Thursday, December 31, 2020

Repurposed Photo Frame

Hello, everyone! Today I'm sharing a kinda creepy project I made using a 5x7 photo frame that had the glass broken years ago. It's been sitting in a closet waiting for me to go buy a new pane of glass. Apparently, that's never gonna happen so I repurposed it for something crafty. Let me take you through how it was made.
Here's what I started with. A GSL 6 Panel Rectangular Window, one of the GSL Wrought Iron Miniatures, some Black Creepy Critters Set silhouettes and the lid of a GSL 2.4 Inch Suitcase, which was the perfect size for this project! 
Along with the chipboard items, I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the frame, selected a nice brick scrapbook paper from Paper Pizazz, cut a popsicle stick down to window box size and found a sinister image in my Zombie Tarot deck – the page of swords.
I assembled the suitcase lid using tacky glue. Once set, I painted he interior walls in a deep brown acrylic paint. I made a color copy of the tarot card and cut it to fit inside the suitcase lid. 
I glued the brick paper to the cardboard. Once the glue was dry, I marked the location on the wall that I wanted the recessed window to be with removable painter's tape then cut the opening with an X-Acto knife. 
The window was painted in an off white acrylic paint, while the wrought iron fence and window box popsicle stick were painted black. 
To finish off the window box, I selected two dollhouse bricks as spacers. Those were painted black and glued in place.
Time to assemble! The suitcase lid was glued in place behind the opening while the window was glued on top. I added some small greenery inside the window box before gluing that in place. 
The final touches were small flowers for the window box and some fun silhouettes from the GSL Black Creepy Critters Set. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Items Used

Other Items Used
Tacky glue
Acrylic paint
5x7 Frame
Paper Pizazz Brick Wall paper
Cardboard scrap
Tarot card/creepy image
Popsicle stick
Miniature brick
Greenery & flowers

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Cute little fold in album . . .

There's nothing like a little folding album 
that practically fits in your hand. 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 
is one of my newest faves.

It's made from heavy chip with score lines already done for you. 
Just fold and decorate and you're finished.
Couldn't be easier or more fun!

Take a look at what I did with mine:

4" X 5" fold in album video

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
pieces used for this mini:

4" x 5" Fold In Album (D118D)

Henna Border 7 Inch (D117C)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nancy Wethington

Monday, December 28, 2020

Dressing up a tag . . .


Hi Everyone. Nancy here with you today, dressing up a tag

with one of the gorgeous frames from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

The tags I used are the GSL Cuts XLarge Tags

along with this beautiful Lace Frame.

Wanting a bit of drama I first painted the tag black.
While that was drying,
I painted the tag off-white.
Both were painted with acrylic paints.

It was still a little too white
as I wanted it to look like an antique doily.
Spraying with Pumice Stone Distress Stain helped.

followed by Anthology Warm spray

followed by splattering with Distress Vintage Photo.

TIP: Save those empty reinker bottles.
Add a tiny bit of water and it will yield
good splattering ink.

Here's what I have so far.

I still wasn't happy and thought it needed something else,
so I pounced some white acrylic on top of the lace frame.
That did it for me.

Now it was time to turn my attention to the tag.
Using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Stencil Script (D120J)
Wendy Vecchi's Gold Embossing Paste
I applied the stencil/paste to only the left side of the tag.

Wanting more glam, I used a cheap glue stick
and some Prima gold foil to place around the edges of the tag.

TIP: A cheap glue stick from the dollar store works best for this!
Rub glue where you want the foil to stick.
Press the foil onto the glue
(shiny side up)
It's that easy!

I added crazing to the frame using
Distress Stickles and once dried,
topped with a bit of Distress Ink.

Time to put it all together.
Adding more bling doesn't ever hurt anyone!

This adorable image is courtesy of

Thanks for taking a look at my latest tag.

Here are the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts I used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Stencil Script (D120J)

See you next year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Nativity Triptych-A Peek-a-Boo-Project

I love religious iconic art and have been lucky enough to see “The Book of Kells” while visiting Dublin, Ireland. It is illuminated manuscript of the four gospels of the Christian New Testament. It is said to be the most famous of the medieval illuminated manuscripts for the intricacies, detail, and majesty of the illustrations. This is the inspiration for this instillation.
1.  Use a UHU Glue Sick to randomly glue Old Text Pages to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Vintage Triptych Florentine.
2 1. Once pages are dry use a damp cloth to wipe away excess paper.
32. Add additional pieces of crumpled old text to triptych with a paintbrush and matte medium.
4   3. Once fully dry use a dry brush technique to randomly paint triptych with Antique Gold Acrylic Paint, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold Acrylic Paint.
    4. After triptych is dry again use a small plastic spatula to add Ferro Steelblue Texture paste through a Gothic stencil.
6 5. Spray with Seth Apter Izink Spray Honey and while still wet sprinkle with Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax Embossing Powders.
7   6.Cure using a heating tool.
8   7.Add centers to middle of stenciled parts using Ranger         Liquid Pearl Juniper.
9  8. Use Center of GSLC Triptych to trace and cut out image you have prepared to use.
      9. Use Weldbond to add images to center and side panels of GSLC Triptych.
       10. Seal entire piece with Matte Medium.
1   11. Assemble middle portion frame and allow to dry fully.
1   12. When all pieces are dry use metal clamps to secure top portion to bottom portion.
1  13.   Glue two strips of leather around triptych using Weldbond to secure into place.
1  14. Once dry, use an awl to punch holes into the leather and add miniature screws.
1  15. Last step is to add a metal clasp closure.

Some Final Thoughts.
One of my Favorite Winter Song is sung by Tori Amos - "Holly, Ivy and Rose" - Bing video.
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming
By ancient sibyls sung
A rose doth bear a flower
All in the cold midwinter
And at the midnight hour
And he waits for who to find
The heart she left behind
And he prays she'll find her way
To be his bride someday
Of all the trees in the wood
Holly wants/woos the Rose
Holly and the Ivy
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees in the wood
Holly bears the crown
Holly and the Ivy
The running of the deer
For his Rose to bloom
Holly waits every year.


Supplies:  GSLC-Vintage Triptych Florentine, Iconic Religious Images of Your Choosing,  Old Text Pages, UHU Glue Stick, Damp Cloth, Matte Medium, Ferro Steelblue Texture Paint, Gothic Stencil, Small Plastic Stencil, Paintbrush, Antique Gold Acrylic Paint, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold Acrylic Paint, Seth Apter Izink Spray Honey and Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax Embossing Powders, Heating Tool, Ranger Liquid Pearl Juniper, Pencil, Scissors, Weldbond, Metal Clamps, Strips of Leather, Awl, Miniature Screws, Screwdriver, Metal Clasp Closure
I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!