Sunday, 10 November 2013

Book time...

Hi there friends.
Well, it's been a reasonably productive day in the Crafty Man Cave today, with quite a few DT projects done, and even made a start on something for a Christmas swap too.
So to reward myself I decided to try out an idea for a little book which I'd had wandering the recesses of my mind for a while....
 I had fun doing this and love how it turned out. The photographs don't really do it justice but hopefully you can get the idea. I began by cutting 2 pieces of mountboard  slightly larger than A6 and used embossing ink and 3 layers of clear UTEE and stamped into it with my Fantasy Stamp. ( My stamps are available from The Artistic Stamper HERE if you are interested too.)
 I was slightly concerned that I would not get a decent impression in the UTEE because of the size and, in one sense, there were areas that the UTEE had cooled and hardened too much. But after I went over everything with a couple of DecoArt's Metallic Lustres you can see plenty of texture so that made me happy!
 I stamped the same image over the cover in black Archival ink which added the detail back in over some of the flatter areas. I used a face I moulded a while ago as a cover embellishment. It was attached to the cover with hot glue and some guinea fowl feathers behind.
 I used some natural binding cloth for the spine.
 This is the back cover. Done exactly the same way as the front cover. One of the things I really like is the way that the UTEE creates almost like a ridge frame all around the image.

I used the same image for the end papers inside the front and back of the book. So, just as a treat, another little sketch book......
Hope you enjoyed it. I do love working with layers of UTEE and this is one of the largest pieces that I've done and I think that this is probably about as large a piece as you can work with when layering and stamping into it as it was a bit of a struggle to keep most of it soft enough to stamp into!

Have yourselves a great evening.

8 comments:

Tracy Crafty said...

Really do like this Neil, the lustre really make texture pop, and that moon is just perfect.
Hope you have had a nice weekend x

whyducks said...

Lovely Neil

mixamatoasties said...

It's just fab Neil. Love it.

Susan xx

Donna Holdsworth said...

This is beautiful Neil!

Nan G said...

Stunning texture and lustre!

JoZart said...

Super Neil! It reminded me of the beautiful Angel you sent me last year in the swap. You should make more and wouldn't the angel be a great workshop too.!?!
Jo x

mark gould said...

looks like my phone was being evil. Love this, the texture is so rich. great little book mate.

Chris / CS Designs said...

Hi Neil, I have been meaning to stop by your blog for the longest time to thank you for becoming a follower of my Doodle Pieces blog. Until just recently I was off line due to family illness and sorry it has taken me so long to return the visit. Your work is simply amazing and what a delightful time I had visiting your blog and going through all your posts and projects. I am now following your blog through both Google and Bloglovin' and you can be sure I will be back to visit again. Thank you for the fantastic inspiration. You art made my day.
:) Chris / CS Designs