When I saw that Nancy’s theme this week at Gothic Arches was to be “Risque”, I remembered the Faux Postage Nudes sheet I had from Ten Two Studios and thought they’d make a cute little Gothic Arches booklet. It did prove a bit tricky as I am full of a cold virus at the moment. It just meant that I had to work quickly, before I lost my train of thought!!
A lot of stitching and very little glue… The rose bud broke off so I threaded a tiny vintage button onto the stitched stem, gluing the bud to that – problem solved! Those are metal washers on the leaves at the bottom, recycled from a card that was just too naff to survive!
The inner pages are recycled pages from an old book and I’ve outlined words to add interest.
The small stitched block in the centre holds the pages together – look Mum, no glue!!
A stitched piece wouldn’t really be mine without some “frays” on it, would it? This is the inside back cover, so a bit of planning required to line things up before stitching. Also, note how the charm is attached with a brad poked through from the back? Here’s why:
The tiny metal tab I have used to close the booklet was a RAK from a very good friend who collects “junk bits” she comes across and sends to me when she has a bag full! The heart brad is left over from 2 Christmases ago!
Do you see my 2 heroes – Harry & Giles? I had stamped these two characters (from Ria’s Home Impressions Victorian Plate) onto scrap book text simply because there was still a fair amount of ink on the rubber… I just knew these two boys would get into some project with ladies in it! 😉
Tips: I cut out the card shape first, on the fold plus a tab for the flap closure. Then I cut the arched book pages, leaving tabs for stitching in the middle. I created my pages before stitching them to the covers. Use minimal glue and avoid edges you’re going to stitch…