Monday, August 20, 2018

Creepy Critter

Hi Everyone,
 I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today. 

 I promise next month I will get back to doing step by step photos for you.  Work has been a bear lately and I have hardly had any time to create.  I wanted to get a bit spooky though.  It's cooling off around here-it's been under 100 degrees at least twice!

To begin cover your Reliquary- Arch Top with a thin layer of gesso.  Then layer on your inks.  It is key to allow time for each layer to dry naturally to achieve the faux marble look. Using your blending foam, apply a layer of Pumice Stone Distress Ink and then add a bit of Espresso Distress Ink.  Spritz these layers with water.  Once they are dry add Distress Oxides in Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot.  These are applied one at a time and spritzed with water.  I switched back and forth between using the blending foam and just stamping thep pad directly onto the arch.  Using the pad I was able to get some veins in the marble.
Add your paperdoll and bunny head charm.  Set the piece aside to dry.

Cover the Extra Large Tag with a piece of patterned paper.  Use Distress Oxides in Hickory Smoke and Forest Moss to get the mottled effect.  Edge the tag using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Socre the bottom of the tag to create a bend. 
Use the large piece from the Layered Flourish Aria.  Paint the back piece using Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  Paint the front piece using Sterling Distress Paint.  When the paint is dry pounce on Alcohol ink in Patina, Mushroom, and Latte.  Glue the two pieces together and adhere to the top of the tag.  
Using the same colors of Alcohol INk color your gravemaker and attach to the arch using brads.  Glue the arch to the bottom of the tag.  
Cover the base of the tag with moss and add some skulls and bones.  Paint the Meadow Flowers using Forest Moss DIstress Paint.  Stipple on the same alcohol ink color you used before.  Cut the flowers in half and adhere them to the back of the Reliquary- Arch Top.  

Your creepy masterpiece is complete!
I hope you enjoyed this creepy tutorial.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Artist Trading Coins

Hi Everyone,
Jess here today.
Have you jumped on the Artist Trading Coin bandwagon yet? They are super fun and quick to make.  Today I will show you how I made a bunch of coins using a single sheet of cardstock.  

Blank Page Muse Stamps Used:

Other Supplies:
Jet Black Archival Ink
Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers
Gel Pens
Circle Punches

Start by stamping your largest images on a sheet of white cardstock. Using masks, made from post it notes, add your smaller images until you have filled the entire sheet.  
Using the two and a half inch punch(this is the ATC size) randomly punch out circles.  
Once you have punched as many circles out as you can go back with smaller circle punches and punch out more.  Use as much of the paper as possible.  
Here's an example of the different size circle punches I used to create the coins.  
Use Distress Ink to add color to your coin.  Flick water to create drips and splatters. 
Don't forget to ink your edges!
Layer your circles together and glue them down.  Don't feel you have to use the entire circle.  Experiment with your layers.  Trim the circles up if you like.  
Add word stickers and highlight areas using gel pens. 

I hope you enjoy and share your coins with us in the fan group.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Alice in Wonderland

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a little Alice in Wonderland inspired project.  I want to apologize for the lack out step out photos here.  Work has been consuming my life as of late and I have barely had any time to do what I love.  I hope my instructions are clear enough for you to follow along. 

 I started with a simple number 10 tag and turned it into a mini album. 
To begin, fold your tag in half.  Cover the spine with washi tape to give it a bit of extra strength.  Cover all pages with bits of Tim Holtz wallpaper and washi tape.  Once all of your paper is adhered give it a white wash using acrylic paint.  Use Distress Crayon in Gathered Twigs to age some areas and all edges.  Splatter some Distress Paint on the background in Vintage Photo to tie it all together.

To make the cover, run your stencil letter(coming soon to the store) through your die cutting machine using the Sizzix 3d embossing folder.  Use Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink on the raised areas and smudge around with your finger to coat the entire stencil.  Cut a found relative card down to fit behind the stencil letter and adhere using double stick tape. Add a tiny brass clock charm and some spun cotton mushrooms to the bottom corner.  Set the image aside.  Do not glue the image onto the cover yet because you will need to add sari ribbon to hold it closed. 
For the first page, gather various clock faces.  Some of these are vintage, some are paper, and some are charms.  Glue your faces down in a pattern you like and add your mini white Rabbit.  The Rabbit (along with the other silhouettes) was painted black and embossed using Rangers Frosted Crystal Embossing powder.  The result is an awesome matte finish.  Glue your Rabbit to the center of the largest clock face.  Add a word sticker and outline in black.  
What's a Mad Hatter without his tea? This tea cup die has a slit in the top so it was easy to slip in the Mad Hatter once he was embossed.   A bit of bakers twine holds on his hat size.  I distressed this page a bit more than the others by curling back some of the paper.  
Finish the book, but keep your head! The Queen finishes out the little book.  I found lots of Rose ephemera to add to her page, but I wanted to make sure some were not painted the right color.  I love the cowering card in the corner.  

Wrap your ribbon around the entire booklet.  Adhere your stencil onto the front cover and this will hold the ribbon in place.  

I hope you enjoyed our quick trip through Wonderland!

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Queen Bee

Hi Everyone,
Jess here today with a bee-utiful tag to share.

 I am in love with the new Alphabet Stencils that will be coming to the store! They look like old fashioned stencils, but don't come with the huge price tag.
Start by embossing your chosen letter using the new 3d embossing folders from Sizzix.  To get the impression really crisp it is recommended to spritz your substrate(in this case chipboard) with water.  Once it's run through you can heat dry it or let it air dry.  Press in a book to get it flat it it curls.
Cover the stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink using a blending tool.  Using your finger add Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Grab your Distress Crayon in Tarnished Brass to highlight the high points of the embossed areas.  Vintage paper grounds the stencil and makes it pop.
Make your background paper using Mixed Media Heavystock. Cover the entire sheet with various shades of Yellow Distress Ink.  Add Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber and Antique Linen. Stamp the Glorious Bouquet Stamp using Archival Ink in Coffee.  Stamp wildflowers and honeycomb from the Mixed Media Set Using Oxides.  While the ink is still wet use a clean blending foam and smudge the image.   Use the paper to cover one of the giant Tag Super X.  This tag was was bit larger than I wanted for this project, so I cut a couple inches off the bottom.
Emboss your Bee with Oil Rubbed Bronze Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek.  Rub the bee in Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot and spritz with water.  Set aside to dry.  
Adhere your stencil and add alpha dice.  
Play with the placement of the Honeycomb.  Once you are happy emboss the honeycomb using Charred Gold Embossing powder from Emerald Creek.  Add the alphabet dice just below the stencil.  

Cut out a circle to use as your reinforcer. Emboss metal tape using a 3d embossing folder and color the tape using alcohol inks.  Emboss the tape using Frosted Crystal Antiquities powder. 
Add a crown to your paper doll and color her necklace using a gel pen. 
Your tag is complete!

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Golden Age of Travel

Hi Everyone,
I have a really cool Blank Page Muse project for you today. 

Remember when people used to get dressed up to go on vacation? You never used to see people on airplanes in pajamas and yoga pants.  I can't imagine these ladies not looking put together.  I pictured them shopping in Paris and sending a postcard to a friend back home.  
Here are the supplies you need to gather to create your own postcard.

Stamps used:

Other Supplies:
Jet Black Archival Ink
Archival Ink in Coffee and Hydrangea
Distress Collage Medium
Distress Markers
Distress Collage Paper
Distress Ink
Stabilo Pencil
Clear Gesso

Let's get started!
Stamp out your main images across the postcard using Jet Black Archival ink.
Create masks, using post it notes, and stamp all over to fill in white space. 
Once you have finished stamping your background use Distress Collage Medium to apply Distress Collage Paper to various areas of the postcard. 
Add your paperdoll and color in the dresses using Distress Markers(to make sure the ink stays on the image coat your paper doll in clear gesso).   Add Distress Ink to the edges to make the postcard appear to be vintage.  Use your Stabilo pencil to add shadows around the paper doll and around the edges of the collage paper.  
Turn your postcard over and add the Script and postmark stamp to the back.  Use Distress Ink to age the paper.  Color in the postmark using Distress Ink. 
Just like that your card is complete.  
Here are a few more glamour shots.

It was really fun to see how many stamps I could add to the collage feel of the card.  I haven't done a masking technique in a long time and it was fun to play around with it again.  
I hope you feel inspired to play with your stamps too.

If you're looking for more inspiration stop by these great places:
The Blank Page Muse Shop FB Fan Page Instagram - Shop Instagram - Blog Twitter Pinterest

Happy Stamping,

Monday, July 2, 2018

Old World Butterfly Shrine

Hi Guys,
I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with an old world inspired ATC Shrine.

Paint the Reliquary Tower Top using Dina Wakley Paint in Gilt.  
While the paint is drying assemble your ATC Shrine Box.  I like to adhere my paper before I glue the box together.  Since the top of the box is visible under the arch I dabbed a little paint on there too.  The outside edges of the shrine  are covered in washi tape with butterflies.   

The outside edges of the shrine  are covered in washi tape with butterflies.   

 Cover you arch with a crackle medium and when it's mostly dry blast it with the heat gun to make it bubble and peel.  Use a black acrylic paint wash over the arch and then rub off quickly so it seeps into the cracks.   To make areas a bit darker use a Distress Crayon in Black Soot.  Attach the arch to the shrine.

Cover a butterfly from Relics and Artifacts with Vintage Distress Collage Medium.  Use the black acrylic wash on the entire butterfly and wipe away so it just highlights the details.  Add color to the butterfly using Distress Markers.  Emboss the base of a tiny lightbulb using Charred Gold powder.  Glue the bulb to the butterfly and then add the butterfly to the shrine. 

Use the Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy die to cut out a ton of butterflies.  Glue the butterflies all over the shrine.
 Add a base to the shrine and Tim Holtz chipboard sentiment.  
Your shrine is complete!

Happy Crafting,

Disclaimer Notice

I've received products/compensation as part of the Blank Page Muse and the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.