This mini accordion book measures 5 1/4“ x 7 1/4“.
To make the mini book base: Taking the grey board, cut this twice at 5 1/4“ x 7 1/4“. Taking the white card stock, cut this four times at 5 1/4“ x 7 1/4“. Adhere in a sandwich using the double sided tape and clear drying adhesive, the white card stock, the grey board then the white card stock again. Do this twice so you have a front and a back cover. For the accordion pages: using the white card stock, cut the five pages 6 3/4“ x 5 1/2“ and one at 6 3/4“ x 4 3/4“ Make a fold along the 5 1/2“ length at 4 3/4“. Adhere the pages together using double sided tape and clear drying adhesive to make an accordion, the last page does not have the fold. Adhere to the front and back covers. Adhere the ribbon to the back of the book with the double sided tape.
Find the design paper sheet 11B as this will be used for all the pages of the book. For the front and back cover die cut a shape using the outer die from the Flourish Companion Frame die set. Cut two, one for the front and the other for the back. Die cut also the smaller outer frame in the same set, once. From the white card stock die cut the fancy thin frame using the inner die from both sizes, the larger and the smaller. Cut also an extra smaller sized outer frame.
Adhere the larger outer frames to the front and back of the book cover. Adhere the white card stock thin frame to the front cover. Adhere the design paper small frame to the white card stock frame then adhere the thin inner frame to this. Use double sided foam dots to this, apply a little clear drying glue to the foam dots then adhere to the front cover. Apply randomly a little Chinese red ink to the white thin frames.
Each of the book pages has a matting from the design paper sheet 11B cut at 4 1/4“ x 6 1/4“ . Adhere this with the double sided tape. The book is ready to decorate. All is die cut with the white card stock and coloured with the harmony water inks and the water spritzer. All is adhered to the book using the clear drying adhesive unless stated.
Page 1- Using the Classic Butterfly Companion die, die cut the image. Using the fussy cutting scissors, cut away the card stock below and above the butterfly. Use the Tonic Yellow and the Topaz Green inks a seen in the project photo. Adhere in place, leaving the fold out butterfly free.
Page 2- Using the Classic Companion Border die, die cut the image. Apply adhesive to the three straight edges to form a pocket, adhere to the edge of each page where the matting begins.
Page 3- Using the Classic Butterfly Companion die, die cut the image. Bring colour to the die cut using the Chinese Red, Topaz Green and the Lemon Tonic water inks. Use the water spritz to blend the inks. Adhere in place, leaving the fold out butterfly free.
Page 4- Using the Filigree Companion Frame die, die cut the outer frame once and the thin matching frame twice. Cut also two corner pieces. Cut in half the outer frame and colour the edges with the Lemon Tonic ink, using the sepia ink and the Rectangular Floral Frame stamp, stamp without a stamping block or stamping tool at the straight edge. (this is so the stamping will not be clear and softer at the edges.) Use a cloth to wipe away excess ink. Do the same on both sides. Adhere the thin frame to this and cut to fit. Colour one of the thin frames with the Topaz ink, Adhere to the page by using the Lemon Tonic. Color the die cut corners with the Topaz Green and the Lemon Tonic inks, adhere to the book at the fold line but leaving the fold parts free for the cards to slip into.
Page 5- Using the Classic Companion Border die, die cut this with out using the insert part of the die. Make a fold along the long straight edge of the card stock about 1/2“ Ink all the edges with the Lemon Tonic ink and spray with the water spritzer. Adhere at the book fold using double sided tape and adhesive. Using the sepia ink and the stamp from the Curvy Floral Frame cling set (use only the part that has two flowers.) Stamp three images on the page flaps. Make the 3D flowers by stamping onto a sheet of white card stock, colouring with Pink Tulip and Lemon Tonic inks, die cutting and shaping. (these flowers can be made at the same time as the flowers are made for the front cover.) Adhere to the page using the hot glue gun.
The card inserts are cut from the white card stock stamped with the sepia ink with out a stamping block or stamping tool so the image will be softer and random. Wipe excess unwanted ink away from the stamp by using a cloth before applying the inked stamp to the card. Each card is stamped differently and using parts of all the Floral Frame stamps. Apply different inks to the images using the daubers and water spritzing to blend the colours. Adding extra water spritz to get the ink to run. Leave to dry naturally and when still a little damp, put some weight on them with a few books to enable them to dry flat.
To make the flowers: Make the flowers by taking the white card stock and sepia ink to stamp the flower petals from the collection stamp sets. From the Rectangular Floral Frame set, the stamen stamp is used (x4, coloured with Chinese Red inks The corn flower shape (x21, coloured with the Chinese Red and the Tropical Green inks) The large flower (x8, coloured with the Pink Tulip and the Lemon Tonic inks) the leaves (x5 and coloured with the Tonic Green ink) Fom the Curvy Floral Frame set, the flowers (x4 Large size coloured with the Chinese Red ink and x4 Large size coloured with the Lemon Tonic and Chinese Red inks ) . The leaves (x 5, coloured with the Topaz ink).
The stamens used for the flower centres are pastel yellow/orange stamens and the pale yellow Pastel Bead. The stamens are adhered with the hot glue gun once the flowers are shaped with the shaping tools. When all the flowers and leaves are made, arrange and adhere in place on the front cover and to page 5 if not already done.
Add gesso to the flower tips and book pages by adding it with you finger tips so you can blend the gesso as you go. Add a little at a time, when the gesso is dry add more if you want it to be more muted. Remember, For this time, less is more.
- It is easier to clean any gesso accidents as soon as you can as when it is dry it is much harder to clean up.
- If extra flowers and leaves are made they will always be used. To have to start all over again to make flowers because there is one or two that are needed is not much fun. If there are left overs, they can always be used in other projects.
Other Products: Spectrum Noir Harmony inks: Topaz Green, Pink Tulip, Chinese Red, Lemon Tonic. Other: Double side tape, Hot glue gun, Fussy cutting scissors, Misti stamping tool, Paper trimmer, grey board, Pale gold organza ribbon, Gesso, Water spritzer, Cloth (old T-shirt)
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