over the base pieces.  The black super-fine sandpaper finished the surface nicely.

Next I used brown ink to "age" those edges and pulled out the white glue to assemble.

The side and bottom pieces fit into the walls relatively easily.  This is where the excess paper could have been an issue.  It was a little fiddly to get the second side wall on without smearing the glue, but that's to be expected.  Once in place make sure all your joints are close and tight.

For a little embellishment in front, I used a piece of the Leafy Swirl.  I painted it green and layered Peeled Paint glitter and Glossy Accents.  I think those three steps took longer than the business card itself! :)

Here are the inside and back views.  That back view is my favorite and the one I'll see the most.  I'm crafty like that.  *wink*

Thanks for visiting today!   ~Susan

GSL Cuts in this project:

Business Card Holder #BD6A
Leafy Swirl #C7G

Other Supplies used:
Ranger Glue & Seal
White glue
Distress Ink in Gathered Twig
Lumiere Pearl Emerald Green paint
Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint
Ranger Glossy Accents

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wicked Circus 3D Postcard

Hello hello hello!  Last month someone tracked me down through a project seen on Pinterest.  The wanted a circus-themed piece for their theatre dressing room as they prepared for nightly shows.  We decided to go a little dark for the play's dilapidated mid-century setting.

While I've done altered tins and keepsake greeting cards with a circus theme, my customer favored the 4x6 postcard form I used for a local art gallery fundraiser.

My customer's role is fortune teller.

On the back is a single-layer vintage image of circus performers you might not want to meet in the darkness between tents!

I'm imagining it hung on the mirror in a dark, dusty theatre.

Thanks for visiting today!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut: Pocket Circus

Hi crafty folks!  On today's blog I have a pocket full of circus to share with you.  I used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tiny Matchbox Theatre.  It's 2 1/2" x 3" (6.35cm x 7.6cm)!

There are two sets in this photo to show how they arrive and how to fold at the score lines.

I painted the outside edges black.  I also painted the inside flaps since I knew they would be visible.  Next I used white craft glue to close all but the top.  I measured the inside aerialist panel to fit so I could slide that panel in from the top.

For a pull knob, I measured the center of the side panel (you *don't* want me to eyeball it...) and poked a hole.  You can sort of see the hole in this photo!  From the inside I threaded the knob base and left it in to attach the knob later.

In this photo you can also see the scrap chipboard I glued in to raise the aerialist panel to the center of the matchbox.

I inserted the layered aerialist panel and used a clamp and scrap chipboard to let the glue set.  After it set I used varying grits of sandpaper to even out the edges and give it a worn look.  The black paper is super fine and is great to sand away any extra glue, also.

Next I glued the matchbox sleeve and clamped to let the glue set.  You can see the finished matchbox theatre in the background.

I cut the outside paper and scored it to wrap around the bottom.  I couldn't bear to cut off the heads!

Here is the completed sleeve!  I inked the edges with brown ink and used gold Dresden trim to finish it off.  (The top and back of the sleeve were painted black.)

The inside has layered aerialists just hanging around.  If you click to enlarge the photo you can see the layering a bit better.

Thanks for visiting today!



Tiny Matchbox Theatre #C40D


Liquitex black acrylic paint
White craft glue
Vintage aerialist images
Ranger TH Gathered Twig ink
TH knob

Thursday, April 13, 2017

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: On The Boardwalk

Hello crafty folks!

Sometimes I'm lucky enough that a base object instantly inspires.  Gypsy Soul Laser CutsDimensional Window Kit and Seaside Decor did exactly that, allowing me to create four different scenes for this fantastic G45 paper.

The Dimensional Window Kit is made of 5 separate parts: 3 duplicate window layers, a solid back, and a cellophane window to fit between the layers of your choice.  I didn't end up using the cello sheet but will save it for another project.

I started out gesso-ing the window front panel and all the seaside pieces.  I chose to leave the seaside pieces in their original frame in the hopes I wouldn't cover up too much of the yummy laser-burned shadow on the sides.  In hindsight, it also helped speed up the process since I didn't need to handle small fiddly bits.  You'll see further on how I handled excess gesso on the sides.

Next I picked the paper to cover the front frame, flipped it over and outlined the windows and outer edge with pencil.  I used a finger blade to cut along the lines and turned it over.  The next step was to take that paper and decide which scenes to put in each window.

As you might guess, I changed my mind on the blue wave paper and went with a darker one, below.  I glued it to the front window panel and allowed to dry.  Then I sanded the edges down with fine and superfine sandpaper.  Brown ink went all over the edges to give it an aged feel.  

To preserve the shadow effect *and* fill in spots I touched with the white gesso, I used a brown marker on and around the edges.  Yes, I'm that picky.  ::grin::

Time to work on the Seaside Decor bits!  This was all kinds of experimentation.  Haha!  To create texture on the waves I painted slightly-watered-down molding paste.  After it dried I painted a couple shades of blue.

The umbrella got a multi-color treatment.  It's vintage-y!  I glued sand to the starfish and sand dollar by smearing them in the medium then sprinkling a lot of sand on them.  Once they dried I was able to gently rub the edges to clean off excess glue and sand.  Not pictured is a peachy coat of paint on the 3rd shell.

The next two photos show the pieces I've cut out and edge-inked with brown.  I wanted to take advantage of all the Dimensional Window Kit layers so I started planning out where to put them.  

Before anything was attached, I added hanging hardware to the back.

In these panels, I glued the inside layers and laid out the top layer.  From left to right, Dad's first layer and the boy's only layer are attached, as well as the first wave layer in the lower right.  The second panel has the postcard stamp and the second wave layer.  

Here all the inside layering bits are glued in and I wanted to assemble the Dimensional Window Kit.  I used more of the matte medium and a lot of clamps to dry overnight. Next day it was time to attach all the fun pieces to the top layer!  

Here you can see the layering completed.  I also added the cut-out Coney Island sign to give that window pane a little more dimension. 

Thanks so much for visiting today.  Happy crafting!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Dimensional Window Kit #D174WD
Seaside Decor #C40B

Other Supplies Used
Graphic 45 "On The Boardwalk" paper
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pad & Pen in Gathered Twig and Ground Espresso
Helmar Scrap Dots dimensional glue under dad and son
Zig blue pen glue
Ranger Glue & Seal Matte Medium
Golden Molding Paste diluted with a little water
Acrylic paint - Liquitex, Golden, craft, gesso