Firstly I'd like to give credit to the FaceBook page Confessions Of Crafty Witches for the idea. This is fabulous fun and as easy as they make it out to be ( which can be rare in on-line projects!)
You'll need the following
Flat plastic Halloween motifs - or other things of course.
Cheap and nasty kitchen roll
Black and brown acrylic paint
Gold highlighting wax
The pink skeleton came from a pack of 10 for 99p from Wilkinsons. I trimmed off the small hanging loop at the top and stuck it down.in the middle.
Once the whole book was covered I dried it off quickly using my craft heat gun. Otherwise leave it to dry overnight.
Once it was try it was time to paint it. The original instructions use black but as I wanted more of an old leather look I went for burnt umber darkened with some black. Work the paint in. The paper is quite absorbent so you'll use more than you think. Once it's dry go back and paint all the bits you missed ( or that might just be me!). Again I used the heat gun to speed this bit up.
Once completely dry it's time to bring the whole thing into 3D life. I used Treasure Gold wax as I ad some already and just rubbed it into the raised parts of the skeleton motif and around the edges to give the effect of worn gilding.
And the finished item. The photograph doesn't do it justice at all. I will be adding a few further embellishments to it I think but the basic technique is ridiculously easy and I'm now eyeing up a few other things I can do this with.
I'll also not be so quick to discard those nasty flat plastic objects that fall out of cheap christmas crackers either!