Altered Book by Hels Sheridan





Altered Art is becoming more and more popular and there is no end to the possibilities of altering ordinary, every day items, making them into little works of art. For this project I have altered a children’s board book.


Ingredients 1Ingredients 2Ingredients - SealAltered Book - Front Cover

  • Board book
  • Bind It All Machine & Wire
  • Maison Papers
  • Slide Mounts
  • Tags/Mini Envelope
  • Rubber stamps
  • Chipboard
  • Plain cream cardstock
  • Grungeboard
  • Brads
  • Fragments
  • Charms
  • Wax Seals
  • Distress Inks
  • Adirondack Acrylic Dabbers
  • DS Tape/Scissors/Silicone glue
  • Sandpaper Paper
  • Distresser

I started by tearing all the coloured laminated covering from all the pages, leaving me with plain grey chipboard. I took some Adirondack Acrylic Dabbers and some Crackle Paints and painted parts of each page.

Once the paints had dried completely, I used my finger to smudge Gold Dabber over the painted parts of the page.

Painting - part 1Painting - part 2Painting - the gold

I used papers from the Maison Range by K & Co. To make the papers look more worn and old, I used Cut & Dry foam to smudge Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the edges. I also used a paper distresser and sandpaper to grunge up the edges of the papers and the book. I took care to tear the papers so that the painted parts of the pages were on show.

Distressing Part 1Distressing Part 1Distressing Part 2

Once I had decorated all the pages, I began to build up the design of each page using a selection of rubber stamps, embellishments, chipboard and Grungeboard.

Grungeboard and Chipboard

The stamps that I have used in this project are from a range of manufacturers, namely;

The Stamp Connection/Artistic Stamper – Pgs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10

Invoke Arts – Front Cover, Pgs 1, 2, 4

Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection – Pgs 4, 6, 8

Crafty Individuals – Pgs 7, 9, 10, 11, 12

Paper Artsy – Pg 9

Stamps Away – Alphabet

Catslife Press – Pgs 6, 8, 12 & Back Cover

Lost Coast Designs – Pg 12 (inside envelope)

Stampendous – Pg 1

I hope that you have enjoyed looking at this project and you will have a go at altering things for yourself.

Hels x

Here is the book:


Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4




Page 6 Open

Pages 9 and 10

Page 9 - File Folder

Pages 11 and 12

Page 12 - Envelope Contents

Back Cover

How to do the Bird

Bind It All Page

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What is Altered Art?

Altered art is simply taking an object and, by use of various creative techniques, transforming the look and / or purpose of it.

You can alter anything! I know lots of people transform aluminium cans or dominoes or their heat guns. But you are really only limited to your imagination and then things you can lay your hands on.

There are no rules – other than to enjoy yourself. You can use near enough any product – as long as it is suitable for your chosen surface – and any technique.

If you are looking for products that are ideal for altered art – Ranger is the company to seek out first.

  • Alcohol Inks
  • Crackle Paint
  • Acrylic Dabbers
  • Distress Inks

For anyone who knows Tim Holtz, you are probably well aware of these products already. Alcohol inks (now only available in the UK in individual colours) are fantastic, transparent inks that dry onto all surfaces and can be blending to create amazing results. The Crackle Paint is the newest addition to the Ranger range – and is a simple one-step paint that dries to a cracked finish – the thicker you apply it, the bigger the effect. The colours of the paint match those in the Distress Inks. There are amazingly versatile. You can stamp with them or use them in a range of direct-to-surface techniques. They blend well, react to water in interesting ways and are, perhaps, the most useful ink pad you can add to your collection. (Oh yes, there is a range of matching embossing powders!!)

Acrylic dabbers are great for applying colour to your surface – the range has vibrant as well as more muted tones. In theory you can apply these without getting messy – but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t end up with paint somewhere unexpected!

Another product you might want to consider are Luminarte Radiant Rain Dabbers – these are wonderfully vibrant colours that will go onto a range of surfaces. And of course, where would many people be without Glimmer Mists? These are a glittery ink that you spray on. Loads of colours and very addictive….

I would say that a Cropadile is an essential for altering stuff – you can punch holes to add brads or ribbons or just for decoration. Sandpaper or a sanding block is also very useful for creating great texture and distressed effects.

But you can use anything – papers, stamps, ink pads, embossing powders, glitters, paper flowers and other embellishments – all the things you have in your stash.

The only limit you really have is time!


Why not post a comment with a link to things you have altered? There is much inspiration to be had from blog surfing!

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Paper Artsy Sample Images

Lots of wonderful cards made by Paper Artsy to showcase their stunning new stamps – don’t you just love them?







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