Faux Book

As you know, I live on a permanent countdown to Christmas (259 days, if you’re interested!) however this week I am also counting down the days until my Hels Sheridan workshop. Just 3 more sleeps (eek!) and I’ll be packing up my tweezers, along with the some surprise treats for Mrs S, and catching the train to Harrogate, I can’t wait. In the meantime I have the first of my makes that I will be sharing over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is nature:


This is a little faux vintage book and I saw the technique over at Polly’s Paper Studioย where Ginny Nemchak has made a great video to show how it’s done. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to give it a try. I haven’t got it quite right this time, but I now know what to do next time! All the same I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.


The book isn’t designed to fold, but is intended to decorate other projects. Check out Ginny’s Graphic 45 audition piece to see how fabulous it can look. Now I’ve had a go I want to have a go at making a miniature version. I won’t explain how to make the actual book – check out the video for that, but I’ll tell you how I made the front pages.


I’ve used a piece of ivory card and coloured it with Antique Linen distress ink. The edges have been distress and then I’ve added a little Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I stamped a background with a dictionary page stamp – using the third impression so it is very feint.


I stamped the bees and butterflies using Walnut Stain and then stamped on the blots and splodges using Vintage Photo.



The words were printed on the computer using an old typewriter font. The finishing touch was to add the ribbon book mark and a little key.


Once I had photographed this I wondered, as I do, what this might be like if the stamped images, which if this were a real book would be illustrations, might be like in colour. So as I hadn’t made this for anything in particular I thought I’d find out so added some colour using watercolour pencils and a water brush.




Mmm – quite like this. One piece of advice, if you do decide to make a colourful version make sure you do the colouring before you assemble the finished piece!

Thanks for buzzing by.





Faux Book — 16 Comments

    • I think it’s such a good idea and I’m now obsessed with doing a tiny one! Will look forward to seeing yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I LOVE this , I have never seen anything like it before and I am blown away. Both the coloured and uncoloured version are perfection and I really like the idea of using it on another project at a later date.

    Dionne xx

    • Isn’t it a great idea. The hardest part was finding a book where the text was wide enough! Next time I will cut the base to fit the text I have xx

  2. WOW–this is totally, drop-dead gorgeous!! You did a fabulous job on this, and I LOVE your soft colors. I haven’t seen the tutorial, but I shall definitely go check it out. It looks as though it could be quite time-consuming with all those layers, but, as usual, you’ve inspired me. I hope you’re having a lovely day.

    • Thanks Roberta and trust me, when you have seen the video you will see it is actually very quick to do. My top tip is to make sure you have a book where the text is wide enough for the base you have cut – that was the bit that was hardest!!!

  3. Your books are breath taking. I don’t know what there is about that look (do they call it grunge?) but i love it, always have since first seen. You are so talented, love your work. How i”d love to meet you, watch you create.

    • Thank you. I’m not sure if it’s grunge or vintage so I settle for old!!! If I could make it over the pond I would happily meet up with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Absolutely GORGEOUS… love it, so natural and vintage looking. Excited to see you again at Art From the Heart… surprise treats? Oooh, intrigued!! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  5. Oh wow, this is stunning! I love it both ways but especially colored in, it looks so old! Lucky you, I did not realize you would be seeing Hels Sheridan this weekend, whoo hoo for you! Have fun! ~Diane

    • Thank you. It’s my second workshop but first time with the Melt Pot. I’ve had mine for about 9 months and it’s still in its package ๐Ÿ™‚

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