Sunday, 8 July 2018

Once upon a time...

...several years ago, before I really started card-making I dabbled a bit with altered art, my particular interest was altered books. I acquired an old board book that had recessed pages and started to create a book of fairy tale pages. I painted the outside with several coats of gold acrylic and used a stamp to emboss swirls into the paint and  hand lettered the title...
...then, grandchildren, family commitments etc got in the way and I forgot about it. When I saw the theme for this month's challenge at Aurora Wings it immediately sprang to mind and I dug it out again. I used some stamps and embossing powder to further decorate the outside.
After sanding and coating with gesso the inside looked like this....

I used distress inks and stencils to colour the background, stamping and heat embossing the roses around the frame .
I chose a beautiful AW image, Peace Rose, which I printed twice, flipping the image for the second copy. Colouring medium for this is copics. These were fussy cut and added to the page .

To create the title page I distressed a piece of white cardstock,  hand lettered the words and used the stamp and embossing powders again. 
So here it is, the first page in my 'new' book, illustrating the lovely fairy story about the two sisters, Snow White and Rose Red.

Thanks for visiting, hope you are enjoying what remains of the weekend
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  1. Beautiful, don't you just love re-discovering something and starting again,can't wait to see the rest ..xx

  2. WOW Chris, top recreation of something old to something new, and a great 'fairy tale' to go with it. AMAZING image coloured and I must state you colour MItzi's images to sheer beauty, really love your colouring skills. Great transformation Chris...hugs.xx

  3. Oh wow, I absolutely love it, Chris!! The images are so stunning and colored perfectly!! What a fun project!! I can't wait to see more!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Fantastic, gorgeous images and a lovely background and what is more it is totally out of my comfort zone and I applaud you for all the hard work and the finishing this gorgeous project.

    Kath x

  5. What a great project, it deserves to be completed. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it next. xx

  6. Oh Chris, this is AMAZING! What a fabulous book and lovely choice of Fairy Tale. Peace Rose is so perfect for the story and your coloring is gorgeous on both of these beauties. Gorgeous treatment of the backgrounds as well. Thanks so much for joining our "Once Upon a Time" challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  7. Hi Chris,
    what a very stunning piece of work.
    Such a very clever idea and so beautifully created.
    As always your work looks excellent.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  8. Beautiful creation, love the image and design! Thank you for sharing with us over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Sherry x

  9. WOW Chris! This is amazing! How satisfying to finish that project you started all that while ago. I love what you did with it it's fabulous and oh my goodness your hand lettering, stunning! Awesome creation hun. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  10. Sorry I am late. Really beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Sherry x

  11. I'm thrilled to read that our challenge theme had gotten you going again with this old project, and what a fantastic project it is, Chris!! I LOVE your interpretation of our theme with the 'Snow White and Rose Red'. Great use of the image, and what a gorgeous coloring!! I love everything about this. Thank you for joining us at Aurora Wings! Mitzi xx

  12. wooow amazing .. it reminds me of the movie I've watch loooong time ago.. about 2 sisters.. red rose and white rose.. loveeee this project.. Thank you so much for joining our 68th challenge at Aurora Wings challenge blog.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.. and Good Luck *wink* ..

    xx ~RoRa