I have been spending time trying to produce books that look like aged, distressed or interesting leather.
These are the ones I have made by layering wrinkled tissue on a piece of card, cutting the card to size and then folding over a piece of balsa.
This method has led to mixed results. The balsa has had lines drawn at the edges and then stained with gold paint or wood stain. The books' covers from the cut card have a very clean edge, whereas the book at the top of this group has had the tissue folded over to soften the edges of the book.
The clean edge is not a problem for the books that are going to be shelf fillers and they are much quicker to make but for the book piles I will need to make more of the wrapped edge books.
I had already cut some book covers to size so I added the tissue paper for folding over.
I could have dumped these covers but I liked the green finish of this card.
These two books have had their charms and texture highlighted using Rub 'n' Buff. Again the wrapped edges are a much better finish.
The spines of the two books show the difference of simply folding and scoring the card stock.
The book on the left has a much rounder spine and is less defined.
Either look works for my needs I think.
I am really pleased with how these have turned out but if you want the look without the pain please have a look at the books of the extremely talented Victoria in her Dark Squirrel Etsy shop. She has some marvellous books available at the moment.
More supplies!! I found these on Ebay from diamantecrafts, they sell a whole range of really tiny gem stones both 1mm and 2mm. They are made for nail art but would have lots of uses in our mini world.
A quick and simple way of decorating the spines to start with.
Plus a little bit of steampunk for the shelves.
Much more traditional spines and labels. The font is size 4, really tiny.
The whole group together, or one shelf!! Oh my word, have a long way to go!!
During a very wet Sunday I have pasted some normal sheets of paper with the crinkled tissue to see how that turns out. Practice makes perfect!!