Showing posts with label Mini Book Tutorial Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mini Book Tutorial Series. Show all posts

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Love To Stitch Mini Book Tutorial - Part 2

Welcome back to my free Love To Stitch Mini Book Tutorial series.

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the making of the cover page of my stitching-inspired mini book altering in part 1 of my new tutorial series for Creative Expressions.

I'm back again this week to share with you the making of pages 1 and 2 in Part 2, so sit back and enjoy!

I wanted a simple double page spread to start the inside of the book.

As you can see from the front cover I'm not going for a totally vintage look with the Umount Vintage Sewing A5 Stamp Plate, so I've not gone overboard with the distressing,

but I have added some distressed colouring for texture and to bring the book together.

What You Will Need:
VersaMark ink pad
Clear embossing powder
Old book pages
Tools - Sponge, brushes, blending tool
Heat tool
Golden Soft gel
Hole punch

Step One - Preparing the Surface

Just as I did with the front cover I've started these pages with an old book page collage.

Glue old book pages over a small section of the left hand side of page 1. Once the collage is dry use the large polka dot mask and some thick Gesso to add some large, raised dots. Again, let the dots dry completely then use a sponge to smear a light layer of the Sand paint over both pages.

Pop over to Part 1 of this tutorial series to see how to make the dots and paint with the sponge in more details in Steps 1-3.

Step Two - Add Texture With Some Stamping

Once the pages are dry use the Coffee Archival ink pad and the hessian stamp from the kit to layer some stamping texture on the bottom right-hand corner of page 2.

TIP - For some of the stamping you may need to hold the page open and press with one hand on the stamp and the other on the back of the page to give a firm surface for the stamping.

Step Three - Make A Mini Tag

Trim a long, thin tag shape from card and heat emboss the tape measure stamp with clear embossing powder. Use the Distress inks and the blending tool to colour the tag and rub any excess ink off of the embossing with a damp soft cloth to make sure that the embossed relief 'pops'. 

Don't forget to colour the top section of the back of the tag as well as this will be poking out the top of the book when it is finished.

Step 4 - Add A Bit Of Balance

Use the blending tools and the Distress inks to add colour to the polka dot texture on page 1. Then rub the distress ink pads and the coffee Archival ink pad directly over the raised areas for even more texture.

TIP - This might take a long time to dry so try the heat tool gently (don't over heat the area) and don't shut the book until you are sure it is dry. Put a spare piece of paper between the pages if you have to close it before it is dry.

Step 5 - Finish the Tag

Wrap the Baker's twine around the bottom of the tag and tie off. Then cut three small holes in the top of the tag with two holes next to each other and one hole above and in the middle. Now thread some Baker's twine from back to front through the bottom two holes and then thread both ends back through the top hole and tie a knot in the end.

Step 6 - Stick It All Together

Stick the tag to page 2 with 3D-foam, stamp the sentiment with the Vermillion Archival ink and tear the edges before sticking to the tag.

Page 1 and 2 finished!

I'll be back in a couple of weeks to share some more pages.

Thanks for popping by.


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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Love To Stitch Mini Book Tutorial - Part 1

Welcome to part one of my Love To Stitch Mini Book Tutorial series.

I've got a mini-book for Creative Expressions to share with you and as I'm working with the Umount Vintage Sewing A5 Stamp Plate I thought I might go for a sewing theme - it seemed logical!

And, well, sewing does hold a special place in my heart.

My mum is a stitcher, both her mum and dad were stitchers, it is just in my blood.

I'm altering this mini book over the next few weeks and sharing the steps of this stitching-dedicated journal with you guys. 

What You Will Need:
StazOn ink pad - Blazing Red, Jet Black
Old book pages
Scallop border die
Tools - Sponge, brushes
Golden Soft gel
Marker pen for writing on acetate

Before I start I thought I would give you a closer look at the Eco-Green Crafts Board Book:

The book is made up of six pages, so that is 12 surfaces to alter plus the spine. Each page is made of layers of paper to a thickness of 3 mm.

So the 4" by 4" book is around 3.5 cm thick and stands freely, which makes it nice and easy to photograph! (Yes, that is a jar of Marmite in the background, I'm working in the kitchen again).

Step One - Preparing the surface

I started by glueing torn pieces of old book pages over the spine and part of the back and front of the cover.  I also covered a strip of spare card too. Then let the glue dry completely.

Step Two - Some Gesso Texture

I then applied a layer of gesso to the cover, spine and sides of the book, only a light covering to blend the book page collage into the surface. Then once this layer was dry I added a thick layer of gesso through the large Polka Dot mask and let it dry completely, you can also use texture paste if you like.

Step Three - Adding Colour

Next stage is to add a bit of colour, I added a layer of the Sand Eco-Green Crafts acrylic paint with a piece of kitchen sponge and let it dry before adding the Tide Pool paint to the outer edges. I also covered the strip of card too.

Step Four - Adding Depth

Once all the paint is dry I then brushed the Ranger Archival Olive ink pad over the edges and the gesso texture of the mini book and the strip of card too.

Step Five - And Now The Stamping Part

First up, I stamped the row of dressmaker dummies with the lettering background on acetate with StazOn and cut it out to stick as the background on the front cover. I then cut a piece of white card with a scallop edge die and layered it with the old book page strip, wrapped with Baker's twine, and stuck them to the front.

I stamped the sewing machine, buttons and sentiment, cut them out and stuck them to the front cover then finished with a touch of stitching stamped over the acetate background with StazOn and finished with a marker pen that writes on acetate.

Thanks for popping by and see you next time for Part Two!


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