Wednesday, 20 June 2012

It's Not What It Seems!!!

So what do you think I've got to show ya all today? Another notebook? Wrong :D It's a faux book card!

I've seen a few of these book cards on my travels around the land of blog and eventually I decided to have a go at making one for my GDT project over at Stampotique. I'm going to give this to Hubby for his birthday - if DD doesn't nab it first!!! Anyway, here it is - really picture heavy post so my apologies!

I made the card base using this tutorial - there are loads out there, but this one is really clear and simple to follow. I kinda had a plan in my head as to how I wanted this to look, but there were a few things I hadn't decided upon as I wasn't sure they'd work or for that matter look right. So the card has been constructed in a completely bizarre manner and the actual concertina part was added at the last minute!!! :D

The first thing I did was cut the kraft paper to fit the book/card (I'll call it a book from now on, so that I don't confuse you or myself) and distress the edges by rolling them and inking them. I then added some faux stitching.

Before gluing the papers in place I experimented with my fastener, once I was happy I taped and glued the loop part in place and then added the kraft papers to the book. I poked holes where I needed the button to sit and then simply tied it in place.

I stamped several of the Leaf  images onto an old book page before cutting out and inking with Distress Inks. These were then arranged in the book and around the frame before trimming to size. I used my Spellbinders Foliage Die to cut some leaves and again inked with DI's before arranging them into the book pages. I also cut one of the leaf sprays down and attached it to the branch that Owl With Wings sits on, before colouring the image with pencils.

The background was inked using Distress Inks and then mounted onto the book and the back of the "pages" frame.

I gently swiped the book pages with Antique Gold acrylic paint on a baby wipe, this gives a really distressed look. The sentiment was computer generated. I've popped it out a little from the frame using black pop dots.

The quote was computer generated and then printed onto kraft paper, which again has been distressed and faux stitched.

So there you have it, one Faux Book. I really hope you liked this as I have another one to show you very soon! :/

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Leaf by Jo Capper-Sandon
Owl With Wings
Kraft Paper
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Forrest Moss, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Brick Red, Walnut Stain and Tea Dye

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp & Show - A Bit Of Brown
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Nature
Stamptacular Sunday - Fabulous Folds
Hotshot Crafts - Distress Inks
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studio - Birds


  1. This is gorgeous Claire,lovely details and

  2. Very clever and you have done a top job as usual Claire. I haven't seen these before and I can see the potential for all kinds of themes... looking forward to seeing the next one too. x

  3. Claire this is amazing. I`m making something similiar for my friend who is getting married in September.

  4. Wonderful project, love the combination of the owl and the leaves!

  5. My word Claire you really are rocking these challenges while you are a GDT this is amazing and so beautiful! Chanelle xxxx

  6. Wow! Fantastic Claire! I think I would have to swipe it too! Outstanding book card!

  7. oh wow Hun,this is just outstanding,the detail is fantastic please do not,appolgize,for the heavy post as oh boy its worth seeing this is a sheer work of,art Hun,your hubby will just love this too ,bits,if not,you can send it to me he he,hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

  8. Came by for a nosey at your gorgeous piece of work. Just love it. The owl is adorable and love the detail. Carolxx

  9. This is AWE-SOME!!!! I love that the outside of your card/book is so aged and rustic and then BAM! Such amazing details on the inside. It's a fabulous birthday book/card. Thank you for sharing the link too.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xx

  10. Claire, your birthday card is amazing! I love everything about it! It's so much more than just a card!!! It's a real work of art and I love the sentiment! It's so perfect for our wise old owl sitting in the shadow box effect of your card. Love this! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  11. Like it? Flaming love it! You never fail to surprise Claire!

    Love that quote too :D Wise old bird indeed!

  12. Oh my goodness missus, this is just stunning, a real work of art, I love it xxx

  13. This is a total wowser Claire, hubby is one very lucky guy what a terrific keepsake.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  14. How fantastic, that's a wonderful project. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  15. This is a gorgeous project, Claire - I love how you decorated it and the little owl is so cute peeking out from the inside. Hugz, Jan xx

  16. This is one amazing projects! Love all the little details and that owl! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!

  17. A fabulous project. Love the owl and all the fab embellies too Loved the surprise after seeing a plain book cover and then your pics of the inside,
    Thanks for linking up at Make It Monday this week.
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

  18. WOW!!! This is absolutely gorgeous, I'm gobsmacked! Thanks for the link, I'm going to put this on my "To Do" list. Helen (Sydney)

  19. this is fantastic Claire. Love the colours abd the vintage look
    Many thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week.
    Doreen xxx

  20. Wow... love it! So fabulous, Claire!

  21. What an amazing project!

    Saw your link on MIM. I'm #76 and #215 this week. I'd love it if you stopped by.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  22. This is gorgeous, there's so much work involved x

  23. Saw your project on MIM for challenge 94, and had to come and take a closer look. WOW! Amazing! Love the little owl.

    My card is no 238 this week if you'd like to take a look :-)

    Mandy x

  24. Heehee LOVE IT!!

    Does't he look so at home sitting there. BRILLIANT. This is what you do best.

    See you tomorrow x

  25. Hello hunni, your card is terrific! Never seen anything like it before and the inside is soooo gorgeous! Really lovin' that owl - lucky hubby!

    Thanks for joining the Fashionable Stamping Challenge :))
    Hugs, Joanna xxxx

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  26. Wonderful! Thank you for joining us at HSC for our Distress Inks challenge

    Sarah x

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  27. Wow another amazing project!!! I have never seen these book cards before and will definitely have to give one a go. I love the images, especially the owl and that sentiment. Hubby will love it!!!. Hugs Clare xxx

  28. OMG Claire! I can't believe I haven't left you a comment on this amazing creation until now! Absolutely love everything about it.
    Thanks for joining in with our nature challenge at FSC, it's so lovely to see you there.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  29. Really fab!! I thought it was a book when I first saw it! xx


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