Tuesday 2 July 2013

Show us your metal!

This fortnight's challenge over at Try It On Tuesday invites you to

"Show us your metal!"

This inspired me to create a tiny booklet, encouraged by highly talented Ana K. and her indredibly beautiful selfmade books. So I tried book binding for the first time and made a sewn binding mini (about matchbook size) note book.

The metals I used with my project are a lovely tree embellishment that I was given to by lovely SanDee1899 and a tiny embossed metal plaque made of a Vintaj copper pendant.

I also used metal effects spray colours on the piece of kraft I used for the book's cover.

I cut a strip off the kraft and treated it with the awesome Tim Holtz "Wrinkle Free Distress Technique", combined with Perfect Pearls and Distress stains. When the piece was soaked I crumpled it in my hands,  carefully unfolded it and dried it using my heat tool.  Afterwards I also added some spreckles of metal tones of  Perfect Pearls Mists and Glimmer Mists.

A view of the back of my booklet maybe shows a little of the spreckles and the effect of the Perfect Pearls powder that I mixed with the Distress stains. I also rubbed some Inka Gold onto the edges and some of the bigger wrinkles.

For the pages I tore some strips of brown paper along the edge of a steel ruler, folded them into halves and thus created four bundles, which I sewed to a piece of rough linen.

I distressed and blended the edges of the page bundles with DI "walnut stain" before sewing them to the linen.

Then I glued the left and right overlaps of the linen to the inside of the book cover and covered that with some cut to size pieces from a sheet from the Prima Engraver paper stash.

Using a long sewing needle I fixed the tree embellishment with some rough cord to the inner of the book's spine. 

I ran the Vintaj metal pendant through my Sizzix using one of the lovely metal embossing folders, sanded the raised areas and glued it to the front of my booklet on top of some torn to size scrap from a dictionary and a piece of the same linen that I used for a border and the binding.

I am quite content with the outcome of my first try and as it says "Try it on Tuesday" maybe you also want to try something that you haven't done before... ;)
But of course you can do  whatever is your favourite as long as you show us some metal!!!

I leave you with some more close ups ( I admit that this project was rather tricky to photograph and I hope I have at least captured a tiny bit of the aged feel and the metal sheen of it) and hope you enjoyed your visit with my blog! Hop over to our challenge blog to see what my fantastic teamies made for your inspiration!!!!


I look forward to seeing your entries over at Try It On Tuesday soon!
I enter this project to SimonSaysStampandShow's "Anything Goes" challenge.


die amelie - Claudia x


  1. Beautiful little booklet. Love it!

  2. What a great result Claudia! Your cover looks so amazing as well as the shape of it...great content too! Ana is very inspiring indeed but so are your! :-)

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  3. Gorgeous little creation Claudia, love all the detail! Hugs, Anne x

  4. Gaaanz toll, gefällt mir sehr gut! LG, Valerie

  5. Such a beautiful little book! Love the texture, pages and binding. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  6. It´s a nice, tiny, piece of work.:)

  7. What a super project and a great description, love it. Hugs Bee

  8. ...I am in love with this awesome creation Claudia, STUNNING best describes your work...love love love...Mel:)xx

  9. Oh was für ein aussergewöhnliches, kleines Büchlein. Die Optik ist mal wieder hammer genial (:o)

  10. Oh Claudia this is delightful- really beautiful!! Very helpful step by step as well. Cindy xx

  11. Wow, an amazing, gorgeous project, so small as well. I enjoyed reading your post as well.
    Yvonne x

  12. This looks fabulous - and I think you have taken 'vintage' to a new level, it looks so old, you really have achieved a wonderful look.
    Avril xx

  13. Oh wow Claudia this is amazing!!!! I love little books and this is incredible, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!

  14. Fabulous! So vintage and old world! Love the pages too! Thanks for showing us your wonderful work this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  15. Claudia...your book is wonderful! Love the hand stitching and all of the distressed edges of the book. The metallic looking cover is way cool! Thanks for the step by step so I could see all of the details of this beautiful little book! And...thanks for sharing it with all of us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  16. Beautiful, Claudia - there's just something about a handmade book, isn't there - and this is a wonderful one.
    Alison x

  17. Wow dear Claudia, your creativity is just endless it is such a joy to step by here and find such unique very creative Project - Wow - just stunning!
    A handmade book - can´t believe how amazing work of art this is!
    love SanDee1899

  18. Love how you did the craft paper, awesome! Love your take on the challenge and thanks for sharing the step by step.
    Hugz, Z

  19. wunderschön! ... du machst auch immer so schöne Bilder, da kann man gar nicht genug davon bekommen!!

  20. Utterly adorable Claudia! The cover is just perfect and the little pages beautifully constructed. Hugs, Jenny x

  21. Boah!!!! Da bleibt mir der Mund grad echt offen stehen!!!! Sooo toll!!!! HAMMER!!!! Ein ganz, ganz großes WOW!!!!



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