I have been so looking forward to sharing this project with you guys! Months back, I ran across a spooky book tutorial on Pinterest. The project originated from the Dave Lowe Design blog. His Making Creepy Books post showed how with a hard cover book, some cardboard scraps, and a little Mod Podged paper towel, you can get what looks like a leathery antique.
I was excited to give the project a try the minute I saw it and happened to have an old book on hand:
In addition to the old book, I also had some old cardboard. The thin sheet was once the back of a notebook.
As in the tutorial, I began by choosing some shapes to make into 3D elements. After drawing those out, I cut the shapes from the cardboard.
I painted over the paper towel with a mixture of black and metallic craft paint until I had a leathery look going. The bright metallic touches were added with gold craft paint and a bronze Sharpie.
If you guys have made any spooky books or plan to, I'd love to see the results!