I created one 12″x 12″ page. My inspiration was Witching you a Merry Christmas by Cheryl Lindsay from Murrieta, California, U.S.A. in the Nov/Dec 2016  Somerset Studio magazine.

Some of the supplies and tools I used were: Patterned paper Pizzaz sheets by Hot off the press, Walnut Ink Tsuneko, Clear Scraps-Mascils-12 x 12 Masking Stencil-Sprockets GearsClear Scraps-Mascils -12 x 12 Masking Stencil-Cog Wheels, alphabet stamps, card-stock, hot glue, glue gun acrylic paint, Tombow adhesive, eye-shadow applicators, ink-pads, wood alphabet and number, Hairspray, black mist alcohol spray etc.

Paint Technique usedAltered Halloween Books Tutorial, new and improved! by Better After.

Making Hot Glue Embellishments.



Mannequin Doll Template.
I printed the template on paper.
I worked on a glass sheet that I had.
Because I am working on a glass sheet I can turn it around as I work.
I taped the template onto the glass sheet with painter’s tape.
I taped wax paper over the template.
Heat glue gun for at least 5 minutes.
Have glue sticks ready.
When the glue gun was hot enough,
I traced the design with Hot glue on top of the wax paper.
I find it very relaxing to trace the lines.
Wait for the glue to harden.
Hint: Melt away the glue gun strings with a hairdryer.
Soak the Hot Glue in water to remove it from the wax-paper and clean the back with Rubbing alcohol, to remove the last bits of paper.
Use tweezers to remove stubborn pieces of paper from inside the holes.
I covered the glue with layers of acid-free paint.
Please note, do not use Hot glue for photos, the heat and acidity can harm your photos.





Steampunk Gears Templates.

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  1. Some handy uses, indeed! Recently I have given up using a hot glue gun in favour of using ordinary wood glue for most purposes. It is amazing what can be done with it, even to the extent of making ‘bound’ books.

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        • Thanks, I will look into it, although working with paper and especially photos I must be careful due to the acidity.
          I have so many different adhesives, it’s so frustrating, Pritt Sticks dry up, some glues don’t dry, some wrinkle the paper, some leave marks.


          • A good way of testing a brand of wood glue is to take a number of uniform pieces of scrap paper and make a ‘book’ out of them by clamping together and smearing a thin layer of glue on the ‘spine’. A good one will give you a perfect book effect with no stains, and able to be paged through any number of times without coming adrift.

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            • Thank you, I will try that, it’s a great idea for mini albums as well.
              Making albums or books are also on my to do list.
              I would love to see some of the book-binding you have done.


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