Sunday, June 14, 2015

DIY Bookmarks: A Look at Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies Stamp Set

Hello, everyone!

I am here today with a quick DIY project. I am in the process of developing some custom card set orders, but today I decided to take a break to work on a project that is kid friendly! I think it would be great to include a set of these as a gift with purchase for people who order cards and have kids or even teach.

I love playing with watercolors, even though I am not very good at it! Today, I decided to break out my 24 set of Derwent Inktense pencils and give them a try.

I began by taking a piece of 4.25" x 5.5" (standard A2 size) 90 lb. watercolor paper by Canson, and I cut it in half to create two bookmarks. You could use watercolor paper or another great option is the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. It's precut to the A2 size, so all you have to do is cut it down the middle with your trimmer to get two bookmarks.

I went through my stamps to find one with a large image I could color, as a well as a longer quote or phrase. I ended up choosing Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies stamp set.

I arranged my stamps on the bookmark and stamped them with my favorite black pigment ink- Versafine Black Onyx. TIP: One of my favorite ways to use this ink is to stamp the image and then quickly coat it with clear embossing powder. It isn't nearly as messy as black embossing powder! Just remember that if you are going to do this, only try it with a slower drying pigment ink. I believe dye based inks dry too quickly for this to work! Anyways, I stamped the images in black and then using a clear embossing powder over it. It prevents the person coloring from going outside the lines with their watercolors, and it prevents the ink from bleeding when it comes into contact with water. This black ink in particular does dry to be water resistant without needing to be embossed, but the embossing does really help with the colors staying where you want them.

I colored one with my Derwent Inktense pencils by using a wet paintbrush and touching it to the tip of the pencil and then down to the area I wanted to color.

I added a piece of clear tape to the back and punched a hole with a 1/8" hole punch towards the top of the bookmark. I also added a piece of baker's twine to finish it up!

I think a set of these would be a great add on gift for orders. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Get the Lawn Fawn Blue Skies stamp set here!

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