Well, it's week two of my month as Guest Designer for Tando Creative! This challenge got me trying to recall origami, that my dad taught me! I saw the Hexagonal Laminate and Board pack, and knew I wanted to use it, but not as a mini book. Most people would use photos of their family, but a) my family doesn't do photos, and b) they aren't very photogenic (!), and c) would I want to carry around a bunch of photos of those reprobates anyway! However, I do like a drink (or two), so...
Starting with the board pack. I wanted to create a hinged cover, so painting it wouldn't work. I drew out a pattern in rough paper to check it would work, then when I was happy, I used the pattern to cut out some fancy paper for the outside cover. I glued the board hexagons inside, and waited for the glue to dry.
When it was dry, I swooshed a little acrylic paint in the centre of the outside back and front, so I would be able to create a halo effect. I supplemented this with some nice dark ink around the edges.
This time I remembered to use my anti-static bag! I stamped and heat embossed the front. I used my crop-o-dile to attach the fasteners and trap the ribbons, so I would be able to tie it shut. I taped over the back rough edges of the eyelet, and then glued down the inside covers - slightly smaller than the boards, and used red line tape to create a small gusset - just enough give to take some inserts. I added the Wicked Witch on the inside...
So the cold laminating pouches. If not photos going inside, then what? I used some more paper from the set which had conveniently sized playing cards! Perfect! But boring... so I cut rectangles from double side glue sheets, and covered one side in gilding flakes. I placed the 'playing card' on the other side, and dived into the gilding flakes again, so that both sides were completely covered. This became my insert for the laminating pouch. I used a brayer to make sure of no air bubbles. Did this for each of the pouches, using a different image, which do sort of represent my family - ish. Not sure how my nephews will take being likened to the Flying Monkeys!!
I gilded one more 'playing card' for the back cover, and hey presto, a holder for 6 matching coasters, themed for The Wizard of Oz!
Hope you like!
Substrate: Tando Creative Board/Laminate Mini Book
Graphic 45: The Magic of Oz papers, 6x6 and 12x12
Paint and Ink
Paper Artsy: Nougat
Distress Ink: Evergreen Bough
Versafine: Satin Red
Hampton Art (Graphic 45): The Magic of Oz (2) IC0121
Bling and other stuff
WRMK: Designer Eyelets and snaps: Family
Stix2 - Magic Sheets
IndigoBlu Mega flake: Gin and Tonic, Lancashire Rose, Royal Peacock
Crafty Notions gilding flakes: Copper Thunder
Gold ribbon from stash
Stampendous embossing powder: Detail clear
Funstamps: Holographic embossing powder