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