To continue on with my little Bloom Mae stamp, that I had colored in the previous post, I decided to use her on a book cover. I wanted something cute to go along with her. I chose out a section of paper from BoBunny's Back To Backs 12" Sophie Cut Outs. The section that I chose was the section that says "Beautiful Inside & Out." I figured that with this the book would have to be coptic stitched because the cut out that I chose would loose to much if I wrapped it around the book board.
I took my book board, cut to 6" x 6", and glued a glue piece of coordinating blue scrapbook paper down to it for both the back and the front covers, inside and out. I waxed up some cotton hot pink thread with some locally sourced bees wax and placed a few stitches on the BoBunny cut out, one in the upper right and two in the lower left corners. Then I glued this one down to one the now blue book board that will become the front cover. I wanted to give the covers a sort of aged look so I took some really fine grit sand paper and sanded all around the edges. Then I used some Distress Stain, antique linen, to give it an aged look.
Once that was all done I worked on the signatures. For the signatures, or sections of folded paper that make up the book, I used Canson 90lb drawing paper. To dress up the book a little bit more I decided to use a bright pink card stock to go over the spine edge of the signatures. The sewing thread is the same hot pink cotton one that I used to stitch in the cut out. I decided where my holes were going to be for stitching and drilled/punched those in the cover and signatures. Then I stitched the book together and finally attached Mae to the cover with some double sided sticky foam.
Here is the finished book: