Tuesday, September 26, 2017

RESIST Shrine Grotto by Susan Killam

Hello creative friends!  Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I'm sharing a mixed media art project borne of current news topics as well as individual experiences many of us have endured.  This is a personal piece for me.

Moving right along, allow me to gush about the Shrine Grotto.  It really is a stellar design!

The grotto is 10 inches x 4 inches x 4 inches.  The material is a very thick chipboard which allowed me to use wood screws for the top handle and the dress form.  This a solid piece that will not come apart! I'm looking forward to more projects using this grotto.

To begin, I chose papers that would help illustrate the juxtaposition of outer calm and inner rage.  In the end, I used black instead of the orange paper.

This was a pretty easy assembly since I wanted to wrap the grotto instead of cutting individual panels.  Here I laid out all three walls and marked where the paper needed to be cut on both papers, even though the inner paper is only shown.

I also made small pencil marks where I needed to score the paper for the inner corners.

Once scored I did a dry run for fit, then glued the paper on, one chipboard panel at a time.

With each new panel I tested the scoring and fit, and reinforced the grotto with drafting tape while the  glue dried.

I used a small self-healing mat to cut out the extra flaps.  This was a little fiddly but I persevered.  I could have measured the paper for the short notch, but I wasn't sure how the inside edges would be finished and I didn't want chipboard to show at the top and bottom joints.

I used white glue and a brayer to adhere the papers to the chipboard.

Here the outer floral paper is attached, as is the top chipboard.  (Despite how it looks, the top outer black is just taped on, not glued.)  I've already added the gold foil Dresden and thought, "hey, why not screw the top handle in instead of [whatever it was I was thinking...]?"  Heh.  Out came the Crop-A-Dile!

I also made a hole in the bottom piece before covering with black card stock.  I added the front and all the black Dresden foil trim.  I sealed the outside with a couple coats of varnish, then finished with the top knob, dress form, and feet.  No photos of this... I was on a roll!

The scored corners look especially nice on the outside.  Since the Shrine Grotto is 12 inches from front edge to opposite front edge, scoring makes a 12x12 sheet a wee bit short.  I covered the deficit with the strips of black Dresden running down each outer edge.

Thank you for visiting today!  Each day here you'll find a new inspiration project from the GSL Cuts Education Team!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Shrine Grotto D179G

Other Supplies Used
S.E.I. paper
Dresden foil trim
Black card stock
Found wood dress form
Vintage tissue paper torn to cover dress form
Ranger Glue 'n Seal to adhere tissue and printed phrases
Printed phrases collected from current events and friends
Wood knob, feet
Black acrylic paint
Gold acrylic paint
Liquitex matte varnish
A healthy dose of resistance

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall straw wreath by Lynne

Hello friends and happy Fall! I decided that this week it was time to take down my spring/summer wreath with the soft lavender florals and create something just right for this time of year, and the Fall Shapes Set provided me with exactly what I needed.

I spray painted my straw wreath gold, using this paint (although I'm sure any brand would work equally well)

The leaves were  run through my Cuttlebug in this embossing folder: , then painted with gold acrylic paint. I then lightly rubbed them  here and there with Art Alchemy Metallic Wax and a bit of copper acrylic paint.

The pumpkin was painted with the copper paint, but I wanted to add dimension, so I cut the shape out from patterned paper (7 Dots Thoughts Keeper), scored it, and rubbed over the scored lines with the metallic wax. It was then glued onto the chipboard pumpkin.

I coloured the metal embellishments and paper flowers with the same supplies as these pieces, but the banner pieces were simply painted with the 2 colours of acrylics, then I lightly brushed a bit of metallic wax on the outer edges. The pieces were glued together, then attached to a piece of twine.

The hanging metal acorns are bells that I found at a cute shop here in my town; I just added a little metallic paint and wax to soften the colours and help them coordinate better with everything else.

I have to confess that the bright oranges and rust colours that are often used in fall decor are not my favourites, so I was pleased with the effect of the metallics combine with natural elements like straw and twine, and I hope you like the finished look as well! Thanks so much for stopping by, and may you "fall" in love with creating all over again!!

Fall Shape Set


Art Alchemy Metallic Wax-aged copper
Darice embossing folder
& Dots paper
Krylon gold spray paint
Gold and copper acrylic paints
assorted paper flowers

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Spooky little Haunted House

Happy Sunday and thank you so much for stopping by on this beautiful fall day.  Today i have a fun project to share with all of you that is made with the Display Tray house with a little bit of a Halloween twist to it.

I started to get out my fall and halloween decorations this week and thought how fun it would be to make up a cute haunted house to put up in my entryway with a few of the other fun GSLC projects that i have made.  I had lots of fun little chippies to use to decorate it too and it really went together pretty quick.  Keep reading for quick directions on how i created it.

1. So to begin my project i cut out all the pieces that i thought i might use and layed them on my project and took a picture.  This way after i paint and all of that i know where to put them back just in case.

2. Then take the back of the house and trace it on the front of the paper and cut it out.  Glue it to the front and let dry.  Then sand around the edges.  Set it aside.

3. Take pieces of the pretty halloween papers and trace through the windows with a pencil.  Cut around the pencil lines about 1/4 inch more so that you can glue it behind the windows when you are done painting.  Set all of them aside.

4. Paint the whole front and sides with black paint and let it dry.

5.  Take out lots of pretty colors in chalk paint and ink that match your paper and ink your little halloween chippies and let them dry.  This goes really fast with chalk ink and you can shadow them if you want more depth on them.

6. Glue those pieces of printed paper to the back of your dry window tray.  Let it dry.  Then glue it down to the front of the back purple piece that you did in the beginning.  Take your little chippies and glue them down to the front of the house like you see below.  Add stickers and glitter on the chippies to make them sparkle.  Add a twine bow in the tree to finish it.

7. Try using other things in your stash to see what kind of fun effect you can get on your project.  I used stickles for the glitter and it came out really neat and a little bit more random verses thick pasty glitter.  The distress stickles came out even better on the pumpkins.  

All these little cuties came in the set called "Spooky Shape Set" and i have lots more to make up a few cards to send out to friends.  

Aren't these 2 pumpkins so adorable?

And that is all there is to make it.  You could even tuck in cute pictures int the squares from your trick or treating with the kids.  How fun would that be to keep up for the coming years ahead!!  

Here is a supply list just in case:

GSLC Display Tray House
GSLC Creepy Corners
GSLC Haunted House Oval

Papers by Doodlebug/ stickers
Paint: Americana Multi Surface Satin

Stickles in lime, orange and purple
Chalk inks

Thanks so much for stopping by.....Teresa

Saturday, September 23, 2017

This Would Make Doing the Laundry So Much More Fun by Betsy Skagen

Let's face it, doing the laundry would be so much more fun with a retro pink washer and dryer.

Stashing a bottle of wine in the basket of clean towels, like this happy homemaker has done, probably wouldn't hurt either.

Thanks to the pairing up of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Canvas Corp Brands, those of us who can't have a life-size retro pink laundry room can at least make one in miniature. Heck, with a little ingenuity, we can even have a sink bursting with bubbles!

How to Make a Retro Pink Laundry Room

Begin by creating your room base. I created a room from three squares of 9" x 9" foam core because I wanted a little bigger set, but  you can opt to assemble a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Room Box if you put fewer pieces of furniture in the room.
It is easier to adhere the floor and wall covering with a matte medium before gluing the room together. Use 7gypsies paper for wallpaper and faux white pine cardstock to create the floor. Then cut faux wood strips from the 7gypsies Architextures 8 x 8 paper pad and adhere to your wall panels to create a baseboard.

Paint a Window 4 Panel with white acrylic paint. Place a rectangle of  Blue & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse behind it and glue to the wall. Add some curtains by scrunching some pink and white scrap fabric with a hot glue gun.

It is easy to stick on and even reposition the vintage laundry starch sign with nifty Architextures removable ephemera.

The Table

Next assemble the  Tile Top Table using a strong adhesive. A lot of people wonder what to use for this kind of assembly. My personal favorite is Beacon Fabri-Tac because it is thick, dries quickly without me having to hold pieces in place and doesn't have nasty fumes.

Paint the table an off-white color. When dry, give the table an older, distressed appearance by accenting it with brown ink. Next, take one of the green pieces from the 7gypsies Architextures Junque Pack Attic and cut apart little squares and adhere to the top of the table, creating miniature tiles. Cut two rectangles and add to the front of the drawers and add small brads for drawer handles.

The Washing Machine

Find a small round plastic container to reuse (I used a micro bead container). Center the container on one of the 3-inch cube panels (Coming to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts soon) and trace around it.
Cut this out, but err on the side of cutting too small a hole because if you cut too big a hole, you are, shall we politely say...screwed. Finish the hole with a file or sandpaper so that your container snugly fits inside it.

Remove the container, assemble five sides only of one of the 3-inch cubes, placing the round hole you made in the front and keep the bottom panel of the cube off. Prime the washer with a coat of gesso.
Take the remaining panel and instead of placing it on the bottom as intended, glue it to the back of the cube with approximately 1/2" sticking above the cube to create a panel.
Give the washer two coats of pink acrylic paint and a final coat of gloss gel medium. Punch starbursts from silver foil tape and adhere to the top panel. Cut a larger circle from the silver foil, adhere to panel and add a black bead.

Insert the clear plastic container and hot glue into place. Open the container and add small pieces of fabric to your "wash load".

The Dryer

Take one panel from the second 3-inch cube set and cut out a door. Sand the edges of the door and the panel so the door will open and shut smoothly. Prime all the pieces with a coat of gesso.

Punch a hole so that you can later insert a brad door handle. Use linen tape to create your door hinge and adhere one side of the hinge to the interior of the door and the other side to the panel interior.

Assemble the cube, placing the door hole you made in the front.

Give the dryer two coats of pink acrylic paint and a final coat of gloss gel medium. Paint a brad silver and when dry insert it into the door.
Just like you did with the washer, punch starbursts and cut a circle from silver foil tape. Adhere these with another black bead to the front of the dryer.

Cover both a plastic flexible straw  and metal nut with silver paint. When dry, trim the straw down and glue the flexible edge into the hole of the nut.

Decide where you want to place your washer and dryer. Center the straw/nut combo with the middle of the dryer and glue to the wall. 

 Washboard, Laundry Hamper & Sink

To make the washboard, adhere silver foil tape to both sides of a thin piece of chipboard and cut into a small rectangle. Run this through a corrugator paper crimper. Cut strips from the "crates sheet" of the 7gypsies Architextures 8 x 8 paper pad and adhere to both sides of chipboard. Make the washboard top, sides and bottom from these strips. 

To make the laundry hamper, cut four 2 5/8" narrow wooden dowels; six 1 1/2" dowels; and four 2 1/2" dowels. Hot glue the six dowels to the four 2 5/8" upright dowels. Then glue the 2 1/2" horizontally in place.

Cover with silver paint.
Cut a 6" strip of fine mesh. Lay a thin nylon string along the top edge, fold the mesh over and glue in place. Do this without getting glue on the string so that the string can still move freely. Repeat on the other end with the same piece of string. Glue both sides together to form a bag with a drawstring closure. 

Repeat to make a second bag and fill the bags with small bits of fabric.  

To make the sink, I actually altered an old wooden dollhouse sink. Paint the interior of the sink and cupboard white, the exterior pink and the faucet silver. Cover all with gloss gel medium. Cut a curtain from Canvas Corp Pink & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse. Cut a wavy pattern along one edge and punch holes along the opposite edge. Thread a narrow dowel through the holes and insert into the cupboard as a hinge.
Fill the sink with miniature antique glass beads and glue in place. Coat lightly with gloss gel medium and sprinkle with Twinklets Diamond Dust.

It's all in the Details

Bringing the laundry room together is all the little details. You can easily make the Happy Homemaker, vintage laundry boxes and the jar labels (and a whole lot more) from retro papers I designed.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I'm off to do the laundry. -Betsy

Great Stuff

3 inch-cube (two) Coming to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts soon!
Tile Top Table
Window 4 Panel
9" x 9" squares of foam core (three) or Room Box set
7gypsies Architextures Junque Pack Attic
7gypsies Architextures 8 x 8 paper pad
Canvas Corp Blue & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse
Canvas Corp Pink & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse
7gypsies Trousseau 8 x 8 paper pad (retired)
Vintage Laundry #1
Vintage Laundry #2
Retro Pink Household
Beacon Fabri-Tac
Twinklets Diamond Dust
Glass jars
Set of unlabelled jars, bottles and tins
Metal mouse
Small plastic container
Silver foil tape sheet
Starburst punch
Assorted beads
Assorted miniature items from personal collection
Matte medium
Gloss gel medium
Narrow wooden dowels
Fabric mesh
White nylon string
Thin chipboard
Acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
Corrugator paper crimper

Friday, September 22, 2017

Grunge Phone Holder with Alicia Barry

Today I thought I would take the opportunity to experiment a little and try something different from what I normally do. I decided to create this phone holder for my son. For this I had to abandon the traditional "pretty" style I am used to and go with something a bit more grungy and industrial.

I began with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts phone/tablet holder. It comes in three pieces which easily slot together giving a very sturdy base.

I covered my piece in black gesso. I also used a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Steampunk border piece and a  rectangular frame called Mikayla which will be coming soon to the store

I wanted the frame to be the backboard for the phone when in place. I also wanted it to stand out from the other black chipboard pieces,  so I opted instead for more of a rust effect. To achieve this, I applied layers of red and orange Silks paint (sparingly), then swiped some copper 3D stamp paint with my finger and heat set. I then added some Metallic Melts embossing powders. I found the heat setting between layers really enhanced the look by helping to blend my colors together. 

Meanwhile I applied some patterned paper to the back of the phone holder, and embellished the front panel with a ruler sticker, and some circular sticker pieces. I painted my Steampunk Border piece in black gesso, and cut into three smaller sections, with one going on the front panel as shown.

I also applied some black crackle paint to the visible sections of the base. 

I cut a journaling tag from patterned paper and adhered to the back of the frame with foam dots before adhering to the back panel of the holder. 

I then added my remaining Steampunk Border pieces to either side of the frame, and added some additional metal embellishments in behind. Black glass glitter was also applied in various spots across the project for extra dimension. 

Here you can see how the embellishments frame the phone while in use. The phone will also securely sit sideways to expose the charging port. 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut supplies used:

Other Supplies:
Kaisercraft Story Book paper collection and stickers
Metallic Melts embossing powders
Dina Wakley Media Black Gesso
Ranger crackle paint
Finnabair glass glitter
Silks paint: Ginger peach and Spicy tomato
3D stamp paint: Copper
Foam Dots
Metal embellishments and buttons