Quite some time back I bought a Cinch Machine. I have been really wanting to try it out so I decided to make a small book. It can serve as a valentine card since I made the story about a Heart Princess. Emma is five and very much into anything that has to do with a princess, sparkles, fairies or HER LOL! .... well you know, typical little girl. As for the Cinch I have to say I love it. It was pretty easy to use by following the directions. I think you could make some pretty cool gifts with this thing.
Let me first say that I am no artist. I draw a little but eh... you know. Well anyway I made this book and I made up a story about a girl who helps a fairy and in return for her kindness becomes a Heart Princess. I put some work into it, but not a CRAZY amount because I wanted her to actually use the book and I figure it will get it's fair share of abuse. I do think she will love it.
I used paper primarily from the DCWV paperstack called Once Upon A Time. It is really a beautiful paper stack. I bought this a long time ago to make a birthday card. You can see that post called Princess and A Frog Card. I posted it on May 31st, 2011.
For the second picture, I actually used a picture I had of Emma and I took it to the window and traced the outline so I could get the dimensions right and also so the facial features would resemble Emma. Since I'm not that great of an artist I figured this would help. WOnce I had the basic shapes traced I took the paper off of the window and drew in the details. When I was done with the drawing, I used a Sharpie Ultra Fine marker to make the lines really bold. I erased the pencil and scanned the picture on my printer to save it to my computer. At this point I was able to use it like a digi stamp. I sized it to the size need for my book. I printed it on paper suitable for Copic coloring colored it in with my Copic markers. I cut into the dress part with my craft knife and poked some lace through just to give it some dimension and I also added some pearls to her belt with one my Viva Pearl Pens.
On the last page I did draw a picture free hand. I tried to use some of Emma's features and just make them more mature. I only did this because a "grown up" Emma was needed to fit with my story. I also had some free time on my hands as the kids were on Christmas break and I was at my daughters for the day.
I really had fun making this book. I might attempt another book for my younger granddaughter. If I do I will post some pics on here but I am not sure I can get it done by Valentines day. We will see!