I’ve just returned from a trip to Maine with my Granddaughter from the UK who’s spending three weeks with us in Canada. Sadly the weather there wasn’t brilliant, with one day completely washed out by torrential rain. Still, that gave us a great excuse to go shopping together instead. Our first stop was a huge bookstore in South Portland called Books-A-Million. We both had such fun and came out laden with new books. Now we’re back home I couldn’t resist creating this simple bookmark using the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set.
BRIGHTLY COLOURED DAISIES
I began by cutting a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card. Then from the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set I chose the smaller of the two full daisy images. Using Basic Gray ink I first stamped the daisy outline in two columns. Then I found the matching solid stamp to colour in the outlines.
After inking up the solid stamp with Moody Mauve ink, I ‘stamped-off’ onto some scrap paper to remove a little of the ink. Then I stamped the lighter image inside the daisy outline. I continued this inking and stamping-off process until all the daisies were done.
For the centre of the flowers I used my Daffodil Delight ink pad and the small flower centre stamp.
With the flowers complete I decided to add even more colour with the light and dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. First I used the dark one around the edges of the flowers before filling in the rest of the background with the light marker.
Finally I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece of coordinating Moody Mauve Card. Then I mounted the daisy piece on top using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow), leavng an even border at the bottom and sides.
CUSTOM COLOURED TWINE
All I needed to do now was finish the top of the bookmark.
I started by adding a hole at the top using the slot option on the Very Best Trio Punch. Then I threaded 6″ of 3/8″ Moody Mauve Textured Ribbon through the slot.
Rather than use adhesive to secure the ribbon in place I decided to add a twine bow. I could have chosen some of the 2023-2025 In Color Jute Trim but wanted something less chunky. So instead of separating the Jute Trim into three threads I turned to the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack.
From the five neutral coloured colours spools in the pack I cut a 6″ piece of white twine. This would have looked perfectly fine as it was but I decided that I wanted it to coordinate better with my daisies. So I placed the twine onto some scrap paper and coloured it using the brush tip of a dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker.
Once I’d coloured the twine I went to get some coffee leaving the alcohol ink a minute or two to dry. When I returned I pressed the twine between some kitchen paper just to be sure there was no excess ink. With that done I tied the twine in a bow around the ribbon, close to the top of the bookmark. And just like that my project was complete and ready to be put to use.
For some of the cards I’ve created using the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set, see these earlier blog posts.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set and coordinating dies (not used today) as the ‘Cheerful Daisies Bundle’. Using this single item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two products separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle below so you can explore this option if you wish.