Wednesday, September 19, 2018

in the dead of night

in the dead of night, souls come to life. 
they dance and play, and haunt away; 
until the dawn, when night night is gone.

It's that time of year when we begin to see all the wonderful Halloween and seasonal creations that designers are sharing. I thought it would be fun to incorporate some of my favorite Gypsy Soul Laser Cut seasonal embellishments in a spirited display box.
The cover of the box features a flying bat from the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts creepy critters set.
The sheet contains eight different creatures, including cats, rats and ravens, perfect for all your spooky creations. I know I will be using all these creatures up in my Halloween makes! I envision the flying bat with swooping wings creating a wonderful frame above the oval opening on the front of the trinket box.  I remove the bat piece from the sheet and coat it with embossing ink. The embossing ink is covered with rocky road baked texture and heat set, creating an eye-catching textural effect. 
I love the look of frozen charlottes and have a stash of various sizes. Adding wings to them can instantly change the look from doll to winged soul, whether it be beautiful or haunting. The main focal point of "in the dead of night" is one of these charlottes featuring a pair of wings from the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts bat wings miniatures set. 
These wings are exactly as they are labeled, miniatures. The set contains three pairs of wings, graduated in size. My project features the smallest pair. I carefully remove the wings by using an exacto or sharp craft knife to cut the spots where the wings are attached to the sheet. These tabs are mainly to keep all the pieces intact during shipping. Once the wings are removed, I coat the front side of each wing with embossing ink and sprinkle with rocky road baked texture embossing powder. The powder is heat set to create a wonderful finish and set aside to cool. Once cool, the wings are adhered to the charlotte's back and some copper wire is wound around the body creating a harness.
This winged soul needed a special backdrop to shine. I selected a frame from the delicate frames and ornaments shape set that seemed to be made to fit my box opening, as well as the winged charlotte.
This is another awesome set from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, it contains thirteen different pieces with wonderful detail. The oval frame I am using contains an open scallop edge. I use chunky rust baked texture to create an interesting finish on the frame, that coordinates with the oranges in the paper design as well as gives the piece a very realistic rusty look. I adhere a piece of coordinating paper behind the oval to complete the backdrop. 
When I begin to assemble the piece, I decide that it will add interest if I include some additional small bat die cuts in flight within the box. Using thin wire with the die cuts attached at one end, I wind a few around the frame in various spots. The wires are wrapped and twisted to give the appearance of taking flight. 
This piece will be attached to the inside of the box so that it is centered within the oval opening.
I am really excited to begin decorating for the Halloween holiday, and I know just where I would like to display this one. 
If you are creative and like to make your own decorations, or perhaps have been inspired to create a decor piece, I highly recommend trying out some of the seasonal sets available in the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Shop, the possibilities are really endless. 
I do hope you enjoy the remainder of September, fall is definitely in the air. 
Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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  1. This is a wonderful project Ann! I especially love the large bat and the creative use of the charlotte!