Monday, November 20, 2017

Altoid Tin Lid Ornaments

Hello crafty friends!  Last week I had a table set up for a local "3rd Friday"/Holiday Bazaar.  It was coooold and it took the whole weekend to thaw out.

Today I want to share 2 Altoids tin lid ornaments made from leftover paper.  In my last blog post I shared bright Christmas cards made with Blue Fern Vintage Christmas and Vintage Christmas 2.  (I've been hoarding the paper for a while but I think it's from 2015-ish.)

Anyway, I had the ephemera-card-type scraps and layered them into leftover Altoids tin lids!





Neat, huh?  They came together pretty quickly except for Stickles drying time... Oh how I love Stickles!  i used a nail and hammer mat to poke holes for the beaded charm and the hanging string.  Let me know if you have any construction questions -- I'm happy to help!

Thanks for your visit today!

Cheers,
Susan

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

GSL Ed Team: Something Wicked Shadowbox

Hello crafty friends!  Today I want to share a steampunk-y shadow box made from Gypsy Soul Laser CutsATC Shrine Box.


The first thing to do is wipe down the edges with a damp cloth to remove laser residue (if any).  Lay the pieces out and put a dab of glue on the edges that fit together.  I did one panel at a time and held in place for a few seconds to give the glue a chance to catch.  Let this dry completely before measuring for paper inserts.


I used a corner of the 12x12 Texture Sheet Gears for the inside back, embossing it with a red/black/brown powder mixture I made a few projects ago.


I wanted a dash of color so I cut off a piece of the Banner Border Strips, traced each pennant on a different scrap of paper, then painted the pennant with black gesso.  While that dried I cut the triangles and inked the edges.  They are all slightly larger than the actual chipboard piece and overlap nicely to cover the space between each triangle.

I use the Zig glue writers a lot, and this one came in handy to draw a line on the pennant edges and allow me to easily apply the papers.


Next I picked out a few gears and backgrounds from the Steampunk Shape Set and painted them with  metallic paints I have on hand.


Once everything was dry I assembled in a whirlwind and didn't stop to take photos.  *sigh*  In the next two photos you can see the hint of the texture gear sheet in the back.  I chose a plain paper (black with white dots) so attention wasn't diverted from the embossed texture gears.

The pennants are raised up on a layer or two of scrap chipboard for added dimension.  You can also see the metallic gears layered in the right front corner, on which a black cat is perched.


I used more plain paper for the inside walls and ended up using strips of straight black Dresden foil  to finish the inside corners.  Once the outside was covered I used a more ornate Dresden foil to finish the front frame.


Here's a look at the back!


Thanks for visiting today!

Cheers ~ Susan

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used

ATC Shrine Box BD12X
Texture Sheet Gears HR1
Steampunk Shape Set D33A
Banner Border Strips D34D

Other Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells
assorted acrylic paint
custom embossing powder
white glue
Zig writer glue
Brown ink for edges
Dresden foil
wood feet
assorted ribbon

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Christmas Cards!

Hi folks!  Just a quick note to let you know I have new Christmas cards in my Etsy shop.  Click here to check them out!




I'll be adding more throughout the month.  Thanks for your visit today!

Cheers,
Susan