I am a big fan of the Potter series. I really wanted a nice set of collector's styled editions for my shelves, but I'm not too keen on the deluxe editions that have been released. They are also pretty pricy, and considering that I already own copies of all the books, it seemed a little indulgent to spend so much on another set.
So I decided to re-cover my hardback copies of the standard editions with my own "deluxe" design, to add a bit more style to my bookshelves.
I am also using this project as an excuse to have a play with laser transfer foil, which I've never used before. I've got to say, it's pretty amazing stuff, and opens up a world of possibilities. I sourced my foil at a great site called Crafty Computer Paper ( They have LOTS of exciting products!)
The laser transfer foil only works with Laser printers, or photocopies. It does not work with inkjet printouts. I managed to buy an old black and white laser printer on ebay for £17 delivered (a steal!)
This technique can be applied to any hardback book, and I'm tempted to make some similar styled covers for some other series I have. The His Dark Materials series, or maybe some of Feist's novels too.
Step 1: Preparing the cover art and choosing the paper
I used some imaging software to create the new cover design digitally. I measured the books covers, then transfered them to into the software, and added the titles, and graphics.
It took a while to get everything perfect, but a few test prints later, I was confident enough to put my good quality paper through the laser printer to get a final front cover.
The paper I went for has a marble style pattern on it, I liked the colour, and I though it had a bit of a Hogwarts feel to it. I actually got it in A3 size, then cut it in half to get some A4 sheets, as this was a much cheaper way to buy it.
Below is a pic of the first run of the new cover on the marble paper.