When is a bookmark not a bookmark?

A bookmark, obviously, isn’t a bookmark when it’s a card! It’s Sabrina here today, and I wanted to share a card I made with the beautiful Diamonds and Flowers bookmark stamp from Art Neko. It’s actually one of several bookmark-style stamps which can all be found on the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate A382FSHT, so  you will be seeing a couple more bookmark cards from me over the next few weeks. I do read and love books, but typically I don’t use a lot of bookmarks myself except in recipe books to mark favourites!  I really like the Art Nouveau (or is it more Art Deco?) look of this image.

uncolored image of Diamonds and Flowers bookmark stamp from Art Neko

 

When my husband was looking at it, he wondered what I would do with this particular design. I said I was going to add rhinestones to all the little circles in it, and he thought that sounded good. Of course, it means it’s totally unsuitable as a bookmark because I respect my books too much to put anything dimensional into them – so I turned it into a card.

To start with, I stamped the entire image on Eclipse tape and made a couple of masks so that I could sponge in background colours after colouring the flowers with Polychromos pencils. For the lower flowers, I stamped them again a couple of times on thin white card, and cut them out for layering. While the upper flowers are left flat, I added a little Stickles to the centre of each one. After colouring and then sponging with distress inks (antique linen, forest moss and peacock feathers) I added the flower layers and bling.

Close up detail of the layered flowers on the Diamonds and Flowers bookmark card

 

To create a base to display this, I used Spellbinders Bracket Borders 1 – they picked up perfectly on the diamonds in the bookmark, and created a lovely frame for it.  Using the Gold Leaves Paper on Black I cut another set of brackets to lay underneath the diamond apertures.

I cut each border slightly wider than I needed it to be, and then scored about half an inch in from the long straight edge. This made a tab which I was able to fold under and attach to the back of  another piece of white linen card cut to the size of a regular card front. I found this to be the cleanest and neatest way of attaching my borders – and then I added a little foam tape along the bracket edge to give them some dimension. I then added this whole piece to a regular folded card – and here it is.

Card made using the Diamonds and Flowers Bookmark stamp from Art Neko

 

I hope you like it! Have a great weekend and remember to check back next week for some more creative inspiration.

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3 Responses to When is a bookmark not a bookmark?

  1. Karen Gibson-Clapper October 4, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Wow wow Sabrina – truly stunning and beautifully coloured. The diamonds add just the right amount of sparkle. Wonderfully done.

  2. chrissyd723 October 9, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

    Sabrina – This is gorgeous! Love the die cut designs and your use of the bookmark.

  3. dragonlady2 April 12, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    This is a stunner! Makes me want to go out and buy a book so I can use the bookmark.

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