Wow! One of the best altered projects I've seen! This is fantastic and I LOVE all the details and especially how you did the cover! Thanks for posting such wonderful pics so we could really see up close!
Whoa -- this is a MASTERPIECE!
HOW did I miss this when it was first posted?! Simply stunning!!!
Wow - my jaw dropped with this one! You did an amazing job! I really wish that in addition to the "like" button, they had a "love this" button! : )
You really did a wonderful job - thank you so much for sharing this project with the rest of us!
Project - Stamping A to Z at Two Peas: Altered Book
posted 11/05/11 at 11:23 AM
I am so happy to be part of the Stamping from A to Z event! My letter is ‘X’, as in ‘X-acto knife’, a basic papercrafting tool. It was one of the very first tools that I bought and I use my x-acto knife on almost every project. I wanted to do something I hadn't done before and decided to do an altered book with two deep niches.
The base: I divided the book into two and glued the pages together with multi-medium. The gel was applied to the edges of the pages, making sure to get some in between the pages especially at the front and at the back. The book dried overnight under a very heavy book and with wax paper in between the two blocks. I cut the two niches with my x-acto knife. I cut out about 6-8 pages at the time. It is easier with a sharp blade. The edges and the corners were tidied up with a small file and then the gel was applied to the edges. Again, the book dried overnight. Now it was ready to be embellished.
The pages: The flourish, woodgrain and snowflakes were embossed with clear sparkly powder. The pages were covered with a light coat of gesso and a moist cloth was used to wipe the gesso off from the embossed areas. Gold embossing powder was applied as a border. Platinum Stickles was applied to the edges of the book, to give it a gilded look. There was almost too much glitter, so instead I used Distress Stickles Antique Linen on the edges of the big window and Rock Candy on the small window, creating a more subtle effect. Crackle paint was applied as a frame around the big window and ink around the smaller. The background of both niches was created with blue shades of Distress Stain and misted with Perfect Pearls and water. I used different Christmas sentiments and a stamp with Swedish Christmas songs.
Left-hand page: The house was stamped on a piece of watercolour paper coloured with Antique Linen Distress Stain. The roof was stamped a second time on patterned paper. I used my knife to cut out the windows and to cut the door so that it opens (the word ‘love’ is stamped on the inside). Mica is used as windows and I also added some lace curtains. The people were stamped on shrink plastic and shrunk. The fence was die cut from grungeboard and the branch from grungepaper, and coated with crackle paint. Glossy Accents and white flock were added to the fence and Enamel Accents and flock to the branch. Enamel Accents is also used as snow on the roof. Mica flakes were glued to the base of the scene as snow and cotton wool was used as smoke. The frame was stamped on acetate and I used my knife to cut out the centre (I wanted the scene to be touchable). The bird is die cut from mica.
Right-hand page: The trees were stamped five times (the blue tree on cream paper, the brown tree on the same paper as the house). They were folded in the middle and glued together. The deer was stamped on modeling film, coloured with alcohol ink, heated and shaped and then coated at the back with Stickles. Mica flakes were added as snow. The heart was die cut from mica.
The covers: The covers were painted with gesso and then coated with Distress Crackle Rock Candy. Cool stuff. I applied an uneven coat to increase the texture. When dry, Weathered Wood Distress Stain was applied on top in a patchy fashion. The spine was coloured with Antique Linen Distress Stain, sponged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and stamped with Stazon. The panel on the cover is sticky-backed canvas which was die cut and coloured with Antique Linen applied in stripes. Finally, the covers were glued to the blocks and left to dry overnight.
I am posting some step by step photos of the creation of the altered book on my blog at http://www.layersofink.blogspot.com/ [layersofink.blogspot.com]
Thank you so much Two Peas for asking me to be a guest designer at Stamping from A to Z!
Supplies: Hero Arts stamps: Snowy Tree CG370, Tiny Flakes CG387, Fabulous Flourish S5449, Enjoy the Season CG210, Starry Sky S5448, Winking Reindeer H5457, Two Houses CG182, Plaid Person G5500, Polka Dot Person G5499, Three People LP204, Designer Woodgrain S5208, Simple Frame S5324, Christmas Reindeers CL540, Magic of Christmas CL462, Merry Christmas Trees CL459, Holiday Sayings CL343, Sending Holiday Cheer CL464, Sparkle Clear: Merry Always CL252, Many Dots CL519, Basic Lowercase Letters LL188; Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Mini Holidays, Mini Holidays 2; Stampelboden Christmas song stamp; Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass; Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain; Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar, Spice Tin; Archival ink Coffee; Stazon Jet Black and Timber Brown; Versafine Onyx black; Ranger Alcohol ink Ginger; Ranger Multi-Medium Gloss; Glossy Accents; Distress Crackle Paint: Rock Candy, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Picket Fence; white and black Enamel Accents; Stickles: Antique Linen, Rock Candy, Tarnished Brass, Platinum; Perfect Pearls; Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder; Ranger Seafoam white EP; Judikins Super Gold EP; gesso; Tim Holtz Sizzix Ornamental, Branch Tree, Heart, Bird & Cage dies; Ranger shrink plastic and sticky-back canvas; Stamper's Anonymous Modeling Film; Stampendous Fun Flock; Tim Holtz grungeboard, grungepaper, tissue tape; BasicGrey Nordic Holiday and Basics patterned papers; mica and mice flakes; Imaginisce rhinestones; acetate; gauze; old book; lace trim; pompom.
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