When I’m able to take some personal time during the week for self care, I enjoy paper crafts and reading. Today, for some additional inspiration for the current Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge, I’ve combined those interests and I’m sharing a set of bookmarks that I made with a few of my favorite simple techniques.
Although each finished bookmark is different, I used the same basic steps making them. First, I trimmed panels of heavyweight Hero Hues Premium Cardstock to 2-1/2” by 6”. Next, using assorted dies, I cut small stencils from acetate. I inked over the die cut shapes and repositioned the stencils repeatedly to create patterned backgrounds. I also stamped a message from the No Trespassing Stamp & Cut set multiple times on each panel. Then, I stamped, colored, and die cut a variety of images, shapes and positive sentiments that I clustered together to embellish each bookmark. Arranging the elements is so much fun and so satisfying!
To make my first bookmark, I used Navy and Sea Salt inks to create the background and stamped images. I also used several of the Nesting Clouds Infinity Dies. I used the adorable Fun in The Rain stamp set and the handy coordinating dies to create the cute images and timely message. On a few of the bookmarks, I included travel embellishments made with the From the Vault Travel set and coordinating dies. I secured the pieces to the bookmark with adhesive dots and double-sided tape.
For the next bookmark, I used the Tea Pots and Handles Infinity Dies and the Cups and Handles Infinity Dies to make the stenciled background. I created a collection of coffee themed elements with the Cup of Love stamp set and Cup of Love Frame Cuts. Two of the images I embossed on vellum. For variety, I embossed the sentiment onto a tag die that I cut with the Tag Infinity Dies. On each of the bookmarks, I also added a single enamel dot.
For the floral bookmark, I created a butterfly background with the From the Vault Bugs Frame Cuts and Aquatic ink. I stamped, colored and die cut a pair of beautiful flowers and a sentiment with the Hero Florals Tulips set and dies. For the other assorted elements, I used the From the Vault Celestial set, the From the Vault Bugs set, and the Nesting Circle Infinity Dies.
For the final bookmark, I created a heart background and a few heart shapes with the Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies. Since I plan to send this one to my niece, I included a cute image of a bear and a sweet sentiment from the Unbearably Thankful set. Although I decided not to embellish these bookmarks further, including a ribbon at the top of a bookmark is as easy as punching a hole near the top edge at the center and then looping a length of ribbon through the hole.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope that you are well and that you are finding time for self care. Happy crafting!
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