It’s Mothering Sunday in the UK and for the first time in over 10 years I’m spending it with my daughter and granddaughters. The sun is shining and it promises to be a lovely day. For today’s simple Sunday project I have a quick and easy bookmark idea using the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set. It would be the perfect with a personal handwritten message on the back and slipped into a gifted book.
This project popped into my head as soon as I saw the trellis pattern in the Hydrangea Hill 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I started by cutting a 2″ x 5-1/2″ strip of DSP along with some Very Vanilla Card the same size. Then with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the two pieces together.
Next, to turn the assembled strip into a bookmark I punched a hole at the top using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch.
My colour choices of ribbon and twine are a little limited at the moment so I decided to create my own. First I cut two 6″ pieces of Whisper White Twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack. Next, using the brush tip of a dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker I coloured over one piece of twine. I set the coloured twine aside and then coloured the other piece using the light Old Olive Stampin’ Blends marker. Once done I left the twine to dry while I got on with the flowers and leaves.
STRAWBERRY FLOWERS AND LEAVES
I must admit that I’m just a little obsessed with the pretty flowers and leaves in the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set. There is a coordinating punch for this set but not for the particular image I’d chosen, so instead I planned to fussy-cut them.
First though I took the combined leaf and flower image from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set. Then using Mossy Meadow ink I stamped the leaf part of the image onto some Garden Green Card until I had seven leaves.
For the flowers I decided to start with some Blushing Bride Card and a Magenta Madness ink pad. After cleaning off the stamp I stamped the three flowers until I had seven full flowers and three part flowers in total. Finally I finished off the centre of the flowers with a dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends marker.
With the strawberry flowers and leaves done I spent a few minutes with my Paper Snips cutting everything out. This didn’t take long at all, and in a few minutes I was ready to start assembling the bookmark.
Using liquid glue I began by fixing the seven three part leaves to the trellis background. Then I added the flowers on top to give the impression they were climbing up the trellis.
To complete the project I simply needed to add the custom-coloured twine to the top. I took both pieces together and folded them in half then fed the loop through the slot. Finally I threaded the ends of the twine through the loops and pulled them tight.
This really was a simple project that turned out exactly as I’d hoped. I hope you like it as much as I do.
For another project using the same leaf and flower image see my earlier blog post Strawberry is my favourite fruit.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought he Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set with the coordinating Strawberry Builder Punch (not used today). Buying coordinating products using a single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option.