Well, the calendar may say it is Fall. But it is already 91*. I am so ready for some cooler weather and hopefully the end to our terrible drought. We need rain so badly. The whole state of California is either turning brown or catching on fire. Heard on the news that our over 2,000 year old Sequoia trees are in danger of dying if rain doesn't arrive soon and bring a good snow pack this year.
But back to crafting. This is my Halloween "Book of Spells."
I used a very large old dictionary. First I took a hammer to the edges and corners to give it an aged appearance. I used Tim Hotlz Black Distress Ink on the edge of the pages. Next I printed out the words Book of Spells in a font that I thought looked old and spooky. I tore around the edges and glued that to the front of the book, traced over the lettering with hot glue from my fine tip glue gun.
Next I tore a sheet of white card stock, glued it around the words, ruffling and curling the edges to make it look like the book cover was peeling to reveal the spell book title. Probably would have been easier to use black but that is all I had at the time. Along the bottom I hot glued on a piece of lace. Next I painted the entire book flat black using an acrylic paint . The mirrored wand is just and vintage spoon I flattened and glued a small beveled edge mirror to. Then aged the mirror with alcohol inks. I cut a spider web with a Martha Stewart punch by the spoon and around the dragon's eye. For the dragon's eye I made a little paper window and glued an image of a dragon's eye that I printed off Google Images under the window. Then used Glossy Accents to make the eye shiny. On the front and back edges I glued an old leather watch band that you unbuckle to open the book. And covered the end of the band on the front with a tiny vintage doily and canvas button. When everything was dry I used my finger to highlight all the raised areas with Antique gold Rub and Buff.
Have this sitting on my coffee among the faux fall foliage. Makes a neat conversation piece.
Spine of Book
Hope you are having fun getting ready for Fall.