I like to work on the cover last, mainly because I don't want to worry about getting any paint etc over my beautifully decorated cover. For this book I wanted to look like it had come from the bottom of the sea. So I used a very old technique of using alcohol ink on top of silver aluminium tape ( you can get it at DIY shops on now and again at Lidl )
To make the rivets I used some of the Craftwork cards Candi. I stuck them to the book cover using the small 3D foam before I put the tape over the top. The great thing about the aluminium tape is that is has a lot of give in it and so you can cover the Candi then gently run a ball tool around the Candi and it looks like a rivet.
Choose your alcohol ink colours, I use 3 at a time, apply to your felt applicator tool and then dab all over the tape.
Once the ink is dry I used a couple of the toppers from the 12x12 Voyage beneath the Sea and a stamp from the 12x12 deep blue sea.
I also highlighted the rivets using the Ranger distress stain in gold.
For the first page I wanted to make some pockets and tags. So I used some scrap card and cut it to size I needed, then stuck it to the books pages to form pockets.
I then painted and stencils and stamped to my hearts content, adding images from the papers and die cut cogs.
I cut the sea horse out of the 12x12 Voyage beneath the sea paper and collaged him onto the tag.
For the mermaid tag I made the tag in the same way as the seahorse but used a shell stencil instead of a steampunk one.
I stamped the mermaid from the stamp set. The mermaid quote is also a stamp stamped onto a piece of book paper and coloured using Ranger distress crayons.
I then added some white paint splats to the tags and book page too.
For the left hand page I simply used one of the quotes from the 12x12 Wild wild waves paper. Then I have folded part of the right hand page up so you can see part of the next page and the giant octopus peeping out.
I have used paint and stencils for the background of the right hand page then stamped the man riding his fish using one of the stamps and added some colour to him.
He needed something to ride through so I used some seaweed die cuts and cogs which I highlighted with distress crayons and white pen.
I used the mermaid stamp again and the giant octopus is a die cut as are the bubbles.
Then background is made up using paint and stencils and highlighted using distress crayons and white pen.
Again you can see on into the book but that will have to wait.
Now a secret.......sometimes your book begins to fall apart as you work with it, as mine did, so if you look very closely you can see some washi tape down the middle of the page. If this happens to, you don't worry. You can either use any paper tape like masking tape or washi tape and either cover it up or let it add to the design. It all adds to the feel of your book at the end.
So that is almost half way through my Voyage under the sea altered book.
I will return next week with part two!
If you have any questions or need some help I am only too happy to help. You can ask them here or over on the Fruit Pixie face book page.
You can find the beautiful papers in the shop here -
White pens here -
Candi for the rivets here -
So, until next week when I return to show you part 2 of my book,
Take care, love Katrina