Alrite I'll try this again.
I started with this starbucks chocolate box, you use whatever you have on hand, cereal box, book, the cat ect..
Now, if you want the box
to look like a book
, then follow this next step. If you are using a cat or a book, this step doesnt apply. Cut out a piece of skin, paper, parchment, or sheet metal the size of the side of the book. Draw thin lines all along it, to simulate paper. Glue it onto the side of the box. i forgot and only did it to 1 side, when I should have done it to three. Here is a picture of the side. I know its painted but dont worry, I forgot to take a picture at the time.
I cut out a bat shape and a rectangle name plate out of the back of a sketch pad. Just use cardboard material. Glue 'em on where you want 'em. And you don't have to use a bat. Use a donkey. Or a skull. I copied Dave Lowes design because I wanted some thing to look at and refer to.
I also added some strips of carboard to the side to simulate old-school binding. Make sure to tape and weight it down so it doesnt fly off and stick to your forehead or something.
Next step is to decoupage the whole thing. I didnt do the back because I was in a hurry but you can if you want to. To decoupage my way, I used half cheap-o white glue and half water. Use tissue paper or paper towel and lay the piece of paper on thebook,box, or cat. Over saturate the paper with the glue mixture, and, using a paint brush or fingers, work your way outward, getting in to all the crooks and nannies, woops, nooks and crannies. And try to wrinkle the paper, to simulate old leather.
Let it dry competely and then your ready to paint. this part is pretty much up to you. I used a base coat of yellow and brown acryylic paint. Again cheap-o from wally world. (wal mart).
Next coat- batty gets a make up job. purple and black.
Now some dark shading.
A few touch ups and your done! Enjoy.
There you go- super easy, super cheap, super awesome. Good luck!