Tuesday, June 27, 2017

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Skelly Tin Series - "Be Very Afraid"

Hi folks!  I'm here with another of my 'Skelly Tins' for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Education Team.  I think the Altoids Inserts Fairy Tale Frames is just about the best invention ever!  Let me show you what the next frame inspired me to create.

Isn't this guy fun?  Eh, a little unnerving also.  *wink*

I made the tin with most of the same steps as this 'Creepy' one.  You might remember I struggled a little using a new-to-me medium on the frame itself, so I tried something different with today's project.

Instead of painting the Ranger crazing medium, I cut off the used tip of a foam brush (that had dried too much to wash and reuse).  I dipped it in the medium and used it as a stipple brush on the gesso-painted frame.

It worked perfectly, creating texture and a slight sheen.  No additional steps needed!  You can see the direction of the sponge (I held it perpendicular to the frame) so I will vary how I stipple next time.  The frame handled the thick wet medium like a champ.

Here is the Skelly Tin series so far.

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Altoids Inserts - Fairy Tale Frames #YB23A

Other Supplies Used
Altoids tin
My Mind's Eye halloween paper
Cheese cloth 
Dollar store skeleton
Black twine
Black gesso
Ranger Collage Medium/Crazing
Mod Podge (to affix paper to tin)
Glossy Accents as glue and dimensional effect
Fabri-Tac glue
Ranger Ground Espresso ink for edges
Orange Peel Stickles

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Creepy Altoids Tin

Hello crafty peeps!  Over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I'm dipping into the dark side and dragging you with me.  That's OK, right?  Let's go!

For the project I used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' Altoids Fairy Tale Inserts.  There are 3 in the package.  I set the other two aside for my next tins.  Yay!

The first step for me is to rough up the metal to give the paint and adhesive something to grab.  Next I  gesso'd the edges since there is always a chance bits will show after the paper is applied.

 I knew the "creepy" would take a long time to dry, so that was cut out and glued to the laser cut.  I then filled the space with Glassy Accents and set it aside.

I decided which papers I wanted, cut them out, and inked the edges.  Mod Podge does great to adhere paper to the tin, although this jar is getting thick.  Can water be added to thin it out?  I'll try!

Ugh.  I put the inside sheet in upside down.  Keen powers of observation, Susan!  Since it's text, I couldn't fake it.  Luckily I had more paper and cut out a new one.  I think Mr. Skelly is laughing at me!

Once that was fixed I added the cheese cloth and random wood shaving curlicues with white glue.  I wanted to raise the bat up so I made a platform with bits of the extra laser cut chipboard.  Fiddly work but worth it.  Not pictured is the front bat painted with micaceous oxide -- this is actually going to be the bat's shadow layer.

I painted the Fairy Tale Insert with black gesso, then tried out the Ranger Collage Medium/Crazing for the first time.  I'll admit I wasn't crazy about it due to brush strokes and lack of actual crazing... then I tried to sand the brush strokes off with very fine sand paper.  VoilĂ !  Brush strokes gone and crazing visible.

 I used a little bit of watered-down black acrylic paint to cover the sanding marks.

Once that dried I put a fine line of glue around the inside of the insert and clamped it to the tin.

As that dried I gesso'd the base and top.  I used the large round disc to give the project more stability. On top of the gesso is black acrylic with a very subtle sheen and a few random swipes of quinacridone gold (orange-gold) and interference gold (bright gold) paints.

Glue those last pieces on and this is the finished project:

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Altoids Fairy Tale Inserts #YB23A

Other Supplies
Altoids tin
Wood candlestick
Wood base
Wood dowel rod end
My Mind's Eye halloween paper
Wood bats
Swarovski SS5 tanzanite crystals
Cheese cloth 
Random wood shaving curlicues (it's been around so long I can't remember the source)
Dollar store skeleton painted with white and off-white
Black lace scrap (spider web)
Black Stickles (spider)
Black twine
Black gesso
Black acrylic paint
Quinacridone gold paint
Golden Interference Gold paint (love this!) 
Ranger Collage Medium/Crazing
Golden Micaeous Oxide (on front bat)
Mod Podge (to affix paper to tin)
Glossy Accents as glue and dimensional effect
White glue
Brown ink for edges

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: French Countryside Reliquary

Hello folks!  Today I have a hint of the French countryside to share with you.  I've never actually been, but I can imagine it with the help of Graphic 45's French Country collection.  Come here and take a peek through this Reliquary Arch window...

I pulled together the components I wanted to use and outlined the reliquary base on my background paper. I actually used the top piece for the outline so I could see how the finished paper would look.  As it turned out, barely any showed through but that's not always the case.  Anyway...  I cut it out and fine tuned with snips here and there so it didn't poke out between layers.

Since I wanted a hanger on the back, I punched a hole for future addition of the hanger.

Matte medium attached the paper to the reliquary base.  Next step was to paint things black: front piece of the arch, the inside edge and back of the base, and the fleur-de-lis.

You can see in this next photo that I painted the inside edges of the base so the base paper didn't show through the top piece scallops.

The next thing was to add the hanger and the only embellishment to go between the layers.  Once the bee paper was on I glued the reliquary pieces together and clamped to keep them as tight as possible.

Also in this photo you can see I started the gold paint layering on the fleur-de-lis.

Next I added the fence, flowers, and finished fleur-de-lis.  The fence needed to be clamped while the glue set.

The last step was to add the final embellishments!

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope our daily projects help inspire your Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts projects.


GSL Cuts Used
Reliquary Arch #D8A

Other Materials Used
Graphic 45 "French Country" collection
Wood fence
Wood alphabet
Wood flour-de-lis
Liquitex black acrylic paint
Ranger Glue and Seal
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Distress Collage Medium
Stickles Diamond, Waterfall, Paprika, Clear Rock Candy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Business Card Holder

Hi folks!  With a couple of shows coming up I decided to upgrade my clear lucite business card holder.  I'm so happy with my new Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Business Card Holder!

You probably know I'm a paper hoarder.  We all have that in us!  Years ago Prima came out with a line called "Fairy Flora".  I wish I'd purchased more than one 6" x 6" pad because it is in my Top 5 Favorites Of All Time.  (Ok, I don't actually have a written list of favorites.  Really, I don't.  *ahem*)  I was able to complete this project using mostly just saved scraps from projects past.

The business card holder comes with 5 pieces and is super simple to assemble.  The side and bottom panel are 3 different sizes.  Obviously the short goes in front, but the other two are interchangeable.  I chose to use the tallest one for the base to allow for the most amount of cards on my show table.

I used one full sheet to mark the side pieces.  It's that gorgeous paper on the left... now I only have one full sheet of it and I'm going to hoard it!

Next I cut out the rest of the inside and outside pieces.  Notice I didn't cut an inside piece for the small front panel.  I used an X-acto type straight blade to cut the inside notches.  Get as close to actual hole size as possible so you don't have assembly problems later.  Everything else was cut by hand (instead of the paper trimmer) since I knew I'd be sanding edges later.

A matte medium glued the paper to base pieces.  You can use any glue for this step.  It's a good idea to glue the interior side pieces on first so you can clean up the holes if necessary.  That fit is important later.  After it dried for a bit I sanded the outer edges so they didn't hang over the base pieces.  The black super-fine sandpaper finished the surface nicely.

Next I used brown ink to "age" those edges and pulled out the white glue to assemble.

The side and bottom pieces fit into the walls relatively easily.  This is where the excess paper could have been an issue.  It was a little fiddly to get the second side wall on without smearing the glue, but that's to be expected.  Once in place make sure all your joints are close and tight.

For a little embellishment in front, I used a piece of the Leafy Swirl.  I painted it green and layered Peeled Paint glitter and Glossy Accents.  I think those three steps took longer than the business card itself! :)

Here are the inside and back views.  That back view is my favorite and the one I'll see the most.  I'm crafty like that.  *wink*

Thanks for visiting today!   ~Susan

GSL Cuts in this project:

Business Card Holder #BD6A
Leafy Swirl #C7G

Other Supplies used:
Ranger Glue & Seal
White glue
Distress Ink in Gathered Twig
Lumiere Pearl Emerald Green paint
Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint
Ranger Glossy Accents

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wicked Circus 3D Postcard

Hello hello hello!  Last month someone tracked me down through a project seen on Pinterest.  The wanted a circus-themed piece for their theatre dressing room as they prepared for nightly shows.  We decided to go a little dark for the play's dilapidated mid-century setting.

While I've done altered tins and keepsake greeting cards with a circus theme, my customer favored the 4x6 postcard form I used for a local art gallery fundraiser.

My customer's role is fortune teller.

On the back is a single-layer vintage image of circus performers you might not want to meet in the darkness between tents!

I'm imagining it hung on the mirror in a dark, dusty theatre.

Thanks for visiting today!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut: Pocket Circus

Hi crafty folks!  On today's blog I have a pocket full of circus to share with you.  I used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tiny Matchbox Theatre.  It's 2 1/2" x 3" (6.35cm x 7.6cm)!

There are two sets in this photo to show how they arrive and how to fold at the score lines.

I painted the outside edges black.  I also painted the inside flaps since I knew they would be visible.  Next I used white craft glue to close all but the top.  I measured the inside aerialist panel to fit so I could slide that panel in from the top.

For a pull knob, I measured the center of the side panel (you *don't* want me to eyeball it...) and poked a hole.  You can sort of see the hole in this photo!  From the inside I threaded the knob base and left it in to attach the knob later.

In this photo you can also see the scrap chipboard I glued in to raise the aerialist panel to the center of the matchbox.

I inserted the layered aerialist panel and used a clamp and scrap chipboard to let the glue set.  After it set I used varying grits of sandpaper to even out the edges and give it a worn look.  The black paper is super fine and is great to sand away any extra glue, also.

Next I glued the matchbox sleeve and clamped to let the glue set.  You can see the finished matchbox theatre in the background.

I cut the outside paper and scored it to wrap around the bottom.  I couldn't bear to cut off the heads!

Here is the completed sleeve!  I inked the edges with brown ink and used gold Dresden trim to finish it off.  (The top and back of the sleeve were painted black.)

The inside has layered aerialists just hanging around.  If you click to enlarge the photo you can see the layering a bit better.

Thanks for visiting today!



Tiny Matchbox Theatre #C40D


Liquitex black acrylic paint
White craft glue
Vintage aerialist images
Ranger TH Gathered Twig ink
TH knob