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