Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Tiny Book & Tiny Book Case Follow-up Tutorial

Hi, Crafty Friends.
If you joined me last week for the Eileen Hull Release party, I'm sure you recognized today's project! And as promised, I am back with the follow-up tutorial to show you how I created these tiny cuties. These are one cut wonders that make assembly and decorating a breeze. Let me show you!!

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Tiny Book (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Tiny Book Case (Sizzix)
Big Shot  Machine (Sizzix)
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Jofy 75 Cling Stamp Set ( Paper Artsy)
140 lb Mixed Media Paper
Inktense Pencils (Derwent)
Tim Holtz Phrases 2 Clear Stamps Set (Stamper's Anonymous)
Tim Holtz THMM104 (Stamper's Anonymous)
PITT Artist Pen (Faber-Castell)
White Gel Pen (Sakura)
VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
MISTI (My Sweet Petunia)
Life Changing Blending Brushes (Picket Fence Studios)
2mm Elastic Cording
Heart-Shaped Brad

Using my Big Shot machine, I die cut white Mat Board using Eileen Hull's Tiny Book & Tiny Book Case.

I used my blending brushes to ink on Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade & Picked Raspberry.

I used my black Small (S) PITT Artist pen to draw a squiggly frame around the front perimeter of my Tiny Book. Then filled the squiggles with black stripes.

I placed my stencil over my die-cut and stenciled on more of the SAME ink (Picked Raspberry) only in the center of the frame.

Easy-peasy so far, right?! Look how cute it is already!
I could stop there and it would still be cute but I wanted to add some funky florals...

So, I stamped some flowers and leaves from the Jofy 75 stamp set onto mixed paper using the VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Then I colored my images using my Inktense Pencils and blended the colors out with a water brush pen and cut out all the images by hand.

Before adding my flowers and leaves, I filled the rest of my striped areas with a White Opaque Gel Pen.

I cut the images apart making them short enough to fit onto my book and then attached them to my cover.

Once my flowers were attached, I used my MISTI  to stamp my sentiment onto the cover.

Instead of making inserts for this teeny tiny guy, I opted to fill him with a sweet treat. I found that the Recess Peanut Butter Cup THINS fit perfectly!! 

 Once the Tiny Book was finished I repeated the same steps onto my book case...

Now, both the book and the cover match!!

To close the case, I added clear drying glue along along all the tabs except for the top flap.

Once the glue dried, I took my Die Pick Tool and poked a small hole towards the point of the flap and another hole where the flap meets under the indent on the case.

I used 2mm elastic cording to make a tiny loop on the top cover flap and fastened a heart-shaped brad into the other hole so that when the elastic is looped around the heart it'll stay closed.

When fastening your brad, make sure not to fasten it flush against the matboard. You want to leave a slight gap so the elastic can hook under the brad to fasten.

And here is my finished project...

These colors are so bright and cheerful and are sure to make anyone smile! 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to create a TINY bit of cheer too!!

Until Next Time...


  1. I just LOVE the bright colors on this Mitsyana - and your wonderful black accented borders hand made even! Beautiful coloring on your fun flower stampings and cute closure with the heart! xx

  2. Fabulous colors and what a fun way to surprise someone with candy inside.

    Hugs Diane

  3. I know I have commented at other places about this project but I just had to come over here and tell you how much I love this. The colors are amazing and the design details just have such big impact. Now I find out Reese's are in the house?! What? (seriously love this!)