Mixed Media Bookmark

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Creative Crafty Friends hosted a mixed media bookmark swap and I jumped in! I don’t read paperback books since I bought my Kindle years ago. But I do happen to have a couple books of my own I published and I could certainly use a couple bookmarks for those. The swap called for us to make two and I will show you one today.

The lady my bookmarks were going to likes steampunk and the beach. A good combination, yes? Hahaha! So I pulled out some items for each category and got busy.

I began with some sturdy paper that I cut into sections about 2″ x 8″ – a total guess because I forgot to measure before I mailed them off. I thought these colors of Distress inks would be great for steampunk.

I used all three ink pads and rubbed them directly onto my craft mat.

Next I sprayed some water onto the color. I love how it beads up!

I rubbed one side of the bookmark through the color, making sure to get some good coverage. I knew that a lot of the surface would be covered up with ephemera so it was even more important to get some good color into the fews areas that would be showing.

I was pretty happy with the colors and used my heat gun to dry this side.

Then I came back in with those same ink pads and scuffed some color onto the surface – right over the color I already had.

And I added all the colors till I was happy.

And happier. Hahahahaha!

I took the elements I wanted to incorporate and ran them through the sticker machine.

Some of the pieces I had to cut into separate bits to use. After removing the sticker backing paper, I adhered the pieces in a pleasing order.

After cutting the overhang away, I inked the edges which you totally can not see in this photo. Sorry. I laminated these bookmarks and they have already been received into their new home. I’ll show you the second bookmark real soon.

12 thoughts on “Mixed Media Bookmark

  1. Very cool, as always, Alice. 🙂 You find such wonderful tidbits in your ephemera stash! And I always appreciate your choices of color and how you blend them.

  2. Perfect matching of the background colours to the images, even if not a lot of that background is visible. Interesting combination of steampunk with beach!

    • Not sure I took enough photos of the beach bookmark. May not get to post that one.

      • ah I see now, there’s one bookmark for beach & one for steampunk!!

        • That explains why I couldn’t work out where the beach elements were on this bookmark, I assumed it was sand as the background. Hmmm – definitely wasn’t thinking straight there.

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