Sunday, July 17, 2011

Another Bookmark Gift Pack

I am really liking this gift pack idea, and have been looking forward to trying a few more designs.  This week, I decided to do one with a pressed flower bookmark, and I actually have a good excuse!  I've been very busy at work on a big project for one of the cities that we work with.  The project manager at the city is a lovely woman who I have enjoyed working with, but she is leaving the city to pursue other interests and go back to school.  Her last day is in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to make her a card to express my best wishes for her future plans.  So, I figured, why not give her a bookmark as well?  It might come in handy when she starts school!  I chose one of the one-flower bookmarks I had previously made as the starting point:
I love the contrasting purple and green shades in this one!  First up, I made a card:
I got this butterfly stamp during the big 4th of July sale at Craft Warehouse, and it came also with the "Take Wing" sentiment.  I thought it was very appropriate for wishing someone well on future endeavors!  The card base is green, followed by a deep plum layer, then the same striped pattern paper that was used in the bookmark.  The butterfly and message were stamped onto white card stock with deep purple pigment ink and heat embossed.

Here is a close-up of the butterfly:
I colored in the white spots with two shades of green watercolor pencil and blended the color with a paper towel with a bit of water on it.  In hindsight, I wish I had used just the light green, because the darker green I used around the edges has just a bit too much blue in it to go with the rest of the colors in this card.  Oh well, live and learn!

Here's the inside of the card:

Pretty simple- a fuschia layer, followed by the white layer, which I used a corner punch on the corners, and the "Best Wishes" stamped in purple.  I punched a butterfly with a MS punch out of the same striped pattern paper and glued it on the bottom.

The gift envelope for the bookmark:
Sorry the lighting is kind of bad on this pic- the purple is not quite so blue in reality!  I used that same corner punch on the corners.  The seal is similar to the one I did on the previous gift envelope, except I added the butterfly punched from the striped paper.

And here it all is together:

I lined the inside of this envelope with green, with the corners punched with the same lace corner punch.  I like how it turned out!  These are some of my favorite colors, and this bookmark is one of my favorite one-flower bookmarks, so I am pleased with the results.  I hope the recipient of my gift and card like them!

I have several other things in the works, or at least in the planning stages.  I still have the Christmas cards for the Christmas in July swap on the back burner, because sign-ups for the swap go through the end of the month.  I don't have to mail them until the end of August, so I have plenty of time for that.  I am also in the process of figuring out a design for an anniversary card for some very good friends of ours, who just had their 20th anniversary.  They will be having a party in a couple of weeks, so I want to make a card for them.  I also have a friend whose birthday is coming up, and I was thinking of surprising her with a photo bookmark with pictures of her kids on it.  She has two daughters, a step-daughter and step-son, so this would be a double-sided bookmark.  She has lots of pics on Facebook, so if I can find some good ones to copy from there, I'm in business!  All of that should keep me busy for awhile!

1 comment:

  1. Very good idea with the sets, and beautiful as usual :)