Tuesday, 2 April 2013

"Nature Studies" altered book project

Easter brought some chocolate and that came with a lovely small book box which was perfect for altering!

So I created this:


First I gave the glossy surface of the chocolate box a coat of Gesso. Then I applied a coat of glue over the front of the cover and covered it with sandwich paper I crumpled while trying to keep the center flat and even. After that was in place I continued with the spine of the book where I had glued three thick pieces of cord which were now covered in the same way. The back was most fun as I could crumple the paper here as much as I wanted!


After all had dried I trimmed the edges leaving some for glueing it to the insides to get nice edges.

For the inside of the cover I stamped some cut to size card with images of the "Nature History" stamp set from DeStempelwinkel (which I love veeerrry much), blended the edges and the card with walnut stain Distress ink and flicked some water over the finished piece to get a stained look.


The inside of the box was painted with turquoise acrylic paint.




The outside of the sandwich paper covered book was first painted with a dark brown and then dry brushed with a lighter brown to highlight the creases and some areas. I also used Inka Gold, which gave the book a lovely leathery, old and precious looking finish!


The book panel was also created by using stamps from RedLead and DeStempelwinkel, blending with DI walnut stain and flicking water onto.




I hope you like it! I had a lot of fun making this (and have another of these chocolate boxes in store ;).

I enter The Artistic Stamper's challenge "Texture"  , Craft room challenge "In the Library" , City Crafter's "anything goes" challenge and  Simon Says "Anything Goes" challenge, with this project. 

Hugs,

die amelie x

28 comments:

  1. LOVE it, and love the bright pop of color that you get when you open the book up, so pretty against those sea shells! Beautiful job! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  2. Boah das ist ja klasse geworden!!!

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  3. Das sieht absolut HAMMER aus!!!! Total spitze!!!! Wie ein echtes altes, in Leder eingebundenes Buch!!!! Der Effekt ist echt klasse!!!! Bin davon total begeistert!!!!

    LG!

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  4. Boah, wie genial ist das denn?? Ich bin hellauf begeistert

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  5. Wow, you're on an amazing creative roll, Claudia - beautiful, beautiful work here... you're clearly very inspired by your wonderful shell and fossil collection!
    Alison xx

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  6. Oh I do love what you have done to this book box. It is gorgeous. Hugs, Jenny x

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  7. Oh wow this is fabulous, I love the effect of the sandwich paper, the creases and texture looks wonderful.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx

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  8. Wow, what a stunning project, love how your faux leather technique has worked out and thank you so much for joining us over at the Artistic Stamper!!

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  9. Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper this month with your gorgeous textural book...so full of atmosphere ;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  10. I absolutley ADORE this piece! Fantastic texture on the outside cover! Wow!


    Jackie xx

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  11. What a great project! Amazing technique with the tissue paper! I'm so gonna try this technique. Hugs, Sandra

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  12. Absolutely stunning! I have looked over your blog, and I must say you are one talented gal. Your work is so wonderfully artsy. Love your style girl!

    Gaby xo

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  13. Fabulous 'book' what a fabulous Easter present, bet you even forgave the giver for making you eat that chocolate. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room challenge XOXO Zoe

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  14. This is amazing!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

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  15. This is just gorgeous ! Love the crumpled, worn, vintagy look and the turquoise inside is so vibrant..Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room..Esther xx

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  16. Vielen Dank für Deinen Kommentar bei mir, liebe Amelie. Es ist ja nicht so, daß ich hier bei Dir neu bin. Ich hatte nur in dem Moment keine Zeit, Dir einen Kommentar zu hinterlassen... Aber jetzt bin ich wieder da. Und bewundere Dein Buch. Ich hatte es mir sogar als Link abgespeichert weil ich es so inspirierend finde! Und vielen Dank für die Anleitung, ich bin nämlich ganz wild darauf, auch so eines zu machen!
    Liebe Grüße
    Manu

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  17. Awesome!Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

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  18. Glorious! love all the texture, and the treasures :-) thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

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  19. More than outstanding (but that's usual for you lol). Wonderful texture and aging! Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room "In the Library" challenge. Wishes, Suzanne x

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  20. How cool is this.. I just love it. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

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  21. Ooh this is really lovely ... hope the chocs were as lovely as what you've done with their box!! x

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  22. Love Love Love it, your creations are amazing :)

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  23. This is amazing. I love the crumpled effect. Thank you for joining us at Craft Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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