Books are the best travel companions. Whenever sitting on the plain or train I like to take out my book and start reading. Very often I soon realize that I have not taken a bookmark with me. Or if there already is a bookmark between the pages it's often a piece of scrap paper, an old receipt or a worn-out ticket. I have hundreds of books, but only a handful of bookmarks. This needed to change.
A good bookmark is not too small nor too large and most importantly not too thick. Stamping and die-cutting are perfect techniques for embellishing a bookmark as you can build interesting layers and yet keep the project thin. For stamping and colouring I recommend to use media that will be permanent and not mess up your book. You don't want to colour the pages of your book with the bookmark!
I definetely needed more than one bookmark, so I made two on the same go:
The base of my project was a size 8 manila tag. First I stamped and heat embossed the lovely quote text on the tag, and then coloured both tags with Distress stains. The white embossed text resisted the water-soluable colour, and once the tag was dry I gently wiped off the excess colour from the text with a baby wipe. The colour was not applied direcly on the tag, but dabbed on my craft mat, misted with water and then picked up with the tag. Love that result- you can not fully control the flow of colours which makes the technique so fun!
I trimmed few millimeters off from each side and glued the tag on a die-cut white size 8 tag, and finished the project with embellishing the tags with white die-cut leafs (small leafs are from *this* Sizzix set).
This simple tag would make a perfect Christmas gift for a far-away friend as you can easily mail it inside a standard size envelope. I think I need to make a few bookmarks more...
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