Monday, September 17, 2018

Collector of Curiosities

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog with a little Halloween decor piece.
Here's how you can make your own. 
Cover the Miniature Clipboard with a bit of Tim Holtz paper.  Cover the entire piece of paper with Distress collage medium.  I like the finish it gives and how it takes the various inks and crayons.  Ink the edges using walnut stain Distress Ink and add some splats(using your Tim Holtz Splatter stencil) to look like coffee and possibly slime.  The slimy green is actually Emerald Creek's Apple Martini embossing powder so it's raised up a bit off the paper.  I did emboss the clip part of the clipboard, but decided not to use it in my final design. 
Emboss the edge of your Small Canning Jar.  I made a jar similar to this back in February.  If you'd like to check out the tutorial I have linked it here for you.  With this jar, I wanted it to look a bit grungy and murky.  Pounce mushroom alcohol ink onto the acetate and it will muddy up the "liquid" inside the jar.  A piece of cheesecloth stained with blood(kidding, it's alcohol ink) gets tied to the lid. 
Cut a piece of background paper to go behind your canning jar and add your images.  These guys from the Tim Holtz Scared Silly set were stamped and fussy cut.  The images were stamped on a heavy watercolor paper and colored using Distress Markers.   Make sure you play with your placement before gluing anything down.  
You can see here at this point I was still playing with the idea of leaving it as a clipboard.  I also hadn't added the eyeballs.  It's always good to play with your composition before you glue!
 I decided that the jar on the clipboard wasn't enough and I wanted to beef up my project.  A small Tim Holtz framed panel was the answer.  Cover the panel with a piece of worn wallpaper and add Distress Oxides(walnut stain, ground espresso, forrest moss) so the paper looks water damaged.   
On the frame, randomly paint on Distress Rock Candy Crackle Medium. Once it starts to crackle you can heat it up to speed up the drying process.  Paint the frame using Prima Art Alchemy paint in Metallique Blackberry.  Once the metallic paint is dry use a thin layer of Distress Paint in Black Soot on the entire frame and wipe most of it away. You just want it to sink into the recesses.  In random areas add metallic waxes in opal colors.  This adds another layer of dimension, but doesn't add a ton of color.  The final step on the frame is to use a fine brush and Dina Wakley Gilt paint to go around the edges.  Perfection is not the goal here.  The frame is supposed to look funky and old.  
Glue the frame to the back. 
Add your clipboard to the frame and add a chip quote to the top. 
A Halloween story stick, clipping sticker, and eyeball brad round out the finishing touches. 
I hope you enjoyed this little project.  It was fun to make! I can't wait to pull out all of Halloween decor now.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The perfect compostion

Hi Everyone,
I have a fun post created for Blank Page Muse today. 

One of my favorite times of the year is back to school time.  I love school supplies.  Pens, pencils, notebooks, markers, oh my! Today I made made a mini altered composition notebook.  These are great for little gifts and the perfect size to pop in your purse.

Here's a little step by step for you. 

Cut a manila tag just smaller than the cover of your journal.  Stamp the pens from the Correspondence SetSequin Waste, and the Typewriter Keyboard in Jet Black Archival ink.  Don't worry about empty space because you will be covering it with your photo.   Use various shades of blue Distress Ink to color your tag. 
Stamp your sentiment from the Soulful Words Sentiments set.  Use a different shade of Archival Ink to add interest.  Rip the edge of the tag and color it using Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon.  
Use a piece of vintage sheet music to cover the front and back of your composition book.  I nk the sheet music using Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. Add you tag so it is right up against the spine.  Using the Tim Holtz 3d impresslits make your border and glue this on top of the book. To create the aged look I cut out the provincial impresslit out of metallic cardstock.  Using several colors of alcohol ink I dripped them all over the cut piece.  Once the ink was dry I used Ranger Inks Frosted Crystal embossing powder over the entire thing.  This makes the piece look aged and so very cool.   

Using the script from the  Correspondence Set stamp a piece of muslin using Archival Ink.  
Spray the muslin with Distress Spray Stains. Dry with your heat tool.  Glue the muslin to the spine of the notebook. 

Adhere a photo booth photo that has been colored and stitched to the cover. Add a vintage paperclip for added visual interest. 

Happy Creating! 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Double, double toil and trouble

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  I have an award for your best witch.

Start by embossing your Small Swirl Medallion using Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder from Emerald Creek.
For the base of the ribbon I took a bright green ribbon and sprayed it with Distress Spray stain in Picket Fence to give it a good base coat.  Once the Stain was dry I used various Distress Stains stains( Fossilized Amber, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain) and paints( Distress Paint In Mowed Lawn, Black Soot,, Hickory Smoke; and Prima Art Alchemy in Blackberry and Brass Hardware)  to get the color I wanted.  This is the center of the ribbon that I popped off, but you can see the base colors.  I added a lot more flicks an splatters before I called it complete.
 I added a lot more flicks and splatters before I called it complete.

Assemble your Tiny Shadowbox House.  I always paint and paper my house before gluing it together.  I painted all of the edges black and stippled on Prima Art Alchemy in Brass Hardware, Dina Wakley Paint  in Gilt, and Mowed Lawn Distress paint.  The inside of the house has patterned paper from Authentique that I inked up a bit using Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  
The roof of the house was made using the Tim Holtz mini provincial 3d impresslit  and some gold paper.  Once the paper was embossed I colored it using alcohol inks(latte, mushroom, meadow, and caramel). 
I added a teeny bit of moss to the floor. 
To make the ribbon tails I used muslin. 
Using archival inks I stamped the muslin(Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps sets(CMS198, CMS306, CMS275, and CMS311) and added color using spray stains.  The edges got a bit of Distress Crayon(Walnut Stain and Black Soot) and bit more Prima Art Alchemy metallic paint.  Once they were dry I just glued them to the back of the ribbon. 

Glue the Small Swirl Medallion to the center of the ribbon.   Then glue the Tiny Shadowbox House to the center of the medallion.  Add in your teeny paper doll witches( I tinted one green) and add a Halloween Quote Token. I used a teeny brad and pushed it right into the base of the house to hold the quote token in place.

Your ribbon is finished and ready to wear.  

Happy crafting,

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!

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.