Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bookmark Card Tutorial

Here is that tutorial I promised you. The green panel and flower of this card are a magnetic bookmark that slides out.

First I will go through the steps to make the bookmark.

I started with a stamped image of the big flower from Embrace Life (Stampin' Up) and colored that in with a yellow craft marker. Then I went around the outside with an orange craft marker. Next I used water color pencils to blend the colors.

After finishing the coloring, I used a Versa Mark pen over the entire image and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I added a second layer of Versa Mark and embossing powder since this is part of the book mark and needs to hold up to use. Next I cut the image out closely.

Now cut a strip of Wild Wasabi 6-1/2 by 1-1/8 inches and a strip of Certainly Celery 6-1/2 by 1 inch. They should both be scored and folded in half crosswise. Next adhere a small magnet to one end of the Wild Wasabi and another to the other end. Pay attention to the polarity (positive and negative) of the magnets. They should be attracted to one another when the paper is folder.

Now add the Certainly Celery paper to cover the magnets. I used the swirl stamp from Priceless to decorate it first. The two strips of card stock were cut the same length, but when the Certainly Celery is folded over the Wild Wasabi, it will be a little shorter, creating a nice even 1/16 inch border of Wild Wasabi.

In my sample, this is probably not very important since it is covered with a flower, but if you don't use the flower, those dimensions should work pretty well with most SU card stock. If you use thicker card stock, you may need to play around a bit with the length.

Next, just adhere the flower to one side of the open end of the bookmark.

If you would like you can add a sentiment or embellishment. I used the sentiment from embrace life on Whisper White card stock, cut it out with the Word Window punch and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

For the card, I cut a piece of 4-1/2 inch square So Saffron card stock. I inked up the background stamp from Baroque Motifs with Versa Mark, then Certainly Celery ink, and heat embossed that with clear embossing powder.

To create the slot for the bookmark to slide into, I used a 1/6 inch hole punch and punched two holes 1/2 inch in from the side and 1-1/4 inch apart.

Then I used my craft knife and straight edge to cut out the slot.

When you are done, it should look something like the photo above. If you have a slot punch, that would probably be easier, but I don't have one yet, so I did it the hard way.

I did some sponging around the So Saffron using ink of the same color. Then, I added two strips of 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon to the right of the slot.

Then I added two more on the left of the slot.

Another Embrace Life sentiment hides behind where the bookmark sits. This will give the card a bit of a finished look even after the bookmark is removed.

The So Saffron is mounted to a piece of Really Rust card stock. Before you glue down that layer, be sure to put the bookmark in the slot so that you can see where to avoid adding adhesive. If you forget to do this, you may accidentally glue shut the area where the bookmark slides in.

To complete the card, I mounted added brads and mounted the Really Rust on a 5 by 5 inch Wild Wasabi card base.


Allison Lee said...

Theresa, I've noticed you do a lot of heat embossing over your images. Very nice. Question... before heat Embossing, you use watercolor pencils to blend your colors. Do you wet them after you shade it in? or leave it dry?
Thanks for sharing your card. The bookmark idea is wonderful. I may CASE and make a few teacher Thank you cards!
Allison L

Annapurna said...

Very cool. Love this bookmark with the card idea. Beautiful work.

Carolyn King said...

i love your bookmark card---beautifully done and the tutorial is so easy to follow!

Theresa said...

Thanks for the lovely comments, ladies.

Allison, in answer to your question, I actually have stopped coloring directly on the paper with the pencils. Instead, I pick up the color with the aqua pen and then paint it on. Sometimes, to help blend, I go ahead and use the aqua painter without color first and then apply the color. By getting the paper wet first, it helps with the blending. I have been thinking of doing a video to show how I do my coloring. Hopefully, I will get around to that soon.

Marimer said...

Fabuloso tutorial y gran trabajo, me encantaria ver ese video, seguro que cumple todas las preguntas, gracias.

Custom Cards said...

The design for this card is really nice and the color which you are used in this card that looks great to me. I hope your work will be useful for all the newbies.

Plastic Card said...

Design is good . Whatever But i love your tutorial.

Mazhar Shah