Thursday, 15 July 2010

Mo's Dream Team Project of the Month Blog Hop!

Yes, dear Crafty Bloglanders - it's time for another fantastic blog hop and this month our projects are inspired by Fairy Tales.  If you've arrived here from Liza's blog, you're on the right track.  If not, why not hop over to Elaine's blog and start from the beginning, 'cos' you won't want to miss out on all that wonderfulness!

So, once I'd recovered my mojo from under the sofa, where it appears to have been hiding for a few days, I had a good old think about this one. Mo has some wonderful fairy tale images in her store, so it was just a case of which one to use and how.  Now those of you who are regulars here might remember that I was once a bookbinder and fairy tales come in books so ...

Image: Mo's Digital Pencil, 'Grim Red'

Paper:  Hand-printed paper, bought some time ago at a bookbinding conference.

Tools:  Gold tooling stylus and gold foil.

This image is a perfect image for a book of Brothers Grimm fairy tales so I decided to make a slip cover for just such a thing.  This isn't a bound cover, just the sort of protective paper cover you find on hardbacked books, so it was easy to make. 

Because of my time as a binder, I'm lucky to still have some beautiful hand-printed papers and this one had just the old-fashioned feel I wanted.  I measured the book top to toe and then cut a strip of paper to that height, making sure it was long enough to wrap around the book and tuck into the front and back covers.  It's that easy!

I coloured the image up with my Copics - I had thought that maybe my Prismacolours would be a better bet but I wasn't sure I'd get the strength of colour I needed.  So Copics it was and, actually, it has come out better than I had hoped.  I was worried how to cover the immediate background (the bit behind LRRH) without the whole image becoming too heavy so I used random dots of various greens to cover the area, with the odd dot of red and white to suggest flowers.

I bought my gold tooling stylus many years ago, at a large craft fair at the NEC, if I remember rightly.  It's useful for addiing a touch of gold foil to all sorts of surfaces and, of course, when I was binding, it was very useful for tooling titles and designs on books.  So I brought it out of retirement and added the title 'Grimm Tales' to the cover.  ('Grimm' is spelled with two 'm's as it is 'Brothers Grimm' - I haven't forgotten how to spell, honest!)
It was really difficult to catch the light properly on the title, particiularly as I'm not the world's best photographer (as you may have noticed!).  (Note to self: must do better!)  You may see it better on this photograph, though.  I chose an old-fashioned font for the title, in keeping with the paper and the image, I hope.

So, that's my project today - a fairy tale dust cover. Now you need to hop off to Cheryl's blog, where I know you'll find something scrumptious to feast your eyes on. 

In case you get lost along the way, here's the full hop list:

Elaine Hughes
Rosette Camilleri
Lori Boyd
Jak Heath

Liza Carruthers
Peri (that's me!)
Cheryl Rowley
Debbie Pamment
Mina Hartley 
Michele Seward

Happy hopping!


  1. Woweee Peri.. amazingly good idea!! Lovely.. I am sure this is much loved in your homw. Colouring mark : 10 out of 10!!!! :))

  2. Fantastic! I absolutely love this, Peri!!!

    I have this image half coloured up in my folder - I should probably get it finished!!! LOL.

  3. WOW Peri - you never cease to amaze me with your diverse talent - this is FABULOUS!

  4. stunning, love the book work, very appealing.

  5. Peri, this is a real wow project! The gorgeous paper is perfect for the depth of your coloring on Mo's image! Gorgeous "dust jacket" for your book!

  6. Wow Peri! This is stunning work. It is a great idea and your colouring is gorgeous.

    Liza x

  7. Peri, thata is some special preoject. Great cover for book.

  8. hi peri

    this is wow, beautiful image and card.

    greetings karin

  9. Fantastic job and what a great idea to make your own custom slip cover!
    Jenni x

  10. What a fantastic card! Love the origanality!
    SOmething to be proud of for sure!

  11. what a clever idea and it looks so much like a real book cover. beautiful

  12. Peri -- this is absolutely AMAZING!!! I loved drawing this image and knew it was one that was sort of "challenging" to tackle -- also a little dark for most card-crafters I think, so I haven't seen it used much. It thrills me to see it used to it's potential. Absolutely PERFECT project idea too -- LOVE this! xoxoMo

  13. Absolutely beautiful, and your colouring fits in perfectly.

  14. A slip cover! What a wonderful idea. This would make a wonderful story journal. I love the image and you colored it just perfect!

  15. what a fantastic idea Peri and so beautifully made...what a brilliant gift this would make its to amazing
    Mina xxx

  16. Wow and Wow this is amazing the image is so striking!

  17. WOW!! Your coloring is just perfect it was done beautifully!! A real stunner!!!!!!

  18. Wow it so simple and yes, it looks like it came off the cover of the book. Your talent is amazing.Ty for sharing.

  19. Fantastic work. luv gina xx

  20. Wow, what a amazing card!
    Greetings Anneke

  21. What a wonderful idea!
    And your colouring of this much detailed image is so great!!!
    Greetings, Anja

  22. Stunning work on the book cover!!! Fantastic colouring, perfect paper and of course your gold lettering tops it off with perfection!
    Hugs, Candy

  23. Great project!
    Really well done.

    Have a good day,


  24. gorgeous gorgeous love the grimms fairy tales i read those to my kidds

  25. Truly scrumptious! Even before I saw it was a book, I thought it looked like one!

  26. Wowwwwwwww! That is unique! Love the use of the hot foil gun too - I bought one of those from the guy at the shows too - and haven't used it properly yet! You've just inspired me... x

  27. Love the idea of a dust cover for a book!!! Now that's something I would really like to try!
    Although I have NO idea how adding that title exactly works, even after you said what you used :(
    Your colouring is amazing - as always!!


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