This morning’s project is another one of those happy accidents that happen in my studio from time to time. I actually planned to make a Christmas gift tag but ended up with a bookmark. And not just any bookmark, one inspired by the Narnia books of C.S. Lewis. As it turns out my dancing goat doesn’t match Mr. Tumnus’ description in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but you get the idea.
This project happened when I pulled out the Snowflake Splendor 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I love all the designs on this pack and am determined not to waste any of it. Today I chose the pale Coastal Cabana snowflake design and realised that I could probably stamp directly onto it.
I began by cutting a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the DSP. Using Tuxedo Black ink I then stamped the dancing goat image from the Way To Goat Stamp Set onto it. Then I coloured in the image using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.
First I used the light Basic Black to add a little colour to the tufts on his coat and in the shadows under his chin, ‘arms’ and back legs. Then I coloured the whole body using the dark Smoky Slate. Next I added a little light basic black to the ears and fringe before colouring the rest of these parts with dark Smoky Slate.
To ensure the face stood out I coloured that using dark Smoky Slate but avoided the eyelids. These, together with the horns, were coloured using light Smoky Slate. I finished off the image with a couple of light Smoky Slate scribbles below his feet.
With the image done I then began my search for an appropriate sentiment and found it in the Well Said Stamp Set. Sadly it was too wide for the bookmark but that was easily fixed…
Using Tuxedo Black ink I inked up just the “time for a new” part of the stamp and covered the rest with sellotape. Then I stamped the altered sentiment above the goat. Next I removed the sellotape and cleaned off the stamp. With that done I inked up just the “adventure” part of the sentiment and covered the rest with sellotape. Then I simply stamped “adventure” below the first part of the sentiment.
Finally I was ready to assemble the bookmark.
I cut a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Whisper White Card and using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) fixed the DSP to it. Then I shaped the top using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch.
Next I threaded some Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon through the hole and secured it in place with a Mini Glue Dot on either side.
To complete the scene I used a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to ‘draw’ over some of the snowflakes. I also added Wink of Stella to his eyelids and the ground, and my Narnia themed bookmark was finally complete.
I still have the Narnia books from my late son’s collection and haven’t read them in years. Maybe I’ll revisit them when the snow’s thick on the ground…