Friday, 28 April 2017

Mini Zig Zag Book: Victorian Garden from Dusk till Dawn.

This Mini Zig Zag Book was created for a group swap challenge. 

It's 3.5" x 3" in size and made from one sheet of A4 Kraft card, folded and scored with two lengths glued together creating more pages. Gesso is painted on both sides with the front and flip side cover stamped and embossed using the Flutterby stamp. 

The flaws in this were not apparent to start with, all seemed well until my slap dash coating of Gesso was dry and I noticed that the edges had started to crack! Now i'm not too sure why this happened, was it the quality of Kraft card I was using or had I over scored it..?? 
I have no idea but as this would be flying off to a new home I didn't want it to fall apart. 
So I decided to strengthened the folds with masking tape 
decorated with the script stamp before adhering.

Using Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, I stamped and clear heat embossed  a scene of flowers using stamps by IndigoBlu from the Victorian Garden set. I found the Kraft card buckled and bent during the heating process with me again questioning it's quality 
but I do love the look oxides leave when clear embossed as it wakes their colour up.
Spectrum Noir Moonstone sparkle pen has been brushed across the skyline 
creating the look of dawn and its first light.


The flip side has been stamped using Butterflies from the Victorian Garden set and heat embossed in clear and white. The Butterflies have been gently coloured using sparkle pens and the background coloured using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide and darkened with Chipped Sapphire distress ink to give the look of dusk as night begins to fall.


I (tried to) replicate the body of a Butterfly by altering the shape
of a large paperclip and wire wrapping red agate around it. 
This is a removable fastening that holds the book closed.

Sentiments used are from the fabulous Victorian Garden stamp set 
Designed by the super talented Kay Halliwell-sutton of IndigoBlu.

Although this little Zig Zag Book raised some concerns along the way, even photographing it was difficult, I do like the effect of the finished piece and hope its recipient likes it too.

Now my mission is to throw a few more ideas onto my Kraft Card and test its stability 
and if all else fails... source some more!!

Thank you for your company today, wishing you all a bright and sunny weekend.

Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:
Kraft Card/Masking Tape/Embossing Powder/Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Distress/Oxides


  1. It looks the closure x

  2. So fantastic book Tracey! I love the beautiful pages and quotes. Great embossing texture and especially the clip idea---Thank you so much for wonderful comments. Have a nice weekend. xx

    1. Your most welcome Etsuko, Thank you for your kind comments and stopping by. Have fun this week xx

  3. This is gorgeous Tracy, and I love how it tells a story with the darkening colours. Kraft is one of my favourite mediums, and I've found that the one I like best is by Anna Marie Designs. One side has a slight sheen, and it's strong enough to use as a base (just my opinion) Have a great week xx

    1. Thank you Sue, I thought as it was a Book I would try and form some story even if its mostly pictorial. I have some Anna Marie Kraft card in my card storage cupboard I will put it too the test, Thank you so much for the advice it's great to know of products that will do the job you want them too. Take care & enjoy your week xx

  4. Now I just love this each page is a treasure to view....hugs xx ♥[aNNie]

    1. Your very kind Annie, Happy that you like it xx

  5. Looks great to me! Taking pics is always tricky. A beautiful creation Tracey! Xx

    1. Thank you Hazel, my eyesight is not always the best to take photographs but I try.. Glad you like it. Thank you for popping over & commenting xx

  6. this is so super pretty Tracey - looks to me like summers come to your blog already! Hugs rachel x

    1. Thanks Rachel, the sun did make an appearance today so you may be right. Hugs Tracey x


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