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Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial

Gypsy Laser Soul Guest Designer: Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m having such a good time guest designing for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts this month!  Today, I have a Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet tutorial to share with you.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 02I paired some fabulous GSL chippies up with Graphic 45 DIY papers and some elements from Botanicabella.  Here’s a supply list for your convenience.

Supply List for Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial

  • GSL Butterfly of Gears
  • GSL  Mixed Media Fragments 2
  • GSL Faux Metal Number Plates
  • Distress Paint: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey
  • Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel
  • Bronze Mica Flakes
  • Metal Gear pieces
  • Graphic 45 DIY paper roll (Curiosity Collage and Butterflies)
  • Graphic 45 Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition
  • Graphic 45 Washi tape
  • Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste
  • Tall Coin Envelopes
  • Small magnets
  • Manila tag

Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial

Check out How to Steampunk Chipboard Butterfly Embellishment by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

 

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 03

Two coin envelope flaps were glued together to create a wallet and covered with Graphic 45 DIY paper.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet  Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 01

I trimmed down the Mixed Media Fragment squares to fit the height of my envelope, then used it as a stencil for my embossing paste. I then heat embossed the chippie with Aged Black Embossing Enamel.  Once the paste on the envelope had dried, I glued the chipboard fragment down with Glossy Accents.  I had to use a few hinge clips to hold it in place until it had dried.  I threaded buttons and hot glued them in place.  The faux metal number plate was tapped with paint, then glued in place.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 05The wallet has a side flap opening.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 06Here it is all opened up and decorated with elements from Graphic 45 Botanicabella. I kept everything on the inside “flat” so that the wallet could close with ease.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 07The left side is a sleeve with a magnetic opening.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 08It contains a decorated manila tag.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 09

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 12I cut one of the envelope sides off to create a slash pocket, then filled it with pretty postcards.  This is a great place to write a personal greeting, mount photos on the reverse side of the post cards or tuck in a gift card.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 11It’s a really pretty little ensemble.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you enjoyed this Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial.  You can find more ideas and inspiration on the GSL BLOG.

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Steampunk Debutante Tag Tutorial

Steampunk Debutante Tag Tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I’m thrilled to be guest designing for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts again today! When I found fabulous Steampunk chippies in my goodie box from Gypsy Soul, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.  I hope this Steampunk Debutante Tag tutorial will get your creative juices flowing, too.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 03

I love all the colors and dimension and whimsy on this heavy weight tag.  The chipboard base is incredibly thick and strong…so much so that I decided to add a little waterfall folio to the reverse side.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 06

How fun is that?  You can display this as home decor, and load your favorite photos and journaling on the back side.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 08It even has a pocket!

This tag is loaded with gorgeous chippies and fun details.  At first glance it may look more complicated than a project you’d like to tackle.  But like the old saying, “Yard by yard, life is hard; inch by inch it’s a cinch,” following the easy steps in my Snapguide tutorial will break things down and make it easy!

 

Check out How to Create a Chipboard Steampunk Debutante Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are a few more photos to whet your appetite!

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 02

Foam dimensionals are a girl’s best friend, and they helped me add loads of depth and dimension to the design.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 01I love this Steampunk Gent and his funky top hat!

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 04This pocket watch is filled with beads, mini gears and one of the stickers from the collection.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 05And look how cool the embossed gears are!  The little metal clip on the side holds the folio on the reverse closed.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 07You can easily fit between 19-20 4″ x 4″ photos on the back of this tag.  Less if you add journaling for each photo.  And you can always tuck more photos into the pocket.

I hope you’ll give this Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio a test drive.  Here are links to the chippies I used in its creation:

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I’m honored to be guest designing at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!  I love to work with these gorgeous chippies, and I’ll be featured on the GSL Blog each Wednesday this month.  It’s graduation time once again, so I thought I’d kick things off with a little Graduation Mini Album Tutorial that I made with Authentique’s Accomplished collection and some wonderful chipboard accents from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 01Supply List for 6″ x 6″ Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

Accomplished  Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

This tutorial will focus on the construction of the mini album base and on the treatment of the chipboard.  You can build this base for any occasion or theme.  You can use these photos as guides to help you decorate your mini.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorialby Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 02

Begin by cutting  2 strips of kraft cardstock to measure 6″ tall x 12″ long.  You will need 3 of these strips.  Lay the long strips side by side, overlapping on the 6″ side and glue or tape them together by overlapping the edges 1/4.  Keep the edges straight .

Once the glue has dried, score at 6.  Fold and crease.  Score again 5.75″ from the first score line.  Score and crease.  Score again 5.75″ from that crease. Score one final time 6″ from that crease.  Trim  the excess and set aside to use inside the album.

Accordion fold, and then glue the 2 5.75″ sections together along the sides and bottom to form a pocket.  Now you will have a mini album with 3 pages and one large pocket in the center.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 03Paint all the chipboard black.  While the silhouette of the graduate and the Hats Off sentiment are still wet, sprinkle with Marcasite Embossing Enamel and heat emboss.  Tap the edges with Picket Fence Distress Ink.

If you plan to add a ribbon closure to your mini album, do so before you decorate the cover.  Just run a strip of Scor-tape around the center of the album from front to back.  Peel off the backing and add your ribbon, being sure to leave enough overhang to create a bow.

Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial: Creating the Inner pages

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 04Create the pocket page this way:

  • Line the album base with the paper of your choice.  Shape the corners with a Crop-a-Dile if desired.
  • Cut a 3.5″ tall x 5″ wide piece of designer paper.  Score 1/2″ in on sides and bottom.  Bevel the edges.  Fold in.  Use a circle punch to cut a thumbhole.  Glue the flaps onto the mini album base.
  • Cut three 4″ wide x 4.5″ tall rectangles from kraft cardstock.  Shape the edges with a Crop-a-dile.  Punch a hole in the top.  Add a small O ring, ribbon and tassel to create a tag mini in the pocket.
  • Top this page with the key that you’ve painted black.  Lightly sand the edges to add a little distressing.

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  • Use the Tammy Tutterow Waterfall 2 die to create a 3 page waterfall feature on the right hand page.  Top the cover with the painted silhouette of the girl graduate.  Sand lightly to distress.  Add sentiment stickers
  • Cut photo mounts to fit inside the center pocket. Clip together with a gold binder clip.  Add ribbon and burlap string.  Tuck into pocket.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 06I cut little banner flags from scraps and added them to the upper left hand corner.  Here’s a close up of the waterfall page.

Graduation Mini Album Tutorial: Flip Page Feature.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 07The next page contains a flip feature.  Think of it as being a waterfall page on its side.  Here’s how to proceed.

  • Line the album base page with designer paper of your choice.
  • Cut 2 rectangles of designer paper to measure 3.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall.  Score on the left hand side at 1/2″ to form the hinge for the waterfall.
  • Cut 2 rectangles of kraft paper to measure 3.5″ x 5.5″.  Score at 1/2″.
  • Alternate designer papers with kraft papers to form the flip feature.
  • Add painted graduation cap to the front page.  (I distressed lightly with sand paper.)
  • Add circle punch outs to form tabs on the flip pages, as seen in the photos.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 08Turn the page, and add the painted/distressed key on the left.  Add one of the circle punch outs to the right hand page to form a tab.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 09I used the lightbulb from the Steampunk Lightbulb kit because it complemented the lightbulb paper and sentiments in the Accomplished papers so very well.  I love the texture the distressing adds to the chipboard.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 10I used a white Sharpie Painty pen to add the writing to the chipboard diploma, then tied with a ribbon.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 11Here’s a good look at the final flip page combined with the back inside cover.  I used the word “Dream” from the 10 Words Chipboard set.  The female grad silhouette was painted, distressed and added to the far edge of the final page.

As you can see, this is not a complicated construction, but it has lots of room for journaling, photos, mementoes and more.  It’s a great place to capture your graduation party memories, and it would be fun to have guests write words of congratulations on the blank kraft pages.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 12There’s even room for journaling or a large photo on the back cover.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas with you in this graduation mini album tutorial.  The chipboard elements really brought this album to life, and they were so easy to prepare.  I’d love to hear from you if you decide to make one of these albums yourself!

Thanks to Gina at Gypsy Soul for inviting me to play with her pretty chippies today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner:

Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Guest Designer Week 4

Hello, Friends!  Just a few more hours, and it will be Christmas!  Then a few more days will go by, and we’ll begin to take down all our pretty Christmas decorations and pack them away until next year.  That always makes me feel a little bit sad.  That’s why I created this Cozy Winter Banner as my final guest designer project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I plan to hang this cutie pie on my mantel to spread cheer all through the long winter months.  Here’s a peeky at the project:

Kathy by Design/Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 01 I spent a delightful afternoon playing with Authentique’s Cozy paper collection and chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Winter Shape Set.  Making a Cozy Winter Banner is a great way to chase away the post-Christmas blues!

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 03I did a little experimenting with paper piecing on this project.  One of the great things about working with high quality chippies is that you can alter them in any number of ways.  For this dapper  snowman, I traced around the snowman chipboard, then cut it out, inked the edges of my paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued it onto the chipboard base.  I sanded off any excess paper, inked again and look just look how cute he is!  I used this same process for the mittens, hat and scarf, using different patterns from the paper collection.  So if you are afraid to paint, this is a great option for solid shapes like this snowman!  Here’s a close up so you can really see all the fun detail this technique allows you to add to your chips.

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 07I painted the snowflakes with Picket Fence Distress Paint, and then sprinkled them with glitter while still wet.  I even glued one onto the top hat once it was dry.  The “snow drifts” were created with a cutting die, and I just tucked Mr. Snowman right in there to make him look like part of the scenery.

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 04Because the snowflakes in this set are loaded with amazing detail, I opted to paint them and then add some sparkle with a little glitter.  For the chipboard title on this pennant, I painted just the snowflake, and once it was glittered and dried, I went back with Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood Distress Paint to add just the right shade of blue to the lettering.  The edges were inked with Vintage Photo DI, and then I just lightly tapped the letters with Picket Fence paint to give them a snowy appearance.  Simple, but effective!

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 06I love how quick and easy it is to alter chipboard, and I love having the ability to custom color it to match the papers I used on this cozy winter banner.

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 05This mug of cocoa was paper pieced as well.  I just traced around the mug onto my designer paper, then added some cute sticker strips and a big sparkly snowflake to finish it off.  I really love the way this turned out!

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 02Each pennant on this cozy winter banner measures about 4.5″ x 6.5″.  I freehand cut them, matted them on blue cardstock and then stitched them to pretty burlap.  Then I just stitched them onto pretty Antique Gold Gingham ribbon, adding a strip of crocheted lace as I sewed along.  Add some poufy blue bows, painted white jingle bells, vintage buttons and mulberry flowers and you’ve got a warm and cozy banner that will keep you smiling all winter long!

I’ve had so much fun serving as a guest designer for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts this month, and I hope I’ll be back in 2016!  Thank you for letting me share with you all this month.  I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have! You will surely see more chipboard in my designs, as I love the dimension and texture it adds to a project.  Yup…I’m hooked!

And with Christmas just 48 hours away, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the merriest, happiest, chippiest Christmas ever!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Guest Designer: Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  This is my 3rd Guest Designer post for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I am having so much fun with these fabulous chippies!  Today I have a sweet vintage Christmas project to share with you.  This Christmas Emporium Easel Card is made with Graphic 45 papers and some wonderful chipboard from Gypsy Soul.

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Here’s a list of what you’ll need to create this  Christmas Emporium easel card:

Prepping Your Chipboard for the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

From the chipboard sets listed above, you will want to select:

  • the Victorian Frame with the fiddler on the rooftop
  • the large snowflake from the Snowflake shape set
  • the word “joy” from 10 words
  • The snowflake border strip from the Winter Shape Set
  •  the English Lamp Post, small holly leaves and berries from the Christmas Shape Set.

Get out your non-stick craft mat and your Distress Paints.  Paint the Victorian Frame with Black Soot Distress Paint.  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with the Marcasite Embossing Enamel and then heat emboss.  This type of embossing powder leaves a finish that looks like enamel and it is a wonderful, quick way to alter chipboard.  I always hold my chipboard with a pair of reverse tweezers, and begin heating from the under side of the chip so that my powder doesn’t blow away.  I find that applying the powder to the wet paint helps prevent fly away powder as well. I love the sparkly enamel finish it left on this frame:

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 03Put down a heavy layer of Versamark or other embossing ink directly onto the surface of the English lamp Post from the Christmas set.  Sprinkle liberally with Spoon Full of Rust embossing enamel, then press the powder down with your fingertips.  Heat emboss as in the step above. When it has cooled, tap it lightly with Crushed Olive Distress Paint to give it an oxidized appearance.  Paint the small holly berries and leaves from the Christmas Shape set.  I used a pencil to draw in vein markings on the holly leaves.  For the berries, while the Festive Berries paint was still wet, I embossed with a red glitter embossing powder and then topped them with red rhinestones once cooled. Glue the leaves and berries onto the lamp post.  Add the rhinestones.  Tie a burlap string bow and attach the tag from Christmas Emporium.

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 04Paint the snowflake and snowflake border piece with Picket Fence Distress Ink and while still wet, sprinkle with glitter.  Set aside to dry.

Paint the word JOY with black soot paint.  Tap along the edges very lightly with Picket Fence Distress Paint to mimic the look of snow  When dry, Cover with Stickles Sprinkled Sugar and let dry.

Prepping the Card Base for the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 02Create a 7″ wide x 5″ tall easel card base using red cardstock.

  • Cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock to measure 7″ x 10″
  • Score on the long side at 5″ and again at 7.5″, creating 2 mountain folds.
  • Crease along the score lines to form the easel card base.
  • Cut a separate 7″ x 5″ rectangle from red cardstock
  • Cut a 6.75″ 4.75″ rectangle from gold foil cardstock
  • Cut a 6.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle of designer paper (I used the Christmas bells)
  • Glue the designer paper and gold paper to the red cardstock rectangle.  Do NOT glue onto the easel card base yet.
  • Wrap with antique gold plaid ribbon, using Scor-Tape or other double sided adhesive to secure.
  • Trace around the Victorian Frame onto the Santa’s workshop image in the designer paper.  Cut out and trim to fit. Tap with Versamark Ink, and heat emboss with UTEE. When the image has cooled completely, bend it gently to “crack” the finish, giving it the look of old glass.  Glue onto the back side of the prepared frame.
  • Cut a scrap of the Christmas Carol paper and glue to the right hand side of the frame as seen in the photo.  Cut a4.5″ square mat from the red plaid paper.  Round the corners.  Glue the frame onto this mat.
  • Cut a 4.75″ square from black cardstock.  Round the corners. Glue the matted frame onto the black cardstock.
  • Fussy cut the teddy bear, rocking horse and baby doll from the paper collection.  Ink the edges.  Use foam adhesive to add to the base of the frame as seen in the photo.

Adding the details to the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

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  • Fussy cut the Christmas list from the designer paper.  Glue it to the card base as seen here.  I crumpled it lightly to add texture.
  • use strips of foam adhesive to secure the prepared lamp post to the right hand side of the card, as seen here.  Spread glue at the base and sprinkle with Shaved Ice to make it look like snow.
  • Glue the matted frame to the  card as seen above.
  • Use strips of foam adhesive to add the large snowflake in the lower left hand corner of the frame.
  • Use hot glue to secure the word “JOY” on top of the snowflake.
  • Tie a bow with the Christmas plaid ribbon, top with a burlap string bow, and tie on the rusty jingle bells.  Secure with hot glue as shown in the photo above.
  • Cut a 6 7/8″ x 4.75″ rectangle of the Christmas Bells and glue to the INSIDE of the prepared card base.
  • Cut a 6.75″ x 1.5″strip of the red plaid paper.  Mat with a slightly larger piece of black cardstock.  Glue this to the very bottom edge of the card interior. Add the prepared snowflake border piece. This forms the stopper for your easel card. Decorate with rhinestones if desired.
  • Decorate the interior of the card as shown.

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Add glue to the bottom half the easel card front and carefully line up the bottom half of your decorated card front to this flap.  The card will now stand up on its own for display, and lay flat to fit in an envelope.

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This Christmas Emporium easel card is such a fun design, as it doubles as home decor.  Adding all this lovely chipboard adds texture and dimension and makes the card really stand out.  You could use any paper or theme of course, but this is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections.

I hope you learned some new tips and tricks from today’s tutorial.  If you did, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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