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CRAFT | DIY Halloween Book Cover

Tuesday, October 2

Over the next week or so...
I'll be sharing bits and pieces of Halloween-inspired crafts and diy decor...
taken from a festive food table I'll be posting.

Today's peek involves creating customized book covers for simple decorative accents.
This easy craft will allow you to add ghoulishly adorable decor to a variety of areas in your home.
(fireplace mantle, bookshelf, front entryway, kitchen island, etc.)

"Bewitching" DIY Book Covers

BOOK and FONT Selection
Select a book to use with a nice, wide spine. Cover your book with a paper bag. 
If you don't already know how to do this...
here's a paper bag book cover tutorial for you to follow.

We are focusing on the book spine for this project.
You'll be creating a customized "Book Title" using your computer and home printer.
Open your favorite software program to create your book title. Select a font you like. 
I used Blackmoor beacuse it's BOLD, easy to read and has on old vintage vibe to it.
Do an approximate measure of the book spine to determine how big you'll need the title to be.
Create the title and print onto regular printing paper.

Cut out your creative printed book title and tape to the spine of your book.
Using a pencil or other object, trace the outline of each letter.
Be sure to press hard enough to make an impression on the brown paper bag underneath.
 Don't press too hard in order to avoid tearing the paper.

Remove the "stencil" you printed and "embossed" into your book spine.
Impressions of the lettering should be visible.
Using a black Sharpie, trace the outlines of the lettering.
 Trace lightly to allow for the ink to bleed a little.

Complete the book title by filling in the lettering completely using a black Sharpie.
Clean up any lines or areas that need more definition by tracing back over with your marker.

Simple enough, right?

Other creative titles to try out:
"Spellbound", "Potions & Powders", "Book of Spells"
If you try this out...
I'd love for you to send your results to:
(or share them on my FB Fan Page).

For those of you lucky crafters with a Silhouette Cameo...
Creating custom book titles would be even easier using that fine piece of machinery! *wink*

1 comment:

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Oct. 02, 2012. Thanks again.

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