Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nicecrane Designs Sponsor Spotlight

Hello dear crafters, Ana here and I am so pleased to bring you the first Sponsor Spotlight of 2015!

This month we are sponsored by wonderful Nicecrane Designs
They have a huge assortment of gorgeous digital images and I really had a hard 
time choosing a favourite one to use...

Well, finally I decided on this gorgeous steampunk collection...

Isn’t this collection just beautiful?...Who doesn’t love gears, watches and balloons?! Here is what I came up with...a little, old looking book full of gears...

If you like it and if you would like to try something similar, here are the steps through the process:

First I printed Nicecrane Designs images in two sizes. 
I like the barometer image and for me almost look like a clock so I decided that I will use it that way. 
I took the bigger image and cut the centre out, then I put it on old book and trace around it, so I knew where to cut. 
I cut the book and applied E6000 glue on one side. Because I wanted the pages to be stuck together well, I used clamps and left everything overnight to dry. 

Then I started making covers...
I like recycling so I used some old chocolate box and cut 3 pieces, slightly bigger than my pages were. 
I put it together, left the space between (thicknesses of the cardboard), then attached with masking tape. 
I attached the crushed tissue paper with Mod Podge and let dry.
 Then I used dark brown, black and a little bit of gold acrylic paint and paint the covers. When the paint was dry I used gold embossing powder on the edges and also with stamp on the back side. 
If you will try to make something similar, don’t worry if your tissue paper will lift up during heating the embossing powder, you can use Mod Podge and seal the covers again. 

I took bottle cap and place it in my Big Shot (sandwich with one tab and two acrylic plates), so the edges turned outside. 
My bottle cap had a plastic fill inside, which I melted with heating gun and then remove. 
I also used black alcohol ink and sand paper, so I reached old, used look. 
I took two filigrees and cut them on half, then attached them to bottom of bottle cap. 
I used the centre of smaller barometer image and glued it to the bottle cap, and then everything attached to the front cover.
 I applied the Glossy Accents on the image and left to dry.

My book pages were already glued, so I measured and cut the circles on the pages, then burn the edges. 
I left few whole pages and there I glued beautiful clock machine image, also purchased at Nicecrane Designs
I used some old gears and distressed them with alcohol inks, then glued the randomly on the circle edges. 
On the first page I glued my focal image – barometer.
 Once again I applied E6000 glue on side of the pages and attached them to the covers....left to dry and taaa daaa...the book was finished.... you like it? 

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  1. Oh my! Fabulous cover , even more fabulous insides, assembled like magic! that the pages have distressed edges that I want to run my fingers through.....Stunning Ana! Ruth x

  2. Wow, Ana this is really fantastic!!! Love the depth effect (3D), great idea in this old book. It's a little masterpiece of steampunk, many thanks for this beautiful inspiration!! Hugs, Kerstin

  3. OMG....this is so stuuuuunniiiiing Ana. You are really an Artist. :)

  4. This is incredible Ana! Your cover is gorgeous and what a genius idea to cut the small filigree into parts so you can make a bigger one! Love the inside with the hole and all the gears, amazing!! Spectacular project!! hugs :)

  5. Fantastic! I love this old book, and the inside is amazing!

  6. OMG Ana - This is just tooooooooooo incredibly gorgeous - absolutely loved it every bit of it! Love how you look through the hole and see all the clockworky gears. So brilliant. I cant stop drooling over this. My favourite like of the year so far!

  7. This little book is totally amazing Ana! I adore books made this way. The way you place the gears and such to the inside Brilliant! I love Nicecrane Designs and will be getting some for myself. Great project! xxx

  8. WOW! Love your textures on the cover and your clever use of embellishments! And your use of the book as a niche - beautiful and very inspiring!

    xx Lynn

  9. I LOVE it, Ana!

    Your magical selfmade books never fail to amaze me! Brilliant use of the Nicecrane images! And look at that aged impression you have created! Wow!

    Claudia x

  10. Ana- what a fabulous creation! I love the indented/cutout section- so very clever! Wonderfully put together!

  11. What a magnificent creation, Ana - wonderful use of the Nicecrane images to inspire this fabulous "ancient" volume.
    Alison xx

  12. Amazing creation, Ana!! This is a book to keep for All Time!! XOXO-Shari

  13. Amazing cover for your book. Thank you for showing how you made it

    Love Chrissie

  14. Oh wow Ana, such a stunning creation, beautifully designed and such very clever use of those Nicecrane images, what a fabulous make, it looks fantastic!!

  15. Love the Steampunk images and love what you have done with those images! Your piece is a treasure, with another treasure inside. How very crafty indeed. Awesome work Ana!

  16. Ana this is totally stunning and I love your tutorial!! The colours and texture are beautiful and the way you've used the Nicecrane designs is wonderful!

  17. This is amazing! The layered gears inside are so cool. I wish I could see this in person.

  18. Absolutely a delicious towatch , Laura,,,,,love it, love it, love it, love it,,,,,I´ll design some new Steampunk sheets,,,,,,love your creativity my friend,,,,,,,you are Rock,


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