Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today to share a fast and fun paper craft to get you ready for summer reading! I’ve always got a book (or two) going, and so do my kids, and I love using real bookmarks. You know what I mean – that step up from a receipt or a scrap of paper stuffed into your book (and worse yet – the dreaded dog ear). So I keep a small stash of bookmarks around for new reads. I also include a handmade bookmark when I give gifts to book-loving friends. It’s that little something extra that shows you care enough to give handmade even if you’re buying a new book (or bookstore gift card)! They don’t take much in the way of supplies – a bookmark can be as simple or as intricate as you like! But today I’m going to show you how to easily emboss and add die-cuts to bookmarks to instantly embellish them.
Embossed Bookmark Supplies:
- Core’dinations Distress Collection cardstock
- Sand It Gadget
- Paper trimmer
- Manual embossing machine (I use the Sizzix Big Shot, with extended platform and cutting pads)
- Embossing folders by Darice: flowers, tree trunks, checkers, and sentiments like “Thinking of You”
- Small Darice and Sizzix dies in basic shapes like squares, flowers, hearts, or butterflies
- Tape runner and/or Glue Dots
Step 1. Trim papers to 1.25 x 5.5 inches, and position within embossing folders. If you’re like me and you’re using the Sizzix Big Shot, place the embossing folder between two cutting pads and roll it through on the extended platform using tab #1. (Embossing can of course be done on a variety of manual machines.)
Step 2. Gently distress the embossed surface by sanding with your Sand It Gadget to help your designs stand out.
Step 3. Die-cut additional complementary shapes to add to your bookmarks like hearts, butterflies, or geometric shapes. (If using the Big Shot, you’ll place these between cutting pads and roll it through on tab #2.)
Step 4. Cut coordinating (or contrasting) backers for your bookmarks 1.5 x 5.75 inches. Attach the embossed papers to these backers with a tape runner or glue dots. Add shapes to the tops of the bookmarks.
Simple patterns and shapes are a great way to make up lots of bookmarks at once – this quick set of 4 only took me 15 minutes to assemble! They’re also simple enough that kids of all ages can make these as a rainy-day activity, or as a gift for teachers, coaches, caregivers or friends, or make up several to keep on-hand for last minute gifts.
Thanks for joining me today!
For my son’s 9th Birthday he was having a pool party at our house. I know our pool is still open for business even though school has started! Everything was themed ‘Splish Splash’ so I pulled out some fabulous Core’dinations Cardstock and got to work with my Silhouette cutting all kinds of little bits to decorate with!
Let’s start off with this cute little frame from the David Tutera Wedding Collection. Perfect for any occasion …. including a 9 year old boys birthday party:
One of my favorite things were these fun water bottle tags. With (15) 9 year olds running around all afternoon I knew I needed to try and keep their drinks straight so I cut these super fun shapes and made these name tags for each of them.
- Spotted Jillian Dot - Tulip, Apple Green, Tranquil Blue
- Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – Broken China, Mustard Seed
- David Tutera Wedding – Frame
- Spotted Tillie Dot – Navy
- Graphic 45 Signature Series Cardstock – Gala Gold, Bon Voyage
- Darice Mini Gift Bags
- Darice Embossing Folder
- Fiskars Crimper
- CM Circle Punch
- Papertrey Ink Stamp
- Couture Creations Embossing Folder
- Sizzix Stamp & Die Set
- Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress CollectionTim Holtz Kraft-Core CollectionChocolate Box: 4.25″ x 5.5″, Cut & Emboss
- CoreTag: Large Smooth Fashion Ivory
- Sand It Gadget
- Dust BuddyOther Supplies:Couture Creations Embossing FolderRanger Archival Ink & Tim Holtz Distress Ink
- Unity Stamp Co.
- Fiskars Border Punch
- Echo Park Sticker
Ava Gavloski here today with a layout that focuses on tearing, antiquing and edge distressing our Tim Holtz & Ranger Collections of Cardstock. The Chipped Sapphire and Peach Bellini and Graphic 45 Signature Series my sunset perfctly! The great thing about Core’dinations is there are so many great colors to choose from, you can match virtually any project. If these techniques are new to you then check out Core’dinations videos for great how-to’s!
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distressed and Adirondack cardstock, Graphic 45 Signature Series Lights cardstock, Sand it Gadget and Dust Buddy. Other Supplies: Petaloo flowers, Want2Scrap, ScrapMatts chipboard, Maja Designs pattern paper, Clearsnap Ink and Helmar Adhesive.
1. Cut cardstock, pattern papers and distress edges. Sand cardstock to reveal the inner colored core.
2. Paint and ink up chipboard pieces.
3. Spray Blue Sapphaire cardstock with a mixture of water and glycerin 16.1 ratio, damp’in cardstock, crinkle outer edges, dry, sand with Sand-it-Gadget and iron to flatten page.
Tip: Use a low heat setting on your iron you to flatten out your cardstock after crumbling it.
4. Tear some embossed, sanded pieces of cardstock to give the “look” of waves and ocean sand before adhering your chipboard pieces.
5. Assemble distressed edges of pattern paper, cardstock, photo’s onto Antiqued background paper and adhere all embellishments onto layout.