Friday, May 7, 2010

Asian Book of Tags

Does this look like an old time photo? Original image is a color copy. It was altered and applied onto a purchased Book. This leather book was purchased from a local discount retailer.........there are many such books and this one was $2.95 so I couldn't pass it up to alter. Size of book is: 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" x 1-1/2". This project is quite quick to complete and brings back the times my Mom had in China.

The front image is painted with gold shimmer paint, edges are torn and sponged in gold.

Altered spine with coins and newspaper:

Inside left side:


There are 5 tags inside:

Naked cover:

Naked inside:

Naked spine:

Here's what is used to embellish the book: The butterflies and Mother/Child images were completed from an earlier class I took.

To age the newspaper, ink up the edges with Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, and More Mustard ink.

Vanilla tags are 2-1/4" x 3-3/8". Stamp with Asian newspaper image using Black ink. Use Sponging daubers with Close to Cocoa ink around the tags and stamped tags.

Add on some Really Rust and More Mustard color inks to achieve that "aged look"

This is how the tags look after all that "daubbing":

SU Supplies used:
  • Stamps: none
  • CS: Kraft, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Black, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, More Mustard
  • Accys: SU Exclusive Two Tags Big Shot die, 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch, Sponging Daubers, Linen Thread, 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Elastic (retired)

Thanks for stopping by today........HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!


sandi maciver said...

what a beautiful project, I love it. I have a soft spot for asian influenced art too.

Whimcees said...


This is lovely! Your projects are always so detailed and made with care! Beautiful image.

Wishing you a creative weekend!

Barbara Diane

DeeDee said...

Oh I love them..I wuld have never thought to use another language...these are lovely..

Elaine said...

WOW Such detail and what a fabulous project!

kilroy said...

This project is a work of art!

Whitney Richardson said...


You are the Asian Paper Crafting queen! ever time I see something of that nature i think BOY, what Patti could do with this! This is aswesome.

Carolina said...

Just Wow!!! ADORABLE in every way...looks like a lot of work, but boy was it worth it! TFS!!!