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Halloween Themed Books September 9, 2012

I think I have a ‘craft crush’ on Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic™! It adds dimension to a craft project, dries clear and I found out that glitter really adheres to it (I used it on the spider book). Check it out at: www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge-dimensional-magic

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You will need:

  • Discarded hardcover books (check resale shops, Goodwill®/Salvation Army®, garage sales, your local library may have a book sale area, check your book shelves at home)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Toothbrush
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • White Painters Pen (Elmer’s® makes a nice one)
  • Black glitter
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (of course)
  • Red scrapbooking embellishment (I had these little triangle-shaped acrylic pieces): stickers, rhinestones
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Wrapping paper or scrapbook paper
  • Regular Mod Podge
  • Letter stickers (I used white, glittery scrapbooking stickers)
  • Wax paper
  • File folder
  • Straight edge (metal ruler)
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors

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Here’s the directions for the spider book:

  1. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint books black. I did 2 coats. Be sure to paint the sides of the cover and the areas that carry over onto the inside of the book. Allow to fully dry.
  2. To add a weathered look to the outside pages: Slightly dip the toothbrush into black paint. Hold the toothbrush up to the pages and run your thumb across the toothbrush’s bristles, so the paint splatters against the sides of the pages. Also run the toothbrush across the corners, darkening them up a bit. This makes the book look like it’s been used a lot.
  3. I had a scrapbooking spider cut-out that I traced onto the book (in pencil) and then with a ruler I free-handed the spider web. You can also research the internet for images. Print off the image to the appropriate size, color the backside of the image with pencil, turn paper over and place the paper image onto the book. Trace over entire image, be sure not to move the paper. Lift up the paper, when done, and you will be able to see a light pencil marking of the image.
  4. With the white Painters Pen, I drew the web (be sure to NOT draw over the areas where the spider will go).
  5. Here’s the fun part. Fill in the spider with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Try using it on a scrap piece of paper first (just a few strokes) then you can get a feel for how it will come out of the tube. Sprinkle glitter over the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Let it set for about 5 minutes, gently tap off the excess glitter onto the file folder. Fold file folder and pour remaining glitter back into container. Allow to fully dry. Note: When working with the glitter, it MAY be best to allow Dimensional Magic to dry for the allotted 3 hours before tapping off excess glitter. The image may move or slide. I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.
  6. Now, with my embellishments (triangle-shaped acrylic pieces) I had to paint the backs of them white due to the fact that when I laid them onto the spider, they practically disappeared. When you choose your embellishment, make sure it has either a silver or white backing so it will show up when it’s placed on your piece. Attach embellishment with E-6000 adhesive.
  7. Don’t forget to decorate the spine of the book by adding a spooky title.

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Directions for the green and black book:

  1. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint books black. I did 2 coats. Be sure to paint the sides of the cover and the areas that carry over onto the inside of the book. Allow to fully dry.
  2. To add a weathered look to the outside pages: Slightly dip the toothbrush into black paint. Hold the toothbrush up to the pages and run your thumb across the toothbrush’s bristles, so the paint splatters against the sides of the pages. Also run the toothbrush across the corners, darkening them up a bit.
  3. Trim out your paper to be a bit bigger than your book (you’ll need the excess to wrap around the book).
  4. Apply regular Mod Podge to the areas that the paper will cover. Adhere paper to Mod Podge, wrapping it around the cover and onto the inside cover. Gently smooth out bubbles.
  5. On the inside covers, trim paper (using a straight edge and a ruler). I trimmed mine at 1/2″, just make sure you allow enough paper to wrap around the sides and onto the inside of the cover. Snip the corners, fold over and adhere with Mod Podge.
  6. Add a bewitching title to the spine with scrapbooking letters.

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Enjoy your ‘spooktacular creations’.

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2 Responses to “Halloween Themed Books”

  1. here2havefun Says:

    Great looking spider book. My daughter actually has a pet black widow! YIKES!!!

    • craftredo Says:

      YIKES, is right!!! I am very frightened of spiders. I had a hard time working on the spider book. My boys enjoyed watching me squirm while I was working on the project.


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