This cover was created to fit the Pop-Up Tunnel Book of a previous post, but it may be used for other structures, such as small pamphlets.
Tools: pencil; bone folder; X-acto knife; metal ruler; tweezers; scissors, PVA and small piece of scrap board or glue brush; scrap paper to protect surfaces; four pieces of extra book board to use as a spacing guide
Materials: book boards, 4 1/8 x 3 1/8" (105 x 79 mm), grained short; book cloth, 10 1/4 x 4 1/2" (260 x 114 mm), grained short
Before you cover the boards, create an inset or recess for a title or image. In this example, I use an image on the front and a colophon on the back. The two boards are covered together with a space of four board thicknesses between them. The image and colophon are glued into the recesses after the boards are covered.
|Draw around cover title or image onto the board|
|Using X-Acto against metal ruler, cut the outline.|
|Dig down at the corner.|
|Pull up a couple layers of board.|
|Keep peeling up the layers.|
|Repeat the process on the other board for|
a colophon (or other image) for the back.
A tweezers may help you get a grip on the layers.
|Place the boards on the back of the book cloth|
with four board thicknesses between them.
|Draw around the boards.|
|Apply glue to the inside of one drawn rectangle.|
|Press the front cover in place, face down.|
|Apply glue to second section for second board.|
|Use a pencil against a board to draw lines across all corners.|
|Cut corners just outside of the pencil lines.|
|Cut all corners.|
|Apply glue to the one long flap.|
|To get a flat edge, press against the table.|
|Press down the flap (turn-in).|
|Apply glue and turn in the parallel flap.|
Smooth it down with bone folder.
|At the corners, push or tuck in the book cloth|
so you will not see raw board.
|Apply glue to one end flap.|
|Press down and smooth book cloth with bone folder.|
Tuck the corners and repeat gluing for the opposite flap.
|Use bone folder to smooth down the recesses.|
|Apply glue to the back of the front image.|
|Place image into the recess.|
|Press down the image.|
Repeat the process for the colophon (or back image).
|Apply glue to one side of the tunnel book|
|Press to cover, aligning the fold with the|
edge of the board closest to the spine and
centered between head and tail.
|Apply glue to remaining side of tunnel.|
|Close the cover, aligning the boards.|
This surprising little book fits in your palm, can be carried or stored easily, or can be given as a gift.