I bought a photo album for under $3 and so I decided to customize this for a present to a friend. Because I am in a Historical Club, I wanted to make this album look on the outside like an old book.
I used fun foam for the accent pieces for the hinges and heater.
I have some die cuts from Sizzix that I used to cut the foam. I used Gesso to glue the pieces down and painted over them with it.
Painting over with Gesso.
Everything covered with Gesso.
I took acrylic paints, mostly browns, yellows and oranges and began to blend the colors to fake an old leather tome.
I sponged and brushed, dabbed and swirled.
After everything dried, I added some Inka Gold paints to the die cut elements.
I added white on the banner and green on the laurel leaves.
I painted the heater blue and yellow, using heraldry of an SCA Barony (Gyldenholt).
Adding names for the banners in black sharpie.
I thought I should seal the work, so I used Mod Podge gloss.
I added some wrapping paper I had to line the inside of the album. I used Mod Podge Gloss to glue and seal.
I glued the photo pages back inside and it is done. I handed this to my friends 6/11/2016. They really seemed to like it.