Bookmark Birthday Card Tutorial

Good Tuesday morning, friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day!  I was at the beach with my honey, and the weather was perfect.  I finally managed to get over the cold that had been plaguing me, walked miles and miles in the sand, scavenged some beautiful shells, ate amazing seafood and generally unwound.  It was heaven!  Now I’m back to reality…which is also a great place to be.  Today I have a sweet little bookmark birthday card tutorial to share with you:

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This card was also made entirely with papers and ephemera from one of the card kits I put together in Friday’s post entitled “Oh Scraps!”  I am finding a lot of good stuff as I put these kits together.  The beautiful roses on this card were tucked into my scrap drawer. The edges were inked with my gold Painty pen. Then they were treated with Perfect Medium (a sticky embossing ink) followed by a nice coating of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE).  Gold mica bits were sprinkled over the image to add a little shimmer and texture.  The whole thing went under the heat gun, then I repeated the process.  When the image cooled completely, I bent it to create the lovely cracks, giving a vintage look to a modern image.  I then buffed the top of the image with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, rubbing off the excess with a soft cloth.  This enhances those lovely cracks (called crazing.)

004 (2) If you click on this image, you can probably see the crazing and mica chips much better.  Everything was mounted on dark brown cardstock, so even though there are a lot of different patterns in this piece, they are all unified.  I also was careful to use only one really large pattern, then a tiny pattern that acted as a solid to keep the card from feeling too busy.

003 (3) Now let’s focus on the bookmark.  This triangular corner piece is actually a bookmark that sits neatly on the corner of your card.  Isn’t that fun? It’s very quick and easy to make:

Start with a 2″ x4″ piece of cardstock:

003 Score it at 2″ on the long side. 

Then, fold the top right hand corner to the bottom center of the score line:004

Repeat on the left hand side, and tape at the seam:006

Cut a 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ piece of your decorative paper and cut it into two triangular shapes.  Stitch around the edges, decorate as you like, and glue onto the prepared base.  Voila!  You have a bookmark!


 007 (2) Here’s the inner greeting….

002 (2) The lined envelope…

and the envelope flap: 001 (2) ….all made with scraps. Even the ribbon came from my ribbon scrap basket.  

So there you have it, folks: a bookmark birthday card made entirely from scraps!  I hope you were inspired by today’s post, and that you will find this tutorial useful.  I’d love to hear from you…you know your comments make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time,



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6 thoughts on “Bookmark Birthday Card Tutorial

  1. Diane

    Hello Kathy,
    Thanks for your message on my blog. I love this card and gift in one idea. You also have a very friendly smile. Have a lovely week!

  2. Melody C

    Love it!
    1) How do you make such perfect and fluffy bows? I’ve gotten better, but I drool over your bows.
    2) Very clever and simple bookmark idea. I might have to steal the idea for wedding favors 🙂
    3) Love the crackle finish/mica chips/crazing.
    That’s all for now 🙂 <3

  3. Anita Houston

    So so so gorgeous, and elegant too! The small size does not in any way impact the WOW factor of it’s beauty! Love the envelope too. Love the corner and gold bits…yum!

  4. ncguygirl

    What a pretty card and bookmark. It would delight any gardener or reader. I love the colors and the technique you used to give it a vintage look.

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