Thursday, 13 December 2012

Who does not love to read??

Hello everyone
Welcome and good to see you here!. Hope you are all well ahead with your Christmas preparations! Can you believe it is now less than 2 weeks away (scary.....)
I love making gifts and have a friend who is an avid reader, so what better gift than a homemade book mark? To make it look a bit more special, I created a book-shaped holder to tug the bookmark into.

These were the stamps and other products I used:
Traveling Words
Christmas plate 3
Mini Christmas
Calligraphic Mat 12
Other products:
Ideaology Kraft Resist Seasonal
 Claudine Helmuth Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Distress Stains in Pewter, Bundled Sage and Picket Fence
Distress Inks in Bundled Sage, Brushed Corduroy, Peacock Feather, Festive Berries
Adirondac Color Wash Cranberry
Archival Ink in Jet Black and Cobalt
From My Stash:
Various dies, Treasure Gold, corner rounder punch, smooth stamping card, foam tape, gold embossing powder, small piece of scrapbook paper, crinkled seam binding, script embossing folder, various small embellishments.
1. I started by cutting a piece of the Kraft Resist Seasonal paper to & 3/4 by 7 1/2 inches and scored and then folded along the long side at 3 3/4 and 4". I rounded the corners, inked around the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and then Treasure Gold White Fire, to give it an aged antique look. This is the cover of the booklet.

2. I cut a piece of smooth white card to the same size and scored in exactly the same way. I spread the distress stains on my craft mat, swiped my card through it several times, spritzt it with water and dried it with my heat gun. I then inked it further with my chosen Distress Inks until I was happy with the result. Next I gold embossed the Calligraphic Mat stamp all over it and inked around the edges, and finally glued it onto the cover using Multi Matte Medium

3. To embellish the outside I stamped the Santa stamp from the Christmas Plate twice with Jet Black Archival ink, coloured with Distress inks and  die cut and layered as shown in the picture. I fastened a piece of seam binding, died with Cranberry Color Wash underneath my ornament first.I then mounted it onto the cover with foam tape. Those of you who are observant will see that the die cut is a Spellbinders die and the great news is that in the new year the Artistic Stamper will start to stock Spellbinder dies, so keep your eyes peeled!!

4. The inside was done in a similar way, creating a pocket with one of the die-cuts that I ran through an embossing folder first.
Here you can see some more detail:

5. For the bookmark I cut a a piece of strong card to 2 by 6" and covered it on two sides with scrapbook paper. I stamped one of the stamps of the Traveling Words set in Jet Black archival ink, cut, inked and mounted it as shown and finished it with some ribbon and small embellishments.

Here you can see the bookmark inside its pocket:
Here finally you can see the back of the booklet, again I first cut a bit of seam binding and then glued a small die cut ornament over it

Well |I hope you enjoyed this little project and feel inspired to make some of your own last minute gifts still.
I wish you all the most wonderful, peaceful and happy Christmas. I will be back on Boxing Day with another project.
Until then, stay happy and crafty!


SueC said...

That is really lovely xx

Netty said...

Terrific idea Astrid, x

Shelly Schmidt said...


Sarah said...

What a lovely gift and so beautifully made.

Sid said...

Great piece of art !

Anonymous said...

That is gorgeous.

Maryann Laursen said...

This is so gorgeous as always Astrid. Stunning work.

Artyjen said...

Lovely idea :)
xoxo Sioux

Rosie said...

Just wonderful

Zuzu's Blog said...

Bravo Astrid.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Just gorgeous Astrid! I love all the papers, stamps and dies you have used. A super idea for a present. Thank you!

Redanne said...

The bookmark is beautiful and the holder is a fantastic gift in itself. I love this! Anne x

Bärbel said...

Eine wunderbare Geschenkidee, die zudem noch großartig gestaltet wurde. Ich liebe die schönen Vintage-Farben und die embosste Mittelseite mit der Goldschrift und der Halterund für das Lesezeichen, das ebenfalls wunderschön ist, beeindruckt mich ganz besonders.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Absolutely amazing! Love ever single page of perfection! Pinning!

Janny Jager said...

Great creation Astrid.
love it.
Greetings Janny

Dorthe said...

Amazing dear Astrid, -
the gold embossed text looks fantastic,and the book mark is so lovely- your niece will LOVE this gift from you.

butterfly said...

A complete and utter delight, Astrid - every detail is perfect: the inky centre pages with that glorious golden text; the fabulous papers for the cover, deliciously distressed; stunning layered baubles; gorgeous bookmark - can you tell that I like it?!
Alison x

craftytrog said...

It's gorgeous Astrid! xx

Jenny Marples said...

Such a fantastic bookmark and holder Astrid. This is really inventive and a feast of inkiness. Love the die cut details too. Hugs, Jenny x

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