Friday, April 8, 2016

Celtic Bookmarks

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

Wow! It is hard to believe that it is already March! Where did January and February go? Several family members have birthdays later this month so I had better get busy. Lucky for me I already have a stash of handmade paper to grab, but in case you don’t, follow the instructions below. The bookmarks are quick and easy to make, and are always a big hit with the book lovers in my Irish heritage family.

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white/ivory and green paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies:  Tonic #184 Celtic Dreams Collectable Set 
  • Tonic Tangerine™ Die cut and embossing machine
  • Tonic Advantage V blade paper trimmer & scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Tonic Craft Tacky™ adhesive
  • 12” each of Winter White seam binding, olive green Organza ½” ribbon, and fibers for each bookmark
  • ¼” round hole punch
  • Iron if you want the paper smooth

  1. Follow the instructions for paper making found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the white/ivory scraps.
  2. Create one or more sheets of medium weight white/ivory handmade paper.
  3. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut several pieces 2 x 9” and 3 ¼ x 6 ¼”.
  4. Clip the top corners forming a tag shape. Save the extra pieces for other projects.
  5. Repeat: making slurry from the green scraps and cutting the sizes when the paper is dry.
  6. Die cut the center design on the long bookmarks with the long Celtic die.
  7. Die cut two of the square die shapes from the tag shape.
  8. Die cut the words “with love” from green scrap.

Assemble the bookmarks:
  1. Layer and attach a piece of the green handmade paper behind the long white bookmark.
  2. Layer and attach a piece of handmade white paper behind the long green bookmark.
  3. Layer and attach a piece of green handmade paper to the back of the tag shape bookmark.
  4. Punch a hole at the top center of all the bookmarks.
  5. Attach the die cut words at an angle at the top of the tag shape being careful to not cover up the hole.
  6. Insert the seam binding, ribbon and fibers through the hole. Insert the tails through the loop and tighten.

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