Friday, April 20, 2018

Woohoo...The Tunnel Book Is Finished...

Hi folks...it's Friday and woohoo it's a hang on to your galluses kind of a day because the Tunnel Book is finally finished. And if you missed how I decorated the pages before adding the die-cut elements earlier in the week, you can check it out HERE.



The die-cutting of the flowers and foliage for this particular garden took longer than anticipated because, believe it or not, we had 2 whole days of gorgeous sunshine this week and that meant extra long coffee breaks out in the garden and if I'm honest, one break was almost running into another, but I won't tell if you don't. So once the sun had gone down, we set to work die-cutting Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wildflower and Wildflower 2 Thinlits from white card and Distress Core-dinations Cardstock
which happens to be perfectly sized to work with my trusty Sidekick and I have to say I couldn't have done it without this little guy...
who worked his socks off to die cut, goodness knows, how many flowers because each flower that showed through the apertures had to be backed by a matching partner and that was another thing I hadn't factored into the equation. I fixed the flowers in place, working from the back to the front of the book, flipping the pages backwards and forwards to check placement.
then I delved into my secret hoard of Grunge and Alpha Parts Alphabets. Sadly Grunge Paper/Grunge Board and some of the Alpha Parts products are now retired but I did find packs of plain Grunge Paper and Alpha Parts Framed in stock over at Simon Says Stamp...see the links below.
I dabbed on White Gesso using a mini round blending tool
and then finger painted the Grunge Alphabet letters to match the cover...
coloured the edges with a Ranger Black Fude Pen, fixed in place slightly overlapping with Distress Collage Medium Matte, added Alpha Parts Signmaker letters to complete the title and a few extra die cut flowers.
I coloured the Crinkle Ribbon with Distress Spray Stains in the same colours as I used for the book, cut them into small sections and tied to the book rings.
and to finish off, here's a look at the details on each individual page....







and the back cover
This sure was a labour of love but worth it in the end because I'm really pleased with how it turned out but let's just say it may be some time before I'm ready to tackle Tunnel Book 2.
I'm abandoning the cubbyhole today for a road trip with the Friday Girls, a footloose and fancy free adventure around the countryside, stopping off wherever we choose for coffee, lunch and no doubt, a bit of retail therapy of the non crafty kind. Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and a little reminder that you still have plenty of time to join in with this week's Let's Doodle Challenge with the chance to win a $50 gift card to spent in Simon Says Stamp Online Store.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

13 comments:

Tamera said...

Wow Kath! This really is stunning! I’ve not heard of a tunnel book but see why it’s called that now. It’s really beautiful and I love getting to peek through the tunnels at all the flowers!

Dawn said...

Wowee this is amazing! How lovely you must be very proud of it (even if you probably pulled your hair out at some point)xx

Redanne said...

Well, it was definitely worth waiting for my friend, it is stunning - it reminds me of a cottage garden with layers and layers of planting and gorgeous colour! Your efforts were well rewarded! I love how the words tone in with the flowers and the cover is superb.

We managed 25C here yesterday, it is so lovely to see the sun!! I hope you have a lovely road trip out today and let's hope we have a fine weekend too... Big hugs, Anne xxx

sally said...

Absolutely stunning results Kath! I won't be taking up the challenge of making one though as I won't have time soon with pup Brodie arriving in 2 weeks. Glad the sun shone down on Westhill/ Kingswells as it has been lacking in Banchory....but it's looking good this morning (9.02!)

Sally x

Glennis said...

Wow! That is just amazing!

Mary Hagler said...

Kath I am totally in awe of your fantastic tunnel book... BEAUTIFUL ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Ann Barnes said...

So worth all of the effort you put into this lovely book! I never considered the flowers would need to be double faces! Oh my... it turned out so beautiful! Enjoy your day today xx

Guida Machado said...

Kath, you do such amazing projects!!! Love this!
Hugs,
Guida

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Kath, this is stunning! I love the colours and the front cover is awesome! Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Loopylou. said...

oh Kath this is just amazing and so beautiful. I bet you loved every minute. huge hugs Lou xxx

linda meer said...

What a beautiful book! Absolutely breathtaking! I've been thinking about doing a tunnel book and now that I've seen yours, and all the work that goes into them, I will definitely take your advice and split it into two books!

Annie said...

Fantastic Kath x Wonderful details on each and every page of your book and I just love the background and addition of the wildflowers x So summery and hopefully warmer weather is on its way permanently

Have lovely weekend
Annie x

Lisa H said...

Wow, this is fabulous!!! I know what you mean about tunnel books being time intensive. They are so cool in the end though!

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