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Marbled Bookmarks

Hi everyone! First of all I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year! May all your dreams and wishes for 2019 come true!

Today I’m showing you a bit of a different project. During our summer vacation in France we went to the city of Carcassonne and my stepson and I did a paper marbling work shop in the “Atelier du Livre“. It was a lot of fun to do and frankly I could have stayed there all day (I had no craft supplies with me during our three week vacation) but there were many other locations to visit that day!


You can find paper marbling video’s on YouTube but shortly this is how it works: in a shallow basin you fill water with milk. Then you add different colours of marbling inks (3 or 4). My stepson created the blue/green/yellow papers for this project and I did the pink/mint green and orange/green ones. You add the inks to the water, blow on the water, use a toothpick to draw in the ink and you also use some other tools to work your magic. The girl that assisted us only spoke French and my French isn’t very good so I don’t know the names of all the tools! In the end you have a fun design that you lift from the basin with regular printer paper and then they hang them to dry!

The lighter papers are created by lifting the design for a second time without adding more inks.

So, I arrived home with all these gorgeous papers and then I had to create a project with them, they were too pretty to just do nothing with them!

Step 1:

In the end I decided to create some fun bookmarks from the papers that I had (for my stepson (of course), my boyfriend, friends and relatives as presents during the holiday season). On the bookmarks for the smaller children I added their names and on the bookmarks for the older children and adults I used a fun heat embossed quote.

Step 2:

Now that I had a plan I first created all the shapes for my bookmarks, two for each bookmark, front and back. For this I used the Dutch Doobadoo “Art Tag XL“ mask. I drawn in the lines with a graphite pencil and then cut the shapes with my scissors.

Step 3:

I decided to use the lighter papers for the smaller children and then pencilled in their names with a graphite pencil and when I liked what I had I went over the lines with a black Molotow Blackliner in 0.5. I filled in the letters with the Round Molotow Blackliner and then added the smallest details with the 0.1 Molotow Blackliner (these markers come in set of 11 with all different sizes).

For the adults I used mostly the darker papers and I choose two stamp sets by KaiserCraft to work with: “Life“ and “Way of Life“. I first used an antistatic powder tool, then I stamped the sentiments with VersaMark and then heat embossed with one of the following embossing powders: Ranger White, Ranger Copper, Ranger Silver or Ranger Gold.

Step 4:

Now I’m adhering front and back of each bookmark together using liquid glue and then I edge each bookmark with one of the following colours using a foam applicator tool: Memento Ink in “Rhubarb Stalk“, Memento Ink in “Sweet Plum“, Versafine Ink in “Crimson Red“, Distress Ink in “Chipped Sapphire“ or Distress Ink in “Seedless Preserves“.

When the ink had dried I ran the bookmarks through a laminator machine to make them more sturdy and durable. Then I cut hem out, punched a hole and decorated them with some matching ribbon.

Some detail pictures:

And that’s it for today’s fun project! I wish you a creative day!

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