Friday, August 19, 2011

A Haunting We Will Go Swap Book

I took part in a Halloween Swap on the All Things Tim Yahoo list. We had to make postcard sized pages (4"x6") any orientation. Here is my contribution front and back. The ghost body is a stamp from Graphic 45, Steampunk debutante on vellum and embossed with silver and highlighted with Stickles glitter.  The borders are TH Sizzi as are the tree branches on the back and the pumpkins that were embossed on paper backed newsprint and then cut out.  The faces are from my French ladies Ghostie dolls. The tickets are TH stamps and die cuts and have clear printed labels with all the swap and my info.
I created a book to place the cards in.  The covers are chipboard base with embossed, inked, gilded and pieced paper brackground.  The corner medalions are also paper.  The borders inbetween are a Tim Holtz sizzix on the edge die embossed with Gold, Black and Bronze UTEE.  The center plaque is chipboard with metal tape then embossed and inked.  The title is computer generated then stamped with a cross-hatch stamp multiple times so it loks woven.  The spine is black leather that was sanded, inked and gilded.  Since the pages (16 of them) were variuos orientations (half landscape, half portrait) I needed a unique way to hold them in the book.  I couldn't punch holes in the pages so I attached them with paper clips threaded on ribbon.
There are 4 ribbons placed so I can center the pages.  One set is for the portrait oriented pages, the center two are for the landscape pages.  there are 8 clips on each piece of ribbon which is threaded through the reinforced spine then the medallions which were cut with a new jewelry die from sizzix from matte board covered with meal foil.  The fleur-de-lis back is done with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and black paper.  I used Ranger Quartz ink pad to highlight the raised parts, then Ranger Gold paint dabber, varius shades of distress inks and gold and bronze gilders paste.
Here is the inside front cover with a list of the contributors.  You can see how the pages are mounted and arranged.  The first one is my own of course!  The names were computer printed and stamped with the cross hatch stamp to look like old textured paper. The background is from a Halloween stack that I no longer have the cover for.  not sure I like it - may change it to be more like the back inside cover.
Here is the inside back cover.  The plaque (as are all of them) are Tim Holtz sizzix.  Only change I would make is to get black paperclips - which I couldn't find.  I thought I could change the color of these, but they are too slick.  If I want to add more pages, I just need to loosen the ribbons which are just knotted .  Really pleased at how this turned out.  The pages that I received were all great and really needed someplace special to reside and be shared.  Thanks to all who contributed!


Victoria Adams Brown said...

Well, this is fabulous. So "old worldly" and all those techniques. So channelling "harry potter"!

I am thrilled to see a piece of my leather pants as a book spine.

You inspire us all!

Colleen said...

WOW!!! Fantastic...I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I may use this as inspiration for a class i'm taking at art is.....If that is ok?!@!!! I just love the cover...and the pretty ghost face too...of course!!! Halloween is my favorite and I'm behind...I wish I had a little of what you have right now...gotta get one halloween doll done!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

What fun! Love your pages. And the covers are stunning!

snowbear said...

I love this book and I think the title is fantastic!