Friday, August 18, 2017

ColourArte Mixed Media Textured Tags by Barbara Rankin

Hi everyone!  Today I have a couple of textured tags to share with you that I hope you will enjoy.  I will show you one tag with molding paste and a stencil, and one tag using Creative Paperclay® for some spectacular texture.  Of course, the finishing touches are using ColourArte's Primary Elements Artist Pigments.  These colors are so beautiful, and there are so many to choose from.

I hope you will enjoy my video tutorial here!


ColourArte Supplies Used:

Primary Elements Powdered Pigments
  African Jade
  Ancient Coin
  Bronze Medallion
  Burnt Umber
  Rose Gold
  Yellow Rose
  Moss Agate
  Mandarin Citrine
  Black Orchid
  Bolivian Blue

Other Supplies Used:

Tags from Product Packages (Prima, Graphic 45)
Golden Molding Paste
Creative Paperclay®
Honeycomb Texture Sheet
Rebecca Baer ST-614 Urban Jungle Stencil
Jewelry Findings
Metal Embellishments
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Tim Holtz Trinken Pins
Various Ribbons
Aleene's Quick Grab Tacky Glue
E6000 Glue
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
Black Archival Ink
Script rubber stamp
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen

I hope you enjoyed my video today, and I would love for you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.  As always, I appreciate your stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty-filled week!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

How To Video Tutorial: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Steamer Trunk

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog, and I have the cutest piece to share with you today.  It is the 8" Steamer Trunk, and just think of all the possible uses for this sweet piece.  I was thinking it could be used on your desk for small office supplies, or a jewelry box to keep some of your precious "jewels".  How about using it on your craft desk to keep some of your small embellishments, buttons, ink refills, glue sticks, etc.  Just change up the paper design to suit your style.

Closed Front

Closed Back

Here are a few more pictures of the steamer trunk on the inside. 

Trunk Open- Desk Lid Closed

Trunk Open - Desk Lid Open
Supplies Used:

GSL 8" Steamer Trunk
Basic Grey Plumeria print paper
Handmade leather like paper
Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal hinges, box corners, hitch fastener, and buckle
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
   Transparent Red Iron Oxide
   Titanium White Antiquing Cream
   Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre
Folk Art Lilac Chalk Paint
PVA or white glue
Assorted brushes

I hope you enjoyed my project and video today, and be sure to check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts shop for all your laser cut chipboard needs.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a super day!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Part Two - Finishing Acrylic Poured Canvas with ColourArte

Hi everyone.  Today I am sharing the second part of my acrylic poured canvas video tutorial in which I did a lot of manipulating and experimenting with pouring products and, of course, ColourArte.  You can CLICK HERE to see that first video.  

The canvas has completely dried since taping of that video, and here are photos of how it looks now.


Although I did not get very many cells in this pour, I still thought it was pretty, but not quite pretty enough to stand on its own as a piece of abstract art.  So, I decided to use it as my background for an assemblage piece.  In the second part of this project video tutorial, I will show you how I finished the piece and hopefully saved it from trash can.  I hope you will gain some inspiration from my second part of this video tutorial here.  


ColourArte Supplies Used

Vivid Ultra Metallics
  True Metals Dragon Gold
  True Metals Autumn Flame
  Solar Gold
  Pink Azalea
  Teal Zircon
  African Jade
  China Black
  Bolivian Blue
Radiant Gels Dimensional Paint
  Copper Pearls

Other Supplies Used

Golden Light Molding Paste
DecoArt Media White Crackle Paste
Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Diamonds Texture Sheet
Sizzix 656562 Key & Keyhole Bigz Die
Black Chipboard
Graphic 45 metal brads
The Crafter’s Workshop TCW380s Mini
  Grandma’s Doily stencil
Krylon Crystal Clear Coating spray
Ranger Blending Tool
Kanban Flight of the Butterflies paper collection
Frayed Burlap distress ink

I hope you enjoyed today's project, and I am always pleased to have you stop by.  Thanks so much for watching, and have a super day!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Make an Accordion Style Book with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts by Barbara Rankin

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today to show you a fast and easy way to turn these engraved book covers from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts into a fabulous little mini album. i used Decoart Media Fluid Acrylic products to transform these covers.  While I have a variety of ideas for making the book pages, I have chosen the simplest way, which is to make an accordion style book. I have chosen Graphic 45's A Ladies' Diary paper collection, but you can use whatever papers you like or have on hand.

Book Cover Front
Book Cover Back


INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCORDION BOOK (see video for full tutorial)

The book covers measure 2-7/8" x 4-1/2".

Cut two pieces of cream paper to 5-7/8" x 12".

Score horizontally along 12" bottom edge at 1-1/2".  This will form pockets to hold tags and ephemera.

Score vertically at 2-3/4, 5-1/2", 8-1/4", and 11".  

Adhere the two lengths of paper together along the 1" flap to make one long piece of paper.  Fold bottom edge up to form pockets, and accordion fold the length of paper at each scored line.  Cut remaining 1" flap off.  

Adhere the front and back pages to the inside book covers. Decorate pages as desired.  

Here are some photos of the completed, decorated book.  

Supplies Used:
GSL Book Cover Deco Engraved (coming soon)
GSL Miniature Bookplates Shape Set
GSL Miniatures Shape Set - Ladies Choice
GSL Vintage Ladies Silhouettes Set
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  Translucent White (optional)
  Titan Buff
  Primary Magenta
  Primary Yellow
  Interference Gold
  Burnt Umber Antiquing Cream
DecoArte White Crackle Past
DecoArt Metallic Lustre
  Gold Rush
  Cosmic Blue
  Polished Coral
  Black Shimmer
Derivan Liquid Pencil (for shading)
Assorted Paint Brushes
12"x12" cream card stock
Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary paper collection
Tags, Scallop Combo(Sizzix Original)
Brick/Stone mini stencil (Tim Holtz)
Martha Stewart Deco Fan punch
Assorted embellishments

I hope you like my project today and are inspired to make one of these sweet accordion books using your favorite papers. 

As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative day!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Some Acrylic Pouring Fun with ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics

Hi everyone!  Today, I want to share my first acrylic pour using ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics.  If you've been here before, you know how I like to experiment, and so this video will do just that.  I decided to try playing with the pour to see what may or may not work.  I hope you will join me for this "adventure".  

Supplies Used:
ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Bolivian Blue
  African Jade
  Pink Azalea
  Solar Gold
Americana Lamp Black acrylic paint
8"x8" canvas
Flood Floetrol 
3-in-1 All Temp Silicone
Silicone brush (Prima)
Aluminum foil roasting pan (Dollar Store)
Push Pins

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  I would love to hear what you think, and if you have any questions, please leave me a comment below.  I will check in and try to answer them.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a super day!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mixed Media Chipboard Tag with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Today I have a cool mixed media super-sized tag for you.  Ever since I started playing around with mixed media, I have been having so much fun from experimenting and learning all sorts of things.  I hope you enjoy watching my transformation process video here, too.

Supplies Used:

GSL Chipboard Decorative Tags X Large
GSL Layered Frame Aria
GSL Herald Medallions (coming soon)
Acrylic Paints
  FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Vintage Mustard
  FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Cascade
  Craftsmart Chalky Burnt Orange
DecoArt One Step Crackle Medium
Finnabair Gold Crackle Texture Paste
Stampendous (Dreamweaver) Optic Checkerboard stencil
Carabelle Art Stamps - Mixed Media Strips
Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood paper collection (image)
Mister bottle
Ink Pads
  Ranger Archival Black
  Distress Oxide Broken China
  Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber
  Distress Ink Black Soot
Ranger blending tool
Art-C Gold Metallic Paste
Assorted brushes
Assorted embellishments (ribbon, lace, flowers, jewelry, etc.)

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Be sure to check out all the great laser cut chipboard at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a super crafty day!


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Art Journal Video Tutorial: Good for the Soul with ColourArte

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to share another art journaling video tutorial with you that I made for the ColourArte Video Creators team.  


ColourArte Supplies Used:

Primary Elements
  Orange Peel
Twinkling H20s
  Beachhouse Blue
  African Jade
  Burnt Umber
  Raspberry Wine
  Ancient Coin
  Sweet Alfalfa
  Snap Dragon
The Solution Acrylic Wash Medium

Other Supplies Used:

Dylusion 8"x5" art journal
Paper Artsy HP1507EZ stamp set
TCW 554s Mini Butterfly Collage Stencil
TCW 490s Mini Tattered Lace Stencil
Kaisercraft Crackle Stamp
Montana White Acrylic Paint Pen
Uniball Vision Elite 0.8mm pen
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Walnut Stain reinker
Makeup sponge
Ranger Blending tool
Liquitex White Gesso
Dynasty #6 round paint brush
Assorted paint brushes
Mini Mister
1" masking tape

I hope you enjoyed todays art journal project.  And remember, art journals are really fun because you don't have to be perfect. It is for you and your enjoyment, and allows you to be free to try products and experiment without feeling like it has to be perfect. This is a good place to come, sometimes.  So, I hope you will give art journaling a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a super crafty day!