Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mixed Media Tutorial Tuesday with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Good morning! I am sharing a mixed media extravaganza for my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project today. I am not "known" for my mixed media work, however I do enjoy playing with paste and getting messy from time to time! 

The GSLCuts team was given a selection of products from ColourArte and I decided to give them a try! (As you can probably tell from the GSLCuts Blog, Graphic 45 is also a team sponsor, so I used some G45 Artisan Style for this project.)
I got my mess on and decorated the cover of a large notebook. The hardest part of the whole project was waiting for each layer to dry! I did try my heat gun, but it seemed best to just let things air dry, so I had to play the waiting game a bit. That gave me time to work on a few other projects...and I may have taken a small nap!

Let's get started on the tutorial.

Select your chipboard elements and get them ready for use. I usually wipe each item with a cloth and also, I use a paper piercing tool to remove any bits that are still stuck in the holes. 

For this project I used everything you see here, except the Victorian Corners 2. You will need: Words and Phrases 1, Steampunk Shape Set, Butterflies and Dragonflies, Butterfly of Gears, and Mixed Media Fragments 1.  
I found this notebook in my stash. I think I purchased it at the beach in North Carolina three years ago! It is a Fancy Pants Brag Book containing 50 journaling pages, 15 photo sleeves (4x6), and 15 pocket pages. It is 9" x 7 1/4" and about 1 1/2" thick! The covers are nice and sturdy, perfect for mixed media!
I started out by mixing some gesso with Luminarte Spanish Moss Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist to create a pale green gesso. I keep a stack of paper bowls and cups, as well as craft sticks for a time such as this. It makes clean up easy...I just toss the whole mess away when I'm finished!
I placed a piece of washi tape over the black binding to protect it from all the mess. (However, when I removed the tape, it pulled up some of the black color from the binding!) Using a foam brush, I began to paint the cover with the gesso mixture.
I saw a video where the artist used gesso to adhere torn paper to her project. However, I have the very thin type of gesso, so that was not working. I resorted to matte gel to adhere the paper, and then I painted over it with the gesso mixture. I tore up pieces of Graphic 45 Artisan Style 6x6 paper for the cover. I used green, orange, blue, and black papers from the collection.
Once I had all the paper attached to the cover, I used a baby wipe to remove some of the gesso from the paper. I kept a few areas of the cover "paper free."
I pulled a selection of stamps from my stash to add some more layers to the cover. I used Black Soot Distress ink because I know it reacts with water. I wanted the stamped areas to smear a little bit. If you want your stamping to be crisp, use an archival ink.
Once the stamped areas were dry, I painted on a thin coat of matte gel medium and allowed that to dry. The gel medium will seal the paper to the cover.

I then used an old gift card to smooth on some crackle paste to a few areas. (This did not really work the way I wanted. I either put the medium on too thick or too thin, or did not allow it to dry long enough. It did NOT crackle. However, a few areas did bubble up when I hit them with the heat gun, so that was fun!
While I was waiting for layers of the cover to dry, I used the ColourArte products to paint all my chipboard shapes. My favorite product was the Nutmeg Radiant Rain Dauber! When I mixed the Nutmeg with the Copper Metallic Radiant Rain Dauber...I got some great rusty gears! 

I covered some of the items with the green gesso mixture, and then added various colors to match the paper. I used the Plum Crazy Radiant Rain Dauber and the Persimmon Shimmering Mist
 I used the Nutmeg Radiant Rain Dauber to add some splotches to the cover. 
I then flicked on some white shimmer mist. However, the coverage was too translucent, so I tried again with white gesso. 
Once the cover was dry, I added all my chipboard elements. I glued everything with white glue and added some foam tape for dimension. Notice, I painted the phrase with black gesso, and then sprayed it with Green Pearl Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist.
After all the chipboard elements were attached, I added some flowers and a tiny light bulb with hot glue. I then flicked on more white gesso. 
I added a few blobs of Glass Bead Gel, to which I mixed real beads (black and gold). I just scooped some of the gel out with a craft stick, and then dabbed the stick into the canisters of beads. I simply wiped the whole mess off onto a few areas of the project. The gel dries clear and acts like a glue for the extra beads!
 You can see more of the beads here. And, check out those rusty gears!
I dry brushed some of the white gesso onto the flowers. I added a few spirals that I made from the flower stems.
 Here you can see some of the designer paper peeking out!
Here is another view of the tiny light bulb and the flowers. 
I hope you enjoyed my voyage into mixed media! Thanks for looking! Find all these wonderful chipboard items at the GSLCuts Store! Check out ColourArte for some fantastic color products! And, find amazing Graphic 45 papers HERE

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Words and Phrases 1 
Steampunk Shape Set
Butterflies and Dragonflies
Butterfly of Gears
Mixed Media Fragments 1


Spanish Moss Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
Green Pearl Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
Persimmon Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist
Plum Crazy Radiant Rain Dauber
Nutmeg Radiant Rain Dauber
Copper Metallic Radiant Rain Dauber


Glass Bead Gel: Golden
Gesso (white and black): Liquitex
Matte Gel Medium: Liquitex
Crackle Paste: Golden
White Shimmer Mist: DecoArt
Ink: Ranger Distress Black Soot
Paper: Graphic 45 Artisan Style 6x6 pad
Brag Book: Fancy Pants
Stamps: 7 Gypsies (cities subway art), Stampin' Up (grid, splatters), Close to My Heart (stoneware texture)
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Grungy Father's Day Card

Hello Readers! I am sharing an easy-to-mail, grungy Father's Day card with you today! It is my turn again on the CutCardStock Blog, and all this month we are sharing masculine and Father's Day cards!
I am on a quest for flat cards! Any cards I want to donate to my church, or to other organizations must be FLAT. I also wish to have some on hand to mail myself. Many of the cards I create are very thick, requiring special mailing and postage. Sometimes, I just want something that fits into a standard envelope and costs one stamp!

I created this simple card, by layering the ink, rather than the papers and embellishments! This is an easy card to make in bulk, and it is simple to change the sentiment strip to reflect a different event!

Begin by choosing your color palette and selecting various dye-based inks in that scheme. I chose browns and tans.

Cut Basis White Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8". Starting with one of the medium toned inks, stamp the grunge grid several times onto the cardstock. Stamp some splatters in the lightest ink. Stamp more splatters in a medium toned ink.

Stamp the coffee stains and large splatters in the darkest ink. Stamp the large coffee ring in a contrasting brown ink. Continue to layer images until you are satisfied with the result. Sponge the edges of the cardstock with one of the darker inks.

Cut Basis Brown Cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4" and score at 5 1/2" on the long side to make a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", top-fold card. Attach the grunge panel to the card front.

Add three brads to the upper right corner as shown. Stamp a sentiment onto Basis White Cardstock with dark brown ink. Stamp splatters in lighter brown ink. Trim the sentiment into a banner shape and mat with Basis Brown Cardstock. Attach the sentiment banner to the left edge of the card as shown.
Cut two pieces of Basis White Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8". Stamp some of the grunge images onto the corners of the paper with brown ink. Sponge the edges of the white cardstock with brown ink and attach the pieces to the inside panels of the card.

Thanks for looking!


Basis White Cardstock
Basis Brown Cardstock
Scor-Tape Premium Double-sided Adhesive

Stamps: Verve Stamps Better With You (double coffee stain); Close to My Heart large coffee stain, Stoneware Texture; 7 Gypsies small splatter; Stampin' Up grid, small texture, sentiment
Ink: Close to My Heart Desert Sand, Graphic 45 Decades Dark Cashmere, Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Memento Rich Cocoa, Stampin' Up Sahara Sand
Brads: Creative Impressions
Tools: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Graciellie Designs May Guest Designer

Welcome! I am guest designing in May at Graciellie Design’s Digital Stamps! If you missed my first post from earlier in the month, click HERE.

Gracie is running a promo in the shop starting today! Purchase any 3 stamp sets for $8.50! The promo will run until May 31st.

I had a chance to play with the Elegant Greetings set again, which contains one image and six sentiments.

Since I used the image of the beautiful flower for my first card this month, I decided to use the elegant sentiments this time!
I love sentiments! I am always looking for new ones (or creating my own). The sentiments from this stamp set are just beautiful and so elegant! I created a wedding card using one of the sentiments from the set, sized to roughly 2 1/2" wide.
I printed the sentiment onto white cardstock with black ink and cut it out with a stitched rectangle die. I used dark gray cardstock to accent the sentiment and the papers. I wanted to use some shades of purple for the flowers for an extra punch of color.

The ribbon is sparkly, which matches nicely with the metallic berries and the sequins. There is lots of room inside the card for a gift card holder or to write a message to the bride and groom. 

The Graciellie Designs digital stamp sets can be found HERE for instant download! These digital stamps are ready to print and are perfect for so many kinds of papercrafting projects.

Now for the winners from the May 1st blog hop! Winners, please check Gracie's Blog to find out how to claim your prize!

Winner #1
Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards

Winner #2

Winner #3
K Ritter

Now, hop on along to see what the rest of the May designers have created! Make sure to leave a comment telling them what you love about the stamp set they chose!

Digital stamps: Graciellie Designs Elegant Greetings
Die templates: Spellbinders Curved Borders Two, Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Squares
Patterned paper: Webster's Petite Papers Hollywood Vogue 
Cardstock: slate gray, white
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Charcoal Shimmer Satin
Flowers: Prima leaves, Wild Orchid Crafts berry spray and flowers
Sequins: Craft Medley Viola
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, white glue, foam tape

Friday, May 13, 2016

Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop

It is ribbon time again! I am here with the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next! 

Here is a peeky at the RRR May Ribbon Club Assortment. This assortment is called Patriotic Collection. Look at all that fantastic red, white, and blue! Bonnie does a patriotic collection every year, and I look forward to it every time! 
I love patriotic-themed projects and get so excited when that "season" rolls around each summer. I know that I will get a nice assortment of ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon for all my July 4th projects!
I went a diving into one of my bins to find something to make this month. I found four little photo albums from Creative Memories gathering dust in there! The books are only 4" x 3 1/4" and contain 16 wallet-sized photo sleeves. I think these were a hostess gift from Creative Memories in 2009! My dear friend Connie (who passed away in July 2010) gave me four of these, two red and two blue. I have never used them!

I decided to alter one for July 4th photos! It's a cute idea for a little brag book or for a gift.  
I tied a double bow from the Red Plaid Ribbon and the Royal Blue Plaid Ribbon. After I tied the bows, I sprayed the ribbon with some sepia mist to give it an aged look. I wanted to hurry the dry time, so I tried to dry the ribbon with my heat tool. Well, that made the ribbon wrinkle and curl up a bit! Which made for a fun, grungy looking bow! I loved it. Happy accident!

I topped the bow with a loopy twine bow (Ivory Burlap String) and an epoxy star. I also used a tiny bit of the Satin American Flag Print ribbon to decorate the metal charm. I had fun digging through my stash to find things for this project. Much of what I used has been in the Hoard for AGES. One fun find was the red heart pin, to which I added a white teardrop pin. I used Copic markers to color a clear "glass" pin to get a red, white, and blue selection!

I discovered that the little photo sleeves inside the book fit a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of paper perfectly! That is also the size of the patriotic bingo cards! 
I thought it would be fun to try a pocket page style of decoration for the little photo sleeves. I simply cut 16 pieces of decorative paper to size and slipped them into the sleeves. I then decorated the outside of the plastic sleeves with some bits and bobs from my stash!

Since all the lumpy decor is on the outside of the sleeves, photos can slide right into each one with no problem!

 Just a fun and simple project, perfect for some wallet-sized photos!
Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon May Ribbon ClubIvory Burlap String
Album: Creative Memories
Designer paper: Bo Bunny Anthem, Authentique Glory, other unknown
Bingo cards: Jenni Bowlin
Rosette die: Tim Holtz
Stickers: Authentique, Karen Foster, Pebbles, K and Company
Pins: Maya Road
Charm: Tim Holtz
Staples: Tim Holtz
Spray mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang Steampunk Sepia
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, white glue, hot glue

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Baby Girl Brag Book

Good morning! I am sharing a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project today. I have been wanting to make a baby brag book for a while now, using the lovely Graphic 45 papers in my stash. I finally had a chance to make it happen! GSLCuts sent me some chipboard cover sets (basically plain chipboard) and a set of the Memory Keeping Organizer Small Dividers. And I used my "magical mini album skills" to create this little sweetie!
I created a little girl brag book for a family friend (only I may have to make another one if we find out she's having a boy). This little book is perfect for wallet-sized photos.  The 3" x 4" dividers dictated the size of this mini, which is 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" x 3".

The cover is so cute, with the phrase from Words and Phrases 2 Set, and darling Postage Frames! The Graphic 45 baby papers are simply adorable. I used a combination of Precious Memories, Baby 2 Bride Deluxe Collection, and the retired Little Darlings.

There are 8 dividers in the set, so I have 8 double-sided pages for my album.

To create your own brag book, start with two chipboard covers and a spine.
Cut the covers to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4". Cut the spine to 3 1/2" x 3". From ivory cardstock, create a tab hinge binding that allows for 8 pages. (For tutorials on creating the hinge system, click HERE or HERE.)
Place the covers and spine onto a 6" x 6" piece of plaid paper, with a gap between the chipboard pieces a bit smaller than 1/8". Attach the chipboard to the paper and wrap the paper around the top and bottom as shown. (You may wish to reinforce the spine with Tyvek or similar product if you think your mini will get a lot of handling.)
Cut two pieces of flower print paper to 6" x 6" and attach them to the front and back covers, wrapping the edges and mitering the corners. 
Attach the tab hinge binding to the spine.
Cut two pieces of pink plaid paper to 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" and attach to the inside of the covers.

Gently score and bend the covers at the gaps between the chipboard. Use a decorative border punch to punch two 1" x 3 1/2" pieces of ivory cardstock. 
Attach the punched border pieces to the front and back covers to hide the seams.

Paint the tabs and all edges of the Memory Keeping Organizer Small Dividers with ivory paint.
Use strong, double-sided tape to attach one divider panel to each tab hinge. 
Once all your hinges are attached, it is time to decorate. 
Select various chipboard elements for your mini album and paint them with ivory paint. I always select and paint more than I need, just in case I change my mind about the design as I go along! (See the supply list below for details.)
Use a Crop-a-Dile or similar tool to punch a hole into the center of the front and back covers, approximately 1/2" from the album edge. Attach a knob to the front cover. (I improvised by adding an upside-down eyelet to the cover and securing it with a yellow brad. This lifts the brad up just a tad, allowing the closure string to wrap around the brad.) 

Attach a large grommet to the back cover. Thread some yellow twine through the grommet and wrap it around the brad on the front cover to close the album. 

To decorate the cover, glue a postage stamp image to the back of one of the Postage Frames. Attach the frame to the left side of the cover. Glue the My Girl phrase from the Words and Phrases 2 Set to the cover as shown. Embellish the frame with a few pastel flowers. 
 Attach a decorative chipboard embellishment to the spine of the album.

Start to decorate the album using GSLCuts items and embellishments! For the inside of the front and back covers, I used the Windows 6 Panel and some pretty decorations. 

Decorate your album pages as desired. To see all the pages, make sure to check out the video BELOW.

Each page of the album has pockets, flip outs, journaling spots, or photo mats. This chunky mini is perfect for all your small photos and makes a wonderful brag book!

Enjoy! Thanks for looking! Find all these wonderful chipboard items at the GSLCuts Store!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Memory Keeping Organizer Small Dividers
Postage Frames
Words & Phrases 2 Set
Windows 6 Panel
Victorian Corners 2
Album Cover Set (coming soon)

Paper: Graphic 45 Precious Memories, Baby 2 Bride Deluxe Collection, Little Darlings (retired)
Tag: Graphic 45 Regular - Ivory
Grommet and eyelet: We R Memory Keepers (yellow)
Brad: pale yellow (source unknown)
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Divine Twine Lemonwood
Paint: Martha Stewart Summer Linen acrylic, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Mist: DecoArt Shimmer White
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile, Martha Stewart heart border punch, Stampin' Up 3/4" circle punch, EK Success corner rounder
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Ranger multi-medium, foam squares, ATG tape, Scor-tape