Saturday, September 24, 2016

Rusty Barb Wire and Stars

Good morning too you all. Shanna here and I am beyond excited to share this project with you. 
I was playing around with some very special paints and a chemically active spray. I loved the look and threw together some tags. 

As I didn't get to take photos of my process, believe me I will have one coming up in the near future on how I got my barb wire to look so rusty and my stars to have this amazing patina look. 

Now both tags got the same background treatment of a stencil I used with heavy gesso and some spray. While that dried I painted the birdcages with some acrylic paint. 

Here you can see and up close look at the star and birdcage. 

Look at how rusty the barbed wire looks!!

The second tag I used a different bird cage but replicated the other tag. 

The birdcages also got tiny pieces of cardboard stuck underneath so they had dimension. Then I finished the tags off with some trim and a chit chat sticker.

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by to see what we have been up to creating. Remember to keep coming back for more. 

Products Used:
Heidi's Star Shape Set - Returning Soon

Rare Oddities Reliquary Arch Stand by Pam Bray

Happy Saturday Morning my sweet Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts friends!!! It is Pam here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog sharing another of my Halloween projects!!! I have really enjoyed creating fun Halloween Home Decor this year and I am hoping to inspire you to do the same. 

Cover Reliquary Arch Top with pattern paper. 

Fussy cut two like images from pattern paper.

Add one to top of Reliquary Arch Top

Apply Boss Gloss and embossing powder to top of Reliquary Arch Top; heat set with embossing gun. 

Adhere embossed Reliquary Arch Top to top of prepared inside piece. Add second fussy cut image to Reliquary Arch Top with pop dots. 

Emboss spider and rat with embossing powder.

Emboss ghost with embossing powder.

Emboss spider web with embossing powder.

Wrap spool with pattern paper. Adhere prepared Reliquary Arch Top to top. Adhere twine bow. 

Adhere sentiment to top of Reliquary Arch Top along with prepared spider web and spider. 

Adhere prepared ghost to back of Reliquary Arch Top.

Fussy cut two flower images from pattern paper. Add to Reliquary Arch Top.

Fussy cut second image and place on first with pop dot. Adhere prepared rat to Reliquary Arch Top. Add twine bow. 

Fussy cut a couple of small flowers from pattern paper and adhere to Reliquary Arch Top.

Thanks so much for stopping by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts today. If you missed seeing Shanna project today on the blog make sure to check it out along with stopping in at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store to check it out!!!! Hugs Pam

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Collection
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder: Thanksgiving, Glacier White, Burnt Copper Leaves
Whisker Graphics Purple Twine
Stampendous Boss Gloss
Small Wood Spool

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nevermore Books - Part Two by Jessica

Welcome back to Nevermore Books. Thanks for checking in with me! My week was mostly spent pushing clay into the cracks between bricks, which I didn't think would take as long as it did, but luckily, I was behind on my Doctor Who, so the hubby and I are all caught up now and I now have a completed brick wall.

It's tiny and a little finicky, but it kind of becomes zen after a while.

Then work began on the base - so I cut another piece of pink foam around the same width as the wall. It ended up being a bit more depth than I needed so I figured...

Let's add a step. You can see I completely plan all of this out ahead of time, right?

So I hummed and hawed and added my foamcore on top to add more texture and dimension.

And of course I wasn't happy with that, so I had to give it even more texture and dimension b breaking it up into further stones once it was glued down.

And then I textured it with my tinfoil ball and cut out in between each stone.

Because now I am hooked on adding clay mortar to things.

By the way, here's the mortar added to the wall, aged a tad and some moss added. It looks even better with the door, but I'm not ready to glue it down just yet, so excuse the "in progress" mess.

Base coat of black for the base.

Then the dry brushing, of course, building up the grey and highlighting with the white.

And then I pushed the clay into the cracks and waited my customary 24-hours once again. It's been a long week of pushing clay into cracks and waiting for it to harden before I can touch my project again. I'm super excited about how this will turn out in the end and I think you should be, too!

Check back next week and we'll start assembling and adding little bits and pieces!


Materials Used

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bird in Ivy Canvas

Hi everyone!  Barbara here with a mixed media canvas using none other than my favorite laser cut chipboard from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.    

I started with a 6"x8" canvas panel and adhered a section of the Chainlink to it, as shown.

Paint canvas and Chainlink with white gesso.  While I had the gesso out, I went ahead and painted the  Bird in Ivy and one of the Flourishes 2 as well.  The gesso not only seals the chipboard but also gives it a nice, white base to add your colors.

Mist background with Tuscan Sun.

Mist background with Blackberry Cordial.  If the color is too dark in spots, dab excess with a paper towel.

Mist background with Gold.

Rub iced espresso metallic lustre over chainlink, then rub patina gilder's paste randomly over chainlink.

Cover Bird with a piece of paper and mist wreath portion with English Ivy.  Repeat for the  Flourish.  Let dry.

Paint Bird with hot cinnamon, burnt umber, and golden sand H20s.   Paint ivy and flourish with golden jade and moss green H20s.  Paint wreath with burnt umber.

Adhere bird in ivy and flourish to canvas, as shown.

At this point, I decided to add a few more leaves, so I chose my favorite, Fern Fronds.  To prepare them for color, I once again painted them with white gesso.  When that dried, I colored them with golden jade H20s and let that dry.  Next, I used a damp baby wipe to pick up hot cinnamon H20s and dab it over the leaves for this mottled effect.

Adhere fern fronds to canvas, as shown.

Add beaded spray and flowers, as shown.  Lastly, add a bit of glitter glue to the flower petals for an extra bit of sparkle.

Supplies Used:

6"x8" Canvas Panel
Glimmer Mist
  Tuscan Sun
  Blackberry Cordial
  English Ivy
ColourArte Twinkling H20s
  Hot Cinnamon
  Burnt Umber
  Rich Cocoa
  Golden Sand
  Moss Green
  Golden Jade
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso
Baroque Gilder's Paste Patina

I hope you enjoyed my canvas project today.  Be sure to stop by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog and shop for more inspiration, and to see all the newest laser cuts coming your way.

Have a super crafty day!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Halloween Mobile by GDT Lora

I prefer flying pumpkins. Because a) they look ridiculous and b) they look ridiculously cute. And lastly, those flying monkeys always scared the terwillikers out of me and seeing as how this piece walks on the lighter side of Halloween, flying pumpkins fit right in. Lora here again in my third installment as guest designer for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. This time around I chose to mess with the Mobile Birds set but instead of using the pretty birds,  I decided to dangle GSLCuts Skeleton Shape Set on it and put a Halloween twist on the whole thing.

A challenge to photograph, those elusive, pesky skeletons just did not want to cooperate, but I did get them in the end!

 A close shot of the little witch and her flying pumpkin minions.
I used little seed pods that look like pumpkins, painted a bright orange. You can get them HERE.
The cute little wings are GSLCuts Bat Wings Miniatures.

Here are a few how-to's for making this mobile....

I primered the mobile pieces and skeletons first. I find that gesso gives the matte medium and paints something toothy to stick to and I only need to use one coat of paint and a thin layer of matte medium on each piece.
A lick of paint on the skeletons and paper on the Mobile pieces and they're ready to go.

I cut five pieces of orange linen twine about 10-inches long. I made holes in the top center of each skeletons forehead, pulled the orange linen twine through the hole and threaded a wooden bead (which I painted black) through the twine making sure the loose end was also inside the bead, and squirted some glue into the bead hole and let it dry. After they dry you can add beads and doodads like I did to mine to fancy the skellies up. It makes them happy.

Whilst they were drying, I used a black permanent marker on the bat wings. It's easier to do this before you pop those babies out of the cardboard...saves your finger tips from getting black and having the check out lady at the grocery store ask you if you have zombie rot.
No kidding.
I also dabbed some glue in the center of each pumpkin pod and stuck a piece of twine in there to dry.
After I popped the wings free I cut little tabs of black paper and glued them on the wings, leaving half of the tab free to glue on the pumpkin. I then glued the wings on to the pumpkins, let them dry and then painted the pumpkin orange as well as the part of the tab that attaches the wings to the pumpkin, making the tabs 'invisible' and therefore making the wings appear to be growing out of the pumpkins.
This wordiness has happened because in my creative frenzy (hehe) I forgot to take pictures of this part of the process.

After all was safely dry and doodads and such were added to twine and the mobile itself was embellished with bits and bobs, all was put together. The results were pretty fun!


Additional Supplies
Brass Stamping
Orange Linen Twine
Acrylic Paint
Matte Medium
Wooden Beads

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