When working on the inside cover of Galdo's Gift we are taking inspiration from a number of very old books we have gathering dust on our shelves (ok, we don't dust our books).
One technique that was used on many old books and that fits very well with our story is gilding (applying layers of gold leaf), in this case gold lettering, motifs and decoration. The more modern method (used on the books we have access to) is hot foil stamping (pressing a gold leaf substitute onto the surface with metal type). This has it's own unique charm, especially when printed onto a textural material and given the passage of time.
Even though our book is in digital land, we want to harness some of the charm and character of old books; including the knocks and scrapes they have gathered as they are passed on from one semi-careful owner to the next.
We want our book to feel like it has been passed on down the generations and ended up in your hands.