Wednesday, September 20

Glittery elegance

I thought I would try something  little different this time with my project. I set out to make an elegant wedding card. I feel that maybe it turned out to be closer to maybe an anniversary card.  

I started with a gold card, then layered gold glitter, then finally added a metallic cream layer with foam dots in between.

I wanted the glitter strip to be the main focus of the card. I cut it longer than the length of the card and secured it behind the cream card layer so that it would curve forward giving the card dimension. I then tucked my flowers in behind the strip in the top and the bottom. 

The flat kraft coloured doily pieces took on a gold tone against the sparkly gold glitter while not competing with it. The tiny touches of green leaves seemed to blend into the monochromatic scheme. 

Supplies used:

Franchville Card sets
Glitz gold glitter card stock
Fundamentals sentiment stickers
Fundamentals doily embellishment
Bella bling

Tuesday, September 12

GSLC shadowbox with Canvas Corp

Hi All,
This month we have been lucky enough to do a product swap with Canvas Corp. I have used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Deco Front Shadowbox as my base, and Canvas Corp products to embellish the inside.

First, I coated all my pieces with gesso, then assembled the shadowbox and adhered together.

I covered the inner board with 7Gypsies paper and distressed the edges. I then added some parchment rub ons to the base. This included a title for my piece.  I then built up layers using various textures from Canvas Corp. This included canvas (which I treated with paint mists, and frayed the edges), hessian, tags and textured stickers. I used a stock photo from the 7Gypsies Architexture paper. I adhered this over the top of the layers using a layer of foam dots.

Meanwhile, I added colour to my shadowbox base using paint mists. I started with light colours and heat set between layers to prevent too much bleeding while I built up the colours. I then added a coat of metallic embossing powder around the inner edge of the frame. This added texture and a little shimmer. but also disguised the tabs where the side panels attach to the front of the frame.

Once everything was dry, I adhered the base into the shadowbox using a triple layer of foam dots. I added some extra texture using some sandy glitter mix.

Finally I added a few small flowers with gauze to the different layers of the project.

Supplies used:
GSLC Deco Front Shadowbox

Canvas Corp 7 Gypsies Architexture paper collection
Canvas Corp 7 Gypsies Architexture parchment rubons
Canvas Corp 7 Gypsies Architexture  texture stickers

Friday, August 25

Elegance with Glitz cardstock

This month at Ruby Rock-It we are continuing to showcase the new Franchville card and envelope sets as well as the Glitz cardstock. I am such a big fan of glitter, but even I know that there is such a thing as too much at once. In my project today, I have used the Glitz cardstock in a way that is elegant and eye catching, but not over the top.

This card is all about the layering. I started with a mauve card base. To this I added a layer of white Glitz. I then went back to my mauve card. I just cut up a second card of the same colour. I heavily distressed the edges to allow a bit more of the Glitz to show through in places. I also used foam squares to adhere this layer to add height and dimension. Next I chose another card from the set in a lighter shade. I again distressed the edges. 

Now I added a ribbon wrap. On the top I added a simple strip of purple glitz. On it's own, it's a lot of glitter, but once the other embellishments are added, it is just the right amount. I used plain white for my die cut pieces, as doing these also in glitter would have been too much. The contrasting texture of the glitter and the smooth white card stock works really well. 

Finally I added a Fundamentals sentiment sticker, some gauze and some punched leaves. I wanted to give the flowers more dimension, so I scrunched them up tightly and squirted some glue into the middle and held in place until dry. 

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Monday, August 14

Standing Flip Book

Today I have created a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Standing Flip Book album with a princess theme for my daughter.  I have decorated the front of the book as an album cover, and will add to the inside pages after our next Disney trip, with photos of her with the princesses.

 Here's what the kit will look like when it comes to you.  The finished project will stand around 12 inches tall.

The first thing I did was to cover my pieces with gesso. I did this before assembling.  The pages themselves will be covered with paper, so it's really just about getting the edges covered. I glued mine together at this point, but you may find it easier to wait til the end. 

Using the page edges as templates, I cut patterned paper for the front and back of each page, leaving a small border. I also distressed the edges of the papers before adhering. Don't forget that you will need to punch holes in the patterned paper. The easier way is to do one side, turn it to see the hole in the back, and punch before doing the other side. The other way is to cover both sides, then line up a finished page over the top and punch through.

I was a little concerned about the weight of the pages toppling the project, so I added pieces of ribbon to stop them from pushing back too far.   I covered the whole base in clear embossing powder. It ended up with some flecks of glitter too as a happy co-incidence. I guess it got picked up from a previous project. 

I used gold ink to colour the birds. I like the silhouette effect. I cut apart one of them to have the bird and leaves spread across the project, then added paper flowers, leaves and ribbon over the top.  I attached them with a triple layer of foam dots so it would sit out from the frame giving the illusion of dimension. 

For my cover, I used this Lace Frame (coming soon)piece. It reminds me a little of the mirror from Snow White, but in gold, it feels elegant and princessy. I covered the piece in gesso first, then layers of gold ink, gold and clear embossing powder until I was happy with the result. You can see the bird that came with the leaves on the base. 

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Saturday, July 29

Faux Book Box treasure box with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi all, and welcome to a new project using the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts faux book box. I decided to turn this on its side and add some little metal pieces as legs to make a pretty little treasure box. 

Here's what it will look like when it comes to you. You will see two pieces without tabs. These will be the hinged pieces. You'll need some tape for those. 

The first step was to assemble the box as shown. I used some paper tape to attach the hinged pieces, so that the box could open and close easily. Next, I gave the whole box, inside and out two coats of white gesso. 

I cut panels of patterned paper to fit each of the faces of the box that would be seen, including the 
inside faces and inner base.

I used a combination of frames and labels to create a feature piece for the top of my box. The bottom layer was painted with gesso, then I applied Metallic Melts embossing powders in varying colors. The next layer was painted white, then coated in clear embossing powder. The top layer was coated in super fine glitter. I layered these three pieces with a triple layer of foam dots on the top piece. I glued a metal button onto that. This created a functional handle to lift the lid of my box.

From there, I framed the main part of the handle base with paper flowers, leaves and some ribbon. I created a similar but smaller cluster on the opposite side, creating a visual triangle with the two clusters and the handle. 

I kept the base plain with a simple ribbon wrap. 

I think these metal things are actually book corners but they worked perfectly for this. I used hot glue to adhere these to ensure they would be strong. 

Supplies used:
  Faux Book Box Large
  Stackable labels shape set

Sunday, July 23

Glitter cards with Ruby Rock-it |Alicia Barry|

This month on the Ruby Rock-It blog we are showcasing both the new Glitter cardstock as well as new Franchville card and envelope sets. These come in 4 colour sets with 50 cards and envelopes per box. There are pastels, brights, neutrals and metallic sets. 

Today I have focused on some pastel pink and purple card bases with white Bella! Glitz cardstock. 

I thought I would share a short tutorial on how I came up with the pink card. The purple one was made in much the same way. I didn't have purple flowers, so I sprayed these white ones with purple paint mist.

First, I cut a panel of white metallic card and embossed it. I then gave it a light spray with pale green paint mist.

I distressed the edges, then layered the embossed card onto white glitter cardstock, then adhered both to a pale pink card base.

Next, I added some mesh tape and wrapped some white seam binding around one side. 

I die cut a fancy label from the same white glitter cardstock. It cut perfectly the first time. I die cut another smaller label from white cardstock and adhered it with foam dots, and attached a sentiment sticker to the front. I also added some pieces of gauze to the top and bottom of the die cut.

These flowers come pretty flat in the packaging, and I wanted some more dimension, so I used a metal nozzle to add some glue to the flower centre, then squeezed the base of the flower (from the back) to form the flower into a more dimensional shape. Once dry, I adhered the flowers in place, along with a small ribbon bow.  I added a couple of small roses to the top right of the label. 

Finally I tucked in some small punched leaves to the flowers, and added a few more drops of green paint onto the background.

I followed the same process for this next card, using different colours. 

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