Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Vintage Paris bookmark

One of my absolute fav stampsheets from sweet pea stamps is the Paris - plate 6 (that is on sale by the way for only $5.63.)
I've been wanting to play with it ever since I got them last week and today I finally felt creative enough to do something with it.

I decided to make a tag/bookmark - getting inspired by Tim Holtz's Christmas tags. I finally got to use my alcohol inks that I bought ages ago. I think I have the wrong tools for them and that's why they haven't been working properly. The felt I have is too thin and the paper too porous.

I started by cutting out a piece of shrink plastic in my cuttlebug. I used one of my big tags. After that I inked the big Paris stamp with black staz-on ink, right side up I put on the shrink plastic and rubbed a little to get ink all over the tag. After the ink dried I turned it over and on the BACKSIDE I inked it with alcohol inks. I used butterscoth, cranberry and eggplant. Then I heated it so it shrunk and after it cooled down I coloured the edges with a goldpen.

The big tag is coloured using the same inks, blotted around at random. After I coloured it I stamped the big Paris stamp over it with staz-on ink and edged with the goldpen. Finally I found a coordinating fiber and attached the small tag to the big one. Voilá - we have a fabulous bookmark!

I made this bookmark for the Simon says stamp challenge - "anything but a card" and for stampin for the weekend. Their theme was "days gone by". I think this tag has that Vintage romantic look.

I hope you liked what I did today. I think even T!m would've been proud :)


Nancy said...

Yes Katarina, your bookmark is fabulous:O) WOW! I love it! And the small tag is brilliant. Love the stamp set you have used.
Great take on this week's Stampin' for the Weekend challenge, good luck!

scrapperjulia said...

Love how you did this tag! Great job!

Vicki said...

ooooo Katrina what an amazing bookmark, I love it. Those alcohol inks look really impressive (must try them out myself one day), I love how you've have made the smaller tag with shrink plastic too, beautiful fibres. A perfect creation for our "Days Gone By" theme over at SFTW, thank you for playing along, good luck xx vicki xx

SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Beautiful bookmark! I love the finishing and the ribbons you used!!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!


Whoopsie Daisy! said...

This is a beautiful bookmark! Love the colors that you used. I had problems originally with the paper that I was using as well. I found it blending much better with a few drops of the blending solution. Glossy paper is fun too. Well, you did a fabulous job with the alcohol inks. Love the images that you used too! xx Jane

Kimmi said...

Beautiful bookmark. I love the colours and those fibres are brilliant. Gorgeous stamps!

Thank you for playing along with us this week at Stampin' for the Weekend. We hope you enjoyed making your card and that you come and play again soon. Good luck.


Eve said...

AWESOME tag!!! I LOVVE what you did with it!! Great job!

Louise said...

Katarina, your tag is beautiful and how clever to do a mini one as well. The inks look fabulous!
Louise x

Donna said...

Wow, fabulous bookmark Katarina, love all the colors on it, and the use of the fibers and the small tag. Great image of the Eiffel Tower too.
Thank you for participating in the "Stampin' for the Weekend" challenge again this week.. Good luck and we hope you'll continue to join in on the challenges on a weekly basis. Have a great day.
Donna xx