|By Chris / CS Designs|
Since this month we are celebrating St Patrick's Day and the signature color is green, I thought I should include at least one project in this issue that for the most part is green overall. Not quite a traditional Irish theme but it is green, and hope you like . Hopefully you won't feel the need to pinch me for not being Irish..
The main focal point for this book is one of the Inchies, from the December Issue which I promised to do lots of cool things with at a future date. As I said in that issue there lots of other things you can use Inchies for besides trading them and they make excellent focal points for tiny books. Hopefully I will have even more examples for using these these tiny works of art in the months to come.
The main focal point of the Inchie on the cover uses one of my Traditional Asian Domino digital stamp design. I love these because they work so well for so many different types and sizes of projects. The Asain Domino was colored using Prismacolor pencils, and blended with odorless turpentine suing paper stumps. The background on the Inchie is part of one of my digital stamp sentiments and I applied a find layer of pigment ink over it using the direct to paper technique.
The decorative layer directly below the Inchie is a piece of old greeting card that was the perfect color to go with the rest of the book
The front and back cover of this book are part of a Child’s Board Book which have had green card stock glued over them. The cover of this book uses only two pages from a Board Book. This book in particular was small but had quite a few really thick pages. To start I first pulled all the glossy paper of all the pages, and then cut the thick pages apart with a scalpel, trimmed and sanded any uneven pieces. To make it easier for my papers to stick to the raw cardboard pages, I coated them with a layer of Gesso but any Acrylic Paint will do.
The scrip on the front and back covers is my How Do I Love Thee digital stamp background and was laser printed onto green cardstock. All the outer edges of each cover piece has been lined with Gold Pen. I've done the same to the recycled piece below the Inchie. Both the Inchie and the recycled piece below it have had extra pieces stacked and glued under them to give them extra height.
The closure for this one is a simple tie and is made form several pieces of fiber which have been glued and secured under the Inchie assembly.
The pages of this book were created using 6 pieces of green cardstock folded in half, then the corners were rounded to match the overall look of the cover. Each page has a left and a right side, and the back of the left side is glued to the back of the right side of a different page which forms a fan look and creates the illusion of individual pages and turn like stitched books.
To attach the fan fold pages to the book, the first and last page of the fan fold have been glued to the inside of the front and back covers and then covered with the same script cardstock as was used on the outside of the book.
Asian Domino Digital Design by CS Designs
Child’s Board Book
Gesso or Acrylic Paint or Modge Podge
Pale Yellow and Green Pigment Ink
Gold Pen & Fibers
Adhesives and Cutting Tools