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PaperCrafting 101

Bookmark card

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This is one of my favorite cards to make.


Example bookmark cards

Tutorial #8

Bookmark Cards

What we will be making:

This greeting card tutorial features a design element that is also a gift. You’ll see how to create a beautiful and functional bookmark that is the focal point for the card, and learn a simple decorative technique using markers. This tutorial also introduces colored card blanks and tips for using them successfully in your card making.

Here’s what you need:
  • Colored card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
  • White and coordinating cardstock
  • Scissors and ruler or paper trimmer
  • Small hole punch
  • Rubber stamps
  • Markers
  • Narrow ribbon or yarn
  • Glue
  • Optional: Photo corners, punches, decorative paper,

Making Bookmark Greeting Cards

Read through the tutorial before starting.
Step 1: Select Cardstock and Marker Colors
Select colored cardstock for your card blank and a coordinating color of cardstock for the bookmark. For this card, choose a medium-tone cardstock for the card blank and a coordinating colored marker that can be seen when drawn on the cardstock. Two warm colors, orange and light brown, are used in the sample card. For more color combination ideas, refer to the color wheel concepts in the Paper Weaving Card Tutorial.

Tips: When using colored card blanks, it is important to use contrasting colors. The easiest way to do this is to use white cardstock as a major element of the card. Dark-colored card blanks require special consideration, since standard markers and rubber stamps aren’t very visible on a dark background; however, gel pens and metallic markers can be used to good effect. For messages inside a dark card, use a liner of white paper.

Cut cardstock for card and bookmarkStep 2: Cut Cardstock
For the card blank, cut a full sheet of letter-size cardstock in half to make two 8½” by 5½” card blanks. Fold the card blank in half to make a 4¼” by 5½” card.

For the bookmark, cut a 2¼” by 5″ strip from colored cardstock and a 2″ by 4½” strip from white cardstock.

For attaching the bookmark to the card two photo corners are needed. Cut two ½” by 2″ strips of colored cardstock to make your own color-coordinated photo corners.

Decorate bookmark frontStep 3: Make Bookmark
Since the bookmark is the major design element on the card, make it first. Using rubber stamps, stamp images on the white cardstock. Let some of the stamped images run off the edge of the cardstock.

Color the stamped images using markers or colored pencils. Be sure that the colors coordinate with the cardstock colors. In the sample card, a splash of blue, orange’s complementary color, is used to liven up the card.

Assemble bookmark and add ribbonGlue the white cardstock strip to the colored cardstock strip. Punch a hole at the top for the ribbon. Cut a 12″ to 15″ length of ribbon and fold in half. Poke the fold through the punched hole, front to back, and thread the tail through the loop—then pull tight.

Decorate card frontStep 4: Decorate the Card
Decide where to place the bookmark on the card front—to the left, the right or in the center. Using the marker, draw simple decorations on the card front.

For the sample card, squiggled lines with dots were drawn from the left side and the right side using the brush tip of the marker. The spaces between the lines were filled with small and large circles drawn with a fine point. A darker marker was used to draw every other row of circles. A message was stamped in the blank space where the bookmark will be attached.

Put photocorners on opposite corners of bookmark and attach to cardStep 5: Attach Bookmark
Two photo corners are used to mount the bookmark on the card front. Slip one photo corner on the upper right corner of the bookmark and another on the opposite corner. With the two photo corners on the bookmark, press the bookmark and photo corners in place on the card front.

Tip: To make photo corners, fold both sides of the ½” by 2″ strip on 45° angles to form a corner. Trim the tails. Apply glue or double-sided tape to the back of the corners. Use them to attach the bookmark to the card as described above.

Fold photocorners from .5 by 2 inch strip

Step 6: Finishing TouchesDecorate back of bookmark and add message inside card
Decorate the reverse side of the bookmark with markers and rubber stamps, punches, stencils, or decorative paper.

Add a message to the inside of the card using black and colored markers, or insert a printed verse matted in a coordinating color of cardstock.

That’s it! Your card is done!
Example bookmark cards

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Before you start a tutorial:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read through the tutorial.
  • Think about what you plan to make. Imagine how you can add your own creative touch.
  • Gather the materials you will need


Easter bookmark greeting card made Easter Dots ePaper
Tip: Use Aunt Annie’s set ofEaster Dots ePapers to make Bookmark Cards for Easter or to make other handmade greeting cards. These ePapers coordinate with the Pastel Polka Dot ePapers.

To make bookmark cards for Easter, use Easter Dots ePaper and add Easter stickers or clip art. You might use the Easter stickers in the Easter Egg Holders craft project.

ePaper Extra

Squiggles and fish ePaperTip: Use Aunt Annie’s coordinating Squiggles and O’s, Fishy Squiggles andFishy Squiggles and O’sePapers to make bookmark greeting cards or other card.

Bookmark greeting card made using Squiggles and Fish ePaperEnlarge
Tip: Clip art and ePaper may be printed directly on medium tone cardstock. (A corner slot punchwas used to cut the angled strips holding the bookmark.)
Example of stenciled bookmark

Tip: Stenciling is a quick way to make bookmarks.

Bookmark greeting card with metallic pen decorations and punched bookmarkEnlarge
Tip: Metallic felt-tip pens and gel pens can be used to decorate dark colored cardstock.Related craft: This card is embellished with a simplePunched Bookmark.
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Friday Scribblings

Fridays with Sallie

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Today is May 13th, two days before I become chronologically, an older “senior citizen” than I am now. It’s an interesting phenomena, but I don’t feel my age. Oh, physically I can’t perform certain tasks like running up and down stairs without thinking of taking a breath, but I still like to explore and challenge myself.

So as I look back at all that has changed in the past 365 days for me – good, bad and other, I choose to pause, reflect, appreciate and get ready to celebrate another milestone.

I made new friends, learned new crafts, learned how to use a crock pot, read more books (courtesy of Book Chat), listened to more music and beyond all that, I learned how to become more compassionate, how to trust in the Creator, how to savor quiet times with my husband and how to reconnect with my inner self.

Here’s to a new year of creating new memories!