Layering Techniques for Paper Crafters: Part Two

Hi everyone! Maggi here to share the second video in a three part series on layering techniques from Alchemist Amy! (Part one is here)

Don’t forget to join us on Friday for part three!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Cheryl’s metal breakdown video

Hello Gauche fans!

Michelle here with a great faux metal D.I.Y technique video from Cheryl! I love the look of aluminum foil and corrugated board together!

Check it out:

Fun, fast and totally unique! This is definitely something to try for a masculine themed card or for any project where you want the look of metal without the physical weight.

Thanks Cheryl!

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Paint Messin’ with Cheryl

Hi everyone! Maggi here to present the newest video from our own Alchemist Cheryl!

Today, Cheryl is getting messy with paint and plastic bags. She shares a great technique that you will definitely want to use on the background of your next project!

Now, get out your paints and plastic bags, give this technique a try and then go glue something awesome onto it! 😀


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Cheryl’s How to make a mini book video

Good Day, you!

Thanks for swinging by! Michelle here with a GREAT video from Gauche Alchemy mixed media maven Cheryl. Today we watch as Cheryl makes a mini book.

The best part? No sewing, punching of holes or fancy binding tools needed!

Check it out!

SO awesome! I will be trying this! The building process looks pretty quick which is great because you get to concentrate on the fun part- taking photos and writing fun things to include inside!

I challenge you to try it and swing back here with some photos you can share via our Flickr page.

Chells out!

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Image Transfer With Wendy

Hi everyone! Maggi here with a new tutorial by past GA designer Wendy! Making image transfers is one of my personal favorite things to do and you don’t even need fancy tools or supplies to do it.  In this awesome video, Wendy shows us how to make image transfers using regular old packing tape.

Thanks Wendy! If you use this technique on your next project, we’d love to see the results! Share a link in your comment below or upload it to our Flickr group!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Cheryl’s takin’ a walk

Hello there!

Michelle here with a wonderful new step by step process video from Cheryl.

I am currently undergoing the arduous procedure more commonly known as “Project Life” where you shoot and journal every day life. I am already “cheating” by journaling only 2 days a week (if that). What I really love about Project Life or Project 365, a similar 1 photo a day version,  is how it forces me to pay attention to every day details.

Cheryl has taken the much more HUMANE approach by documenting 52 walks she will take this year- one for every week.

Here are a couple of images from week 5 and 6:

Image from week 5. I like the more abstract nature of Cheryl's photos.

This photo is stunning. I. can't. stop. looking! I actually started walking in my neighborhood after I read Cheryl's post about 52 walks on her personal blog.

Now a brief pause while we check in with Cheryl as she makes the binder cover for this project:

And a quickie shot of one of the pages she recently worked on. She used stamps from Sassafras Lass and items from the Blue Streak mixed media color kit.

Please excuse the admittedly imperfect lighting. Cheryl was very gracious to provide this as she was literally on her way out the door for a week long trip to Dublin. But I'm not jealous! (much)

So how are you tackling Project Life or Project 365 or any other year long art project? Let us know by commenting here or linking up your work to the Gauche Alchemy Flickr page!

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Elina’s 3D Paper Napkin Mixed Media Video

Hello, Michelle here!

Elina always surprises me with her ingenious takes on mixed media techniques! In this video she whips up a beautiful canvas using Gauche Alchemy’s Paper Napkin Art Kit. I saw this and ran right to my desk to give it a try!

What do you think? Awesome, no?

Happy creating!

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Affirmation ATCs from Wendy Morris

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!

Michelle here.

We have a great video from design team member Wendy Morris. Wendy doesn’t make New Year’s Resolutions (I SO back her up on this!) they get ignored so often! Instead, Wendy proposes we use visual affirmations to keep us touch with our goals on a daily basis.

Take a look and tell us what you think:

What are your goals for this year? Show us your manifestos! Even better- make them into a project. Link them up to our Flickr page and you just might get published here!

Thanks for sharing!

I hope you have a wonderfully introspective and meaningful day!

Chells out!
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Elina’s Happy Hats for New Year’s

Hi there!

Michelle here with a super quick and easy idea for New Year’s Eve party fun- a mini top hat!

I’ve seen these on several online shops and always wished I had the 80 bucks to splurge on one. Leave it to Gauche Girl Elina to set me straight! All you really need is a spare plastic cup, a hot glue gun, 2 circles and a Gauche Alchemy Mixed Media Kit.

For this particular project, Elina used the Pink Parts Mixed Media Color Kit, the Acme Kit and lace from the Lace Ribbon Variety Pack.

Check out her fabulous “How To” here:

Question!! Elina WHERE did you get that industrial length glue stick??? I have stick envy.

(brief pause as I snicker obnoxiously)

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve, dear reader? Oh oh- now I won’t be getting that song out of my head for the rest of the day.

Chells out!

Gauche Alchemy does WREATHS!!!!


Michelle here!

The Design team has been very busy making holiday crafts and we have a few examples of wreaths you can make with Gauch Alchemy kits and whatever is sitting around the house unused.

First up is Cheryl’s:

Oooo! I spot woodgrain punchinella, corrugated board, music print twill ribbon from the Nekkid kit and loads of other wonderful Gauche Alchemy goodies!!!

Cheryl explains it all:

GA’s Bare Nekkid Kit totally inspired me to make a nude-gold-coloured advent wreath. I decoupaged old book pages for the base level, then wound jute and gold cord around it. The decorations were almost all from Gauche Alchemy – from the Banana Hammock Yellow Mixed Media Color Kit and It’s All Gravy, Baby! Brown Mixed Media Color Kit, the ever-useful Ouchless Cardboard, and the amazing woodgrain punchinella. To finish off, I wrapped the chocolates in polka dot cellophane and pinned them on with dressmaker’s pins. ”

Close up!

I LOVE the idea of pinning chocolate's to the wreath!!!! The idea is to eat one a day till you reach the 25th- Cheryl is a GENIUS!!!

Even better, Cheryl made a video tutorial for this wreath, check it out!

I also have 2 projects I want to share. The first is my answer to a drawer full of old shopping bags:

5 kraft paper supermarket shopping bags, a 2" scallop punch, 1 post card dove, some dime store glitter flowers and 4 days of punching and crunching- VOILA!

I made this upcycled paper bag wreath last year as a gift but it never made it out my home. I  loved it too much. The flowers were made by putting my finger in the middle of the punched out circle and crunching the paper up around it- easy peasy !  Hardest part was avoiding the burns from my hot glue gun.

The second is this:

Music print paper from the Bare Nekkid Mixed Media paper kit, Red Punchinella, Ouchless Corrugated Board, Crafter's Workshop template (believe word), Martha Stewart wreath kit for the form and pre cut holly leaves and glitter floral sprays from my local craft store. I also corrugated some gold paper using a corrugator press from Marvy Uchida.

This wreath started as a Martha Stewart glitter wreath kit from a major discount chain. I loved how perfect the wreath looked on the packaging cover and tried for DAYS to get my version to look like the photo but alas it was not meant to be. So I covered them with music paper from the Bare Nekkid Mixed Media paper kit and Ouchless corrugated board and attached them to the form using my hot glue gun. I then used a yard of Red Punchinella from the variety pack offered through the store to cover the rest of the wreath and called it a day.

Perhaps this post inspired you to go out and make your own wreath?

Well here’s a very special sneaky peek at Chrissy’s upcycled book print rosette wreath!

Victorian style wreath made from hand cut and rolled rosettes? YES PLEASE!

I also have an all wreaths Pinterest board you can check out- there are so many beautiful wreath projects out there!  Cheryl even found one made of toilet paper rolls!

I love this time of year!