Thursday, April 19, 2018

Shabby Chic Mask

Hi everyone!  Barbara Rankin here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  Today, I want to share this pretty, shabby chic mask using the Masks Shape Set,  along with Prima's new Lavender paper, and lots of lace and trims.

Trim a piece of 12"x12" paper to 7-3/4" x 12".  I used the mask shapes to get this measurement.

Run paper, right side up, through Xyron Creative Station.

Place paper with sticky side up.  This paper is double sided, so the script you see in the photo is actually the sticky side now.  Lay right side of each mask onto sticky side of paper.

Trim excess paper around each mask and cut out inside eye holes.  Repeat process to cover back of each mask with solid purple card stock.

Run purple card stock through Xyron Creative Station.

Adhere back of each mask to sticky side of cardstock.  Trim excess paper and cut out area inside the eye holes.  If needed, you can use sand paper, an emery board, or sanding tool, like the one shown, to smooth any rough edges.

Choose three feathery flourishes and the smallest star medallion from each set.  Ink with Versamark ink and heat emboss each piece with Charred Gold embossing powder first.  Reheat the embossing powder and while embossing powder is still hot, randomly sprinkle a small amount of Queen's Gold embossing powder and quickly reheat until melted.  Repeat process for back of each piece.  You only need to cover the parts of these pieces that might extend past the mask and be seen from the back.

Adhere pieces to each mask, as shown.  The star medallion is centered and attached to the top mask, while the flourishes are adhered to the bottom mask, just above where the top mask will sit.

Cut a piece of 4" wide white fringe to 13".  Place onto a craft mat and spray with water first,  Then spray both Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stains over the fringe.  Spray more water to help the colors lighten as well as blend.  Allow the fringe to dry.  It will dry to a lighter color.  Then cut off any excess trim.

Glue purple trim around bottom mask, as shown.   I also outlined the eye openings on the bottom mask with the gold Krylon pen, as shown.

When the top mask is placed over  the bottom mask, you will be able to see the gold outline around the eyes, as shown below.

However, before we glue the two masks together, let's finish the top mask.  Glue purple trim around the edges of the top mask.  When glue dries, cut off any excess trim.

Next, glue a line of flat back pearl trim centered over purple trim.

Cut two dangle daisy pieces from dangle daisy trim.  Lay onto craft mat and spray with Ranger Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  Then dab ColourArte Solar Gold onto each piece.  Let dry.
Glue dangle daisy trim piece to each side of top mask, as shown. 

Spread a thick bead of fast grab tacky glue along outer edge of bottom mask, as shown.  Let set for a minute or two.  Gently curve upper mask, and have a few clamps nearby and ready to use.

Align both top and bottom masks together and clamp along edges until glue dries.

You may need to insert something between the two masks to keep the upper mask curved.  I used an extra clamp and shoved it between them.  Let the masks sit until the glue is dry.

Next, I inserted and glued small white feathers between the feathery flourishes to soften the top edges.  I glued matching gold buttons to the two daisy dangles and start medallion, as shown.  You may need to cut the shank off of the buttons before glueing them down.

Now, we need to add a handle.  I painted a 12" dowel that is 1/4' wide with  pearl paint.  You may need two coats for good coverage.  If you are right handed, you will want the handle to be on the left side of the mask so that when you are holding the mask, your right hand is free to use.  If you are left-handed, then place the handle on the right side of the mask.

Use a good glue to attach the handle to the back of the mask, and cover the top of the handle with a small piece of the solid purple card stock to help keep the handle in place.

Here are a few closeups for you.  

Supplies Used:

GSL Masks Shape Set
GSL Star Medallions
GSL Feathery Flourishes Set
Lavender paper collection (Prima)
Coordinating purple card stock
Lumiere Pearl White paint
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains (Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar)
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist (Heirloom Gold)
ColourArt Radiant Rain Solar Gold Dauber
Krylon 18kt. Gold Leafing Pen
Embossing Powders
  Charred Gold (Emerald Creek)
  Queen's Gold (Ranger)
Xyron Creative Station
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse fabric glue
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Various ribbons, lace, trims, buttons, and embellishments
Diamond gemstones (Paper Studio)
Small Clamps
12" wooden dowel (1/4" wide)

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts online store to see more of the fabulous laser cuts available for all your art needs.

Have a wonderful, crafty day!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Amphitrite "queen of the sea"

Hi, it's Ann here today, sharing my "queen of the sea" inspired piece.
It seems as though the longer the winter weather continues to hold on, the more my thoughts drift towards the ocean. These thoughts bring visions of the soothing blues and greens of the depths; and of sea nymphs, beautiful fish, coral formations and shells, and of Poseidon. As the legend goes, Poseidon had a wife/consort whose name was Amphitrite. She was considered "Queen of the Sea".
 My project begins with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard decorative tags X-large. This set of tags contains 3 different shapes that are very generous in size. I know that they will be able to hold my beautiful Amphitrite perfectly. I am using the tags as a trio for my piece; however, they could be used individually or even paired up.
Once I have an idea for the direction I want to take, I select a paper to use for the background. The chipboard tag is heavy enough to handle medium on one, or both, sides of the tag. When I create tags, the back sides usually end up covered with paints and inks, so I plan to cover the back sides as well as the front. I am using a Prima paper from the Royal Menagerie collection on the front sides of my tags. Before I begin, I choose colors that will coordinate nicely with the front paper and, using distress oxide and distress inks, I color a large sheet of watercolor paper. This will be cut to size and adhered to the back of the tags after I have completed the front of my pieces.  
I first adhere the paper to the front of the tag using collage medium. I like to use a brayer to assure there are no air bubbles, as well as to flatten out the paper. Once the collage medium is dry, I trim around the edges with my Exacto knife. I then use a standing block to rough up some of the edges. I ink the paper with Distress Ink in salty ocean, tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio; spritz with water, then allow to dry completely.
While the backgrounds are drying, I gather my stamps and some Bristol cardstock. Using my stamping platform, I stamp mermaid parts and heat emboss them with clear embossing powder. This ensures that the edges stay crisp when I color the images. The stamps I am using for the mermaid and shells are from the Character Constructions She Sells Seashells Collection by Catherine Moore. I also stamp the octopus, fish and seahorse onto Bristol and clear emboss. The seaweed, coral and sea creatures are all part of the Tim Holtz Sea Life stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.
Once colored, all of these pieces are fussy cut, assembled, embellished, and set aside.
I want the piece to include some real shells to give it more dimension. I gather a few shells from my stash and paint on some with Dina Wakley acrylic in Gilt. As this dries, I paint some embossing ink on the bottom of the tags, sprinkle with dirty sand Baked Texture embossing powder by Emerald Creek/Seth Apter, and heat emboss, while it is still warm, I add bit more sand to some areas, and then let cool completely.
Using the stamping platform, I arrange the tags side by side and decide on placement of the seaweed and coral. These are stamped using archival inks in fern green and sepia.
I play with the arrangement of pieces to figure out the perfect location for the title "queen of the sea" which will be stamped in cornflower blue archival ink directly onto the tag. To ensure that the image is placed correctly, I first do a sample stamping, which I can use for placement of the individual letter stamps. I then remove the sample before inking the rubber stamp and stamping directly onto the tag. The letters I use are from the Tim Holtz Worn Text stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.
Once this is dry, I place the pieces back onto the tags in their appropriate spots and finalize the layout. To counterbalance the octopus in the upper right, I add a "rusty" anchor on the left. The anchor is a wooden piece that I have heat embossed with chunky rust Baked Texture by Emerald Creek/Seth Apter.
Everything is glued down and allowed to dry overnight. I am unsure about how I will attach the panels together, so I color some crinkle ribbon with the same inks used on the background, spritz with water and dry with a heat gun. This may be woven through holes along the seams of the tags. My other consideration is to use some fishing net.
I ultimately decide on using the fishing net.
The net is glued along the back side of all three tags, tying them together.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.
I hope that your thoughts inspire you to create something wonderful.

Be sure to share your Gypsy Soul creations with us on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group on Facebook. We would love to see what you are up to!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used:
Chipboard Decorative Tags X-Large

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Summer Cottage

Hello everyone, Lora here taking my turn for the amazing Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!
Ever dream of getting away for the summer? Escape the bustle of the city or the heavy heat and humidity that we get here in the south? I do. I love where I live but there are two months of the year when the pollen is terrible (for someone who has summer allergies) and the heat is so thick, you can scoop it with a spoon.
Those two months I dream of a sweet little cottage somewhere far north, near the sea.
A place where I can open the windows, smell the salt and feel the ocean breeze, hang laundry on the line, bake pies and be near enough to walk to the beach.
And maybe eat a lobster roll or two.
This dream is what inspired my little 'Summer Cottage'.

I began with the Arch Top Cabinet with Doors.
I opted not to use the doors this time as I wanted it to be open and airy. (For a look at what a piece looks like with the doors attached, click HERE)
I assembled the piece and papered the outside with Double Dot Vintage Soft Pear Scrapbook Paper, sanded the edged and inked them with Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink.
Knowing I would need a large amount of sky, I papered the inside back with a blue paper, and painted the top, bottom and sides (inside) white.
I painted this quick little watercolor and cut it up, with the center piece measured to fit the width of the inside of the cabinet.
NOTE: There will be a tutorial on how to paint a little watercolor cottage later in the spring for those of you who are interested.
I also painted a bunch of blobby bits that will become shrubbery (Okay, it's irresistible......"Don'y say 'Shrubbery'!") and a path that I also cut out. I glued foam core to the backs of the pieces that thought I wanted to use and began playing with a layout stacking them up to create layers and depth.
When I was happy with the way things looked, I began gluing the pieces in, working my way from the background (the biggest piece, which is the house) to the foreground, a bright green shrub.
 There are four layers stacked in this piece to create depth, but you can certainly add more or less depending on how much detail you want. I added a few flowers and dots for a finishing touch.
My little Summer Cottage...I like guests.....maybe I'll see you here someday!

Arch Top Cabinet with Doors

Additional supplies:
Bo Bunny Double Dot Vintage Soft Pear Scrapbook Paper
Prima Flowers
Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
Hot Press Watercolor Paper
Schmincke Watercolors

Thank you for dropping in!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Beautiful Girl Pennant

Hi Everyone, 
Jess here today with a canvas art pennant. 
Here's how you can make your own.

Start by adhering tissue wrap to a canvas pennant using Pellon EZ Steam II.  Once the tissue is firmly attached trim it to size. 
Color your pennant using inks, paints, and crayons.  Emboss the edge in gold.  
You can see there is a lot of detail on here.  Lots of inky layers and flicks of paint too. 
Paint your mini journaling block with a cream color and let dry.  Add a layer of gesso to your Layered Bella Frame.  Emboss your Medium Fairy 
Use Distress Crayons to color your journaling block.  
Emboss the back of the Layered Bella Frame and color the front using Distress Crayons.  The finished frame has white gel pen around the edge to look like stitching. 
Adhere your frame to the journaling block. Use a bit of foam tape to pop the fairy in the frame. 
Glue the whole piece to the pennant.  
Add your words and using a Stabilo pencil outline the words a bit.  Add dots with a white gel pen.  
Use a Distress Marker to color the edge of vintage seam binding and wet to make color feather and wrinkle the binding.  Run the seam binding through the slot in the pennant and create your hanger.  Add a large fluffy bow made out of the seam binding.  
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!