Saturday, 22 September 2012

Merry Christmas Bookmark Card - 52 {C}CT Sept Embellishment Challenge

It's embellishment time over at 52 {C}CT and we'd like to see eyelets on your Christmas cards this week.  I have to admit I use eyelets so rarely these days - but I still have a fair few in the stash! I found my little craft hammer too, I still have it although I use my Crop-a-dile to set eyelets nowadays - for which I'm sure the neighbours are thankful! 

I knew I wanted to make a bookmark card, use my Fishtail Flag dies to make the bookmark and to have a pocket on the bottom of the card to hold the bookmark.  I set to work on the bookmark first and I had a mind to use some pretty patterned paper so I went rummaging through my pack of SU! Candlelight DSP.  I came across the gorgeously touchable flocked acetate sheet and wondered would I be able to cut it out with a Fishtail Flag die seeing as they are the thin metal dies?  As it turned out - no!  I used the metal adaptor plate as a shim but the die didn't cut the acetate at all, however, it did leave strong indented marks so I was easily able to cut out the shape with a craft knife and metal ruler.  I die cut a larger flag from Old Olive CS and used a jumbo eyelet to attach the acetate flag to the CS flag.    Then I threaded some Old Olive ribbon through the eyelet hole and tied some red satin ribbon around in a knot.  I decided not to embellish the bookmark any further and leave it just as it was.

So then onto the card and I realised I'd need a tall card to accommodate the bookmark so I made a DL sized card using Real Red CS.  I cut a Very Vanilla panel and randomly stamped a mistletoe spray all over it.  I used my new SU! Old Olive firm foam ink pad - yikes, the ink came out darker than I expected!  So I ended up stamping off once first before stamping each spray.  The fab thing about the new pads is that a light tapping is all that's needed to ink your stamp fully.  I added two jumbo eyelets to the top of the panel purely for decoration and attached it to the card front.  I thought the panel needed a little pizzazz so I added a few red domed glitter stickers.  For the pocket, I die cut a Top Note shape with a piece of CS plus a piece of Candlelight DSP.  I glued the paper to the CS, cut the shape in half and attached one half to the bottom of the card and trimmed off the excess from the sides.  I used thin foam tape to attach the pocket to the card, putting the tape at the bottom and sides only.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment flags, glued those to the pocket and then placed the bookmark inside the pocket.

This photo shows the inside, the bookmark and the envelope.  I kept things really simple by just stamping the Mistletoe wheel down the side of the front of the envelope.  For inside, I cut a vanilla panel, stamped a sentiment, added some patterned paper and some ribbon. The bookmark hasn't got a Christmassy motif on it so although it's attached to a Christmas card it can happily be used all year round.

I hope you'll join in with our embellishment challenge this week but I wonder just how deep will you have to dig in your stash to find those neglected eyelets?!  The rest of the DT have made some great cards so don't forget to check those out too.  I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs to see your cards!

Stamps: SU! Peaceful Wishes set, SU! Mistletoe wheel, Elzybells 'Merry Christmas', Hero Arts  'Wonderful Christmas' set
CS: SU! Real Red, Old Olive & Very Vanilla

Patterned paper:  SU! Candlelight DSP
Ink: SU! Old Olive & Real Red
Tools: MFT Fishtail Flag Stax dies, SU! Top Note die, Crop-a-dile
Embellishments & accessories: SU! jumbo eyelets, SU! Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Anita's Radiant Red satin ribbon, PaperMania red domed glitter stickers, 1mm foam tape



Jacqueline said...

Great use of eyelets and a gorgeous card - Jacqueline xx

Mynn xx said...

Amazing use of eyelets--and I adore that you've added the gift of a bookmark to your card! This is fabulous--LOVE! :)

Louise van Vuren said...

Beautiful card and bookmark, Ruth.

Louise xx

Danielle Vincent said...

Wonderful bookmark (and card) Ruth! I still prefer to read an actual book rather than an e-book so I think bookmarks are great! I noticed we used the same eyelets - I had to dig deep for mine :o) But now that I could use the crop-a-dile instead of the old hammer method I found it to be much less painful than I remembered to use eyelets - LOL.

Patty Gorka said...

This is really neat! Love the idea of a bookmark card and great way to use your eyelets too!

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