Thursday, June 30, 2011

Framed Patriotic Book Cover

A while back I picked up some vintage books to have on hand for various projects. One of them had an eagle and crest debossed on the front cover which I immediately thought would make a great Independence Day decoration. Well, seeing as how it's only four days away I figured I should actually finish it and put it on display!

After ripping off the cover I brushed white paint over the top of the design and wiped the excess off trying to keep some of the paint in the grooves of the design.


I thought it looked okay, but I wanted red in there, too. So I painted red, let that dry, then painted white over the top again.


I found a frame (in my stash) that was, thankfully, just the right size. Laying the glass on the book cover I traced it, then used a heavy-duty metal ruler and a Stanley knife to cut it to size.


For the frame I painted it with white craft paint first, then blue to make sure I would get a bright color. (By the way it was a major pain trying to get the paint deep down into all those crevices around the "carved" designs on the frame.)


Then I mixed up some light blue paint, dabbed a paper towel in it, and lightly brushed it over the top of the flourishes, corners and edges.


After that I put the two together and got this--




This may be the extent of my patriotic decor this year, we'll see.

P.S. Why is it that spell check thinks bazillion is a word, but not debossed. Look it up spell checker people!

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  1. This'll look great on your mantel for the 4th! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  2. How did you get the watermark on your photos. I'd like to do something like that.

  3. I like how it's original. Thank-you very much!

  4. Beautiful color and such a unique application. Love it!

  5. what a great project! thanks for sharing, Catherine!


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