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Today I would like to share a picture of my first Button hole stitched book. Originally I started by following the instructions given in Keith Smith’s book…but then I modified them to create this;

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I am quite please with the result for a first go, but as always my perfectionist nature always wants to unsew it all and redo it now I’ve learnt a bit more. I will resist that temptation and let it be. Sometimes it is better to leave things as they are and just accept that in time skills change and improve.

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The cover is made from White hammered card

Pearlescent blue card embossed with Cuttlebug’s Birds and Swirls Embossing folder, which I then sanded on the edges to bring back the white card underneath.

The embossed card is mounted on to navy card and then onto the cover, just to add a bit of depth.

Linnen thread was colored using Ranger Adirondack dye ink, in Stonewashed.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Well that title needs some explaining doesn’t it! I have found a wonderful bookbinding community over on www.bookartsforum.com and at the end of last year one of the members suggested a swap based on the medieval book style of Nag Hammadi. These books were found burried in pots in the Egyptian dessert.

Here are some pictures of the book and the embellishments I made for it;

Front Cover of Nag Hammadi Book

Front Cover of Nag Hammadi Book

 

Inside the Nag Hammadi book

Inside the Nag Hammadi book

 

 After failed attempts to make my book with a board cover I reverted to leather and got on much better. Being a newish bookbinder, I do not have the tools or skills for some of the finer points of this bind. To make up for this I played to my streangths and used my papercrafting skills instead.

 

Detail of the boards lining the leather cover

Detail of the boards lining the leather cover

 

I used Cuttlebug embossing folder D’vine Swirls to create the texture on the inside of the covers and applied Perfect Pearls patina set for the colouring. I wanted to keep the tie closure to the book and to make it a neater finish I used a die cut from the Cuttlebug Harlequin  die for the front embelsihment, which I coloured with the same Patina set as the inside covers. This embellishment was attached with an eyelet which gave the ribbon tie a way of threading through the cover to the outside and be wrapped around the book to keep it closed.

 

Detail of handmade embellishments used on the cover of Nag Hammadi book

Detail of handmade embellishments used on the cover of Nag Hammadi book

 

Links

The Nag Hammadi library is a collection of early christian gnostic texts, found at the town of Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945.  Here is a link to the Nag Hammadi description over on Wikkapedia as they will do a much better job of explaining it all than me!

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag_Hammadi

The volumes of the collection have been bound in a special and interesting way of coptic binding.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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This weeks film will show you how to add a cover to your ATC holder, that I showed last week. As before I have show a plain one in the film to make it easier to see how the project is constructed but feel free to use your favorite papers to co-ordinate with the cards inside.

In case you missed last weeks film here is a link to the tutorial you will need to create the ATC holder that the cover is for.

I will do my best to answer any questions you may have, just leave me a comment here or on You Tube.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here is another in the bookbinding series of videos, this one as thet title suggests is on how to wax your thread for bookbinding. Do you like the ‘happy face’ I made with the spools of thread hehe.

 

I am planning more inking related films soon.

 

Best wishes and thanks for watching/reading.

 

Billie :)

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Great news those great people over on www.tvweekly.com are back from their holidays and now have started posting new video demonstrations.

There are two channels;

Scrapbook Lounge; for papercrafting tips and techniques. New shows every Friday

Plum and Verdigris; For jewelry making tips and techniques. New shows every Wednesday.

 

If you haven’t been before go check it out right now www.tvweekly.com

Join their mailing list and you can download the instructions to print out later. They will also email you when new episodes are posted.

 

Have fun

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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I have been playing with alcohol ink, I have had my ink for a couple of years but not really made friends with it. Until a couple of weeks ago. I read a tutorial describing using it over card painted with metalic paint and decided to give alcohol inks a try over Mirror board.

I used quite a thick mirror board and applied Denim and Stonewashed ink over silver mirror board using the aplicator tool and got this;

 

Stonewashed and Denim Alcohol ink over silver mirror board

Stonewashed and Denim Alcohol ink over silver mirror board

 

I used the blending solution over the ink to give it the marbled look. Make sure you work on a craft sheet to protect your table. Use the Blending solution to clean any excess ink of the sheet once you have finished.

 

Links

www.rangerink.com Ranger

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_alcoholink_adirondack.htm This will take you to the alcohol inks on the Ranger site

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_inkssentials_craftsheet.htm Craft Sheet

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_tools_adirondackapp.htm The ink applicator tool

 

I’ll show you the project I made, with the gold piece later in the week.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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I have to admit that last weeks posts were written and scheduled ahead of time as DH was doing mantenance on this machine so I had no use of it till the weekend. I have sooo much to catch up on. 

In the meantime a quick update, congratulations go to my good friends that have just had their first baby, a little boy called Luke. I will post pictures of their card and pressies as soon as they have recieved them.

 

I have discovered that Rangers Alcohol ink looks awesome over miri board and need to process the pictures before I can show you them.

 

I have gone nuts and bought a Big Bite Crop A Dile 2. Well I really don’t like orange and QVC had a good deal on a pink one. I’m not a fan of pink but I don’t hate pink AS much as I hate orange hehehe. A review will appear as soon as it has arrived and I’ve had a play. Colour was not the only reason for my choosing the Crop A Dile 2, the other was that because I have small hands and a weak grip, spanning the hand held Crop A Dile is difficult so I tend to balance the tool on the table till the handles are closer together. This isn’t stable, but the Big Bite two is intended to stand on the table so I won’t need to try to span the gap between the handles. It also means I can dedicate this large one to bookbinding and leave the hand tool for lighter weights of card.

 

I have taken delivery of the remaining dye based inks in the Ranger Adirondack range, looking great. Once I have had a play I’ll let you know all about them.

 

I realised I didn’t save the TRANSLATION link correctly the other day. If you want to have another try, the link now takes you to the Google translation site, copy and paste my (or any other) URL details into the site and it will translate it for you. Handy!! You can also copy blocks of text there and it will translate that too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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