It started out looking like this. Since there are so many photos, I'm not going to burden you with lots of details on how I made it. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will get back with an answer as soon as possible. I left the book free of dimensional embellishments for ease in shipping.
Some of you may remember my simple 'Greetings At Christmas' tag from last year. I decided to pattern my book after that tag, since I used one of my favorite techniques on it. I thought I might be able to sneak this by Anne, because I thought she may have missed this post last year. I chose one of my favorite Distress colors for the background--Evergreen Bough, and used Tim Holtz' Pine Branch Texture Fade to add texture.The trees fading into the background are stenciled with a stencil from Tim's Mini Stencil Set 21.
Of course, you'll recognize Tim's Woodlands tree die, another of my favorites. They are tipped with Liquid Pearls. I swiped on embossing ink at the corners and embossed them and the Flonz Craft greeting with gold powder.
The back was finished without raised texture, so the box can sit on a table. But I was able to get a little texture by using Tim's Christmas Mixed Media die in opposing corners. I can't remember how exactly I did it, but I colored backing paper with (I believe) Festive Berries and gesso, making sure some of the variegation showed through the openings. I saved the little holly leaves that fell out when I cut this. I colored them with Evergreen Bough Distress Marker and replaced them in the openings. As you can see, I am not the perfect crafter that my gift recipient is! Ha! Ha! I have to blame it on poor eyesight! It might be time for readers!
I painted my "book pages" with Sepia Color Bursts mixed with glaze. I kept the spine simple using Sticky Back Canvas colored with more of the Evergreen Bough Distress ink and a die cut (Top Dog Dies) embossed in gold.
Inside the front cover, another greeting, this time a Tim Holtz Texture Fade highlighted with metallic wax rub over a background shimmery with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist. The embossed poinsettias get their sparkle from Ranger embossing tinsel and a bit of platinum Stickles in the centers. I used Tim's Poinsettia Layering stencil and Ranger's Emboss It Dabber.
Here's the view when you open the box--plenty of room for those Christmas cards! I know Anne will get a ton of them! I brought out the Christmas Mixed Media die again and edged this panel in some festive ribbon. I've included my first 12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style with a handwritten message of holiday cheer on the back.
Here's another look of the front and back of the book box.
Christmas Greetings, Anne!
And now I'm so excited to give you a sneak peek of what my Secret Santa made for me.
Hop over to 'Sew Paper Paint' to see the details of this absolutely amazing richly colored and textured work of art that my incredibly creative and talented teamie and sweetest bloggie friend, Autumn, made especially for me! I'm still pinching myself! I sit and stare at it every day, and now I'm going to see how it all came together! Yippee! AND she shared one of her beautiful Christmas cards with me with the loveliest note inside! There's more! I will be opening gifts for 12 days starting Dec. 14th, as she sent me 12 MORE wrapped gifts to be opened on each of the 12 days leading up to the day Jesus was born. He IS THE reason for the season! I am so thrilled that you will get to see this gorgeous make Autumn blessed me with! Autumn, I cannot find words to express my gratitude to you for your lovely artwork and gift of friendship!
Ladies, this has been such a fun experience, and I'm so happy to be a part of this wonderful team! Anything But Cute will be taking a break in December, but we will be back on December 12 to announce the winner of our 'Rustic Glam' challenge, and starting a new challenge January 5th.
I'd like to humbly share my gift to Anne with the following challenges:
The Artistic Stamper December's Creative Challenge-Christmas I stamped and embossed my sentiment on the front cover.
Scrapy Land Challenge #55-Anything Goes (with a die that Scrapy Land sells) I used 2 Sizzix dies.
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #137-Christmas I used a stamp for my sentiment.
Thank you for your visit today, and for your awesome comments! I read and appreciate each and everyone of them.
Hugs and Blessings!