Pens & Inks:
Versacolor metallic gold ink
Bo Bunny "Father Christmas Holly"
Paisley Park "Father Christmas Around The World"
Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz
hard cover book to be altered
gold mica spray (ie Glimmermist)
red and gold ribbon
hot glue gun
This is my first altered book, and whilst I don't consider it to be "arty" I was pleased with the result, and it suit's me as it's function is a practical one. The tree in the centre is not just decorative, it's a Christmas card holder.
I started with a book called Quartets for Men, which is a book of gospel hymns. I picked this up at the Salvation Army thrift shop for a song (I made a punny!). I removed the first and last page because this was a thicker sheet and would have created issues when folded.
This left a small gap in some places between the meat of the book and the covers, which I sealed up with tissue tape.
Then the hours of folding started, well not really but it did take longer than I expected!
To create the fold for the tree take the top right hand corner and fold it down to the spine.
Take that folded edge and carry it in toward the spine once more.
Tuck up the bottom flap.
Repeat that for all the pages. My book was some 200 pages or thereabouts, and I removed around 20 sheets to ease out some bulk. This was necessary otherwise the bulk of the folded pages would force the covers to extend beyond the flat 180 degrees that I wanted.
Once all the pages were folded I lined the inside of both covers with the Bo Bunny patterened papper and then misted the entire surface with a gold mica spray, if you do this less is more, you don't want the pages to wrinkle.
When dry I squeezed the pages of the book together and ran a glue stick along the folded edges, not too hard though, you don't want to force glue between the folds so that the pages stick together, and gave a dusting of gold glitter.
The four little ornaments are made using the Tiny Tags die, which just happens to be the same size as the circles on the Paisley Park paper. Cut out four tags, and four images of Santa. Glue the images to the tags and trim any overhang. Ink around the tag using the Versa metallic gold ink.
The tags are "attached" with a gold brad - what I did there was remove the prongs from the brad and hot glued it into position, that way nothing was sticking through the other side. The final touch was a red bow atop the tree.
The cover of the book is a faux green leather, and the title of the book is imprinted with gold ink. I decided not to cover it with paper and just give it a spritz of gold mica.
Here's the tree holding a few Christmas cards. If you prefer it could be purely decorative and then you could adorn the tree with all manner of bling.
This is being entered into (and was inspired by) the first LESS-ology challenge which is to alter a book. I am so excited about this challenge, as I love altering and upcycling and that is more within my comfort zone than card making.