7 Gypsies Village

I keep forgetting to post a pic of this project I did last summer.  Cindy taught the class at Stampology.  We used the following supplies:

* 7 Gypsies chipboard village
* Adirondack dye based ink pads (brights colors)
* various Tim Holtz stamps
* black Staz-On ink pad
* white gel pen
* key rings

The class was a 2 day class since the ink on the chipboard village had to dry.  I recreated it at home and it took about 24 hours for the ink to dry thoroughly.  We applied the Adirondack ink pads directly to the chipboard.  Start with the light colors first and then you can apply the darker.  If you do it in reverse, you’ll end up with the darker ink staining the lighter color ink pads.  Let everything dry at least 24 hours.  Take a look at the color combos once dry and add more color if you want some deeper shades or additional layers of color.  Let dry another 24 hours.

Next up was stamping different images on the chipboard using various Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps.  You can use any of your fave stamps.  We used Tim Holtz for the purpose of the class.  I used a heat gun on a low setting to dry the ink faster.  Once the ink was dry, I used a white gel pen to outline some of the stamped images.  At this point you can add additional embellishments if you like such as glitter, bling, etc.  You can even stamp each chipboard piece so that all of the houses make up a story or have a specific meaning.  Mine is just made up of random images and looks like a graffiti’d village.  :)  LOL!  You could even leave space to add pictures – just attach photo corners so you can put a pic in it.

Lastly, I punched holes on the sides of each chipboard piece with a Cropodile and hooked the houses together with key rings.  It lets me fold the houses according-style so it looks like a book.  You can also use book binding tape to achieve the same effect.  Using book binding tape also makes it studier so that you can permanently display it on a table, shelf or mantel.  This project is super easy & goes by really quickly.  Hope you like it!  :)

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