Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A (not so) Mini-Book

Well helloooooooo folks!
How are you all keeping? Hope all is well in your neck of the woods?

We had a rubbish day here yesterday.
Our youngest had to have her pet Hamster put to sleep, so you can understand she was very upset, which of course made Mummy very upset too. Hate to see my babies crying!!

Anyway, I digress.

I decided I had better take part in the DT Throwdown Challenge being held on the Smeared and Smudged forum, seeing as I am part of the Haunted Design House DT. I hadn't made anything for the past couple of challenges, so I ought to really. It seemed like a reasonable theme this time, as it is MINI-BOOKS.

It needed to be more than five pages long, and less than 4 inches in size. Easy-peasy I thought to myself. Ha-ha! Many, many, MANY more than five pages later I got the job finished!! Took me over a week with all the fiddly little bits!

Anyhows, be warned folks - LOADS of photos coming up!!! This is the finished article:

A fake leather look to the covers, with copper highlights.

The following pictures are a step-by-step montage thingy of how I made the book.

First of all I printed loads of little dp patterns for the page backgrounds. Then I cut loads of die shapes to resemble frames and stuck them on silver mirri. I cut round the die shape to remove the excess mirri, then cut all the centres out to make the frames. I smeared copper coloured rub-on stuff over the black card, which brought out the embossed bits of the die cuts.

Then it was a case of assembling the little pictures. So I printed off all the images I wanted to use. These are all from my own shop, Delicious Doodles. I had coloured them in previously with my watercolour pencils, and scanned them into the compy ready for resizing before print. 

Then I had to work out how to get all the pages held together. I had to make them two at a time with a gully down the middle for the glueing together. Each pair of pages had to have a larger gully than the last to cope with the frames which are popped up on foam pads. Then I stuck all the papers onto each page, and smeared silver rub-on over the edges.

Then came the covers.
I took a sheet of red mica textured paper and turned it over as the back of it is a perfect leather look when painted black! Plus the red comes through a wee bit too which adds to the allure!

After that while the paint was drying I cut a couple of shapes to take the text for the titles, plus an extra one for that wee image there above. I cut an extra shape too so I could split in half and use for the ends of the clasp. I used the dotty edge of a border die for the embossed bits on the clap. Lots more copper rub-on later, with dried paint and it was ready to assemble!

Below are three montages of all the pages with the images on.
Like I said, they are all from my Delicious Doodles Shop, drawn, coloured and printed by myself. The papers are there too, as are the tiny corner images on the text pages.
The text font is called 'Metal Macabre'. I got that from a search on the web. Free download!!

Now, ordinarily I would link up all the images I have used, but there are far too many here it would take me all day!! A couple of the ones here are NOT available in the shop, as they were done just as a bit of art - the Vincent Price, Escher Eye and Christopher Lee ones. Didn't want to step on anyones copyright toes there.

Each of the pages has had some embellishments added in the corners too. Pearls, gems, nail heads tiny flowers made by me with gem centres. Please forgive the finger and thumb shots. I couldn't keep the book from closing itself up while photographing them!

OK, so this last shot is of the finished book and it's covers.

After painting the mica paper I added it to some card for strength. Loads of copper and silver rub-on, some more die cutting and glueing. Attaching the clasp/text plaques and then cutting the ends off some copper brads to stick on the dies the job was done!

So folks, this is where I direct you to the Haunted Design House Blog to go see my other minions mates makes for the throwdown - some awesome stuff, honest!!!

Voting will start on the Smeared and Smudged Group on Thursday, but only for ONE DAY!!
Please, please head over and VOTE FOR HDH!!
Sorry, but you need to sign up to get in and see all the DT projects that get posted there, but it is FREE and doesn't take a minute!!

There, hope you enjoyed your wee visit here!
Loved having you over, hope you return sometime peeps!

Some challenges I am also entering -
(ooops, meant to do this last night but forgot. Too tired!)

Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Craft Room Challenge - Books
Party Time Tuesday - Anything BUT a Card
Sweet Stamps - More than One Image
Card Mania - Die-cuts or Punches
Craft Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Sprinkle N Sparkle - Use a Digital Image
Stamp and Create - Use at least One Die Cut


Andrea C said...

Teri this is phenomenal!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it. WOW x

Kay Dalton said...

omg teri that is so cool, i just love it its so gothic and ancient, i can image finding it ccovered in dust on a table in some old haunted house.. love it

Happycrafter Shell said...

What a master piece! I love the texture on your covers and the inside is just amazing! You rock Teri! xx

Kathi said...

Yikes. This is absolutely sensational.

A lot of work, but oh-so worth it!

Regan said...

*jaw drops to floor* Absolutely amazing!!!! AllI can say is WOW!!!

DonnaMundinger said...

Unfreakin'beliveable, Teri! What a way to showcase your fabulous designs! The execution is beyond gorgeous! GO TEAM! xxD

Made by Mandy said...

OMG Teri that is bloody amazing!!!

Well done on such a fab project. Love that your Dracula looks just like Christopher Lee, I had the biggest crush on him from the age of 8 watching Hammer House of Horror films :)

Wow, just totally wow!

Love Mandy xxx

Julia said...

Breathtaking, I'm in love with this piece of art!!!!!

monique said...

Wow your book is awesome. Love it

Rick St. Dennis said...

Beautiful job and I cant believe its so small-love the covers and all the images---goodluck

Creepy Glowbugg said...

Absolutely stunning and so obvious the time and talent it took to pull it all together. Your faux finishes are amazing and so is your use of those dies! Brilliant work!!!
Go HDH!!
Oh, voting is open Thursday AND Friday only.

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

WOOOOOOW this is brilliant totally awesome book. Just love all the wonderful details.

Barb said...

Teri, this is fan-freakin'-tastic! The biggest little mini-book I've seen, and every page with so much detail. L.O.V.E. it! The cover & binding alone are phenomenal. Go HDH!!

ike said...

Eeeeeeeeeek !!! Totally Gobsmacking !! Most AWESOME Teri :-D
IKE xxxxxxxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow this is awesome Teri, stunning project and beautiful made.

greetings karin

Chris D. said...

Holy Crow Teri! This book is phenomenal! Beautifully crafted!

Miranda said...

wowzers you really rock Teri, absolutely fantabulous book and with such fantastic details,awesome

Zoe Sanderson said...

Hello Teri! So sorry to hear about the loss of the Hamster never easy to loose a family member how ever small.

Turning to your sensational little book. A real work of art in so many ways it is wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

Dawn Lancaster said...

Wowsers! Awesome work Teri!
Dawn xx

I Don't Do Straight said...

Teri this is Fan-freakin-tastic!!!! all of your images are gorgeous and the cover is FAB! You have rocked this challenge!!!

mark gould said...

Holy Crap, this is brilliant. I am in total awe. God knows (if he exists) how you found the time to create this little book. x

Barbara Bruder said...

AWESOME. Great book!! Great work!!Thanks for joining us at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge this month.
Barbara SNSCC - coordin.

Debi said...

Teri, my son would say this is Mean!!! in other words well cool!! and I would have to agree with him, a brilliant creation! thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

kenli said...

Very lovely! Love your design ! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challendges.

Chark said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Dear me- this is absolutely amazing! I love that you showed a step by step too- I will have to stop back and look in more detail! Thanks for joining us at the Sweet Stamps challenge!

Ildiko Cseh said...

OMG Teri this is totally AWESOME.

Looks like you need a new hamster. I remember when I was a little girl many many moons ago and my hamster died my mum told me no more and few month later she got 2 home lol

Laney said...

WOW!! Teri a lot of work but well worth it... its awesome,Thanks for joining us at BMC

2amscrapper said...

This is absolutely breathtakingly stunning!

Jacki Daniels said...

Hi Teri Thank you for comment on my new blog I am in the process of getting some sponsors and you are on my to ask so yes I would love to have you sponsor us I will email you details and we can sort something out
thanks again for interest
Jacki xx

hazel said...

This is amazing, there's so much to look at, I love it. thank you for joining us at Craft Room challenge.
xxx Hazel.

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - this is sooo impressive! I really like how great your cover is and your images are wonderful!

Мила said...

Lovely card! Really beautiful!
Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges!
Hugs, Mila

Shanna Shands said...

Awesome tutorial. thanks for sharing. Thanks for joining the Sparkle N Sprinkle Challenge.

crafty-stamper said...

well what can I say Brilliant,stunning fantastic seems not enough absolutely impressive project and brilliant tutorial
Carol x

Dorothy Ford said...

Wow that is amazing I may have to give it a try if you don't mind,I'm new here and loving your work.thanks
dorothy x