Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The North Pole Express Art Card/ATC/ACEO

Hello crafty friends!  I'm pleased to share with you a winter ATC/ACEO (Artist Trading Card/Art Cart, Editions & Originals) as well as the NEW Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Chunky ATC and ATC Stand!  Our fair leader Gina was kind to work with me to design this stand so I can display my current obsession all over my house.  My husband is just shaking his head at me...

Both the ATCs and ATC Stands are 3-packs, which works perfect for those of us who like to do things in 3s.  Gina really is good to me!

First, use a blade to release the stand parts.  Next, use a fine sand paper to flatten out those cuts.

I used white glue to put the pieces together - inside and on the outer side.

My thumb nail was handy to clean up the glue that squished out.  Pun intended.  Allow to dry completely.

While the stand glue dried, I pulled together the components for my ATC.

I wanted the stand to be brown, so I gesso'd with black, allowed to dry, then applied a coat of brown.  Yes, that's way too much black gesso.  It squished out!

Matte Mod Podge to add the papers front and back, then sand the edges and ink!

I'm so happy to have the ATC stands!  The height is perfect for vertical or horizontal cards -- it doesn't stick up past a horizontal card.

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Chunky ATC Blanks 3-Pack  #C33O
ATC Stands 3-Pack  #C43M 

Other Supplies Used
Kaisercraft Paper
Mod Podge
Black gesso
Brown acrylic paint
Brown ink for edging
Scor Tape
Prima "Say It In Crystals" gold thingies

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!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Something Wicked Shadow Box

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!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Set of Halloween Art Cards/ATC/ACEO

Hello crafty friends!  I'm here today to share steampunk-y art cards made with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts ATCs!

Do you know the difference between ATC, ACEO, and art cards?  Lemme tell you my take on all of it.  ATC is short for "Artist Trading Card".  The creation of an ATC has to follow a size rule: 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".  An ATC isn't for sale, rather made for trading with other artists.  It's a great way to collect and share original art!

ACEO is "Art Card, Editions and Originals".  Yes, that's a mouthful!  ACEOs follow the same size rule but are traditionally the sellable version of an ATC.  They can be original works or numbered limited editions.

An art card is basically an ACEO.  I'm just not fancy enough to use ACEO, y'know?

I cut paper for the front and back sides to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.  Using the last bits of a glue medium I painted it onto the chipboard and added the paper.  Not shown is my brayer -- I rolled it on to smooth out the glue clumps.  You can also use a ruler or anything that will flatten out the paper if needed.

Next, I used the Postage Frames to give dimension to the spooky stamps.

And that's it!  These were quick projects to make and look neat as a set.  Here's a view of the back sides.

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
ATCs - set of 3 (coming soon)
Postage Frames D79C

Other Supplies Used
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells
Cheese cloth
Black and brown inks
Ranger Glue n Seal
TH Halloween baubles

Friday, October 13, 2017

More Halloween Cards!

Hello hello!

I'm still in love with this Graphic 45 "Happy Haunting" Halloween paper collection.  Here are a few greeting cards made using it!

Each card has a coordinating gift box and is available in my shop today!

Thanks for your visit today!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Cards

Hiya crafty folks!  I have a series of Halloween keepsake cards using Tim Holtz papers and ephemera.  Fun!

Here are the individual photos.  Each one of a kind card comes with a coordinating gift box is available in the shop.

Thanks for your visit today!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fright Night Tombstone

Hi creepy crafty friends!  I'm getting ready to do a Halloween table at my local 3rd Friday and have a new bit of tabletop decor to share with you.  Well, new-to-you, anyway.  I found the blank tombstone at a box store last year and promptly made this guy.  I went back and bought a handful (or two) more to make a whole cemetery but this is the only one I have so far... Best laid plans and all!

Here's the other side!

The tombstones are wood and stand 17cm x 12cm (6 1/2" x 4 1/2").  Fun!

Thanks for visiting today.  (This is also available in my Etsy shop in case you can't make it for 3rd Friday. *wink*)


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Stacking Blocks

Hello crafty folks!  Today I'm sharing a cute set of Halloween-themed stackable Artist Trading Blocks from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

The artist trading block set comes in a package of three graduated sizes.  They are pre-scored and easy to bed into place.

I used clamps to hold each section together while the glue set.  You can see in some of these photos that I punched a hole in the front panel of each.  I was considering knobs or some such embellishment and wanted to have the hole available.  I didn't end up using the holes and the paper covered them nicely.

Once the sides and bottom were dry, I cut a strip of paper to wrap around.  Using a pencil and scoring tool I prepared the paper.  Scoring makes nice corners but isn't critical -- you can easily just use fingers to wrap the paper closely around the corners.

I glued one panel at a time, using the brayer to flatten the glue as much as possible under the paper.  You can also mix your glue with a tiny amount of water and brush it onto the box.

You can see I've cut out my bottom panel. I set the box on top of paper and traced around, then tweaked as needed with a paper trimmer.

The top was traced and tweaked also.  By this time I knew I wasn't going to use the front holes so I could seal the box up.  I started with the front flap, then glued the paper to the top of the box.

One that dried I glued the front flap of each box, using a weight to hold it down while the glue set up.

The next day I decorated with Dresden trim to disguise most of the joints between different paper pieces.

This is a cute set!  I'm looking forward to making a set with Christmas paper, too.

Thanks for visiting today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product
Artist Trading Blocks #H1M

Other Products
Fancy Pants Oct 31 paper
Dresden trim
Stickles glitter glue
Rhinestone swirl - Prima
Ranger Glossy Accents
Crafter Pick Ultimate glue
Liquitex matte varnish
TH knob
Preciosa crystal beads