Monday, January 9, 2017

Layered Cut-Out Bookmarks

It's been a pretty cold and dreary start to 2017, but I did manage to make a project with some of the cardstock I marbled with spray paint ages ago. It was so much fun to make, but I always forget I have it to make projects with. Well, since I'm trying to get better at using my Silhouette for projects, I thought this was a perfect excuse to use some of that cardstock to make some bookmarks.

So I used one of the free designs that Silhouette gives you--a tag design. I stretched it out so it was about six inches long and grabbed a couple other free designs to cut out of the bottom of the tag. 

They cut out very easily. I was worried since the cardstock is a bit thick and just a smidge wobbly from the water and paint. I just dialed the blade up one notch from the recommended cardstock setting to compensate for the paint, and it worked perfectly. You could easily cut out the bookmark shape with ascissors and cut out a design with a paper punch if you don't have a cutting machine.

To make the bookmarks more rigid and provide some contrast for the cut-outs, I layered them on top of some colored cardstock. I traced around the bookmarks and cut the paper out.

Then I had to figure out how to adhere the two piece together. A good quality glue stick would be a good choice, but I didn't have any, so I went with some double sided tape.

I applied my tape to the back side of the marbled paper and then stuck the two sides together. Then I used a regular hole punch to make a hole in the blue cardstock and attached a ribbon. These would be a great candidate for running through my laminating machine to preserve them, but they're pretty sturdy as is. I look forward to learning how to make more projects with my cutting machine.

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