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All Things Altered Fall/ Halloween Hop- THE CHEMIST

Welcome to the All Things Altered Blog Hop.  If you are just arriving you may want to start HERE at the beginning.  You don't want to miss a creepy thing.  If you are hopping already you should be crawling in from Jessica's blog.  I have a great book I made with a full tutorial.  So take a moment and learn how I made The Chemist!

Just to let you know, this is a LONG photo tutorial on how to make this Book.  Feel free to come back and take more time.  If you are new and don't want to lose me the "Follow" button is on the right.

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You'll need to cut up Chipboard;

Bottom 6"x 5 1/4"
Sides,  2 @ 6"x 1 1/2" & 2 @ 5 1/4"x 1 1/2"
Top (Postage Stamp Frame Die) cut @ 6 1/8"x 5 3/8" (center on frame die and cut)
Book Cover(top and bottom), 6 1/2"x 5 3/4" (cut 2 times)
For a total of 8 chipboard pieces forming the book.  Cut designer paper to match.

I used Tim Holtz Laboritorie Paper Stash.  Using up my scraps.  Simply glue designer paper to chipboard pieces.

To make the paper old and weathered I added some Distress Inks, Vintage Photo and Black Soot.

Ink up all your pieces before gluing.

I used 1/4" Sookwang Tape.  Tape each piece with half the tape overhanging so when you get them into position you can wrap the tape connecting the pieces.  Be sure to do a couple up the sides too.

Once it's all taped it should look like this and now you've formed the shadow box of the book.  I used some of my new stencils on the paper.  To just create another layer.

To make the "leather" binding you will need a piece of grungepaper cut 6 1/2" x4".  I "trimmed" the edges using the Torn Notebook boarder die.

Scoring the Book Binding
(after cutting with the edge die)
To get the look of an old book I scored length wise @ 1" and 3"
Then across @ 1 1/2", 3 1/4" and 5" scoring only in between the 1" and 3" lines
Apply firm pressure and go over a few times to create ridges.  You'll see in a moment why.

Now that you have scored the binding, ink with Distress Paint Walnut Stain on both sides.  Don't worry, we will get to see the scored bits soon!  Let air dry.

Once it is dry now you get to sand.  This is were the aged look starts by sanding those ridges we just scored.
To finish off the aged look add a little Distress Ink walnut stain, vintage photo and black soot.  We want it to look over 100 years old and like worn leather!  Here I've added the Apothecary Remnant Rubs. 

Now you can cut the "top" of your box.  This is the cut 6 1/8"x 5 3/8".  Now, I know this is a fussy cut and I don't care for fussy cuts.  But we need this piece to go right over the sides you built.  Trust me, you'll see.  Center this piece over the frame and good luck!  It likes to shift.

Ink the frame with Distress Paint black soot and dry.  Then add a layer of brushed pewter.  Here, you will use your heat gun, drying slightly.  When you see some of the paint go mat around the frame, stop. 

At this point you want to start rubbing the pewter off.  Where it's dried it will be permanent.  Where it's still wet it will come off creating a modeled look.

See, it's all mottled looking.  Cool Eh!  To add to the distressed look slap some black soot ink on top.  This will tone down the silver and create a lovely patina.
Always love hardware!  I popped this word band at the top.  Then smashed the brads!  Good Times!

Along the sides we want a "page" feel.  Simply drag your black paint, in this case dauber to expose a streak.  This effect looks like pages.
Water Colour! 
 I stamped the Chemist with black archival onto water colour paper! And most of the other stamps from this set!  Rough or smooth side of the paper doesn't matter.  But the smooth side will give a crisp image.  I stamped rough side.

At this point you can cut them all out.  Or wait?
You can use markers, inks, re-inkers or in my case stains!
I thought I would use my new splatter stencil on the Chemist's apron!  He should look messy!

I try to make it a point to use ALL my stamps if I can.  In this case stamping randomly on the book cover is a great use of this stamp.  Use hot glue to attach the "worn leather book binder" to the cover.  This is where the score lines do their magic.

I used an assortment of bottles and filled with bugs, eye balls and liquid.  The liquid is an eye dropper of re-inker and then a stick of hot glue filled in the jar. 

Look how weathered and worn the Book Binder is.
Once everything is in place it looks like a book!
Layer your stamped images and add some distress glitter, in this case rusty hinge.  See how his apron is all splattered and messy! 
I used hot glue for the bottles too.  By tucking things to the back, side and forward your eye is drawn all around and who knows what you'll find!  Layering is the key!
You can just slightly see the stencils!

Check it out, by having the chemist in the front it really adds to the layered look! 

Here's you line up just in case you loose your way.

5. Canadian Nickel - (YOU ARE HERE)
7. Jennifer Priest -
  The Yummy Giveaway on Pam's Blog

Now that you've spent some time checking out my "Chemist Book" you are ready to be on your way to Gloria's Blog!  Be sure to leave a comment on my blog and all the blogs!  There will be a chance to win some goodies!  While I'm at it, I'll be playing along with Simon Says Challenge Blog and Ranger's Halloween Contest!

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  1. WOW Are you Tim's long lost twin lol. What amazing details .So fab hun !!

  2. What can I say about this "book" you can see the love that has gone into this project, absolutely gorgeous and thank you for the tutorial, I am now following you, and will be back xxxx

  3. What an amazing project. Love that you built your shadowbox from scratch! And thanks for sharing the how to. Love the apothecary bottle of eyeballs. What a hoot!

  4. so much detail! I can't even absorb it all! great job!

  5. Wow! What a fun piece! I love how you colored the stamped images with Distress Stains and the way you filled the little glass vials is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your process. This book is awesome!

  6. Nicole, this is totally awesome. All of your distressing and staining and background stamping just adds depth and character. I totally love what you came up with. Thanks for letting me know about the hop.
    kidshomelove at

  7. Awesome book. Love the ideas you have shared and will certainly be borrowing them. LOL I especially love the leather like binding and all the layers. Great tutorial, too.

  8. wow thank you so much for the tutorial! Lots and lots of inspiration. Love love love the leather binding and the layers. I started following can't wait to see what else you make.

  9. This is just simply amazing!!! Thank you for the tut, I am now a follower and will refer back to this post when I am feeling ambitious!

  10. I love this. I have to make one similar as this is such a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Wow, amazing! I took your advice to revisit; but not this post as I read it in ONE big happy chunk! I have just the book to alter to make one of my own! Or perhaps one similar! I took the time to wander through a few of your past posts and I like your creative style! This new visitor/follower is looking forward to your future posts with eager curiousity!

  12. WOW WOW WOW!!! this is amazing!!! love all the details and the little jar with the eyes :)

  13. Wow! I do not get to visit often enough but I will make more time to visit as I sm snowed in this winter. Love this whole project and had to pin it.
    Thanks for links to other fun events happening now too.

  14. AMAZING!! LOVE all the photos to give us insight on how to make a book of our own. Simply fantastic!!

  15. love your chemist book! Great job! Fab coloring!

  16. OMG Love your Chemist Book, wow, just all the details, textures and step outs on how to make it. Thanks so much for being a part of the hop,

  17. I am just gobsmacked - this is totally enchanting! Wonderful composition - and your attention to the tiny details is delightful.
    brava, brava, brava! I'm a new follower - but I'll be back (just try and stop me bwahahaha)

  18. I love the depth of this project but especially your potion bottles and the fillings...

  19. WOW!! That is simply amazing. The binding alone is unbelievable! SO many brilliant ideas!

  20. OMG... Amazing! Can't stop gawking at It! You guys are blowing my mind... Im in love with this, the mini apothecary bottles added, I love this little vignette to pieces!

  21. You know I'm head over heels for this one. I've bookmarked it in 3 different folders to make sure I don't misplace it. Your tutorial is fabulous-can't thank you enough for that. A couple online stores have some good sales going on some of the supplies I will need for this-that's some kind of crafting karma that means I need to get them while I can-right?

  22. Again you are awesome Nicole!!!!
    This is quite the project, it will be perfect for your Halloween display :)

  23. This is just amazing, Nicole!! I am your new follower, awesome details in this project , happy to connect :)

  24. Very cool project. Love all the attention to details you put into it. Those little bottles and vials are wonderful!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  25. this is awesome! the details are really great. Tim Holtz stuff is simply amazing. I love the vintage look.

  26. You make me want to get busy crafting! Great tutorial!

  27. Wow! What a fantastic Halloween project! Love all the distressing and shimmery skull and cross bones! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  28. WOW in capital letters! I am so glad I've discovered your blog! This is yet another amazing gasp-worthy project and I love your step-out pictures and detailed explanations. You've got some serious talent, girl! Thank you again for submitting another absolute masterpiece to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

  29. OH! WOW!! This book is stunning. So perfect, I had to send a link to a bestie. She will be loving this.

  30. ummmm... WOW! Just Amazing. I love the idea, the book, the details. You did a beautiful job!

  31. I just wanted to compliment you again on your entries in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week! They are all so delightful. So well thought out and executed. I love your vintage style! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  32. You did an amazing job on the poison stamp.


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