Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Good Friday Triptych

Hi everyone, Ann here today sharing a special piece that I created.
I can't quite believe that Easter is almost here. I know that many people celebrate in various ways; my family is very traditional. We attend religious services during holy week, including the sacred triduum. One of the most powerful services, for me, is on Good Friday. I have created this triptych to honor the sacrifice that was made on that day.

I began with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts arch top triptych. This consists of 6 pieces, 3 solid backs and 3 decorative open fronts. I want the piece to have the look of an antique icon; many of the ones I have seen are gilded with undertones of red.
In order to achieve this look, I first paint the pieces with Distress Paint in candied apple.
Once the paint is dry, I coat the front panels with embossing ink and sprinkle with ancient amber Baked Texture embossing powder. Baked Texture is a collaboration between artist, Seth Apter and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, and I love the finishes it creates. I use a heat gun to melt the powder.
I search the internet to find the perfect image to put into my triptych. I download The Crucifixion with the virgin, Saint John, Saint Jerome, and Saint Mary Magdalene from The image is perfect for my project and also free of copyrights.
I print the image three times and cut each section to fit on its respective panel. The right and left side images are slightly narrower than their openings. I extend each side image by painting along the right and left edges with Distress Paint in tarnished brass and set aside to dry. While this is drying, I align and attach hinges to the three panels. Although the hinges have mini screws that can be used for attachment, these will be sandwiched between the front and back panels so I use collage medium to hold them in place. I allow the adhesive to dry completely.

I would like the back sides  of the triptych to look aged and somewhat decorative. Using a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz gothic stencil, I apply embossing ink through the stencil onto the painted back side and sprinkle with more Ancient Amber Baked Texture and heat emboss to the desired finish. This same procedure is completed on each of the three panels. I die cut a bible verse and edge the piece with the Ancient Amber as well. This is adhered to the bottom area of the middle panel and allowed to dry overnight. 
 Each image adhered to their respective panels is coated with a generous  layer of Distress Collage Medium Crazing. When dry, this creates a crackled appearance typical of an old painting. 
The last step is adhering the top frames to each panel. I use collage medium on the underside of each frame and put it into place. Each frame is weighted down to ensure it remains flat until it is completely dry. 
Once dry, the triptych is ready for display.

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter!
 May the coming spring inspire you to create something wonderful! 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts used:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dancing Hares

Hello all, Lora here taking my turn for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. It's nearly time for Easter and that means spring is on it's way.
Though I will miss winter, (my favorite season) I do love change and look forward to the freshness of Spring.
I sure have made a lot of Easter arts and crafts over the years...lots of it is pretty frou-frou as there is so much about the holiday of Easter that is represented that way. I'm not a real 'fluffy' gal myself, but I admit to a deep and abiding love for chocolate and any celebration that includes it puts a big chocolate mustache smile on my face.
Another thing I love are hares. They are gorgeous creatures with improbably huge ears and big old back feet. You don't see them much, but they figure in a lot of fairy stories and mythology.
So here is my pared down, all - seasons offering of a few hares dancing for joy.
Hope they make you smile.
 This is probably the simplest project in the world, so it's probably the shortest tutorial as well, but here it is....
I started out with the Mini Shadowbox Set I used three of the boxes and set the other three aside for a future use.
I glued them together and painted the entire thing white, back, front and sides.
While I was painting, I also gave the Fleur Border (coming soon) a good coat of white paint.
I made a little sign that says 'Now is when we dance'.
I cut a chunk from the Fleur Border and glued my sign on it.
I used white Dresden trim around the outside edges, glued some flowery bits I cut from the Fleur Border at each corner.
I glued the 'Now is when we dance' sign top and center of the piece and after cutting out all my hares, arranged them the way I liked them and stuck them in using foam tape for extra dimension.
Super simple project but with a lot of effect, since its very contrast-y.
Does anybody catch the (loose) reference to Mike Meyers and SNL?  :-D
Mini Shadowbox Set

Additional supplies:
White acrylic paint
Fleur Border andWhite Dresden Trim (from Alpha Stamps)
Dancing Bunnies (from Northern Whimsy Image)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Try to cooperate

Hi Everyone,
Jess here today with an oversized tag.  
The base of this project is a small Tim Holtz Etcetera tag and the Botanical Journaling Blocks fit on them perfectly! 
 They make a great background piece and really create a nice focal point.  This is the medium sized block and there are three in the set.  
I knew I wanted to use this image and I put a Mini Petal Corner crown on her head.  The crown has been embossed using Seth Apter's Baked Texture powder in Ancient Amber.  I added a brad to the center for her jewel.   
The base tag was covered with paper and then splattered with various paints and inks. 
The journaling block was covered with gesso and then painted using various shades of green and brown.  The spaces between the stitches were inked using a gold gel pen.  

The edge of the frame was inked using Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and then Distress Crayon in Black Soot was used to darken the edge and draw your eye in toward the center. 
The Layered Frame Bella Oval was placed on top of the journaling block.  This frame has a front and a back, but for this project I just used the top piece.  This piece was left completely raw.  I really liked how it picked up the browns in the background paper.  
You can see I played around with the placement quite a bit on this piece.  Things got moved up, down, and all around  
This is what I landed on for final placement.  I used foam tape to attach her since the chipboard frame is directly behind her.  I didn't want her to wind up with a big bump in the middle of her body. 
Flowers were added to the top.

The sentiment was placed in her lap and a brass token was added to the bottom corner to balance the piece.  

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Just For You Sewing Greeting Card

Hello there and happy Sunday to you all!  I'm dropping in to share a vintagy inspired sewing themed card. The inspiration for this card was the super charming Faux Wire Hanger chippie from GSL.

Isn't that hanger a great way to bring the sewing look together with the sewing machine image?
The little heart is so sweet : )  It really adds to the country inspired paper collection.
  To ensure that I had room for the hanger and the image I overlapped them by quite a bit. To make it look like it was hanging from the chippie I added tiny twine bows on top.
Just an itty bitty collection of coordinated flowers to dress up the top of the hanger.
To work with the sewing theme I added a border of actual stitching with white thread...this also adds texture and draws the eye to the focal point.

I really wanted this to look like a real old fashioned vintage wire hanger so I chose a metallic silver paint that is not toooo shiny and bright. This worked really well to achieve an older look on this fragile embellishment.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~ Faux Wire Hanger

Wishing you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Easter Basket Assembly In Miniature

I love the idea of this GSL Hidden Drawer Book Box because it looks like an ordinary book from the outside but has a secret on the inside. I used it to make an Easter themed book with a hidden miniature egg dyeing scene on the inside.
The first thing I do when I start a project is lay out all of the pieces to see how they all fit together. The outside consists of these 6 pieces. The large rectangle on the right is the book's spine.
The inside hidden room has just these four pieces.
I used tacky glue to adhere the chipboard cutouts together. Once I have the pieces secured, I run a cotton swab around the seams to remove the excess glue.
Once the glue was dry, I chose the papers I wanted to use. I chose two pretty blue sheets from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea collection for the room's wallpaper. The 'chair rail' is made from a coffee stir stick that I painted off-white. This covers up the seam where the two different papers meet. The ceiling and floor papers were from my ever-growing collection of scraps.
The papers I chose for the outside of the book were a lovely blue check from Graphic 45's Mother Goose collection and an interesting off white handwriting paper from My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose collection. All of the paper edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Since the hidden room is only 1.75 inches deep, I needed to construct my own tiny table for the inside. I used a cutter and sanding block to cut a tongue depressor to the width I wanted for the table's top.
The legs were made from miniature wood finials and bingo numbers, which I painted with white and turquoise acrylic paint before assembling the table. It was finished with a bit of blue and white baker's string around the table's edge.
The little basket was an experiment! I started by wrapping Saran Wrap around a knob I had lying around (because I couldn't find a big marble). I cut a 2 foot length of jute twine and applied a generous amount of tacky glue to the bottom of the knob. I started by coiling the twine around and around the knob, adding glue as the diameter of my basket increased until all the twine was used up. I set it aside for about 30 minutes then slid the Saran Wrap off of the knob and peeled the wrap from the basket. I let it set overnight and am pretty happy how it turned out.
I lined the basket with a bit of florist's moss and set about making treats out of polymer clay. Tiny eggs made from pastel clay, a larger chocolate egg made from brown clay and adorned with a few nail art poly clay flower slices. The peeps were just hand molded then dotted with acrylic paint eyes after baking. While I was making tiny eggs, I also made some white ones and glued those into miniature wood bowls that I had painted white. I mixed a bit of Ranger Distress Stains in pink, orange and purple into a bit of Glossy Accents then poured those over the bowls of eggs.
The last thing I added was a fuzzy blue chenille chick. Once everything was securely glued into place, the only thing left to do was to adhere the finished room to the book's spine with E6000.
Here's a close-up of the little work table.
Thanks for stopping by!
Gypsy Soul Laser Items Used

Other Items Used
Acrylic paint
Tacky glue
E6000 glue
Ranger Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
Tongue depressor & stir stick
Miniature finial and wooden bowls
Bingo numbers
Baker's twine
Saran Wrap
Jute twine
Polymer clay
Nail art flower slices
Chenille chick

Friday, March 16, 2018

Interactive Typewriter Tags

Hello!! Jennalee here today with some interactive tags featuring the Typewriter Set. When I first saw the Typewriter Set I knew I wanted to make it into an interactive card. I needed a card for my hubby's birthday so decided it was the perfect opportunity to have a little fun.

The larger tag is an oversized #12 tag and the smaller is a standard #8 tag.

The Typewriter Set come with 4 pieces. I used one of the larger with the paper holder and one smaller. 

Using an embossing dauber I heat embossed the portions that would be metal with Hammered Metal powder. The rest of the typewriter was embossed in black with bits of Hammered Metal sprinkled in. For the keyboard, I heat embossed a scrap of paper with gold embossing powder and attached to the back of the typewriter so that the gold peeked thru the keys.

For the decorative detail I stamped a star detail and embossed with Charred Gold. I added additional detail with an Idea-ology Adornment Star also heat embossed with Charred Gold and attached with Distress Collage Medium. 

For the letter that is sticking out of the typewriter, I coffee stained a piece of graph paper and stamped with various mail themed stamps.

To hold the interactive tag I made a simple pocket to attach to the back of the typewriter.

Using a calendar from an Idea-ology ephemera pack I used a Miniature Bookplate to highlight the month of March. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to color the bookplate and attached to the calendar using Hex Fastners. 

I used Walnut Stain and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides to color the tag. I layered a piece of scrapbook paper and some rub ons for the base layer and then added messy stitching around the edge of the tag. 

I then stitched on my next layer and added an Idea-ology Ruler Piece with Distress Collage Medium. From there I finished building my layers and added the calendar and typewriter. To attach the typewriter I used foam dots. 

For the interactive tag I started by inking it with Distress Oxides and stitched down a folded piece of coffee stained graph paper. 

I added a Hex Fastener to hold down the flap the hides a redacted secret message. 

For the airmail tag I prepared the typewriter the same way as the first only with red keys. 

I prepared my layers and stitched around the edge of the tag. 

After deciding on the placement of the typewriter I used a craft knife to cut a slit for the interactive tag to slip into. 

I cut a second tag out of matching paper and added double sided adhesive around the edges. This creates a sort of pocket so the interactive tag portion has a place to sit. If I had been thinking ahead I could have stitched the two tags together. 

To finish off the airmail tag I used a strong double sided adhesive to attach the typewriter making sure to take into account where the slit was. 

I love the vintage vibe the Typewriter Set adds to these tags. Thanks for stopping by!! 
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee