Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gift holder, Bookmark and a little Tip

Hello there ... 
I don't think it's ever going to stop raining here ... The garden looks so sad...

I'm a lover of real books, the kind you can hold...not the kindle type...and I have a lot of friends who are like me... 
Today I have a little card to share that is just big enough to hold a gift card for a bookstore together with a detachable bookmark, all made from scraps

I started with a piece of  scrap CS that I had sponged with inks and splattered with water and cut out the sentiment and a little banner. The flowers and leaves were stamped and coloured with copics then smooshed in versamark and heat embossed with clear E/P

 I used another scrap of the sponged CS for the back part of the bookmark and a scrap of vellum to hold it to the card and to show how it can be used in your book

Here's a TIP for you ... I don't think I've shared this before? Anyway, it's a way of getting more out of your square or rectangle type dies and adding edging to your scrap pieces as I did with the vellum on my card and the longer part of the bookmark

Here you can see the piece of vellum and the die I used (mine is from Lil'inkers rectangles) The die was the length I wanted but not the width but it's so easy to adapt it

First tape your die to one side of the paper, card or vellum you want to cut

and run it through your die cutting machine, you will end up with one shaped side

Lay your die back on aligning to the other side at the distance you want

... run it back through your machine and Voila!

 A nicely edged custom sized rectangle - I use this trick a lot particularly on scrap pieces

By the way, the challenge at City Crafter is flags and banners ... check it out

I'm off to see my friend at the nursing home now, bless her she is really struggling and it breaks my heart

Enjoy your day and if you have any sun to share I'd be grateful!

Till soon

~ Ros ~