With these bookmarks I used Tags that I got from the craft store. You can also use cardstock. It has to be heavy paper to keep it from curling with all the paint and Mod Podge.
- Card Stock or Tags
- Mod Podge
- Paint (2 or more colors) Acrylic works well and is cheap
- Paint Brush or make up sponge
- Picture (I like page a day calendars)
- Ribbon or Yarn
Time: 15 to 30 minutes depending on how fancy you get.
|Lord of the Rings 2005 Calendar|
First, I painted the tag with a light brown color and sponged on an old gold color. I prefer make-up sponges because they are around the house and do a good job. You can by the expensive sponges at the craft store, they work well, too. They hold up to multiple washing better than the make up sponges. I used acrylic paints (the ones for $1 a bottle) which don't take very long to dry.
While it's drying I pick out a picture usually from a page a day desk calendar. Once it's dried I put Mod Podge on the tag and carefully place the picture on top. I pat it down then Mod Podge over top of it. It will dry clear. I find a ribbon and stick it on top.
|From a Teddy Bear a day calendar|
This last one I went a little overboard on. I had a package of scrapbooking stickers and decided to use them all on one bookmark. I painted the tag blue and sponged a lighter blue on it just for extra color. I'm not an artist, I just think it looks better with at least 2 colors. I had just regular blue ribbon and tied a dolphin ceramic figure/bead at the end. It's nice, but the dolphin is a bit too much. I also had to glue the dolphin onto the ribbon to make sure he would stay. I don't think I'll make another bookmark with such a heavy end piece.
The shirt also keeps the book from laying flat, so I haven't used it very much. It is fun to look at, though.