Bookmarks for Book Lovers

For those book-lovers out there that still like to go to the library or purchase books that you have to flip the pages, a bookmark is something you must have. Digital reading is convenient, but some of the most treasured items in your 'collection of stuff' end up being books that you purchased throughout your life. Using sticky notes or creasing the page to mark your place is not as much fun as having a cute piece of handmade art.

A bookmark is an awesome 'blank canvas' to create a theme. Imagine a sunflower themed bookmark or one for a music lovers that features our Spring Compilation Rubber Stamp or our Music Swirl Rubber Stamp. Use the search term, 'music' in our store and it will bring up so many beautiful designs...Music of the Heart Rubber Stamp is another gorgeous stamp for this project, it mentions both music and literature!  Make your bookmarks out of chipboard or card stock, or recycle packaging. You will find that almost anything goes with this project which makes it so much fun to create!

A bookmark fits perfectly in a book while you're reading and it's there for you when you need to stop and hold your place. Here is a free downloadable template that I created to make the three most common sized bookmarks, which are 2 inches wide by 6 inches tall, 2 inch x 7 inch and 2 inch x 8 inches.  Also, you can always use a No. 8 tag (or any sized tag) to make a unique bookmark and it works wonderfully as well. Another reason to stamp onto something handmade, yes!

Our Library Books Rubber Stamp (seen above)or Old Books Border Rubber Stamp are excellent designs for bookmarks if you wish to make a book-like theme. Some of our larger stamps, such as Circles Background Rubber Stamp make an excellent pattern on a bookmark. Use inks such as StazOn for an instant dry on glossy cardstock or chipboard. Embossing white onto black cardstock, like in the music themed bookmark above gives it an awesome effect!

The bookmark above measures wider at about 3 inches so it is tag sized bookmark. Creating a neat, unique combination of stamps to make something fun with our Classic Typewriter Rubber Stamp and Cottonwood Tree Rubber Stamp. Another typewriter stamp that is smaller is our Manual Typewriter Rubber Stamp (not shown) which measures about 2 inches wide and would fit a thinner bookmark nicely.

Our free template for bookmarks are sized the traditional 2 inch wide. The photo above shows 2 bookmarks that are stamped with our Wild Sunflowers Rubber Stamp and Cherry Blossoms Rubber Stamp. Stamp onto a brightly colored cardstock and color in the flowers with a white gel pen for a neat effect. If you have access to a laminator (either hot or cold), your bookmarks with have an everlasting feature.

Hint: keep thick embellishments towards the top of the bookmark so the reader can leave that part sticking out of the top of the book.

I hope you have fun creating bookmarks. Other uses for bookmarks could be to have several for a cookbook to mark your favorite recipes or make some to give to your friends. Be sure to make some for yourself so you'll never feel guilty folding a page corner again!

Holiday Icons for Crafting

Everyone enjoys some kind of crafting during the holidays. Decorating or sending cards; making tags for gifts or just having the time to journal always seems extra special this time of year. We have many holiday themed rubber stamps to help you create your perfect Christmas. We have an awesome Frosty the Snowman Rubber Stamp and some great objects like Candy Cane Rubber Stamp and our classic Jack in the Box Stamp. We also have several Santa versions, one is climbing into a chimney (Santa Clause Rubber Stamp) and another is Old Saint Nick Rubber Stamp where he is standing next to a bag of gifts.

Each of the stamp featured here measure about 3 inches tall and all are perfect for an A2 card or any sized tag. 

The Candy Cane Rubber Stamp has a gorgeous big bow.

The Frosty the Snowman Rubber Stamp has shading already included in the design which makes it super easy to color and looks awesome when stamped on just about any color paper.

Santa Claus Rubber Stamp is a traditional Santa design of him climbing into a chimney with ice and snow all around.

Our Christmas Stocking Rubber Stamp features a large bow, presents and even a bit of holly as the contents.

The Jack in the Box Rubber Stamp is a vintage childhood toy and features a ruffled collar and accordion body.

Whether you emboss with silver or gold, or just stamp with your favorite ink colors, using these stamps will surely bring you holiday cheer. Make your holiday season projects awesome with these rubber stamps of classic Christmas toys, decorations, candy and Santas!

Red, White, and...Thank You to Veterans

I know there are many card makers that create cards for our beloved veterans. For this 5 inch x 7 inch card, I am using our International Thank You Rubber Stamp to say "thanks" in a red, white and blue way! Create this Veterans Day card using our stamp that expresses gratitude in several languages. Also, some of our veterans come from many nationalities and this stamp works wonderfully for this card.

Stamp the International Thank You Rubber Stamp onto a light colored card stock. This stamp measures approximately 3 inches by 3 inches. I used a marble card stock in this example.

Stamp with it again onto a blue card stock and cut the words into pieces. Glue each of them vertically as banners on top of the matted card stock.

The red mat is slightly larger than the marble card stock piece to allow for the blue word banners to have some place to show underneath the center piece.

Our United We Stand Rubber Stamp is an awesome patriotic design featuring an eagle, flags, banner, and laurel.

Although, you can leave it as is, the United We Stand rubber stamp is very beautiful when colored in, too. The existing shadowing that is part of the detail of this stamp make coloring quick and the results are outstanding. Adding some distress ink to the edges gives it a vintage Americana look.

The beautiful American flag paper background is by the Paper Studio (found at Hobby Lobby, Amazon and Ebay). If making a 5x7 card, theres plenty of room to add ribbon or rhinestones. This card is an easy to assemble, patriotic card that says thank you in a red, white & blue way! We have other patriotic stamps for making Veterans Day cards, click here to view them.

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