Howdy! So nice that it is summer, the kids are out of school and most activities, and I have more time to craft! I've had this idea floating around in my head for awhile, and I finally started experimenting to see how it would actually work. I haven't been doing much in the way of bookmarks lately, in favor of developing my card-making skills, but I've wanted to figure out a way to incorporate them both. At first I thought about doing a card that has a bookmark attached, and I might explore that idea at some point, but for now, I'm pursuing another idea: a bookmark and card gift pack. I designed a simple gift envelope for a bookmark (still tweaking the dimensions and basic design) and a card, all of which have matching designs. My initial experiment is with a very simple patterned bookmark, no pressed flowers, but in the future I will see about doing something with the flower bookmarks as well. Here is what I came up with:
I had a lot of fun putting this together, and am already dreaming up new designs! I would like to work on the structure of the envelope- maybe round the flap or soemething along those lines. I've also played with the idea of using velcro for the enclosure, but not sure I would want to bump up the production costs for that. Next I will be playing with designs that use the pressed flower bookmarks. I have yet to find a good way to make a card with pressed flowers that keeps the flower protected, so I'm thinking I will use the one-flower bookmarks that use patterned paper, so that I can use the same paper on the card and envelope.
Here is another card I did last weekend. We went to some friends' house for the 4th of July, and she had just gotten back from CA where she went for her step-father's funeral. I had seen a sympathy card design that I liked in my book, so used that as a guide on the design. My colors and stamps were not exactly as the one in the book, and it didn't come out as nice as the one in the book, but my friend seemed to like it:
I did not have a sympathy stamp, so I hand-wrote the sentiment on this one in silver gel pen. I used a crinkle technique from my book on the creme paper base- very easy! Just spray the paper slightly with water, then wad up into a ball, flatten, and dry. I used a dry iron on a dish towel over the paper to flatten and speed up the drying. I then stamped it with a leaf stamp using a mossy green ink. The striped square is made with an orange paper that I mottled with a goldish yellow ink, then stamped in with white ink with a stripe stamp. The card in the book used a pinstripe stamp, which I could not find, so this worked as a substitute. Anyway, it's not the best card I've ever made, but it worked.
That's it for this week! I was going to get started on my Christmas cards for the Christmas in July swap, but decided not to just yet, since sign-ups go through the end of the month, so I'd rather wait until I know how many I need to make. I do have all the supplies for them- although if I have to make more than 4 of them, I might have to go back to JoAnn's and get more of one of the papers.
I have a new project on the horizon, and that is an anniversary card for some very dear friends of ours who are having their 20th anniversary this week. They are going to be throwing themselves an anniversary party in a couple of weeks, so this is a chance for me to try a card I have not done before- it is challenging, but fun, to do something other than birthday cards!