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Thursday 7 June 2018

Book covers at stamps and stencils - and a milestone birthday!

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are good! I am 50 today! Wow! I can't believe did I get to this age???? Lucky I guess!

We have a new challenge starting over at stamps and stencils and the theme is all about altering book covers... its Lula's Theme: Do judge a book by it's cover!  Here's what she has to say about it....

Reading books has been my favourite activity ever since I was a child. I am also addicted to altering ordinary items surrounding us. For this challenge  I'd like you to alter any book cover. Creating altered cover is something anyone can do because your only limitation is your own imagination.  You can use any type of books from children's books or user manuals to art journals. Don't forget to use stamping or stenciling and join us in the fun!

I decided to just take a paperback off my shelf and set about altering it...

I used an indigoblu stencil and opaque stencil paste first of all, directly onto the cover....

Next I added some mint green paint from indigo blu.

Once dry I added some paint and some gilding wax on the raised areas...

Next I added some pixie powders with water to the surface which intially also gave a crackled and distressed look ..... 

Then I added some stamping using stamps from Hobby Art....  

Finally I used glue and seal to add some stamped and fussy cut images - the glue and seal reacted a little with the underneath and some of it lifted off. Lesson learned ...i actually quite like the effect but i have to admit it wasn't what I intended!!!!

I do hope you can join us!

Big hugs

Rachel xx


  1. Wonderful way to transform a book cover. Happy 50th see you soon xx

  2. Happy Birthday Rachel, I hope you have a lovely day.
    What a transformation - you have created a beautiful book cover.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  3. Happy Birthday Rachel, I hope you have had a wonderful birthday. I love this cover and gorgeous detail.
    Linda xxxx

  4. Happy birthday Rachel and great transformation on the book cover love the Dragonflies
    Carol x

  5. Hi Rachel, and a very Happy Birthday to your too. I hope you are having a fabulous day, I too wonder how I got to be this age, It's my birthday next week and I'm way ahead of you.
    Your altered cover is beautiful, I love the butterflies and colours, oh, and Alistair saw your large cup and saucer on the CB show and loved it, he thinks you're amazing with all your wonderful ceramics, me too, Kate x

  6. Happy belated birthday Rachel ! I had the same thought when I reached this milestone too :-) Your book cover is beautiful, love the dragonfly ! Sue C x

  7. Apologies for my lateness, have been away - again!! So glad to see on FB that you had a lovely birthday.

    What a clever thing to do, this would be a lovely idea to use as a gift, it is so much nicer than a 'normal' book cover! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Love all the layers of stenciling your added to this beautiful alteration. The dragonfly is a fabulous addition.


Thankyou so much for leaving a comment - it really does mean a lot to me! Hugs Rachel xx