Do you remember the old Tea Card books? I used to love collecting the cards and sticking them in my book. Never seemed to get the whole collection though, did you? My hubby has quite a few full books, we had great fun looking through the different books The Fruit Pixie has for sale, he could remember almost all of them!!
I love to alter books and have done quite a few different ones now, so when I was sent a wildlife book I just had to alter it and play about with it a bit to come up with this altered Fairy Book.
As with any altered book project there is always perp to do. To begin with I removed all the cards, don't worry if it tears the paper. I then gave the cover a couple of coats of white Cosmic Shimmer Gesso primer.
To finish the cover I painted it using Cosmic Shimmer matt paints and stencilled using the Special touch of mica mask - birch trees. I added details using the Distress stains. The lettering is all done using rubber stamps, large letters U-Mount A6 mini alphabet and the small is the tiny alphabets we all have. I then just added a ribbon and the beautiful wings charm.
I wanted the inside to be a theatre style book that looked as if the fairy's were flying around inside. So I cut apertures in the pages which would be stuck together in pairs for stability. I then stamped the images on the waste from the inside of the apertures and cut them out roughly leaving little extra tabs which would be used to hang then in between the double pages before I stuck them together. Doing it this way just made it so much easier to cut the stamped images out and get everything in the right places. Once the images were stuck in the right place I then stuck the pages together using a wet glue.
The inside pages were covered with book pages and then stained with Distress stain. I used the same alphabet stamps to stamp my story. All the other stamps used in the book are from Lavinia.
I stamped around the frames using the smaller Lavinia stamps
As you move through to the back of the book the picture changes.
All the backs of the images were also stained with distress stain.
The last page before you get to.......
The glittery trees! These were made by using the Cosmic shimmer sparkle paste - pink blush, through the Special touch of Mica mask - birch trees
So that is my Altered Fairy book made from an old Tea card book. These lovely books have many many uses. Using the Cosmic Shimmer Grasso primer you can transform it into anything you wish. Don't be scared to stick pages together and cut them about to meet you needs. I think these are perfect as a first altered book project.
You can find all the products I used in the following places -
Tea card books - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/alterables-nproducts238curpage-2-238-c.asp
Cosmic Shimmer Gesso - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-primers-glazes--finishes-634-c.asp
Cosmic shimmer matt paint - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-matt-chalk-paints-643-c.asp
U-mount A6 Alphabet stamps - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/u-mount-a6-mini-alpha-clear-stamp-set-
Birch trees mask - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/that-special-touch-mica-mask---birch-trees-22623-p.asp
Lavinia Fairy stamps - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/lavinia-stamps-629-c.asp
Book papers - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/10-assorted-vintage-book-pages-18-p.asp
Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle paste Pink Blush - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-sparkle-texture-paste-pink-blush-23010-p.asp
I think thats all of them!
Well I hope you like my Fairy book, please leave me a comment or ask any questions you have but give an altered book a try, you never know what you might come up with!