Sunday, 23 December 2007

I Got A Little Board!!

Hi Peeps,

Blimey, where has this last week gone? I haven't been able to get into the Craftroom much this week, so made the most of a late night last night and got cracking on some Board Books that my dear MIL had managed to get for me from a Car Boot Sale.

I have previously altered one book using papers and embellishments so wanted to do something a little different with this one.

My friend Linda made me a book earlier this year and used acrylic paint to cover the pages, so I, being a total copycat :O)), borrowed the idea and altered my own.

I started by peeling all the pictures off...if you are careful, you can peel them off all together, but cos I am not careful, I managed to stab myself with a craft knife and took about 30 mins to get all the bits peeled off!! It was worth it though, as the board is rough without the pictures and gives a better key for the paint to be applied to.

I am really pleased with the results of this one. I used my favourite colour (of the moment) Adirondack Dabbers in Gold and Juniper. I used a small brush to paint the Dabber on to the page. I alternated the colours to add a little definition. Once the pages were dry, I then used the "Dabber" and streaked the opposite colour over each page to tie in the theme. I then used Tim Holtz stamps mounted and unmounted, using Sepia Versafine ink and clear embossing powder to set the images as the paint is not porous and the ink just sits on top of it.

I punched a hole in the front cover and attached an eyelet using my Crop-A-Dile and then threaded gold and brown ribbon thru it.

I am hoping to have the next one ready for Blogging tomorrow...Xmas food prep permitting!!

Thanks for looking - and a Very Merry Christmas to you all :O))

Hels x


Anonymous said...

it looks great Hels, the colours go well together, love Andrea xx

Craftyjoy said...

It's lovely Helen love the colours
love Joy xx

Angie C said...

It is great, I love the colours you have used - give it a very classy look :-)

Dan said...

Lovely work! :o)

shazzapat said...

great stuff Hels, love the colours you have used

Ann said...

I love the colour combination Hels - it's really stunning !!!

Ann-R xxx

Chrystine said...

Hi Hels - it's the 'innocent and very green crafter' here! When you say 'Board books' do you mean you use children's story books made of board that have been disposed of? Then you remove all the paper covering the pages and use what's left to work on? They look brilliant - so clever. Pity I won't be able to get any yet - but one can always hope. Cheers XXX - Chrystine

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