You know I love to make books, even if they are kind of wonky. This book is definitely a little wonky, but still pretty fun to make and the inside looks cool even if the outside looks funny.
Here are some photos of previous books I've made:
|This book actually opens and closes pretty well, but it probably took me a week to get it to work.|
|Same book as above.|
|This book is glued shut. That was easy.|
|Another book base that does not open. This is one of my favorites.|
|This book doesn't open either, but there is a light in the back which allows the owls eyes to light up.|
I had been planning to make a diorama or something with one of the new Tim Holtz stamps - the Manor stamp which is so beautiful and detailed, so I decided to make a book instead. The challenge with making a book is making it so that it opens. I can do it, but that's where the wonkiness is most apparent. You will witness that in just a moment. I also wanted to make something for the Creative Carte Blanche challenge this month which is "Sun, Moon, and/or Stars". I've done a couple of challenges that involved celestial bodies so all I did was submit my most recent halloween house with a moon stuck in the back. This time I wanted to make something where the moon (the celestial body in this case) was a more integral part of the design.
Here it is - I'm calling this project the Rook's Book because Spellbinders called this embossing folder - The Noble Rook. A Rook is a sociable bird in the crow family that has grayish-white face which is supposedly easily distinguished from a crow though I find that hard to believe.
|Cover in open position- that's because it really doesn't want to close.|
|Inside of the Rook's Book|
|Close-up of the Rook's Book|
I recently took the Tim Holtz' Summer of Creative Chemistry classes and decided to use some of the techniques I learned about - sort of. Mostly I embraced his major point which is experiment with your materials. As a result the background used Distress Crayons, inks, stains, sprays, paints - a little of everything.
I stained and embossed the house almost exactly as Kim Mathura described in her tutorial because I think the way she did the Manor looks so incredible.
I cut out 4 layers of the gate, glued them together and then glued them in front of the house. The gate is also highlighted with a black shimmer wax so it would stick out a little better. I used a bat suspended on a string for a little movement in the sky.
The inner cover is new Tim Holtz stamp what makes a lovely background to the owl stamp. It looks like old wallpaper to me. I will be using that stamp over and over.
Have fun and be safe with the scissors.