Sunday, January 31, 2016

Desktop Inspirational Frame

Hello friends, Debbie with you today sharing a little desktop reminder that Spring is just a few short months away.  We have long winters here in Wyoming and sometimes we need a little reminder that Spring is coming and we can get out and enjoy the weather soon. The frame is a paper mache frame that I found in a craft store in Idaho while visiting my son and his family, I picked them up for $1 each and that put a huge smile on my face!  

To start off decorating the frame I painted it with Gesso and then stenciled it with a Prima Stencil and modeling paste. Next I sprayed it in random areas with several colors of Glimmer Mist.

The next step is to emboss the modeling paste with Ultra Thick embossing powder.  I used a Pewter color. Add some stamping and ink the edges to finish off the frame.

The next piece I used was Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Page Frame Art Deco.  It looks like this unfinished.
Page Frame Art Deco

I painted it in a turquoise blue acrylic paint and again embossed it with Ultra Thick embossing powder.  I adhered it to the frame and added all my fussy cut pieces and embellishments.
 I hope you enjoyed my project today  and thanks for stopping by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts today!


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Textured Heart by Shanna

Hello lovelies. I saw and heard something that inspired me and I decided to go for it. 

I don't normally do chipboard art journal pieces, but decided to turn my recent art journal piece to come to life. 

The Windows 4 Panel got a coat of modeling paste. I didn't want it smooth. I wanted it choppy so that when I went over it with my Prima Chalk Edger it really brought out the details so much. 

The heart is my favorite piece. I started with some gloss gel and glitter but didn't like it so I wiped it off. Then went in with more gloss gel and covered it with some copper embossing powder. The magic happens when you use your heat gun to melt the powder. It bubbles underneath with the melted powder an created this amazing look.

So don't forget to play with some embossing powder or modeling paste. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Harry Potter - Flourish & Blotts Front Window

I was in a bit of a Harry Potter mood this week, as you'll see below. I've designed a front window shrine based on the movies and books of the Harry Potter series. Specifically, the Flourish & Blotts bookstore where the students purchase their books for the coming school year.

 The Square Shrine Shadowbox from GSLC is absolutely perfect for making shop windows and attached sign.

 The shop window is filled with handmade books and scrolls in various sizes and thicknesses. There's also a lovely old lantern in the bottom right-hand corner of the window.

 I just printed the sign off on my printer, cut out some squares from cardstock and cerealbox, all giving the project it's layers.

The window itself is clear and firm plastic from a box our Christmas ornaments came in this year. Everything can be used as a craft supply, I swear! I think my husband hates me for it though!

 The books are not openable and are all glued in place so that nothing will get jostled.

I've covered the back in some scrapbooking paper to give it an extra "magical" touch.

Supply List
*Square Shrine Shadowbox from GSLC
*Recollections Scrapbooking paper
*Black cardstock
*Cereal box card
*Printed sign
*Green and black acrylic paint
*Clear plastic packaging
*White PVA glue
*Dollhouse plastic lantern
*Book front printables
*Balsa wood to fill the inside of the books
*Scrolls made from cardstock and toothpicks

That's it from me this week! Hope you have some fun making your own shop windows!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Boots Chaps and Cowboy Hats Western Wall Hanging

Hey there Paper Peeps! I'm dropping in to share a very Western inspired Wall Hanging. It's not my normal style....kind of a walk on the wild side...but I had so much fun altering the Gypsy Soul Laser Cut chippies and adding layers of patterned papers and embellishments.

Here's how I altered the Chipboard.....
With a small detail brush add a layer of Gesso to the chipboard. This Gesso I've used is canvas primer Gesso and it's just a bit thinner and won't get gummed up in the intricately cut areas.
Using dimensional Bisque colored  Liquid Pearls add detail to the Barbed Wire Frame. Add Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls to the outside ring of the Dreamcatcher.
Add another layer of Gesso to the frame.  While I was working with the Gesso I added some to the fussy cut images.
 Using a metallic silver paint cover the Barbed Wire Frame and 8 point stars.

Working in small sections add black acrylic paint and wipe away with a dry cloth leaving the shading in the dimensional areas.
 Begin adding color to the center of the dreamcatcher with Spectrum Noir Markers.
Add shading by using a darker color of the marker leaving the center white.

Finish the Dreamcatcher with complimentary glitter glues. This will not only give a richer color...but also seal in the alcohol inks.   I've finished the feathers with the same steps as the Dreamcatcher shading with dark on top and blending to light. I finished the feather tips with a bit of flocking held on with the litter glue.

~Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Chipboard~

8 Point Star Shapes Waiting Release

Other Supplies

Ranger Perfect Pearls~Bisque & Dark Chocolate
Ranger Distress Ink~Walnut 
Ranger Stickles~Waterfall
Studio G~Clear Glitter Glue
Canvas Primer Gesso~White
Art-C ~Metallic  Silver Paint
Spectrum Noir Markers~B2 & B9
Folk Art~Licorice Paint
Canvas Corp Brand~Patterned Papers and Images

For a complete list of supplies please visit me at Polly's Paper Studio.
That's all for me. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative :  )

Steampunk'd Dressform Hang Up

Hello and happy Thursday!  Barbara here again with another project using these fabulous Dressform Hang Ups from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  If you recall, last week I shared a Shabby Chic Dressform Hang Ups.  Click here to see that post.  This week, I am going all out in Steampunk style.
Step 1:  Paint Dressform Hang Up with Titan Buff, then rust, and dry brush with burnt umber.  Glue hanger piece on top of dress form hanger to create dimension.

Step 2:  Trace bodice onto jeweled paper, cut out and adhere to Dressform Hang Up.

Step 3:  Use chipboard piece removed from Dressform Hang Up  trace and cut out embossed faux leather paper, adhere to piece.

Step 4:  Place faux leather piece over corset, trace lower edge and remove.

Step 5:  Once removed, cut corset apart, as shown.  Save bottom piece for another project.

Step 6:  Paint corset with Paynes Grey, dab with Translucent Yellow Oxide, and cover with Titanium White antiquing cream.  Remove some of the antiquing cream with damp baby wipe to give the appearance of a patinated metal.  Thread 22g copper wire through holes in corset.

Step 7:  Glue corset to bodice, then glue faux leather belt on top, as shown.
Step 8:  Cut patterned paper to 7" x 12".  Spritz with water and gently crumple the paper until soft.  Carefully tear up the center and roll the edges.  Very gently shape the paper and dry with heat tool.  It will become very stiff and hold its shape.
Step 9:  To make the underskirt, cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper to fit the opening.  Also trim a piece from the Texture Sheets Gears and paint with white gesso.

Step 10:  Paint Texture Sheets Gears with Paynes Grey, dab with Translucent Yellow Oxide, and cover with Titanium White antiquing cream.  Remove some of the antiquing cream with damp baby wipe to give the appearance of a patinated metal.  

Step 11:  Glue gears and print paper beneath the opening in the skirt.  Cut apart a few more individual gears from the Texture Sheets Gears,  color with antique gold paste wax, and adhere randomly over the bottom texture sheet, as shown.

Step 12:  Glue skirt to bodice, as shown.  Use a good, tacky glue and place a heavy object over it until the glue dries.
Step 13:  Cut chain link in half, add gold metallic ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Adhere to skirt in a crisscross manner.  Add a metal charm and metal studs, as shown.

Step 14:  Add one individual gear that is colored with antique gold wax to the hanger, as shown.  

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies used:
Dressform Hang Ups
Texture Sheets Gears
Chain Borders
Parisian Shape Set (corset)

Other supplies used:
12x12 scrapbook paper pad
Jeweled paper
Acrylic paint: Paynes Grey, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Translucent Yellow Oxide, Rusty
Titanium White Antiquing Cream 
Gold Metallic ink pad
Antique Gold wax paste
Gold embossing powder
Metal jewelry embellishment

I have to tell you that I am having a blast making these!  I can see many uses for them, as I said before.  And you are not limited to making the skirts from paper.  How about scraps of fabric, netting,  tulle, ribbon, and so on.  And think of the embellishing possibilities.  You are limited only by your imagination!  So stop by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to see the wonderful selection of intricately cut chipboard you could use to make these your own!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hope Canvas by Guest Designer Pam Bray

I hope you have enjoyed my guest design spots with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I have exciting news to share next month with you SO stay tuned!!!
I began my Hope Canvas by first deciding which fabulous piece of chipboard I was going to use.
Give each piece a coat of white gesso. Allow to dry completely.
Apply Tarnish Brass Distress Paint to top of each piece. Allow to dry completely.
Paint the pieces of Diamond Texture Sheets with  Bundled Sage, Forest Green and Peeled Paint Distress Paint. Paint the bird with Salty Ocean Distress Paint. Allow each layer dry completely before adding next layer.
Paint both canvas with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint. Allow to dry completely. Add a light coat of Spun Sugar to top. Allow to dry completely. Stamp image using black paint. Allow to dry completely.
Add white gesso to larger canvas using stencil and pallet knife. Allow to dry completely.
Place prepared pieces of Diamond Textured Sheet under and on top of canvas.
Spatter smaller canvas with black paint. Allow to dry completely. Adhere to top of larger canvas.
Add prepared Tulip Scroll Corner.
Add painted "Hope" from the Word & Phrase 2  to top of Bird in Ivy Wreath to finish your canvas. I "hope" you enjoyed my painted canvas. Make sure to check out all of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts fabulous chipboard. 
Hugs, Pam
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Distress Paint: Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, 
Tarnish Brass, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, 
Salty Ocean
Bubble Stencil
Black Chalk Paint
White Gesso
Palette Knife
Bubble Stencil
4 x 4 Canvas
6 x 6 Canvas
Paint Brush