Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Planner Shaker Bookmark

Hello everyone!! This is Nancy with the design team here to show you a project I made with Mermaid Lagoon and Ocean Border Dies from the July release.  Have you had a chance to check out the new release stamps and dies yet? You’ve got to check it out. The stamps and dies are amazing!

 Today I’m sharing a shaker bookmark that I made for my planner. You may have already guessed that I've been really into shakers recently. I really love how they add something special and unique to your planner. This particular bookmark is assembled a little differently than what I usually do, but we will get to that later.

I started by die cutting 2 strips of the coral border from inexpensive label paper. I do this in my planner quite often when I want to use die cuts but I don’t want the bulk. Next, I colored the die cut image using Distress Oxide inks in Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, and Vintage Photo. My advice on coloring detailed die cuts such as this is to use a panel slightly longer than the length of the border, and leave the pieces attached while you color. Use a light hand! (This is always the hardest part for me.) You don’t want your blender to snag or tear your die cut.
I forgot to take photos during the process with the coral reef border. I have included process pictures using the large wave border just so you get the idea.

 Next I started to work on the background for the shaker. Using standard white cardstock, I cut two equal size pieces. I once again used Distress Oxide Inks for the coloring. For the background I used Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Faded Jeans. When I was happy with the result, I spritzed some water on the background and immediately blotted it with a paper towel. Distress Oxides react with water to create some really cool effects. The effects are more dramatic when you use watercolor paper because the water doesn’t immediately absorb into the paper. Since I’m using regular cardstock here, I moved fast to minimize the amount of warping to the paper. Finally, I mixed a very small amount of white acrylic paint with water and flicked that on the background as well. I used my heat tool to set the paint.

I stamped and colored my mermaid images from the Mermaid Lagoon set on label paper. I stamped a few starfish, sea weed bunches, and sea horses to help fill the scene
Now for the fun part: Assembly!! I mentioned earlier that I constructed this bookmark a little differently than usual. Typically I have used a page protector and my Fuse tool to create shakers. This time, I wanted something that was a bit more substantial. I decided to use clear acetate for the shaker window and back of the bookmark.
I have to admit, at this point, that I did not measure anything from this point forward. I just eyeballed it and cut. I started with the piece that is going to attach to the coil of my planner. I cut a strip a bit wider than I need because I have found it helps to add support, especially since you will be punching holes the entire length of the strip. Once that border strip was cut, I knew how much of the background I had left to build the scene. So I cut the 2nd background panel the same size as the first, and then cut away the inside portion of the panel leaving approximately a ½” border on all sides.

I built the background for the bookmark by placing one piece of the coral border at the bottom edge of the panel and trimming of the excess. Then I used foam tape to pop up the 2nd coral border and attached it over the first piece slightly offset. I adhered the mermaids using foam tape as well for dimension. The clam shell, sea horses, and starfish are all attached directly to the background.
I took the window panel and attached it to the top of a piece of acetate. I trimmed the excess off the acetate so that it was now only the size of the window frame and the binder strip.  
Then I flipped it over and attached the binder strip piece to the back of the acetate using a clear strip adhesive. Next I attached foam tape around the entire border. Back to the background panel. I used Glossy accents to glue a few clear seed beads and sequins to the background. I did this so that some of the beads and sequins would get caught and everything wouldn’t always fall to the bottom. When that was dry, I added more beads and sequins, keeping them toward the center of the background. When I was happy with the amount of shaker bits, I removed the backing from the foam tape and adhered the window to the background

After the shaker was assembled I attached another piece of acetate to the back, covering the back of the shaker and the binder strip using clear adhesive tape. In the future, I would do this differently. I would only cover the back of the shaker. By using a piece of cardstock, 2 pieces of acetate, and 2 strips of adhesive I made the binding portion fairly thick. This meant that I had a really hard time hole punching through it. After the holes were punched, I used my scissors to cut slits into the punched holes so the bookmark would attach to my planner coil.

Well that’s about it for today. I hope you enjoyed this project and try making your own shaker bookmarks. If you have any questions, comment below or reach out in the Crafting Desert Divas Gallery. You can also find me on Instagram at @nancy_finch. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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