Tuesday, February 13, 2018

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Mother Nature Santos Doll

Hello crafty friends!  Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I'm sharing a Mother Nature inspired Santos doll.

My original idea for her was completely different than what you see today.  While my idea was neat, *this* particular Santos doll had a different design in mind.  :)  You may notice wings and a skeleton in the photos... just ignore 'em.

Here we go!  I used a small blade to cut the parts from the frame.  I usually just push down with the blade on both sides rather than pull the blade.  I'm not that graceful and run the risk of cutting too much.  Pressing down is safer!

I laid the torso on the paper I wanted to use and outlined with a pencil.  "F" is for front.  I had both front and back cut at this point and wanted to keep them straight.  I used Mod Podge as the adhesive. Once dry, I fine-tuned the paper edges with finishing sandpaper.  You'll see that better a little further down.

I highly recommend marking the arm holes on the first paper layer by using a pin to poke a tiny hole from the non-papered side.  It becomes a wee bit challenging to find the holes if you forget and put both front and back papers on without doing it.

For the inside base (painted brown for the earlier Santos version), I outlined both the outer edge and inner notches on my paper of choice.  I only needed to do the notches on the inside base since the skirt frame goes in them.  The base bottom paper is just the circle.

Mod Podge the inside paper to the base.  Once dry, use fine and superfine sandpaper to finish the edges.

Next, Mod Podge the outside paper (not shown here) and finish sand in the same manner.

I used a smidge of white glue on the bases of the skirt frame and cleaned up the bits that squish out with my fingernail or whatever would work.

Before the last frame piece was attached, I added embellishments.

The bird cage was painted brown, then gold, then with a silver wash.  I was making that up as I went!

To hang the cage, I used a very small eye hook up through the already-glued-and-mostly-dry torso.  Then I add the this top to the skirt frames and allowed to dry overnight.  In this case, I dabbed glue in the holes rather than on the frame parts.  Getting all the legs in required a little patience and coordination, but I would NOT say it was difficult.

I used small head pins and spacers to attach the arms.

Here she is in full.  I added a tiny nest and eggs.  I'm not sure if I'm going to add any more embellishments. Maybe a grapevine wreath for her head, but she will stay simple.

Thanks for your visit today!


GSL Cuts Used
Santos Doll Kit #C43L
Steampunk Shape Set (Cage) #D33A

Other Supplies Used
Pink Paislee "Butterfly Garden" paper
Dresden trim
Mod Podge
Fine sand paper
White gesso
Brown acrylic paint
Ivory acrylic paint
Brass bits and bobs

Saturday, January 27, 2018

GSL Ed. Team: Dirty Girl

Hello crafty friends!  I found a few cool Vargas pin-up girl playing cards recently and couldn't wait to use them on my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project.  Luckily the ATC Shrine Box w/Feet is the perfect size for playing cards.  Who knew?!

I started with standard assembly, which for me means making sure I have all the parts going in the right direction before gluing in place.  I learned the hard way.... *ahem*

I suggest you glue  top and bottom first so you can slide walls on.  As you can see in the photos, I put the right side wall on first without thinking ahead about that bottom notch.  It didn't end up being a  hardship, but I did have one of my "Huh... ok" moments.  They are more frequent that I should admit.

Once dry, I slathered the whole box with black gesso.

Gesso dries pretty quickly so I tapped my fingers a few times, or did something equally speedy.  I then measured the exterior and interior paper panels and cut out with a paper cutter.

I needed to tweak this side panel a bit.  There's a joke about measuring twice, cutting once.  Bah, whatever.

Here I have everything cut out.  I inked the edges with black just to get rid of the too-bright white core.

Mod podge it all together!

I've jumped ahead a bit in the photos.  After the mod podge dried I added a layer of lace, then a layer of rhinestones on the inside edges.  Diamonds are a girls best friend, right?

I used black dotted Dresden trim for the front edges and around the frame.  Glossy accents is a good adhesive since it has a small nozzle, but any glue will do.  

After all the trim was placed and the reverse side lettering was attached, I covered it all with a layer of matte varnish to seal and give a nice finish. I used E-6000 to attach the word blocks.

Thanks for stopping at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  I hope we can inspire you on your next projects!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
ATC Shrine Box w/Feet #BD12F

Other Supplies Used
Prima Romance Novel 6x6 paper pad
Dresden trim
Vintage tattered lace
Rhinestone trim
Vintage playing card
Vintage word blocks
Mod Podge
Glossy Accents

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: American Dream

"The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement."    --James Truslow Adams, historian, 1931

Hi crafty folks!  Today I want to share a vintage-style American dream tucked inside the 4" x 4" Mini House Room Box.  This young couple is just starting out and have saved their pennies for a home.  Let's build it!

First thing is a bit of a warning that this is an image-heavy post.  A lot goes into home construction.  ::nod nod::

I measured and cut vintage ledger paper to cover the back wall (including the attic area) and side walls.

Then I laid out the parts before gluing  -- notice the right wall is upside down?  Luckily I did, too.

Brick is my favorite construction and this young couple deserves the best!  I used the Brick Wall 2 stencil and molding paste on the back and sides.  Allow it to dry overnight.

For the roof I used the pointed Chipboard Shingles.  I gesso'd a bunch then cut them down to 4 points each, which allowed me to stagger the points.  Next thing was to glue them down and allow to dry, then cut with heavy duty scissors.  I tried to use a guillotine paper cutter but the shingles were too thick.  A little sanding helped to clean up the cuts.

Time to paint the bricks!  This isn't a real brick factory so I had to paint them... You know how it is.  I've made bricks a couple of ways so far, and this time I used my education teammie Nicola Battilana's video tutorial.  It was very helpful!

I glued tiny little rocks to the base and let it dry overnight.

So back to the roof!  I needed to cap it off.  My idea was to cut a piece of thin chipboard, score it, and glue it down.  In the second photo, you can see I found a big enough blank in the middle of another GSL Cut laser cut.  Yay!   

To finish off all the roofing edges I mixed molding paste with black gesso (even though the photo shows acrylic paint -- oops).  I carefully applied it to the peak and all the edges in layers, allowing it to dry each time.  It took a couple of layers to fill it all in and look like roofing tar.  Or whatever that's called.  The black stuff!

For an inside element  I used a piece of felt (just because it was close by) to dab black paint on a Filmstrip Mini Sheet then cut down photos of the couple.

And finally, they moved in!

Here's a view of the filmstrip and see their first house number plate?  That's from the white set of Faux Metal Number Plates.  There is a mini wood spool popping out from the back wall.

Here's a finish view of the roof peak.  See how I softened the edges with the molding paste mixture?  Once that was dried I did a bit of finish work with a fine sand paper and coated it all with flat black paint.

GSL Cuts Used
Mini House Room Box 4x4 Open #D13WB
Chipboard Shingles - Pointed #D119P
Brick Wall 2 #D42D
Filmstrip Mini Sheet D12J
Faux Metal Number Plates (White) #LN042114001