Tuesday, 14 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 14

Hello folks, and it’s day 14 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

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Today I made a little box masquerading as a book out of bits of greyboard (chipboard) that I saved from the big boxes of envelopes we use in work  the inside tube of a toilet roll and some string.  The toilet roll (cut in half) and the string were used to make the spine of the book and then the rest of it was put together with construction strips.

The leather-effect covering is kraft paper treated with a mixture of water and glycerine - see Sheena Douglass's tutorial on YouTube for the method.  It's been embossed and painted with acrylic paint.   A bit of drybrushing with gold paint helped highlight the embossing.

 I used a Tim Holtz tag, stamped with a little spider from Tim's Mini Halloween stamp set and added it to a little chatelaine charm which sits on the closure, made out of a Sam Browne belt stud and a strap cut from Grungepaper (because it's flexible and tough) also painted with acrylic.
To make the pages of the "book", I covered three sides of the box with texture paste and then ran an old plastic card through it to make grooves (I found a sort of chopping motion worked best) .  Once dry I painted it.  








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15 comments:

maureenjscott said...

Oooh! I love this box! Great techniques, I keep meaning to try the faux leather, yours has turned out really well, love the 'pages' on the sides too! x

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh, this is amazing! Your techniques are beyond fabulous! It looks so old and spooky and totally like a book. Thanks for the info on how you made it. Love, love, LOVE! xxD

DogsMom said...

I had to pin this and bookmark it so i can come back and continue to be inspired.
The guys in my house will notice me again saving tissue rolls. (That always gets comments.)
Thanks for the tip on grungepaper being tough enough to use as a closure.
This is my new FAVORITE project on this hop!

Yes, I tend to find a lot of favorites.
This will be tough to beat.

TangledBlueRose said...

Awesome book box! Just perfect, love the closure you made. The pages texture is so realistic!
Thanks for sharing all of your awesome techniques!~kim

Sarah Bales Strom said...

Fantastic book box! The spine is perfect--looks just like the spine of an old leather-bound book.

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Spooktacular boxes, I just want to touch all the divine texturing!

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Great book box. Love the charm.

Susan Renshaw said...

Fabulous creation! Thanks for the explanation of each process! I love your finished article!

Christine Kiehl said...

Wow, Now that is quite a book!!! Love it!

NanB said...

Awesome faux book! So many interesting features and techniques on this project! Fabulous! Love it!

Rebecca pettit said...

I like how they are not real pages. Yet they are so lifelike. Love

Julia said...

Great box and beautiful set of charms.

Sarah Nancarrow said...

That is one funky looking book - I love the "pages", and the detail on the spine and cover. Fabulous!!

Steph said...

Oh wow, this is fabulous! Love the web on the cover and your pages are awesome!

Buttons said...

Your construction projects are simply the best! Jenny x