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Halloween Configurations Book – Part I

Hello, Internet!

It is October and that means Halloween!!

If you have read this blog for long you should know that one of my favorite places to shop is Tuesday Morning. Although our store is a small one, it has a great craft section. I have found a lot of great items for very little money. The Hubs calls it my happy place. While shopping there a few weeks ago, I stumbled across some Tim Holtz Configurations Books.

I bought 2 of them.

Then I bought some other stuff:

And decided to make a Halloween themed Tim Holtz Configurations Book. I’m saving the other one for a Christmas theme or something.

So let’s begin:

I started off with some tissue paper. I wanted the cover of the book to look like an old leather book. The inspiration came from a suitcase Vicky Papaioannou made for an art journal page.

I took the crumpled tissue paper and matte medium and coated the outside of the book. I made sure to put extra wrinkles to give more texture.

Once that was dry, I covered it in gesso.

I used Walnut Stain distress paint, bronze acrylic paint, and some gold, although the gold got covered up more with the bronze and walnut stain. I let this dry overnight.

After everything had tried, I took my Memento Tuxedo Ink pad and gently and carefully rubbed it over the entire thing. I didn’t press it. I just let it hit the raised texture of the tissue paper and I loved the result so much! This finally looked like an old, scared up, used leather (ish) book.

I have this great charm that looks like a strange bat/dragon thing. I don’t know what I would call it. I added it to the front because it looked so cool against the background of the cover.

This is just part one of the project. I would say this will probably be a 3 part project post. I’m so happy with this cover and how well it turned out. I just love it.

Thanks for stopping by!


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