I just participated in an altered book box and stick pin swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board. I had never altered a paper mache box before, so this was a new adventure for me. My partner (Maria) let me know some of her likes — I knew she liked bright colors and owls. Since I like owls too, I decided to use that for my theme.
The first thing I did was primer the book in gesso. Then I applied two coats of Martha Stewart Mother of Pearl paint. I let the last coat of paint dry overnight and then I brushed on a layer of Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle paint on the spine and the inside edges of the book. When that was thoroughly dry, I sponged on some blue and brown distress ink over the crackled paint.
The title was printed on the computer and adhered on the spine using Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish. I added a couple coats of the gloss medium over the crackle paint on the spine and on the inside.
I used Ranger Sticky Back Canvas for the cover of the book. Since this was my first time using it, I wasn’t sure if it need to be primed with gesso. I decided to go ahead and gesso it, but first I stuck the canvas to a piece of cardstock and sewed around the edges. After the gesso dried, I stamped a scene of the moon and some trees using Versamark and heat embossed it using white embossing powder. The stamp set is by Sheena Douglass and called Lakeside Shore.
Then I sprayed the canvas with several different colors of Starburst spray by Lindy’s Stamp Gang. As you can see, the colors are nice and bright. Since I had used gesso on the canvas, it acted as a resist to the sprays and I found they would easily wipe off. So I let them dry and then sprayed a coat of gloss varnish (Krylon) over the canvas to seal it. I was happy to see that I didn’t lose all the pretty shimmer when I sprayed the canvas with the sealer.
I purchased the crocheted owl from Tatiana, who I first found on the Cricut Message Board. She now sells her beautiful crocheted pieces on her Facebook page, Created By Tatiana. I picked the colors for this owl to match the book and also ordered several other owls in different colors.
I added a branch and some leaves that I cut from white cotton crinoline using a Martha Stewart punch. The leaves were sprayed with Starburst spray. The flowers and foliage at the bottom were also cut from crinoline using Martha Stewart punches and colored with Starburst spray.
The book has a ribbon closure.
The back of the book is my attempt at humor, a pun on the Looney Tunes “That’s All Folks”. The paper is from Doodlebug Designs and the owl is some clipart I got from the now defunct PC Crafter website. The image at the bottom is stamped and heat embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s embossing powder.
The inside of the cover is also Doodlebug Design paper and I added a clipart bookplate to it.
This is looking inside the book, showing the fabric book that I made to hold the stick pins. Since this post is so long, I am going to do a separate post for the stick pin holder.
I included two extra crocheted owls for my swap partner. The cards they are on were stamped with the Button Boutique stamp set from Papertrey Ink and cut using the coordinating die.
- Paper mache book box from Hobby Lobby
- Doodlebug Design paper
- Ranger Sticky Back Canvas
- Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays and embossing powder
- Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink
- Crocheted owls from Created By Tatiana on Facebook
- Sheena Douglass Lakeside Shore stamp set
- Button Boutique stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink
- Martha Stewart craft paint — Mother of Pearl
- Martha Stewart punches
- Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish
- Cotton crinoline purchased at Joann.com