Thursday, October 19, 2017

An oxymoron Halloween mini . . .

Hi Everyone. I'm here to share a little mini . . . and that's where the oxymoron comes in.

This is a Frank Garcia designed mini that measures 4.5" x 4.5". It's pre-bound with a very sturdy 2" spine. It's completely made of chipboard, including the pages, so you can really load it up without worrying about anything bending.

Because this is a *little-mini*, I used a 6x6 paper pad to decorate along with some of my favorite Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Halloween/Fall pieces.

After papering the binding, I used a cornstalk from the Fall Shape Set. This set has some great pieces for anything you're working on having to do with the Autumn season including apple picking, pumpkin patches, leaf piles, candy apples and more.

When inking chipboard pieces, I try to ink light in the center and choose a darker color on the edges, adding a bit of contrast. For this piece I used Vintage Photo in the center and brought in some Espresso on the edges of the chip.

On the inside cover, I colored and placed 2 leaves as pockets. The leaves are from the Fall Banner Kit.

Not-so-ordinary pockets were added to the next two pages. The left side uses a swirl from the Flourishes 2 Set. It was inked and then covered with Sparkle & Sprinkle embossing powder. The right page uses a border and corners from the Wrought Iron Set. Simply dab the chipboard with Distress Stain.

What Halloween book is complete without a witch and a tree. This witch comes from the Spooky Shape Set and dabbed with Distress Stain.  I used a Branch for the tree and embossed it with Sparkle & Sprinkle embossing powder.

A couple of belly bands were created with the help of a Scarecrow and a blackbird.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has a super cute border of kids holding hands, all dressed in Halloween costumes.  I took that border and made individual kits to use on various pages in the book. All are embossed with sparkly black embossing powder.

And just because it's my favorite season of the year, here's another decoration with a leaf from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Thanks for sticking with me through this rather large little mini.  (wink, wink)

See you in a couple of weeks with another Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bewitching Halloween Card by Sandy Trefger

Hello everyone! Sandy here today with my latest project. It will soon be Halloween and it's time to create some cards for the holiday if you haven't already.  Granted not everyone celebrates Halloween but for those of you who do, you might want to create a fun 6x6 Center Step Card and decorate it with some Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Halloween chippies.

I will be giving you some quick instructions on how to make the center step card but if if seems confusing you can google or search YouTube for some great how-to videos. That's what I did and adjusted the measurements  to the size I wanted.

Let's get started...

Cut black cardstock to one piece 6" x 12".

Place the cardstock piece into your trimmer and line up the 6" side at the 1" mark.  Put the blade at 1" and cut from 1" to the 7" mark.  Flip the piece over and repeat the same for the other side.  You will have a "slit" on both sides of the cardstock with a 1" space on both sides.

Use your scoreboard to create the folds for the card.  Place the 1" section to the left side of your scoreboard and score at 1" to the cut line, at 2" to the cut line and at 7" to the cut line.Your cut lines should run horizontal on the scoreboard as shown below.

Fold up to create the center step card as shown.  Note: you do not score a line for the top fold but let the card fold naturally at the top and then crease and burnish with your bone folder.

Measure and cut patterned paper to cover the different sections of your card.  You will also want to pattern the back side of the card as well as on the inside.

To create a pocket on the front of your card, cut and mat a paper element and attach it to the card with glue along the bottom edge and the sides.  Leave the top open for a tag.

Add patterned paper to the tag and tie on various colors and designs of ribbon.  Insert the tag into the pocket of your card.

Finish your card by decorating with Halloween chippies from the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts store (see supply list and instructions below on how I finished mine for this card.) Below are the chippies after I punched them out and have them ready to be finished.

To finish your chipboard elements, ink one side with Black Soot Distress ink using a foam applicator.

Use an embossing dabber to add embossing ink to the entire inked surface of each chipboard piece.  Sprinkle on Glitter Embossing Powder.  I use black for my pieces.  Emboss each piece with a heat gun.  Use tweezers to help you hold the small pieces while embossing as it gets really hot!

Glue the elements to the front of your card as desired and also add one to the inside where you have added a mat for your message.  Add a sentiment by either stamping or cut from your papers.

Supply List:

Step cards are so much fun to make and look fabulous when you add chippy embellishments.  This card can also be used as a decoration on the mantel or table.

I hope I've inspired you to create a step card using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Chipboard elements. I'll be back here on the blog on November 15th for my next project.  Please check out my blog/website for more of my crafty creations at:

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Busy Elves Triptych

I thought these little elves were so cute that they deserved to be displayed for the Christmas season.  The print started out as a scanned vintage Christmas card that I resized and edited.

I decided to use the new Cross Top Triptych as the base for my project. 
 I used a sharpie marker to color the area I wanted red, then used some Studio G glitter glue to give it some sparkle.

 I used a Painter's Acrylic pen in gold to color the overlay layer and then used some Glamour Dust Acrylic paint.
 I chose the wreath and bow from the Christmas Shape Set as a decor piece, and added some little rhinestones in red.
GSLC Products Used:
Cross Top Triptych
Christmas Shape Set

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tell Tale Heart

Hi Everyone,
It's Jess back with some more Halloween fun for you.  Today I bring you a little bit of Poe.

 Here's how you can make your own.

Take a brown paper sack and crumple it up.  I crumpled and uncrumpled mine several times to get the wrinkles the way I liked them.  I glued the bag to the Faux Book Box using Distress Collage Medium.  Once the collage medium was dry I used Distress Stains to color the paper. I kept adding and wiping away the stain until I was happy with the color.
I added Distress Crayon in Ground Espresso to the book to highlight the wrinkles.
Next I embossed a couple Stackable Labels and glued them to the cover of the book. 
Printers Ornament Corners were added to the spine. 
I added a little sticker to the side. 

The inside of the box is covered with a paper that looks like weathered wood and the edges are embossed.  
A faux pocket watch has a picture of Poe inside.  I colored the edge with alcohol inks.  Silk sari ribbon was dyed using Distress Stains and Alcohol Inks.  
The heart was painted a bright red mixed with some umber.  Once the paint was dry I added a layer of crackle medium.  When the medium started to dry I heated  it up.  This caused lots of bubbling.  I added another layer of paint and the dripped alcohol ink on it too. 
I added the heart to the box using a bit of wire.  The heart hangs in there freely so it bumps against the box.  Very appropriate for the Tell Tale Heart.  
Happy Halloween!

Gypsy Soul Laser items used:
Faux book box
Printers ornament corners
Stackable labels