Hello crafty friends! It's Susan today with a wee box of curiosities.
This is the ATC Faux Book Box, which is 3" x 4 1/2". This is the first time I've used linen hinge tape and I think it turned out pretty well (if I do say so myself).
Here are the pieces -- the faux book box is on the right and the spine and cover are on the left. The little pieces are extras that I always keep around. You never know how useful they can be!
Glue the sides on, leaving the left side for last.
I measured the inside wall papers by standing it up and making a pencil mark. I cut the paper for inside back wall by tracing the outside of the box and trimming it down to fit. It's a fiddly process but it works.
Next I primed all the surfaces with black gesso.
Once dry I chose the paper for the inside cover. I adhered the paper to the inside with mod podge before adding the hinge tape because I really didn't know how much bulk it would add, and I wanted the cover to close properly.
I cut two pieces of hinge tape and adhered to the outside of the spine. (The tape is sticky on one side - this photo shows the sticky side.) I set the book on it's end and positioned the spine and cover pieces where I needed them and pressed the hinge tape down. The right side is shorter to fit the box wall - you'll see why in later photos.
For the inside on the cover, I cut another piece of hinge tape the same length as the left one above. I used a paper trimmer to cut it in half length-wise, then trimmed one to the same shorter length as the right side. I carefully aligned the first piece and used a bone folder to stick the inside hinge tape to the outside hinge tape, moving the cover piece back and forth to ensure flexibility.
Here you can see I peeled the paper backing off the hinge tape and positioned it to match the outside.
I used the bone folder to stick the hinge tape together before letting it stick to the box.
I very carefully painted the hinge tape black.
The outside hinge tape, too, but not so carefully.
Instead of inking the paper edges, I used paint since I had extra.
I added the papers to the inside of the box with Mod Podge.
Even though I painted the edges, I decided to sand them for a more finished look. Then I painted them again. *sigh*
For the flying pig cage, I traced the solid cage on my paper and cut it out freehand. I used a gold metallic paint for the cage front. Once dry I glued them together with a glue pen and set a heavy object on it until dry.
I traced the banner bit with pencil and cut it out. After priming, I glued them together and painted the edges black.
I had a leftover flourish from my last project and added it to the spine.
Thanks for your visit today!
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
ATC Size Faux Book Box #BD12T
2" Cage w/Solid Back #BB43A
Banner Border Strips - Assorted #D34D
Fantasy Frame & Flourishes #D52D
Other supplies used
G45 Old Curiosity Shoppe
Piece from old braces (closure)